Friday, 28 February 2014

Review: The Girl with All the Gifts

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

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A very original zombie novel, set in the UK, with some original and well-thought out ideas, but a slightly shaky plot. Events that drive the story early on seem to drop out of contention, and the middle of the novel is a bit dull. Having said that the ending is really excellent, well worth holding out for. Some of the ideas in the novel could have been better explored--it often seemed that the more interesting characters' points of view got short shrift, even though they were the realists and the more morally interesting. All in all, I'd recommend it if you're a fan of zombie stuff, but not if you haven't already read and watched the Walking Dead, which has really great writing, interesting multi-faceted unpredictable characters, and much more ambition.

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