Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.
The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.
To where the monsters lived.
I read “The Girl With All The Gifts” last year and absolutely loved it. I watched the movie and loved it. Having said this, I was left with lots of questions. This book did a good job of answering at least some of them.
Set in the same world as TGWATG, this follow an expedition looking for a cure for the ‘hungry’ illness/virus. Th Rosalind Franklin (a kind of Winnebago/tank/lab hybrid) and her crew set off from Beacon (the last bastion of humanity in England) to the Scottish Highlands, retracing the steps of a similar journey taken by the ‘Charles Darwin’ (a mission that did not succeed), in the hope of retrieving samples and caches left by the previous expedition. As many dystopian worlds do, there is a sub plot of crazy political maneuverings and double-crossing going on.
A really good character study, along with a pretty gripping story means that this was a real page turner for me. Encounters with “hungries”, paranoia, sacrifice, love, death, mayhem, hope and defeat all wound up into one really readable book.
As I said at the beginning, I had already read the other book and seen the movie, but that is totally not necessary. This is set some years before that, and you need no prior knowledge going in as it is all pretty well explained. The only thing was the epilogue, which involves a characters/events from TGWATG.
I really don’t want to go into too much plot detail as I really enjoyed feeling everything unravel in front of me.
A great page turner, really enjoyable, easy to read and I would highly recommend it.
Finished on May 29th 2017
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