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THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS - M. R. CAREY
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Moving out of the age of the vampires and werewolves, the past five years give or take have been amazing for zombie fiction. With the possibility of infecting the entire planet thanks to globalization and non-stop cross Atlantic and Pacific flights, hot zones like New York and London are destroyed over and over again. Some people have had enough, but when it comes to The Girl With All The Gifts, I implore you to give it a second chance.

What happens when you mix Greek mythology, The Island, World War Z (Brooks), and Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro) together? You get M. R. Carey’s The Girl With All The Gifts. Its bright yellow cover caught my attention sitting all by itself in a pile at the front of my bookstore, and once I started reading it I couldn’t stop. Set a good ways away from London, Carey takes us to a world where human rights are skewed when test subjects are deemed less than what they once were. Actually, I took a class last semester, which I’d rather not think about thanks to the bad memories it brings back, about writing science fiction, and this would fit perfectly in the course.

Take child zombies, harvesting in under-the-radar government facilities, a mad scientist with no sense of chill, one person with a heart, “human” testing, a little girl obsessed with Greek mythology, and a world on the brink of complete reconstruction; that is The Girl With All The Gifts. I take no chances in calling it the perfect summer read, even if you’re not really into zombies or stuff like that. Carey is sarcastic, hilarious, and builds her characters simply as the chapters move on. I definitely found myself rolling my eyes at a few of the people in the stories and laughing at random points on the subway.


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