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The Girl With All The Gifts (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

M. R. Carey
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"A great read that takes hold of you and doesn't let go."—John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

"The story of Melanie and the people around her is so thoughtfully crafted, so heartfelt, remorseless and painfully human, that it takes the potentially tired trope of the zombie apocalypse and makes it as fresh as it is terrifying. The story spirals towards a conclusion so surprising, so warm and yet so chilling, that it takes a moment to realize it's been earned since the first page, and even before. It left me sighing with envious joy, like I'd been simultaneously offered flowers and beaten at chess. A jewel."—Joss Whedon

"If you only read one novel this year, make sure it's this one, it's amazing."—Martina Cole

Présentation de l'éditeur

NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks 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 is a very special girl.

Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.

'Original, thrilling and powerful' - GUARDIAN

'Haunting, heartbreaking' - VOGUE

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

'Scary, tense and fast-paced . . . but with a heart-warming tenderness' - MARIE CLAIRE

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 574 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 417 pages
  • Editeur : Orbit (14 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00B27ECPY
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Je ne vais pas lui faire de cadeaux 24 août 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
J'ai souvent des problèmes avec la narration au présent, avec les narrateurs omniscients et avec le point de vue multiple. Comme ce livre cumule les trois, j'étais mal parti.

Pourtant, je reconnais que le point de départ du livre est plutôt réussi (sans être passionnant). Mais dès le démarrage du road trip, j'ai trouvé ça lourd, psychologisant, lent et verbeux. Le livre est issu d'une nouvelle, et ça se sent : la trame est étirée comme un chewing gum, il ne se passe pas grand chose au cours des trois cent dernières pages.
De toute façon, j'aime pas les road trip. C'est toujours sentencieux et pénible, l'auteur se sentant systématiquement investi de la mission divine de nous éclairer sur le vrai sens de la vie.
Les quelques plages d'actions sont pourtant agréables à lire, mais j'ai trouvé les longues introspections des différents personnages d'un ennui abyssal.
D'ailleurs, globalement les personnages ne m'ont pas plu du tout, et je n'ai jamais accroché à la relation entre Mélanie et Mademoiselle Justineau, qui semble constituer le coeur du récit. J'ai bien plus de compassion pour les glaçons de mon freezer (condamnés à une mort inéluctable, les pauvres) que je n'ai eu d'empathie pour la petite héroïne, qui ne m'a jamais touché. Mais c'est probablement parce que j'ai trouvé la narration trop impersonnelle et particulièrement crispante. On suit en détail 5 personnages, et tous ont la même "voix", c'est affreux.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un livre qui vous attrape par les sentiments 24 février 2014
Par Kallisthène TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
Format:Format Kindle
Une part de l’attrait de ce livre repose sur la compréhension graduelle du monde dans lequel se déroule l’histoire ainsi que de la nature des protagonistes. Je vous révélerai donc simplement que nous nous trouvons en Grande-Bretagne, vingt ans après un cataclysme ayant décimé une grande partie de la population et détruit la civilisation.

Les survivants dont nous faisons la connaissance vivent et survivent manifestement dans un avant-poste militaire. Mais il est difficile de se faire une idée très claire de cet environnement, car le narrateur est à la fois trop jeune, dix ans, et peu informé.

En effet, la jeune Mélanie ne sort de sa cellule individuelle que pour aller à l’école et y retrouver ses camarades. Qu’ont donc fait ces enfants pour être ainsi emprisonnés ? Et que d’extraordinaires précautions employées par les soldats chargés de les amener à l’école. Pourquoi est-il besoin de les attacher sans cesse ?

Mais qu’importe, car Mélanie ne se plaint pas de son sort, d’ailleurs en a-t-elle connu d’autre ? Et puis sa vie n’est pas exempte de moments de joie. En particulier lorsqu’elle va en classe, mais surtout quand elle y retrouve sa professeure préférée, Mlle Justineau.
Mlle Justineau, qui remplit un petit cerveau assoiffé de savoir mais qui peuple aussi l’imaginaire de Mélanie de contes et de mythes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 However many words there are for brilliant this is all of them! 23 janvier 2014
Par Liz Wilkins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
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.

So. Mr Carey. I have been waiting for another book in another series, some folks will know what I mean, but I thought hey, this one will do to be going on with. Especially when good blogger friend Kate waxed lyrical about it and told me I must read it. Frankly it wasnt a hard sell..

This is an INCREDIBLY difficult book to review without spoilers – I had no idea why Melanie was so special going in, and I’m not going to tell you either, but special she is. And not just because this is a clever, fascinating, addictive story about – ha see you nearly had me – its about THINGS OCCURRING - but because she is ridiculously easy to love, so well written is she. In fact all of the characters pop right off the page for one reason or another.You will either want to protect them with your life or shoot them in the head. Often with no inbetween.

Its a horror story. But not really. Its a fantasy. But then, no not really. There is certainly love there. And loss. And some stand out scene setting. And a heck of a lot of jaw dropping moments. And don’t start reading it just before bed time. You won’t sleep. For various reasons…not all of which will have to do with how eager you are to find out what happens.

When I read a book like this it reminds me why I love to read. Utterly compelling, taking you away from the madness of the real world and into the madness of another…offering a new twist on a popular theme and getting you right at the heart. RIGHT at the heart. Its only the end of January but I would be MOST surprised if this one doesnt end up in my top 5 of the year. And trust me, choosing last years top 5 was hard enough..

PLEASE be careful which reviews you read of this one before you dive in my reading friends. It really is best arrived at with a beautiful blissful ignorance.

Highly Recommended. HIGHLY.

Happy Reading Folks!

**HardBack Version purchased via Amazon UK**
35 internautes sur 37 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An exceptional story, but ignore the synopsis; it's nothing like the writing in the book 18 juin 2014
Par Inspiring Insomnia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The Girl with All the Gifts might be my favorite book of 2014 (so far). It’s certainly in my top 5. Before I discuss the book, I have to discuss the synopsis. I feel like I’ve been complaining about synopses a lot recently, usually because they don’t reflect the tone of the book. This is probably the most egregious example. The synopsis is written as though a very young child with a very limited vocabulary is speaking. You would rightfully assume that the book would be written in this same manner, but you would be wrong. WHY do marketers do this? Are they intentionally trying to turn off readers? I heard about this book from somewhere other than Goodreads, and I’m sure I would never had chosen to read it if he synopsis was all I had to go on. The main character is a 10 year old girl named Melanie, and I could understand the desire to write the synopsis in a young voice IF the MC had that same voice in a first person narrative. But that is not the case here. Melanie is a very intelligent girl, and the narrative is written with an intelligent tone in the third person and doesn’t reflect her voice at all.

Sorry to go on and on about this, but I don’t want the odd choice for the synopsis to discourage anyone from reading the book. Because ALL of you should want to read The Girl with All the Gifts, and I’m going to do my best to tell you why. I’m going to keep it vague, because you need to discover the secrets of the book for yourself.

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic society in the U.K. Melanie and other children attend school classes, which seems normal enough on the surface, but it soon become apparent that something is not quite right, both with the children and with this school. We get hints of the nature of these differences early on, but it takes some time to learn what caused the apocalypse and how Melanie’s world reached this point.

Melanie has what could be called a childhood crush on her favorite teacher, Miss Justineau. Miss Justineau sees something in Melanie that stands out from the other children, and she can’t help responding to Melanie’s adoration, even though she tries to keep an emotional distance. Miss Justineau differs greatly from the other adults in Melanie’s life who treat her with apathy, at best, and shocking cruelty, at worst. It’s not hard to see why Melanie feels such affection for her teacher. The scenes between Melanie and Miss Justineau are heat-breaking. Melanie craves physical and emotional affection, just like every child deserves. But Miss Justineau can only do so much without risking her life and Melanie’s.

The Girl with All the Gifts starts out so strongly, and I thought that there was no way the story could maintain this pace. I was wrong, because the latter part of the book was even better. Melanie makes a decision at the end that has enormous implications. It affected me so much that it took a little while before I could even pick up another book. But was it the right decision? I think so, but that doesn’t mean that I was emotionally prepared for it.

Public service announcement: The Girl with All the Gifts is published by Orbit, a division of Hachette, the publisher that Amazon is battling. If you choose to buy this book (and you should!). think twice about buying from Amazon. Aside from the obvious reasons, Amazon is selling this at list price. B&N, Powells, and possibly your local indie, too, are selling it for significantly less.

Note: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Intelligent and well crafted genre fiction 13 janvier 2014
Par Sean the Bookonaut - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Do yourself a favour and don’t read the back cover of The Girl With All The Gifts. It won’t ruin the story for you but to my mind, when an author goes to the trouble to set up a clever opening to a well ploughed genre and then marketing decides to undercut that by telling you exactly what the book is like, because hey the point is shifting books… well…

If you like post apocalyptic thrillers with a decent scientific conceit underpinning it and an engaging read, go out and buy this book. Go, do it now.

But if you if you don’t really care or if you are one of those folk who like to know what the story is about before you go and make your investment, read on. But I am going to spoil it. Well, spoil it as much as the back cover does anyway.

All Melanie has ever known, all that she can remember is her room, the classroom, the showers and the corridor. Each day men in uniform come and collect her and take her to the classroom. She has a few different teachers, but her favourite is Miss Justineau. Miss Justineau teaches them about poetry, and Greek myth. The other teachers tell them about the time before the Breakdown, before the Hungries and the wild Junkers.

The back cover of my edition of The Girl With All The Gifts quotes Jenny Colgan of the Sunday Times as labelling it “Kazuo Ishiguro meets The Walking Dead”. I haven’t read any Ishiguro but the link to The Walking Dead sits uncomfortably with me (but I understand it’s shorthand for “this book has Zombies, shambling fans of the Walking Dead will love it”) or certainly not the most apt genre comparison one could make. I’d say it shares a family resemblance to certain works by Richard Matheson.

So yes it has Zombies. It has survivor tension and there is a race on to find a cure for the Hungry pathogen. As much as I like The Walking Dead, The Girl With All The Gifts is a much tighter and tense piece of work(maybe this is where the Ishiguro reference exerts itself) . The action set pieces are limited and brutal but this book earns praise for the maintaining the tension between the Survivors and drip feeding information about the Breakdown and the work towards a cure. This is no endless trudge, this book has a resolution, it has a finishing point and if you are very clued in to the hints Carey drops you might anticipate it. Looking back it’s a wonderful structured book with characters that we want to succeed against the worst Hungries and Humanity can throw up. It’s that hope I think that in the end masks the clues that Carey has dropped.

From a gender perspective The Girl With All The Gifts was good. The lead character is a young girl. The two scientists at the base where the story begins are female, two of the named teachers are female. Of the main cast three out of the five are women. Plenty of women talking to women about things other than men, sometimes not nice things but…

I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw it movie form. I am not sure that it would survive the Hollywood concept of what makes for a good movie though. The Girl With All The Gifts is intelligent and well crafted genre fiction, and while I could put it down, it was very compelling and a joy to return to.

This copy was provided by the publisher.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 There are some things I liked about it 22 juillet 2014
Par Heather Jones - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I have mixed feelings about this book. There are some things I liked about it: I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic literature, so the premise appealed to me; I found the story itself to be interesting; the use of multiple narrative voices worked well; I liked some of the characters; and, finally, I found (certain) characters sympathetic. Though I enjoyed aspects on this book, I thought the writing could have been better (another round of revisions would have helped, in my opinion). I also had the sense at several points that the novel was trying to be too many things. In terms of audience, the novel had many of the hallmarks of YA fiction (there's a child as the protagonist, for example; also, the subject matter was fitting for a YA audience), yet it didn't fully work as a YA book. Similarly, the early parts of the novel (while the events were taking place on the Army base) reminded me of dystopian fiction, but this sense evaporated as soon as the setting changed. While I'd recommend this novel for fans of fantasy/science fiction/post-apocalyptic literature, I don't think this book is for everyone. In all, I guess I think it's a readable, but flawed text.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Zombie novel lovers will love this book 3 août 2014
Par Joanna Daneman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
"The Girl with All the Gifts" came with great recommendations, and the first chapter is great. A strange classroom, a strange child, brilliant but as it turns out, so dangerous she and her classmates are bundled up like Hannibal Lecter and treated like murderously insane monsters. And...of course, they are, but Melanie is different. She adores her teacher Mrs Justineau, who reads them stories such as the Greek myth of Pandora, and Mrs. Justineau sees these special children as something more, something human. Everyone else seems to treat these kids like animals, or laboratory rats.

England's fair and pleasant land is overrun with "hungries" and it doesn't take you long to figure out they are zombies. But some zombie children, rounded up when the area was being cleared and secured, are very different. Their brains are not completely consumed by the organism that is zombifying people. So a project is set up in a secure compound, guarded by the military, to study the children and find out why they are not the same as the rest of the hungries. Dr. Caldwell is a brilliant researcher who will stop at NOTHING to get that answer. Melanie, well, Melanie is just one more subject with a fascinating brain.

Melanie and Dr. Justineau are pretty neat characters, and even "Eddy" the sergeant develops into a more complex and interesting player. But the book was entirely predictable. Worse yet, Melanie, who's a very appealing character and I think, the reason this book gets such acclaim, is neglected in the second half of the novel. Her cleverness, her conflicts, her complexity, her possibilities are simply abandoned as she is used as a sort of watchdog in a cage. If you sympathize with Melanie and really take to her as a character, then it's terribly disappointing.

The second half of the book is also duller because it's the journey from one place to another, which is a great device to create tension (dangers!) and move the action along naturally, because one is changing from place to place. But it somehow was tiresome.

This book had a bit of the best of "The Andromeda Strain" and Crichton's attention to medical detail. It has some of Thomas Harris' ability to write horror scenes with dispassionate clarity (the removal of the brain scene reminded me of "Hannibal" --another book I wish I hadn't read.)

Zombie genre aficionado? You will really really LOVE this book. If you are tired of zombies and were hoping for better, this book is pretty much predictable. Better than some, but in the end, another zombie tale. I was disappointed in Melanie getting short shrift in the last half of the novel, so I didn't like it.
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