My Alphabet Reading Challenge - G

Author: Anne

Date Published: Sep 17th 2018, 10:55pm

All four of the novels I have read so far for this challenge (“American Wife”, “Cutting for Stone”, “Epitaph” and “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café”) have been set all or mostly in the past. For G my novel is “The Girl with all the Gifts” which is set in the future, or a possible future. This book can best be described as dystopian in that it features a world, particularly the USA, where the social order as we know it has collapsed because of a great catastrophe and the survivors have to keep going in whatever way possible. It’s a popular genre and there are plenty of similar books to read each of which has a slightly different catastrophe. Many of these books are written for young adult readers. I would recommend the following if you want to read further : “Station Eleven” by Emily St John Mandel, “Wool” by Hugh Howey, “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” by Carrie Ryan, and “Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld just to name a few.

I liked the idea behind “The Girl with All the Gifts” and the fact that the main character Melanie is essentially dangerous but that it is out of her control. I thought that the first few chapters when we come to realise what exactly is happening were very well done. The message about accepting/fearing difference was a bit heavily hammered home but the characters each had a different take on things which helped to show all aspects of the situation. I also liked the fact that some people were able to change their way of thinking. I did think that the book lacked an active, driving plot and it also had an unresolved ending, I would read another in what is obviously a series but I don’t feel that I have to buy and read it NOW which I would have had I liked the book more.

This is probably a four out of five star read. It was good but I didn’t LOVE it.

H is another novel and we are back to the past for this one and we return to Africa.