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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Girl With All The Gifts (English Edition) (Kindle Edition)
Though I love SciFi and Fantasy, I'm not particularly into dystopias and even less into zombie stories. Somehow the fact that this is such a story had eluded me while reading the description and a few reviews; otherwise I might not have bought it. I read it through anyway, which in itself proves that there's something in there even for a 'non-zombie-ist'.
It has everything I would expect from a zombie story: a bleak future for the few survivors of mankind, lots of rot and decay, some brutality and gore, inhuman use of medicine 'for the greater good' etc. Such things don't appeal to me even as part of a story. Yet there are strong positive notes, too, like a growing kindness and trust between some of the main characters. The story is not without hope. And it revolves around a truly heroic character in the person of the name-giving 'girl with all the gifts'.
So there is a lot to counterbalance the prevailing depressive mood. And the plot is certainly very gripping and well thought through. If you can stomach the paraphernalia of a zombie world, you might like it even if, like me, you're not generally a fan. Still, you need some tolerance for repulsive scenes - "this is not for the faint of heart".