The Girl with All the Gifts – is a zombie vampire

Posted: December 17, 2014 in 2 Star Reviews, Fiction, Horror, Sci-Fi
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2 of 5 Zombified Stars – The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey.

Why are there so many fucking zombie stories? So many different varieties, but zombies nonetheless. From the title, and book cover, and even the blurb, I couldn’t tell that this was going to be a zombie story. In fact, I imagined a completely different story. A better story.

I thought this book was going to be about a girl who really had all the gifts. Like, maybe she had some form of ESP. Maybe she could set fires with her mind. Hell, she could have been like Rogue, from X-Men and I wouldn’t have been too surprised. Because, that’s what I expected. A girl with gifts.

But that’s not what this book is about. It’s about goddamn fucking zombies. Or, “hungries” as they’re called in this book. They have an insatiable hunger for human flesh, and if one of them bites you, guess what, you become a hungry one too. So, they’re zombies. Goddamn fucking zombies. I really don’t get this craze. Are there really no more original stories anymore? The author could have made this a unique story, without zombies, but no.

It’s even like he tried to make it an original story. Because these aren’t typical zombies. About 1% of them are fully functioning people, still able to talk and interact, like this gifted girl. But she still has the hunger. She still eats human flesh, and finds it the most amazing thing she’s ever experienced, but she feels really bad about it.

This book is about a select few of these human-like zombies, who are being kept, and educated at an army base. Well, not really educated, mostly they’re just test subjects for the government to probe and dissect, in hopes to find a cure to the hunger. Well, that’s great, but the base gets overrun by the hungries, and the gifted girl has to flee, with her teacher, a scientist, and a Sergeant. It’s like Gilligan’s Island, but with zombies. Oh, and there’s not really an island.

They run around the countryside, trying to find shelter and avoiding as many hungries as they can. It ends up being a constant battle for survival, like every other goddamn zombie story out there. In the end, there is an impressive showdown with the naked gifted girl, and a young boy with a baseball bat. It reminded me a lot of that old Star Trek episode, where there are only kids left alive, and some virus killed off all the adults.

Overall, I really wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. It’s too much like every other goddamn zombie story out there. And once you’ve read one, you’ve pretty much read all of ’em. There’s no way I would have picked up this book and actually started reading it, if I had any idea it was another fucking zombie story.

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  1. jaffakintigh says:

    Ironically, reading Extreme Zombies showed the variety within the genre, but likely only because Guran really challenged the authors to think outside the genre. Some read like Bladerunner, MadMax, Indiana Jones anything. The George RR Martin story read like Red Rising, a space sci-fi that was my favorite book of 2014.

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    • gegrizzle says:

      Red Rising by Pierce Brown? Looks interesting. And I’ll definitely have to check out Extreme Zombies. I mean zombies in Bladerunner? How fucking awesome is that? heheh 🙂


  2. ruckasaurus says:

    Okay, sooo…your review made me smile and giggle a little bit. What IS with all the zombie stories? Dystopian literature in all genres is taking an exponential leap for quantity and a huge dive bomb for quality. On the bright side, though, they didn’t sparkle? I’m guessing that’s why it got two stars?

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    • gegrizzle says:

      heh sparkle. You know, I actually tried to read Twilight once. It was so horrifically bad, I just had to quit reading after just a few pages. I don’t understand what people saw in those books. It’s pretty sad that 50 Shades is actually better than the book it was based on. lolz

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      • ruckasaurus says:

        I’ve managed to avoid Twilight (because all the romance literature people were like…that is horrible stuff) and FSoG. I almost feel like I am going to have to read it at some point because it is becoming ingrained in our culture, though. You’ve read it too, huh? Is no one safe?!

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  3. gegrizzle says:

    Well… If you’re not a fan of sex and bondage, you’d be pretty safe from 50 Shades (here’s my review), I’m sure. Unfortunately, I’m a huge fan of sex and bondage, so it was only a matter of time. 😛


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