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

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Mutant parasitic fungus leaps the species barrier and flies around the world as a plague. Most humans are infected. The fungus attacks and destroys the brain, the human is effectively dead and the host sits and waits until it can detect food – living flesh of any type. Then super-powers switch in. These beings roam the land but there are isolated camps of ‘survivors’. We start our tale in one such camp where fungal children (Hungries) have been captured and are being either ‘taught’ or ‘analysed’. It seems a new race must emerge. How and on which side is at the centre of this captivating tale mixing science fiction with a human interest tale. A good page-turner, well drawn and woven together in a strongly plausible fashion. Nice one.

If you like M. R. Carey you might also like to read books by Justin Cronin, Lauren Beukes and Neil Gaiman.

Synopsis

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

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 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. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

Reviews

A great read that takes hold of you and doesn't let go - John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

Heartbreaking and shocking - FABULOUS MAGAZINE (SUN supplement)

Brilliant ... Gripping right to the end - SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author Carole Matthews

About the Author

M. R. Carey

M. R. Carey is a pen name for an established British writer of prose fiction and comic books. He has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels and one Hollywood movie screenplay to his credit.

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Book Info

Publication date

19th June 2014

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M. R. Carey

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Author's Website

mikeandpeter.com/about/
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Publisher

Orbit an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
512 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
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Fantasy

ISBN

9780356500157

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