Title: The Girl with All the Gifts.
Author: M. R. Carey.
Year of Publication: 2014 (UK).
Publisher: Orbit (UK).
Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).
Age Range: I suggest from about 16 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.
This is one of those books that I just couldn’t put down; I read it in two days and stayed up late to finish it. The story takes place in the near future, in a post-apocalyptic England. A virus has taken over and turned most people into zombie like creatures called ‘Hungries’, leaving those uninfected who are left either in the military or ‘Junkers’ (civilians).
But in a remote army base is a secret team trying to find a cure, by experimenting on a group of children who appear to be a new type of ‘Hungry’. One in particular, called Melanie, seems to draw the attention of the lead scientist. But when ‘Junkers’ attacks the base, Melanie and her favourite teacher escape with the lead scientist and a couple of soldiers.
On their way to London in the hope of finding civilisation things get even harder, and the scientist discovers the truth about the virus, but it does them no good. If you want to know why then you’ll have to read the book, because the happy ending this book gives may not be what you expect.
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” A.A Milne.