The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey is a very unusual sci fi book. The title of the book doesn’t quite give us a true sense of what we find between its pages. It’s hard to do the book justice in a review without giving away the reasons the main character, Melanie, is so special.
Even without giving away this crucial piece of the story, there are other aspects of it that can be noted. As a post apocalyptic thriller, it does a fantastic job of transporting us to a terrifying possible future. It allows us to explore this scary world through a group of people thrown together by a desperate search for answers. As they find more answers to what is going on around them, they also learn more about what it is to be human.
This book truly is an original, from the beginning where we meet the little girl Melanie in her cell, to the end where we witness her make an important decision that will affect all of humanity.