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The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney

A Post-Apocalyptic Nightmare I Didn't Want To Wake Up From

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

The premise of this post-apocalyptic thriller makes it sound like a real piece of  pulp fiction. The story is set on a military base that is one of the last outposts of humanity. Most of the rest of the human race have been infected by a parasitic fungus that turns them into flesh-eating zombies known as 'Hungries'. Here on the base they are desperately seeking a cure.

 

Don't be fooled. The Girl With All The Gifts is much more than a genre thriller. It is an intelligently written, character-based piece of speculative fiction. Seen largely from the point of view of one of the Hungries, a highly-intelligent child who only gradually comes to understand her true nature, it presents the reader with a series of moral dilemmas and avoids offering easy solutions.

 

It's also compelling reading.  I had to regularly stop myself reading so I could get on with the rest of my life.  Now that's it's over I wish I could start all over again.