Many thanks to Orbit/Hachette for sending me this review copy via NetGalley!
Hands down? This was the best zombie novel I have read in a very long time. I rank it highly, placing it among the likes of Mira Grant and her Newsflesh series.
So, what makes this book so great?
A well thought out zombie
virus parasite. The research is superb, and there was very little “just because” going on. This was the thing that put The Girl With All the Gifts in the same league as Newsflesh for me. I actually had to check to see if it was Mira Grant writing under another pseudonym, but it wasn’t.
There were a few things that fell short for me. One was the multiple POVs. I really am not a fan of books that swap POVs frequently, as I prefer to live inside (or at least near) one character’s head. It allows me to form a bond with that character. Also, there were some plot points that were abandoned fairly quickly after being used.
The ending? Oh for the love of sparkly things that ending. It was very intense.
Bottom Line: It is always hard to talk about the books you love, and man did I love this book. I recommend it to any fans of zombie or post-apocalyptic books.