With a strong plot and the main character hard not to love, “The Girl with All The Gifts” is an ingenious novel. Enough strong, enough thrilling, the story itself humanizes and presents in a totally positive light the most ferocious creatures.
As you may notice, yes, the book is a fantasy, a surprise also for me, because from the description, you wouldn’t know you’re going to read about zombies.
A book that changes the preconceptions about monsters
The world, as we know it, has lost the fight with a virus that caused terrible mutation.
Very few have survived, but they are the main target for the Hungry ones. These are some dangerous and dreadful creatures, whom hunger have dehumanized them.
Melanie is a prisoner in a military base. Every day, she waits for a guardian to take her to the classes, as she is mobilized in a wheelchair. Like her, all the other children are some captives and bounded to the same chair. They no longer have a normal childhood, as everybody sees them as the Hungry ones.
But Melanie is special and she can control her “hunger”, as she sees her teacher, Ms. Justineau, as a mother. Love makes her stronger in fighting with the behavior of the others and also with the whole entire world which wants to bear her down.
Love and caring can fight with zombies
Actually, I feel this is the light-reason of the book. How love and the feeling of caring can destroy and keep away the monsters and zombies.
Melanie is fragile, wise, innocent and kind, but she has that virus which can transform her into a zombie. But, discovering her affection for one of her teachers makes her normal, in real terms.
The book is interesting and its plot is unconventional. Zombies and unrealistic characters are not really my kind, but it felt like I came out from my comfort zone and tried another literature.
“The Girl with All The Gifts” is also on the screens since 2016, in a movie with the same plot, inspired by Mike Carey’s book.