Before we were writers, we started our lives as avid readers. In fact, the whole idea of writing together came from a failed attempt at a family reading group. We still read, a lot. This week, Anne finished a book by M.R. Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts. Here’s what she thought about it:
I love a book that stays with me after I’ve closed its pages for the night. The Girl with All the Gifts is one of those books. I’d have to describe it as a thinking man’s zombie story, although in this case, M.R. Carey uses the term “Hungries” to describe his shambling horrors. He ticks all the boxes for a good zombie tale but then takes an unusual turn, focusing on a young “hungry” girl, Melanie, turned but yet still retaining her human faculties. She’s a test subject, one of many, kept for observation and the hope that they hold the key to a cure.
I don’t want to spoil it for any potential readers, so I’ll just say that Melanie and a small group of human companions are thrown together outside of the safety of the compound where they reside. M.R. Carey manages to incorporate some heavy ethical and moral questions while still keeping the story suspenseful and terrifying. I loved this book and I’ll be looking for more from the author.
This week, we’ll continue to work on our own projects, as well as preparing for another author interview. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Anne, Nancy, and Eric