Intensely dramatic. No wonder they made it into a film. 4/5.
The blurb: 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.
The blurb for The Girl with All the Gifts is purposefully vague. If you currently know nothing more about this book than what you’ve read here, I recommend you avoid the film trailers and go in blind. I’d already seen the trailer and read some reviews so I knew what I was getting into… which was a shame because I think it would have been even better to slowly realise what the heck was going on as the narrator drip-feeds us pieces of the puzzle.
So… the following will contain minor spoilers. If you want to go in blind, stop reading now!