The Girl with All the Gifts: review

June 13, 2014 2014, 5 star books, adult crossover, dystopian/post-apocalyptic, sci fi or futuristic, Wendy 106 ★★★★★

The Girl with All the Gifts: reviewThe Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
Published by Orbit Books on June 10, 2014
Genres: adult, science fiction
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is a sensational thriller, perfect for fans of Stephen King, Justin Cronin and Neil Gaiman.

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 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 favourite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

This is the story of a girl, locked in a room, who is strapped into a chair every morning while a man holds a gun to her head. She’s wheeled into a classroom in which there are other kids strapped into chairs just like hers, where a woman teaches them lessons that they will probably never need to learn.

The Girl with All the Gifts is difficult to review, because it’s one of those stories that’s best enjoyed if you know next to nothing about it. It isn’t necessarily difficult to figure out what’s going on, but the meticulously crafted narrative is a pleasure to experience every step of the way, particularly in the beginning chapters inside 10-year-old Melanie’s head, when the author allows the reader to put together pieces of a puzzle that Melanie herself doesn’t even know exists. It’s brilliant writing that pulls off the trick of a somewhat unreliable heroine, featuring indelible characters ranging from the clinical Dr. Caldwell to the no-nonsense Sergeant to the protective Miss Justineau. Each of them has agency, and a role to play in a world that becomes increasingly violent and increasingly hard to understand.

The Girl with All the Gifts is a fantastic combination of:

the scrupulously researched medical thriller aspects of Mira Grant’s Deadline +
the queer, feral curiosity of a child who’s not what she seems, like Octavia Butler’s Fledgling +
the wandering survival aspects of The Reapers are the Angels and its badass heroine Temple +
the dichtomy of high-functioning/degenerate beings in Warm Bodies +
the poignant, impossible need in Let the Right One In.

But it has a scary pathogen (based on fungus that actually exists, so let that one steep in your nightmares), distinctly drawn characters and touching relationships, and an unexpected and AWESOME ending of its own. Seriously, it’s one of those endings that has you hopping with excitement, not only for the sheer ballsiness of it, but for how much it makes sense. I can’t say any more for fear of spoiling it, but once you read this thing–and you WILL read it, won’t you?–please come flail with me over it! I need more people to discuss this book with.

I also appreciated that, despite the enormous amounts of medical and scientific research that clearly went into this novel, facts and figures are seamlessly incorporated into the story in a way that makes all of it not only very easy to understand, but fascinating as well. If you’re someone who loves reading about experimentation, dissection, or human eco-theory, this book will be like catnip. But even if you’re not, the human elements of the story, as well as the exciting action sequences, occasional gore, and engrossing plot, will keep those pages turning.

Post-apocalyptic fiction is at its best when a story is a microcosm of the world at large. Where are we headed as a free-thinking civilization? What becomes of us if society breaks down? My favorite books in this genre have indirectly tackled philosophical questions and themes in ways that are sometimes thrilling, sometimes devastating, and sometimes sad, and this one does all three.

I’ve read over 100 books so far this year, and a lot of them have been terrific–but The Girl with All the Gifts is my first 5 star read of 2014. And I know it’s a book I’ll revisit again and again in the years to come.


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Curious about the book? Read sample chapters on Orbit Books’ website.

Note: This is Mike Carey‘s debut under this pseudonym. It’s unfortunate that the Amazon-Hachette dispute means that it’s difficult to get this title through them, but this book is well worth seeking out at independent bookstores through Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, or The Book Depository. And for those excited by the Newsflesh comparison, Mira Grant/Seanan Maguire confirmed she is a HUGE fan of this book as well!

And for YA readers: if you enjoyed Dan Wells’ Partials, you should give this one a go.

An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review. Special thanks to Ellen, the wonderful Orbit publicist who is always so patient with my constantly forgetting to request titles and send review links, and sends me books she thinks I’ll like anyway. She was spot-on with this one.
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106 Responses to “The Girl with All the Gifts: review”

  1. Mara

    It’s on hold at the library! Thanks for putting this book on the radar! The premise sounds extremely promising.

  2. Amanda

    Reading the description of this book made me think it wasn’t for me at all. But combined with a Mira Grant reference and your 5 stars I’m sold. Definitely adding this to my to read list! Thanks for the review!
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  3. Bonnie @ For the Love of Words

    Melanie was definitely an unreliable narrator. But completely unaware of her unreliability. lol
    That ending was truly incredible. Ballsy is right. I never saw it coming at all. LOVED THIS so much. 5 stars for me as well. And while they’re completely different, I’ll definitely be picking up the authors others books.
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  4. A Canadian Girl

    I put this on my wishlist, Wendy, because I though the synopsis sounded very intriguing but hadn’t heard much about it. It’s great to know then that you thought this was a five star read. I don’t think I’ve given a book in 2014 five stars so I’ll try to get my hands on a copy of this one to read right away. I like that it’s well-researched yet information isn’t dumped on you.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yeah, I’ve read a handful of 4.5 star books this year that I loved, but this is the only one where I felt like there was absolutely nothing that needed tinkering, and the story is so original. I hope you end up enjoying it, Z!

      I just read, and liked FREE TO FALL recently, too–once I’ve had a chance to post my review (sooo behind, it’s ridiculous), I’ll have to come check out yours.

  5. Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

    I adored this book. I’m still trying to decide if it’s the best book I’ve read in 2014 (out of 90), but it’s certainly among the top three. It also might be one of the best apocalyptic stories I’ve EVER read, right up there with The Road.

    I LOVED the ending, too, Wendy. I never saw it coming, although as you said, it makes perfect sense. I think this might be an indication that Melanie is smarter than me.

    Re: the whole Amazon nonsense – they are selling this at the $25 list price with a 2 – week shipping delay. Places like B&N and Powell’s are selling it for around $10 less. I think I’ll buy a copy from one of them just out of spite.
    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia recently posted…Review: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

      • Wendy Darling

        I know, I feel bad for Hachette authors. I bought a Kindle copy for my BFF because he’s going on a really long plane ride, and it was $13! I would normally never pay that for an ebook, but in this case, I’d like to support the author. And maybe it’s a bit of a sign to Amazon, too. Who am I kidding, they’re gigantic and will never notice. *sigh*

    • Wendy Darling

      Ahhhh, it makes me so happy to hear you rank this so highly, Stephanie! I really wasn’t thinking too much about where the ending would be, maybe because so many of these books end the same way, even the ones I really like. But I think you’re right, Melanie is probably smarter (and more e __ __ __ __ ed) than all of us.

      Now I’m curious what other books are in the running for your top books of the year so far, though. Looks like you’re a prolific reader just like all of us are.

  6. Linnea Pietsch

    I’ve been hearing a lot about this book and am really excited to read it.

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m jazzed to hear people are talking about this book! I’ve been out of the loop lately, so hearing that is reassuring. It’s one of those books where I feel pretty invested in its success because I am such a fan.

  7. Thomas

    Brilliant review as always, Wendy! Even though you say it’s hard to review the book because you don’t want to give away too much, you always strike the perfect balance between disclosure and secrecy. It sounds like an interesting concept that the author then transforms into a mind-blowing book – all of the other titles you include in the review certainly help as well. So excited to eventually get my hands on this one.
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    • Wendy Darling

      you always strike the perfect balance between disclosure and secrecy.

      Oh Thomas, thank you so much. <3 That means a lot coming from someone whose reviews I love so much. I know you already have your own lovely space, but if you ever decide you'd like to try out the group-blogging thing, don't ever hesitate to drop me a note.

      I can't wait to hear what you think of this one!

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh good, I’m glad you have it on your list! I’m sorry you didn’t get an ARC, but honestly it’s well worth supporting the author in this case. I’ve already purchased the book for a couple of friends because I know they’ll love it, too.

  8. Nikki

    This sounds sooooo good, I added to my to read list immediately!

    • Wendy Darling

      Holy crap, Tabitha–you would love this. I will eat something unpleasant if you don’t. And you KNOW how much I like good food.

      If I somehow miss your review, tag me if you remember! I want to make sure I get to Muppet flail with you.

  9. Ally

    Read the entire thing in less than 24 hours. Couldn’t put it down! So thought provoking and vibrantly written. Thanks so much for the recommendation/review! It made for a very enjoyable weekend. I’ve now recommended the book to several friends. I need someone else to read it & discuss with me since I can’t get this book out of my head!

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh my gosh, YES. It is so busy for us right now, and I’ve been hugely distracted and unable to concentrate on any review books for a couple of months. But this book–THIS book pulled me out of my reading slump, and I read it within 24 hours, too!

      “Vibrantly written” is a good way to put it, and the story definitely makes you think. I’m so glad you loved it!

  10. Lucy

    You sold me on goodreads with your teaser review. I’ll be reading this one for sure this summer. Yay for 5-star reads!

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m so happy to hear this one’s up next for you! I’ll be on the lookout for your heart palpitations. I mean, for your review.

  11. Jessica Cooley

    This sounds super creepy – interesting. I’ve not read most of the books you compare it to but know of them and have seen the movies you mentioned. I’m intrigued but wonder if I’ll get nightmares…I’m such a baby sometimes.

    Nice review, kept the mystery but got your point across.
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    • Wendy Darling

      It is both creepy and fascinating, Jessica! There is some gore in it, but it’s really nothing bad–it’s more “coooool” than “ewwww” and cringe-inducing, if that makes sense. If you liked and were able to handle the films I mentioned, you’ll be just fine!

      And thanks, it was a challenge to review (you’ll see what I mean when you check out the book, hah), but it was fun to write.

  12. Rachel

    A ten-year old strapped to a chair with a gun to her head each day? Well that certainly gets my attention. I did really enjoy the Newsflesh Trilogy and I love sci-fi when I pick it up, but I don’t usually read middle grade books. The fact that this is your first 5 star rating is compelling, though. Wonderful review, Wendy! :)
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  13. Michelle

    Okay, I’m going to pick this book up ASAP. There’s so much positive hype and buzz about it and I love horror reads! What more? :) This is going to be my new summer read! Great review as always, Wendy!
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    • Wendy Darling

      I’m excited to hear there’s been buzz. I’ve been kind of living in this bubble for the past few months book-wise, so it’s great to hear people are talking about it!

      I love horror books, too. When they have great character and plot, anyway. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Danielle

    Wow, I completely can’t wait to read this one! It looks fantastic and like a breath of fresh air.

  15. Rashika

    Frankly, I am quite jealous (while simultaneously being happy for you) of you! I still haven’t read a 5 star read this year aside from a novella (and I was actually whining about this yesterday.. coincidence, I THINK NOT) .-. But I am glad to see you finally found a book worthy of those 5 stars!!! :)

    This books definitely sounds like something I’ll love so it’ll have to go on my TBR in hopes of securing 5 stars from me too because boy does it sound like a thought provoking read! The best kind in my opinion ;)

    With that said though, I am not sure how soon I’ll get around to reading it. Pathogens have a way of scaring me off… and the fact that it’s based on a real life fungus? I am pretty sure I’ll have queasy moments while reading the book and nightmares after along with the fact that I’d pretty much become a germaphobe for a couple of days *shudders*.

    Either way, I am so glad to see you enjoyed this!

    Fantastic review as always, Wendy!! :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, I know how you feel, Rashika. I’ve had a few books come close to be being 5 stars this year (THE WINNER’S CURSE, FORTUNE’S PAWN, QUEEN OF THE TEARLING, DOROTHY MUST DIE, among others, so it’s been a good reading year overall, I just haven’t been totally blown away/wouldn’t-change-a-word excited unti l now. I hope you find a 5 star book soon! I’m glad I’m not the only one who is so stingy with the star ratings!

      This book is like cool-creepy and cool-scary, not gross-out repulsive, if you know what I mean. Unless you are extremely, almost OCD put off by the idea of a disease, I doubt you’ll have trouble with it.

      And I like my fluff, but you’re right–thought-provoking reads are the best ones. :)

  16. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    The first thing that made me add this book was the fact there is a ‘Melanie’. That doesn’t happen very often. Also:

    the scrupulously researched medical thriller aspects of Mira Grant’s – and a fungus? This book is definitely something for me! I love books with medical aspects (if they are well researched) and I don’t think I’ve seen a story about a fungus before :D This is going to be a very interesting read for me.
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    • Wendy Darling

      You know, I always think of “Melanie Daniels” from Alfred Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS when I hear your name! You’re right, it’s not a name that you hear too often in fiction anymore, though. Or even in person. Although Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas live like 5 minutes away from me. (Or they did, who knows who will get that house now that they’ve separated.)

      I didn’t know you were into medical thrillers and fungi, Mel! I mean, I know you read things other than fairy tales, obviously, but it’s cool that you like this specific genre–there used to be way more medical thrillers written, and I wish that trend would come back. When they’re well-written, they can be so, so good.

      • Mel@thedailyprophecy

        Hahah, I’ve never seen that movie, but I know it terrifies my mom. The only other stars I can think of are Mel C and Mel B from the Spice girls, haha.

        I am a Microbiology student, so these type of books always appeal to me! I also enjoyed Mira Grant’s Parasite a lot and books like Partials from Dan Wells. It would also be great if they wrote more of these books in YA, because I think that would be read by a large audience too.
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        • Wendy Darling

          I had no idea you were studying microbiology! It makes so much sense that you’d be into PARTIALS and PARASITE, then. I wanted to mention the latter book as well, but I”d already compared this book to so many others, it was getting ridiculous. :P

          I can’t wait to hear what you think of this one, then, given your background. You’ll read it from a totally different (and much more well-informed) perspective.

    • Wendy Darling

      Yay! I’m glad you’re going to give it a shot, Aimee. I thought this was fantastic, and I can’t wait for more people to find their way to it. I feel like it’s one of those books that can really benefit from word of mouth, too.

  17. Hilary

    I saw this book on goodreads and I was pretty intrigued by it. I was just hesitant to pick it up because I thought, judging by the title, that it would be about a girl who had all of these special powers and was taught the ways to use her powers for good (“With great power comes great responsibility” and all of that). Your review of this book just piqued my curiosity and now I’m struggling to contain myself from an explosion of excitement. I’ll definitely pick this up!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yeah, someone else told me that from the description, they thought it was a fantasy novel? I would have been hesitant to pick it up, too–that’s definitely a much more common story idea, although sometimes it can be great if it’s done well. This one’s much more interesting, imo.

      If this review got you excited, I don’t even KNOW what the book will do to you. Explosion is imminent. :D

    • Wendy Darling

      EXCELLENT. I’m glad we’ve convinced you, it’s well worth finding. I was in a Barnes & Noble yesterday and was pleased to see it in the New SciFi section.

    • Wendy Darling

      That’s so nice of you–although I think you’ll agree once you read this thing that it’s hard to do this one justice. ;) Hope you enjoy it!

  18. Emily

    Wonderful review! I’ve heard a lot about this book recently ( I actually had a friend at work raving about it earlier today)and can not wait to read it. Thankfully, the same friend allowed me to borrow her book. Guess I know what I will be doing this weekend…

    • Wendy Darling

      Thank you! It’s heartening to hear that people are talking about this book already, even during its first week of release. Fingers crossed you have a great experience with it, too.

  19. Larissa

    It’s your first five star read this year?? Haha well it’s definitely been added to my TBR now.

    Even though you did say this one was hard to review, I’m getting a sense for The Girl with All the Gifts and I want it now. I’m definitely intrigued by unreliable narrators, and this case seems no different. This world that you say becomes increasingly violent sounds obviously scary, but I’m definitely interested in seeing how it effects the narrator. Out of those books listed I’ve only read Warm Bodies, but I did quite enjoy that one so I’m curious to see those elements in play.

    The fungus actually exists :o Now that’s something that’ll end up terrifying me. Sometimes I find medical diseases and such more scary than typical demons/ghosts/vampires/whatever. I suppose it’s due to that realistic element that disease brings O.o Eeeeek, this ending also seems to have you all up in wraps. Lol I love endings like that, ones that you can’t help but think about once the story is long complete. In that way it allows the story to deeper resonate with you and makes it more memorable.

    Ooooo, I actually really do love when books can manage to include elements of factual information in them. I suppose I do love learning, which makes the fact that this story includes medical information in it all the more appealing.

    Fantastic review (: I’ll definitely be giving this one a try [:
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    • Wendy Darling

      I LOVE unreliable narrators. Kate pointed out in one of our internal discussions that sometimes a book is completely dependent upon the surprise(we were pondering whether we should do a “favorite UN list”), but in this case it’s a little different because we put together pieces before Melanie even does, and this part is only in the beginning chapters. Same sort of idea/technique, though.

      I really liked WARM BODIES, too. You’ll see what I mean with that reference, and I think if you liked the questions that book raised, you’ll appreciate this, too.

      YES, SCARY ASS FUNGUS exists. One of the reviewers on GoodReads linked to a YouTube video showing the fungus’ effect on ants and… o_O. I didn’t link to it because it outright mentions one of the surprises, albeit one you find out pretty quickly.

      That ending is just…killer. I hope you get a chance to read it soon, Larissa!

  20. Amir

    I’m looking for an audiobook to use with my audible credit for this month and Dre from Sporadic Reads actually suggested this book based on your review! I stopped reading when you said that this book is best to go in blind but from your rating I know that I just have to try this out! The blurb is really intriguing and I feel like this is one of those books that will make me question humanity. Definitely 1-clicking this on audible :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, it’s so nice of Dre to send your our way! I hope the narrator is a good one for the audiobook version–this would be a great story to listen to if the reader does it justice. Definitely a book that keeps you thinking about where we’re headed.

      I kept the review pretty vague and it’s spoiler free, so no worries if you decide to read it, Amir. But if the 5 star rating is good enough for you, huzzah!

    • Wendy Darling

      I am pretty sure that Mira Grant fans are going to eat this right up. Can’t wait to hear what you think, Kimba!

  21. Kin

    I read this a couple months ago and really liked it, which says a lot because I’m not usually into books of this specific, er, genre, if you know what I mean. Melanie was both scary and very practical.

    • Wendy Darling

      Heh, I DO know what you mean. It was hard not to use that word, although anybody who’s familiar with the books I referenced will know. I never thought I’d be into THESE books either, until I read Mira Grant’s FEED. And now they’re some of my favorite novels!

      Melanie is awesome. Like you said, both scary and practical, and I liked that you still felt as though she was a child, despite her cognitive abilities. It’s so interesting when she starts to learn about how she fits into the scheme of things.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh man, I was in such a serious reading slump before I read this book, Dre! I hadn’t read anything in two months that caught my fancy–and half the time, I could tell it wasn’t even the book’s fault, but mine, and I was starting to get get seriously concerned/questioning this whole reviewing thing and whether it was sucking all the joy out of reading for me. BUT. This book jolted me out of that funk, and I was actually really excited to talk about it. :)

      Definitely not a fluffy book. Maybe it’ll work its magic for you, too!

  22. Layla A

    YESSS. I just read this from NetGalley and I cannot. Stop. Thinking. About it. (Especially the ending.)

    I wish it had come out a few months earlier so I could have taught it this year. Goddammit!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Holy shit, that ending. I will never stop being wowed by that ending! I gotta come check out your review this weekend when I have a minute to breathe. I’m excited that you loved it too, Layla.

      And there’s always next year, no? And if you don’t mind my asking, what wondrous class do you teach that you’re able to include books like this into the curriculum?

    • Wendy Darling

      I do it because you looooove it. You can thank me later. :D

      And YES, Orbit is kicking serious as this year, what with Rachel Bach’s series and more Mira Grant on the way soon. I have a few other titles from them I’m eager to dive into as well. I haven’t looked at any fall/winter 2014 stuff yet, though, other than Macmillan’s–I’m still trying to catch up to summer! But I’m excited to hear there’s awesome stuff coming soon from Orbit.

  23. Lisa (Fic Talk)

    Sounds super good! Yours is the first review I’ve read, but I have seen bloggers recommending it quite a bit in my twitter feed. Have added it to my wishlist on The Book Depo.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Wendy Darling

      I haven’t had a chance to read anyone’s reviews of this book yet other than Bonnie’s (from For the Love of Words), but I’m eager to see what everyone else though. Glad you’ve added it to your TBR!

  24. Megan (Adrift on Vulcan)

    Wow, five stars! I’ve been looking forward to this one for so long, so you can’t believe how happy I am that you loved it so much, Wendy! Even though I haven’t read any of the books you mentioned in how The Girl With All the Gifts is a combination of, I do love the premise behind Deadline and The Reapers Are the Angels, so I guess that’s a plus? Haha. But what really excites me is the fact that the pathogen is based on a very much real fungus — it kind of makes things more believable, and of course creepy, which is important.

    I also appreciated that, despite the enormous amounts of medical and scientific research that clearly went into this novel, facts and figures are seamlessly incorporated into the story in a way that makes all of it not only very easy to understand, but fascinating as well.” Usually I’m not a fan of heavy scientific terms and research being used in books even though sci-fi is one of my favorite genres, but it’s a relief that the scientific aspect here was done well and easy to understand. I read Mira Grant’s Parasite last year, which seems similar to this scientifically, and found it all too much of an info-dump. Thank goodness this isn’t the case here.

    So far, loving the sound of this. I haven’t read too many good books this year either, and I’m hoping to change that. Hopefully I’ll enjoy this book as much as you did. Brilliant review! :)

    Megan @ Adrift on Vulcan
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    • Wendy Darling

      Have you been looking forward to this one? I guess there’s been buzz around this book, but I’ve been so absent from Twitter and GoodReads and the blogosphere for the past few months that I missed it all, hah. I had no idea of what to expect other than the cryptic blurb, and I have to say it was really nice to experience the story that way.

      YES, REAL FUNGUS. Omg, wait until you see what happens with it. o_O I can picture it so vividly in my mind, and I don’t think I will ever be able to erase it. I don’t think you’ll find the science too difficult to digest, either–this plot has more action in it than Mira Grant’s books, so it probably balances things out better for those who struggled a bit with Mira’s.

      I hope you love this book, too. I hope everybody loves it.

    • Wendy Darling

      Definitely both intriguing and unique, Kindlemom–I’m so happy to have this book on my shelves. I hope you give it a try sometime.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh noooo, don’t read ahead in this one! You’ll appreciate the ending so much more if you let the author guide you. It’s a fast and enjoyable read, so hopefully you won’t be too tempted to flip ahead to see what happens.

  25. Pili

    Well, I had been wondering about this one for a while, but I wasn’t sure what kind of book it was. Now that I’ve read your (spoiler free!!) review… I know I need to get it, and so as Carina has done, I’m gonna look on Book Depository for it!
    Postapocalyptic is a genre I love, and I loved Parasite by Mira Grant, so I think I’ll love this one!
    Thanks for the recommendation, Wendy!!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Heh, yeah–I enjoy the challenge of writing spoiler-free reviews. After you read the book (and if you haven’t read other reviews), you’ll realize there’s a word I deliberately excluded from this review…although it’s pretty obvious if you’re at all familiar with the other titles.

      If you loved PARASITE, you’ll definitely love this book. I’ll eat my hat if you don’t. SO glad you ordered it already!

  26. Carina Olsen

    Ohhh. Amazing review Wendy :D Ack. This book sounds awesome. But also creepy and heartbreaking? Sigh. I think you have convinced me that I need to read it, though :) lol. Just. Ack. I need to know if it ends good, hih :) But yess. It sounds awesome! And I’m so glad that you loved it so much :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yes, please do give it a chance! I think it will appeal to a broad range of readers, even if they haven’t specifically read any of the books I referenced.

    • Wendy Darling

      Wasn’t it SPECTACULAR? *dances*

      I loved the original LET THE RIGHT ONE IN as well. And I was also extremely resistant to an English language remake, but it actually was pretty decent. If somewhat pointless, since they basically stuck to mostly the same script, it seemed. I’d recommend it if you ever catch it on cable or something.

    • Wendy Darling

      The actual number is 135, I think, but I rounded down since a few of those were rereads! But I’ll easily double that by the end of the year, if everything is on track.

      Happy Friday to you! Hope your weekend is full of great books!

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh good, I’m glad you’re going to give it a chance! You’ll see what I mean with the PARTIALS reference. Now I’m curious about your 13 five star books from 2014, though. o.O

    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, this review could just basically have been “SEANAN MAGUIRE SAYS DO IT” and it probably would have worked just as well! I hope you love it as much as I did, Jeann.