The Girl With All the Gifts (Paperback)
June 2014 Indie Next List
“Meet Melanie, a child prodigy around whom circles a group of adults that protect, educate, covet, study, fear, and love her. She is the answer to the countless questions that have arisen since much of the planet and population have been destroyed by a fungal virus. Her intelligence, resilience, and chemical makeup could possibly shed a light on the future of the human race. In a near-future in which critical decisions must be made at a moment's notice, Melanie and her four adult companions will find that their morality is constantly tested and changing. Humans become monsters, but monsters become human, too.”
— Katie Capaldi, Between the Covers, Harbor Springs, MI
Melanie is a cheerful 10-year-old girl who loves to learn. In full-body restraints, she is escorted daily by armed guards to a classroom that teaches children lessons they will likely never need. What makes her special, prized, perceived as dangerous, and why is she here?
The Girl With All The Gifts is a deliberate and intriguing tale of survival, adaption, and finding humanity in a menacing world. Told in multiple vivid perspectives, we grasp these characters’ every sensation and the threats they face to life as they know it.— From Gina's Picks
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.
"Unique and terrifying."—Booklist
"An instant favorite."—Boing Boing
"A great read that takes hold of you and doesn't let go."—John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
"Heartfelt, remorseless and painfully human...as fresh as it is terrifying. A jewel."—Joss Whedon
"If you only read one novel this year, make sure it's this one, it's amazing."—Martina Cole
"One of the more imaginative and ingenious additions to the dystopian canon."—Kirkus
"...a brilliant work of science fiction, but even people who never read science fiction should absolutely read this one."—io9.com
"A modern classic for the horror genre."—Book Riot