Book Review: The Girl with All The Gifts

Posted September 5, 2014 by Lyn Kaye in book review, Lyn / 2 Comments

Book Review: The Girl with All The GiftsThe Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Published by Orbit on June 6th, 2014
Genres: adult, dystopia
Pages: 460
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks 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.

Melanie is a very special girl.

Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.

I did it again.  I bought another hype book. I feel for it and jumped right on that train.

Many trusted bloggers and book nerds fell in LOVE with this novel. Since everyone cool was jumping off the bridge, I threw in my lot as well. Geronimo.


I don’t usually venture into adult fiction, and I was surprised that I found some parts of the book very enjoyable and amusing. There was some very pleasant portions of the book.


Love was a very strong motivator for the novel. Not romantic, drippy love, but a deeper yearning for parental, maternal love. When “teacher crushing” occur in books, we often see it as a boy-love-female-teacher puppy crush.  This novel dodged around the typical and reaches out for the atypical. Little girls develop on teachers as well, and not just the male teachers.  Some point out that this natural for children, since they admire certain skills in older females, skills that they want to mimic when they mature.

Kid, you’re alright. Okay, Melanie grew on me. I adored her.

The lit-geek connection. The author made some fantastic connections to other literature imagery, such as Eliot and Plato. If you have devoured some classics, then this book is like a bowl of Lucky Charms with little marshmallows treats sprinkled in.

The paranormal portions.  I loved the science explanation of the paranormal parts of the novel. I did some Googling after I read it – freaky stuff!

The tension and dynamics of the characters.  I loved the relationships between the characters as the novel built up towards the climax. It was a touchy-feely spun sugar arrangement, and it was a nice change to see some puzzle pieces smashed together to make it all fit.

The ending. I thought it was right on the mark – awesome way to send off the novel. Some might see it as a cop-out, but it reminded me of a throw-back from the 70s.


I highly enjoyed the story, and the ingrained science concepts. This book should have rated higher.  I was going to, prior to stumbling over some huge issues.  The things that turned me off of the book were just too much to pass off as “not my cup of tea.”

Animal cruelty. I am SO OVER violence towards cats.  Maybe I notice it more, since I am a proud cat owner, but I am DONE with the descriptive cruelty towards cats.  I am sick of reading about it. I do remove up to half a star for writing a full scene of horrible, soul-crushing animal abuse.

Just a bit too icky.  Ogling a woman as she pees? Gross. Violation of privacy isn’t sexy.

The mystery was just way obvious.  The huge twist was easy to catch. I was disappointed that the scientist of the group didn’t pick up on it sooner.  That was a huge plot hole I couldn’t just fill up and ignore.



The story had some heavy-hitting downfalls, but, in general, The Girl with All The Gifts is a smart, touching story of what makes us human, and what makes us a monster. The thin line is examined and discussed, and the soul-searching during a time of bleak hope makes this book a heavy-hitter in the paranormal field.


2 responses to “Book Review: The Girl with All The Gifts

  1. I adored Melanie in this one, too. She was so endearing, and I loved how philosophical and deep she was majority of the time. It really made all the gears in my head turning, too. And I agree – the ending wasn’t really a HEA, but it was… I don’t know… bright and bleak at the same time? Like there is a future, but a future we didn’t really expect. But it was so hair-standing at the same time!
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