NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING.
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.
When I'm trying to describe this book to people I always describe it as The Walking Dead meets Matilda - and as soon as you read it you'll see exactly what I mean.
It's very difficult to review a book when you want to keep all the twists and turns as fresh as shocking for the next reader as it was for yourself... All I will tell you is the bare bones, which is this:
The Girl With All The Gifts is set in a post-apocalyptic England where a deadly virus has destroyed most of the population - what becomes of these people, and how Melanie ends up in the midst of it all is brutal, terrible, and infinitely fascinating. It is honestly one of my favourite books of this year, and one of the best thrillers I have ever read. It is also one of the first sci-fi books to make it on the the Waterstones Book Club. That takes a lot.
So remember: The Walking Dead meet Matilda. And if that doesn't intrigue you enough to go out and pick it up then more fool you because it's definitely an experience worth having.
Please note: this book is not suitable for younger readers, and is so awesome your heart might stop. Or explode. I take no responsibility for either occurrence.