The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey: Book and Movie Review 

The Girl With All the Gifts is a story set in the future, where the world has been infected with a virus that turns people into flesh-eating zombies, called hungries. It’s one of the most thrilling novels I’ve read.

The main character, Melanie, is a girl who attends classes everyday, loves reading and is as sharp as a pin. Being chained up, muzzled, tied and taken for tests occasionally is a part of her life. However, when she smells human flesh, she goes crazy—and realizes that she is one of the zombies who have taken over the planet. The tests, which are conducted by a group of scientists, are the only hope of finding a cure.

Seeing the world through Melanie’s eyes is very interesting, as her world was only her room and the classroom, where all the children were taught. We also get to experience Miss Justineau’s (her favourite teacher) point of view, along with Sergeant Parks, the man in charge of the place where the kids were kept, and Caroline Caldwell, the head scientist.

This is a story of the struggle of a group of people, who fight against all sorts of things and learn to trust each other. There are certain twists and turns that are quite unexpected. The ending is a bit scary, in my opinion, but I think it’s one of the best zombie novels I’ve read.


The movie is a good one too. Even though the races of the protagonists were reversed, it was very interesting to watch. It stars Sennia Nanua as Melanie, Gemma Arterton as Miss Justineau, Glenn Close as Caroline Caldwell and Paddy Considine as Sergeant Eddie Parks. There  are a few changes in the movie, but it is one of the book adaptations I would recommend.


Book Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Movie Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  1. Accidentally checked this book out of the library. Accidentally? Anyway, not into zombies or sci-fi. Yet, this story drew me in completely absorbed. Recommend.

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