The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey.

I knew bare minimal about this book when I began – post-apocalyptic horror where humanity has been reduced to dust. A girl called Melanie goes to school, strapped to a wheelchair, lives in a cell within a Bunker in the middle of nowhere. All the kids in her class are strapped the same way where they learn Maths, Science and Greek Myths.

The book did not disappoint. It deserves every single bit of hype it has gotten. It’s fast-paced, engaging and keeps its hooks within you until the very end. (That twist in the end was nothing short of breathtaking!)

It’s my first book by Carey and I intend to read more of his work. Especially because he took something so known, familiar as a concept of the environment and made it into something so scary and macabre it’s bloody brilliant.

It’s a horror book but doesn’t have jumpscares. Instead, at the cost of sounding philosophical, the book it creeps within, grows onto you right from the start until you realise too late into the book that there’s no escape – from the story, from the fiction and your own reality.

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