The Girl With All the Gifts - M. R. Carey

The Girl With All the Gifts

By M. R. Carey

  • Release Date: 2014-06-10
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 196 Ratings


The USA Today bestseller
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.
The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.


  • nicely crafted, fascinating, and too tedious

    By Chaudhrys5
    I thought it was great until they got close to London. It started going downhill with minutiae and Tolkin like detalil that would be fine if I had been… Great work and sophisticated… just pandeed to the pulp too much.
  • Thoughtfully exciting

    By Jw6265
    I like it
  • Great play on zombie scheme

    By K A Wittenberg
    Great writing, plot and character development matched with a twist on the zombie theme... what more could you ask for if you enjoy post apocalyptic zombie fantasy!
  • Riveting

    By Sabar
    M.R. Carey's deft pen has a way of taking readers on a joy ride. His refreshing zombie prospective that breaks down the scientific aspects of a zombie and his insight of each character steers the reader through an apocalyptic world at full speed.
  • Unique and Gut Wrenching (literally and figuratively)

    By cdrbedlam
    This book is an exciting and fresh take on the zombie apocalypse, despite the over saturation across all media. The story unfolds in ways you wouldn't expect. One might compare it to the video game The Last of Us, but the story is unique in its own way. The characters and the narrative are what makes the book shine. It's not brainless zombie fodder. It deals with ethical issues that arise from a zombie apocalypse scenario with great nuance. Fortunately, there are bits of horror that's enough to plant seeds to drive your imagination wild.
  • Breathtaking tragedy...or tale of hope?

    By GHSupermonkey
    Beautifully formed. Wonderfully written. This is a phenomenal story that transcends its genre. I wish I could read it for the first time again. Kudos M.R. Carey!
  • Truly unusual

    By jdgky
    In a market that is stuffed with mediocre apocalyptic books, "The Girl With All The Gifts" is brilliant. Emotionally satisfying and engaging with characters you can truly care about.
  • So good but......

    By Sarah Sanner
    The book was great in the beginning and middle, but the ending was underwhelming after so much action, creepiness, and science, which I thought had interesting theories that could almost be applied today or the future, it just end like the author didn't know what to do after such a great book. Still I will read his next book.
  • Enthralling storytelling.

    By Spookphish
    This may place in my top stories I have ever read. From its slow reveal of a post apocalyptic Britain to our introduction to young Melanie and to our increasing understanding of their true nature this book maintains a thoughtful and compelling narrative that left something faerie-like uplifting and hopeful in this otherwise bleak and terrifying landscape. The thoughtful progression of the plot with well developed and believable characters was welcomed in what could have been a tired rehash of the zombie genre. Instead we get almost a "buddy movie" between a misunderstood girl, her teacher, and their awkward companions. How will they make the most out of this wild adventure? Well this isn't the Breakfast Club, but the ending is well thought out and brilliant, and leave you in that space where you wish you could hold on to that dream just a little longer to relish the world created.
  • Best book I've read

    By un-crazy-vato-loco
    You get to know and care for all the characters which make the story amazing