Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."
My Review - 3 1/2
I saw the trailer for the movie and had to read the book first, it looked intense, totally me so I went for it. Amazing characters which kept me reading. A very strong intro where we meet all the characters, get a little understanding of what is going on and then all hell breaks loose. Some escape and begin the journey of survival. I thought I was in for a 5 star read.
This is where the book changed for me. This journey went on forever, I think it could have been shorter, I lost my interest but continued through it because I had to know how it ended. Melanie is a fascinating girl and you want to know what will happen and if they find a cure and safety. She really is a gifted child. The science part did nothing for me, it felt like a filter instead of to bring more understanding. This is my first zombie book, they are called hungries in The Girl with all the Gifts. I would read another zombie book only if recommended to me, this wasn't a turn off to me.
"That's Pandora," Miss Justineau said. "She was a really amazing woman. All the gods had blessed her and given her gifts. That's what her name means - 'the girl with all the gifts'. So she was clever, and brave, and beautiful, and funny, and everything else you'd want to be. But she just had the one tiny fault, which was that she was very-and I mean very - curious." Kindle 3%
The best part of this book was the characters and relationships built. What changes people when in survival mode? Do you have moral and integrity issues when fighting for what is right?
But this is how you square the circle. Can't go back. Can't go forward. Can't stay put. So you pick another direction and you get out from under. Kindle 72%
I thought the ending was great, circular but it threw me a little. If I had loved the story I would have reread the ending. There was a part that Melanie witnessed that I knew would mean something and I was intrigued again, it made the book worth reading but the middle lacked something. Melanie is the glue to this story, worth reading to know this character. I look forward to watching the movie.