Top positive review
Original, thought-provoking and unexpectedly moving.
20 June 2018
I loved this novel from the moment I started reading it. Admittedly, I am fond of a good zombie apocalypse story - but the operative word there is "good", and "The Girl with All the Gifts" meets that descriptor very, very well. The characters are beautifully drawn and what I liked most about the way Carey has written them is that there are no obvious villains or heroes: there are just people, with all their flaws and foibles. Melanie is a wonderful character, and I found myself drawing all kinds of analogies between her treatment in the novel and the way we (humans) have treated (animals, indigenous peoples, women, LGBTI) over the course of history. The science had enough oomph behind it to sound plausible, and while there were some minor flaws (the philosophy of the junkers is never really explained, the genesis of the children stretched credibility to its limits) they weren't enough to ruin my overall enjoyment. The ending was quite unexpected, but ultimately I found it hopeful and more importantly, very satisfying.