Book Review: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Book: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey – published by Orbit, hardcover edition, 403 pages.

Synopsis: 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 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 loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

My thoughts: I went into this book knowing very little about it, besides having read the synopsis and knowing that a few of my friends had recommended it to me. I knew that it was essentially going to be a thriller, but besides that I had no idea what I was going into. Boy was I in for a pleasant surprise, because I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked within the first 50 pages, and could not put it down because I simply needed to know what was going to happen next.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot, because there are some elements that could be revealed that would be considered spoilers, and I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone because it was such an adventure to read. I will say that I think the character development was truly wonderful, which is one of my ‘must have’ elements of a book, and brings this close to a top-tier rating from me. I also think this book will translate wonderfully to film (which, by the way, was released in September this year), and I can’t wait to see the story played out on screen.

I’d highly recommend this book for people who love fast-paced and action-packed stories set in (believable) dystopian times, and who aren’t afraid of a little bit of gore. I would also recommend going in blind and enjoying the ride.

Rating: 8/10

November TBR

I was pleased with how many books I managed to complete last month, and I think the Spookathon definitely helped get my number of books read up a bit higher than usual. This month I’m planning to participate in #AroundTheWorldAThon, so I’ve included a couple of Oceanic books in this month’s mix to read during that week. I’ll be sure to keep you posted with how I go with the readathon, which by the way is hosted by two of my favourite Aussie Booktubers – Kirstie and April.

Here’s what I’m planning to read this month –

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar
Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Sweet Valley University #1College Girls

October Reading Wrap Up

Books Read: 7
Audiobooks Read: 1
Pages Read: 1745
Hours Listened: 4hrs 57minutes
TBR Books Read: 6
Favourite Book: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

I’m pretty happy with how things went with my reading this month, and I think the Spookathon certainly helped move things along and helped motivate me to read a bit more than I usually would have. I’m looking forward to taking a step back from spooky books and thrillers and moving towards more fun and lighthearted stories as we head into Summer.

Spookathon 2016 Wrap Up

The 2016 ‘Spookathon’ came to an end on Sunday the 23rd, and I’m happy to say that although I didn’t read all of the books on my TBR I still somehow managed to complete all of the challenges. I’m starting to think perhaps I am just too busy to participate in readathons, because I really struggled to find any extra free time to read throughout the week. Having said that, I found it really fun checking in with people on twitter and Instagram, and seeing how everyone was going. Here’s how I went this year –

Total Pages Read: 669
Total Hours listened: 2hrs 35 minutes
Total Books Completed: 3

A book with a spooky word in the title – Goosebumps: Horror At Camp JellyJam
A book with red on the cover – Sweet Valley University: The Roommate
A 2016 release – Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown
A book containing a creature – Goosebumps: Horror At Camp Jellyjam
A thriller – Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown