Publisher: Orbit | Hachette Audio
Release Date: January 14, 2014 | June 10, 2014 (audio)
Format: Audio MP3
Pages: Paperback: 460 pages | Audio Length: Approx 13.4 hours
Narrator: Finty Williams
Review Date: December 28, 2016
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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 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 loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.
To be honest, I really like my genres to be clear. The main character is a child, but I noticed that this title wasn't classified as YA anywhere. It's told from Melanie's point of view, yet it's not considered a young adult or even middle grade...I'm a tad confused by that. While it is a book about zombies and it was a thriller in a way, I didn't find it scary or shocking at all. I feel this would be appropriate for many ages to read or listen to on audiobook.
I liked the audiobook narration a lot. I found Finty Williams's voice enjoyable and well matched to the characters. I believe that the audiobook added another level to the story. Williams could both make her voice sound like a scared, intelligent, yet mentally fragile child, and then later on as a fierce and loyal child with a old soul. It was a strong performance. I must point out that I did listen to this at the 1.5x speed, so it helped things along, as I like a somewhat faster tempo.
Did you read of listen to The Girl with All the Gifts on audiobook? If so, please share your thoughts on the title. Did you enjoy it much more than me? Or did you not like it at all? I'd love to hear your feedback on this title. Let's have a conversation about it.