The Girl with All the Gifts – Book Review


Finished reading:

The Girl with All the Gifts

by M.R. Carey



I was hyped into reading this book ever since I’ve seen it as a runner up to the Arthur C. Clarke award. After I’ve read the excerpt I was hooked. I usually don’t like reading dystopian novels and zombie like creatures are a big no-no for me as well. This book has both elements and I still went for it!

“And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out.”
― M.R. Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts


Watching the trailer for the movie made me push up this book to the top of my reading pile since I wanted to read the book before watching the movie. I liked the trailer and actors they picked for the roles. Then I started reading the book…

“Melanie thinks: when your dreams come true, your true has moved. You’ve already stopped being the person who had the dreams, so it feels more like a weird echo of something that already happened to you a long time ago.”
― M.R. Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts

The startling difference in physical appearance of the main characters in book and trailer was more than a little annoying. I understand that certain elements from the book cannot be put to screen and hope when I finally see the movie the actors will make it up for those differences with good acting performances.


The author is very good at writing thrilling and suspenseful scenes.  More than once my eyes were glued to the pages and I was scared what will happen next.

“the horror of the unknown is more frightening than any horror you can understand”
― M.R. Carey, The Girl With All the Gifts

The scientific part of explanation on why the world went into zombie mode was interesting. The steps and actions the government takes made sense more than I like. In this time where we like making up stories on world destruction this was one of the best ones I’ve read.

“Every adult grew from a kid who beat the odds. But at different times, in different places, the odds have been appallingly steep.”
― M.R. Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts


I liked the book but the ending made me feel uneasy. The moral of the story is simple and profound. It is also scary as well. I will willingly watch a zombie movie after a very long time because the book made it worth my while.


Monthly reading review – September 2016


Monthly reading review -September 2016

This September I have read:

Blindness by Jose Saramago ★★

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles, #1) ★★★★

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles, #2) ★★★★

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles, #3) ★★★★

The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles, #4) ★★★★★

The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles, #5) ★★★★

Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles, #6) ★★★★

The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles, #7) ★★★★

What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (The Bane Chronicles, #8) ★★★★★

The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles, #9) ★★★★★


1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

I’ve been stuck on some books  (still am!) that are simply not working out for me. To remedy this fatal condition I’ve been reading The Bane Chronicles chapters daily. I’m still missing the last one and the extra story that comes in this collection. Aside that I’ve read only one whole book. Month has been busy with many TV series and games and for that reason my reading has suffered…

imagesweeks…try months….

2.  What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

Jane Austen is killing me slowly. While I’m reading Sense and Sensibilities I often feel like I would have more fun staring at the wall. Fake characters and pretend well mannered ones are annoying me to no end. I keep trying to read it but every other page something makes me cringe. And then I think to myself: I’ve read many historical romance drama books that were fun to read, why is this one turning out so bad for me?


3.How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I’m so tilted in my reading lately that I can’t focus on any reading plan. Most I can to  is keep up with my RL book club assignments. 😦


4. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I haven’t made any progress with book series I am interested in and haven’t started any new ones either. I think my book series mojo has left me…


Final thoughts on September reading:

I would love to find last two stories from Bane Chronicles so I can make a full review on them. Hoping that now that September back to  school madness is over my job will leave me with more reading time available.  I’m trying to get a reading fix with some new historical romance book or good book series. I am aware that pushing trough this dry spell will require more determination.