Melanie is a prodigy with a genius-level IQ. Her spatial reasoning and grasp of complex social and behavioral structures are off the charts. In a doomed world, she may be humanity’s last hope. She is ten years old, and today she is scheduled for dissection.
The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey sculpts a graven image of Britain twenty years after the fall of humanity. The world has been ruined by an unstoppable inevitability of nature, and the last vestiges of society cling to the outskirts of chaos maintaining a beacon of hope through the fog of destruction. When disaster upon disaster snuffs out that light, a ragtag heap of survivors must turn to the enemy and walk into the unknown to bring the world back from the dead.
With The Girl With All the Gifts, M. R. Carey – the nom de plume of Mike Carey, author of comics series including The Unwritten, Lucifer (soon to be a television series on FOX), and Voodoo Child (with Nicolas Cage) – breathes new life into an old, shambling genre. Join the Nightmare Factory Book Club tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the cafe at BookPeople and ride the horses of the apocalypse with us into the mushroom cloud. The Nightmare Factory Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 8:00 p.m. to discuss all of the spooks, spirits, sprites, and Phil Spectors that literary horror fiction has to offer. Come to BookPeople tonight to talk about The Girl With All the Gifts and add your voice to the susurrating whispers haunting our chapel.
– Steve(n) W.