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

Lately, I have slacked off on my zombie novel reading so when I found this book, I figured it was about time I have some more gut ripping, brain eating action.

This book included many theories that are sometimes overlooked and the concept in general was non-stop captivating.

The story starts at some kind of military school, but all the kids attending have to be strapped into a chair and wheeled in and out of their classrooms. Right off the bat, you have the impression that they are dangerous. Melanie is one of the little girl’s that attend this school and when she is the one narrating, she seems to be the most innocent out of all the characters in the book. Melanie is a highly intelligent zombie and is capable of talking, learning, reading, etc.

I don’t want to give much away, but shit goes down and an unlikely group forms for one distinct reason: survival!

The author made an excellent approach to the zombie apocalypse by avoiding the virus, disease approach and instead explaining that the zombie effect is caused by a fungus. Which is actually based off a real fungus called Ophiocordyceps unilateralist or more commonly known as ‘zombie fungus’  which actually exists today in some species of ants. You can learn more about the ‘zombie fungus’ on the wikipedia link here.

The ending was by far my favorite part of the book. I didn’t want it to end the way it did, but there really wasn’t any other way for it to end. So it was the right thing to do, yet it was so wrong on many levels.

Definitely a great read for any zombie lover who is looking for something new and fresh. It’s in the adult fiction section and some of the descriptions can be quite disturbing but hey, if you’re into zombies, you have to be able to handle that kind of stuff. Right?

I shall be giving this book a 10 out of 10!


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