Monday, September 28, 2015

The Girl With All the Gifts

Carey, M.R.  The Girl With All the Gifts.  NY: Orbit, c2014.  

From the publisher:  "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 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."

In this very disturbing book, we find out that there has been an invasion on earth but not everyone is affected in the same way.  The reader is pretty much forced to have an opinion on the sanctity of life and the ethics of medical research.  While it is very easy to sit back in a comfortable chair and excuse medical researchers on the premise that saving millions of lives at the expense of one is worth it, but when you are mentally dumped onto the operating table, you are forced to re-evaluate.

Because of the gruesome and violent content, this book is recommended for high school and above.
Review by Mrs Belknap


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