Tuesday, May 31, 2016
The Girl With All the Gifts - M. R. Carey
Here we are, midstream into another zombie apocalypse...again...but hey, why not, right? It's a trend theme, yeah, and it's usually all about the struggle of the noble (or not-so-noble) human race to beat the unliving tar out of their former friends, family, and neighbors. This book, not so much. In the same vein as Warm Bodies, it follows the story of Melanie, an anomoly among anomolies, as she's schooled by scientists who want to milk her brain for answers.
All the major sci fi archetype characters are here: the innocent, the mother/teacher, the military dude, the mad scientist, the noob soldier, and all are thoughtfully and convincingly written as their journey from Melanie's school to the safety of the last human outpost unfolds.
On the cover of my copy sits a quote from Joss Whedon: "Heartfelt...painfully human," so take that as you will if you're familiar with that sadistic storytelling genius' work. It also has the tagline, "The most original thriller you will read this year," scrawled across the top in convincing block letters. I'm not sure that's as accurate, but it is a story that does that wonderful thing to your mind; it turns what you think you know about who you really want to win right on its head.