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The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey
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M.R. Carey has done it again. The Girl With All the Gifts was a terrific example of post-apocalyptic zombie fiction and this book is (mostly) the prequel. The problem with prequels is that you know what is going to happen. But that’s not the case here, and despite obvious similarities to the previous book, this is an entirely original story set in the same imaginary world. While The Girl offered a relentlessly bleak view of that world, this book offers a ray of hope, which I appreciated. Carey is a terrific storyteller and this book gripped me from the first page. ( )
  ericlee | Aug 20, 2018 |
An uninteresting prequel to the wonderful The Girl With All the Gifts . The book doesn't add anything worthwhile to this particular universe - unless the possible third installment ROCKS. ( )
  julienne_preacher | Jul 20, 2018 |
This is a prequel/companion piece to The Girl With All the Gifts that takes place for the most part some 20 years or so prior to Melanie's story and focuses on the journey undertaken from Beacon in the Rosalind Franklin. A crew of 12 people man the vehicle as it follows its predecessor in order to collect the samples they should have left behind. Hoping there will be something to point them in the direction of finding a cure or at least a way to prevent the hungry plague from spreading further and wiping out the last remnants of humanity. Travelling and living in such a confined environment presents its problems especially when not everyone is on the same agenda. Human politics even manages to survive the end of te world.

While I didn't think this book matched its predecessor for either thrills, excitement or character development, which I think was down to there not being a character as compelling as Melanie, it was still a very enjoyable read. While it starts off a little slowly the tension soon mounts and there are some great action sequences to get the blood pumping. Not all of the 12 people in the crew are fully fleshed out so you don't really care too much about them when they are in peril or if it goes past that point. Only two get the full Carey treatment but neither matched up to Melanie from Girl. It would have had to have been exceptional to match the previous book but it still proved to be worth the read. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Jul 4, 2018 |
A prequel to Girl With All The Gifts that deals with the hungries, the research on them, and new characters going through the zombie apocalypse. It is an exciting book that is well written. If you are a fan of the genre, then this will be a great book. Due to this being a prequel though, there isn't as much weight to the story or characters. Therefore, either read this book before Girl With All The Gifts or go into it knowing it isn't going to be as good. ( )
  renbedell | Jun 11, 2018 |
Presumably you have come to this book from The Girl With All The Gifts. We are back fighting or try to avoid Hungries, still searching for a cure.

A group of scientists and military are preparing to venture North in the leviathan exploration laboratory the Rosalind Franklin. This is the same vehicle that Melanie’s group found in The Girl With All The Gifts. This puts the story as a prequel set some years before and we get some explanations for the lack of communication with Beacon.

This story centres on Dr Samrina Khan and her relationship with Stephen Greeves. Khan rescued Stephen from a Hungry swarm that had killed all in their group including Stephens’s parents. That was 10 years ago. Stephen’s discovery of the e-blocker has given her leverage to have him on board, despite his age and despite his behaviour which is on the extreme of the autism spectrum. Idiot savant or just idiot, Stephen is barely tolerated by the rest of the crew.

Put a disparate group of people in a confined area and surround them with a hostile environment and you are bound to get conflict. Compound that with the continual disappointment of the crew in their search for answers and tensions do rise.

There are too many plot loops and twists to mention here without giving away spoilers. Suffice it to say this is an excellent follow up to The Girl With All The Gifts. ( )
  Robert3167 | May 13, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316300330, Hardcover)

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived.

In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of his phenomenal USA Today and word-of-mouth bestseller, The Girl With All the Gifts, for the very first time.

(retrieved from Amazon Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:55:23 -0400)

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world. To where the monsters lived.

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