Reader Review: The Girl With All the Gifts

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by patron reviewer

girl with all the giftsThe Girl With All the Gifts” was written with by a screenwriter, and it shows. The action unfolds like a movie in the best dystopian sci-fi tradition, beginning with the very limited worldview of Melanie, a genius-level 10-year-old who knows only her classroom and her cell. As Melanie’s understanding of her world grows, so does the reader’s, assisted by short chapters that bring in other characters’ points of view. By the end, the whole horrifying picture is clear, yet unlike so much of the literature in this genre it manages to not be completely depressing. After the first 25 pages or so I was completely hooked and basically just had to put the rest of my life on hold and finish it.

Three words that describe this book: engrossing, horrifying, hopeful

You might want to pick this book up if: Highly recommended for readers who enjoyed “World War Z” (the book, not the movie) or “A Matter of Days.”

-Anonymous

Author: patron reviewer

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