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"To tell you the truth, it’s hard talking about this book because the twists and turns are heartbreaking, sometimes heartwarming, and even both at the same time. I want you to enjoy every page of this book. I want you to savor the characters who will do anything, even lay down their lives, for Melanie. And I want you to fall in love with Melanie, who will do anything to protect the people she loves even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice."
— Joe T.
June 2014 Indie Next List
“Meet Melanie, a child prodigy around whom circles a group of adults that protect, educate, covet, study, fear, and love her. She is the answer to the countless questions that have arisen since much of the planet and population have been destroyed by a fungal virus. Her intelligence, resilience, and chemical makeup could possibly shed a light on the future of the human race. In a near-future in which critical decisions must be made at a moment's notice, Melanie and her four adult companions will find that their morality is constantly tested and changing. Humans become monsters, but monsters become human, too.”
— Katie Capaldi, Between the Covers, Harbor Springs, MI
In the ruins of civilization, a young girl's kindness and capacity for love will either save humanity -- or wipe it out in this USA Today bestselling thriller Joss Whedon calls "heartfelt, remorseless, and painfully human."
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 keeps his gun pointed 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.
About the Author
M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a USA Today bestseller and is a major motion picture based on his BAFTA-nominated screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, two radio plays, and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit.
"Original, thrilling and powerful."—The Guardian
"Unique and terrifying."—Booklist
"An instant favorite."—Boing Boing
"A great read that takes hold of you and doesn't let go."—John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
"Heartfelt, remorseless and painfully human...as fresh as it is terrifying. A jewel."—Joss Whedon
"If you only read one novel this year, make sure it's this one, it's amazing."—Martina Cole
"One of the more imaginative and ingenious additions to the dystopian canon."—Kirkus
"...a brilliant work of science fiction, but even people who never read science fiction should absolutely read this one."—io9.com
"A modern classic for the horror genre."—Book Riot