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M. R. Carey (1) (1959–)

Autor(a) de The Girl with All the Gifts

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M. R. Carey (1) foi considerado como pseudónimo de Mike Carey.

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Obras por M. R. Carey

Foram atribuídas obras ao autor também conhecido como Mike Carey.

The Girl with All the Gifts (2014) 5,230 exemplares
The Boy on the Bridge (2017) 1,016 exemplares
Fellside (2016) 769 exemplares
The Book of Koli (2020) 562 exemplares
Someone Like Me (2018) 356 exemplares
The Trials of Koli (2020) 210 exemplares
Infinity Gate (2023) 198 exemplares
The Fall of Koli (2021) 175 exemplares
The Dollhouse Family (-0001) 93 exemplares

Associated Works

Foram atribuídas obras ao autor também conhecido como Mike Carey.

Twice Cursed: An Anthology (2023) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
London Centric: Tales of Future London (2020) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Isolation: The horror anthology (2022) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Best of British Science Fiction 2020 (2021) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Dark and Stormy Nights (2020) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Carey, Mike
Data de nascimento
United Kingdom
País (no mapa)
England, UK
Local de nascimento
Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
Meg Davis

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Mike Carey (born 1959), also known by his pen name M. R. Carey, is a British writer of comic books, novels, and films, known for the novel The Girl with All the Gifts, as well as its 2016 film adaptation.

Carey was born in Liverpool, England, in 1959 – describing his young self as "one of those ominously quiet kids... who lived so much inside my own head I only had vestigial limbs". As a child, he maintained an interest in comics, writing and drawing primitive stories to entertain his younger brother. He studied English at St Peter's College, Oxford, before becoming a teacher. He continued to teach for 15 years before moving on to writing comics.



There are major and minor PLOT SPOILERS throughout this review. You've been warned. :)

I picked this book up on a whim, just because I hadn't seen it before and hadn't heard anything about it, but it sounded intriguing. I read the first couple of pages and found myself super curious to learn more about these strange children in wheelchairs, living their lives in a cell area. It was shelved as sci-fi/fantasy at my bookstore, so I thought it might have something to do with children with superpowers, or medically enhanced abilities.
What I was NOT expecting was a zombie novel! Turns out those children living in the basement are actually zombies, or at least they partially are. If they smell human flesh or sweat, they have that jaw-chopping urge to dig in to someone's arm. The rest of the time though, the children don't behave like "normal" zombies (or "hungries, as they're called here).
But since everyone around them wears a gel to mask that human smell, the children don't know what they are. They don't know that they are part of an experiment trying to figure out why they are different from the typical hungries. Why can these children think and learn, but other hungries only move when they smell humans?

The main protagonist is a little 10-year-old child/hungry named Melanie. She is bright, eager to learn, and devoted to one of the teachers, Ms. Justineau. Melanie doesn't know anything but the cell she lives in, the classroom Ms. Justineau teaches in, and the hallway leading to the classroom.
I found these two characters, and the relationship between them, to be one of the most heartfelt and enthralling parts of book. Melanie continually struggles with her perception of the world and of herself. Once she learns she is a hungry, Melanie is scared of what she might do to Ms. Justineau, the one person she loves with every fiber of her being. Melanie also is unsure of who she is- a doctor wants to pick her brain apart, her teacher wants to protect her, and all around, people are killing the fully-fledged hungries, the ones who can't think like Melanie can, but Melanie wonders what separates herself fully from them.

I won't give a huge detailed list of each character, but the whole cast was beautifully written. Each character was flawed, a little rough, and they each clearly had their own goals and intentions. It was easy to see what drove them, and the choices they made both surprised me and made sense at the same time. There was some excellent character development throughout, and I felt as if I were right there with each person.

Personally, I believe the two major strengths of "The Girl With All the Gifts" are this:
1- The well-executed surprise. Like I said, I was surprised by most of the actions and plot turns, and was constantly itching to find out what was going to happen. There is, like many zombie books/movies, a search going on to find a cure for the zombie plague. What happened in the end was NOT NOT NOT what I was expecting, and although the ending was a little bit rushed, I thought it was fresh and stupendously real. It didn't have a typical "happy ending, everyone is cured", but rather felt like something I could see happening if a zombie-fungus really did ever take over Earth.
2- The exploration of Good and Bad. Here's an excerpt from the book:

"And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out."

There are many examples and levels of where this is explored; one is when the Doctor asks Ms. Justineau if her mission to protect Melanie is more important than the Doc's mission to find a cure.They have incredibly different motives, but each one sees her own mission as "the good" goal.
Melanie often ponders the world, weighing bits of it against one another. She wonders if she herself is Good or Bad, Hungry or Human. The ending itself is not necessarily a "good" ending for everyone...or is it?
I may be looking too much into this, but really, that's largely what I took from the novel. Not only that, but it was thought-provoking, refreshingly unlike a "typical" zombie read, and I had my emotions pulled all over the place.

… (mais)
deborahee | 394 outras críticas | Feb 23, 2024 |
I didn't realize going into this that this was a zombie novel. (Sorry if that's a spoiler.) Zombie stories usually aren't my thing. But this was well written (and the audiobook well performed).
Treebeard_404 | 394 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
Very well written and satisfying. I highly recommend this book!
BookListener | 394 outras críticas | Jan 17, 2024 |
I enjoyed this a lot. The type of story reminds me of Claire North, a type of fantasy that is very close to real life, with a pleasant style of writing that somehow doesn't feel like fantasy.
zjakkelien | 15 outras críticas | Jan 2, 2024 |



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