Are you much of a book reader? I don’t tend to make a lot of room in my life for reading, yet love getting completely absorbed in a book. The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey did exactly that for me. Having watched and loved The Walking Dead, I thought this might be right up my street, but definitely a different type of read for me.
So, let’s be honest – it’s a post-apocalyptic thriller and yes it swings on the side of science fiction. Put off? Don’t be. I normally steer away from books of this genre but I’m so glad I didn’t. The book was engrossing and incredibly easy to read and get lost in – at times I forgot my surroundings because I was so heavily involved in the book.
Is it scary? At times, definitely. In fact the friend who recommended it to me left a note in the book for me that read “Read with the lights on”. However, it didn’t scare me as much as I thought it would and most likely that’s because of The Walking Dead, which has at times truly terrified me. That fear is kind of addictive and even at times where this book scared me, it just made me want to read on to find out what happens next. So I’ve probably become a little de-sensitised to zombie stories.
A sign of a good book for me is that enthusiasm and pure want to read again. “When can I read again? Oh man, I’m out tonight so probably not for a couple of days. Damn”. Now that’s a book that’s got my attention and why I’d definitely recommend The Girl with all the Gifts.
The story itself focuses around a girl called Melanie – a girl that’s different from others in this new world. The twists and turns keep you hooked and the ending left me thinking about how vulnerable the world and humanity is. That’s a little deep, so let’s just say the story got me thinking way after I’d finished the last page.
I wouldn’t say this is a complex read, but an enjoyable story and one I’d definitely recommend to others.
Have you read any zombie or science fiction books you’d recommend? I’m now on the look out for some ‘easier’ books of that genre, so do share!