16 September 2015

The Girl With All The Gifts

The blurb: Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks 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. 

As you can see, this book's description leaves quite a lot to the imagination! Sometimes I find that if the subject matter of the book is unknown and really vague, it puts me off reading, but in this case I was intrigued. Had I known more about the book beforehand I might not have picked it up, as it's different to anything I've read before or would normally choose. I definitely enjoyed it more than I thought I would enjoy a story of this kind, so I'm glad I read it, but it hasn't made it as a favourite.

The beginning of the book was the strongest part for me. I think it's best to go into this without any knowledge of the plot as the strength of the story at first comes from the suspense this brings, so I'm really trying not to give away any spoilers here! The reader finds out along with Melanie the reason for her treatment which gives the story a good pace. I did struggle a little to stay interested after the point where all becomes clear - again, I haven't read anything else of this particular type of post-apocalyptic fiction, but the rest of the book's plot is what I imagine to be the usual for the genre it is.

Have you read this one?

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