The Girl With All the Gifts - M. R. Carey

The Girl With All the Gifts

By M. R. Carey

  • Release Date: 2014-06-10
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 335 Ratings


In the ruins of civilization, a young girl's kindness and capacity for love will either save humanity -- or wipe it out in this USA Today bestselling thriller Joss Whedon calls "heartfelt, remorseless, and painfully human."
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 pointed 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.
The Girl With All the Gifts is a genre-defying, emotionally charged thriller that will shatter your expectations of the classic zombie novel.

For more from M. R. Carey, check out:Someone Like MeFellsideThe Boy on the Bridge

By the same author, writing as Mike Carey:
The Devil You Know
Vicious Circle
Dead Men's Boots

Thicker Than Water
The Naming of the Beasts


  • One of the best of its genre

    By Proudpoppa69
    After having first seen the movie I decided to try the book. The movie closely follows the story line of the book so if you enjoyed the film then you will more than likely enjoy reading this apocalyptic tale of a killer zombie virus. I have read many of the written works in this genre and watched just about every movie pertaining to zombies and I must say that I am quite impressed. Read a sample and see if you can put it down. Good luck.
  • An excellent read

    By Jeff1395839192
    While enjoying a group's struggles of survival in a world post-infection on a global scale of mass devastation, you'll find yourself rooting for victory in an unexpected person and walking away from the ending not unequivocal of whether or not it was the right thing to do. Highly recommend this book!
  • Excellent

    By lasttbn
    Really enjoyed the book. The ending felt a bit rushed, but otherwise, excellent.
  • nicely crafted, fascinating, and too tedious

    By Chaudhrys5
    I thought it was great until they got close to London. It started going downhill with minutiae and Tolkin like detalil that would be fine if I had been… Great work and sophisticated… just pandeed to the pulp too much.
  • Thoughtfully exciting

    By Jw6265
    I like it
  • Great play on zombie scheme

    By K A Wittenberg
    Great writing, plot and character development matched with a twist on the zombie theme... what more could you ask for if you enjoy post apocalyptic zombie fantasy!
  • Riveting

    By Sabar
    M.R. Carey's deft pen has a way of taking readers on a joy ride. His refreshing zombie prospective that breaks down the scientific aspects of a zombie and his insight of each character steers the reader through an apocalyptic world at full speed.
  • Unique and Gut Wrenching (literally and figuratively)

    By cdrbedlam
    This book is an exciting and fresh take on the zombie apocalypse, despite the over saturation across all media. The story unfolds in ways you wouldn't expect. One might compare it to the video game The Last of Us, but the story is unique in its own way. The characters and the narrative are what makes the book shine. It's not brainless zombie fodder. It deals with ethical issues that arise from a zombie apocalypse scenario with great nuance. Fortunately, there are bits of horror that's enough to plant seeds to drive your imagination wild.
  • Breathtaking tragedy...or tale of hope?

    By GHSupermonkey
    Beautifully formed. Wonderfully written. This is a phenomenal story that transcends its genre. I wish I could read it for the first time again. Kudos M.R. Carey!
  • Truly unusual

    By frjeffgatlin
    In a market that is stuffed with mediocre apocalyptic books, "The Girl With All The Gifts" is brilliant. Emotionally satisfying and engaging with characters you can truly care about.