An incredible, heart-breaking story about hope and humanity and a young girl who tries to save the world.
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 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.
Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.
About the Author
M. R. Carey is a pen name for an established British writer of prose fiction and comic books. He has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels and one Hollywood movie screenplay to his credit.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
We are in Dystopia with a capital D. This is a disturbing, post-apocalyptic scenario in which the world has been destroyed by a fungal virus that colonises people turning them into hungries, who feed on humans. But don’t dismiss this is just another zombie story, because it’s more interesting and original than that.
Inside a secure compound, a single minded scientist attempts to understand the epidemic that has destroyed civilisation by experimenting on a few infected children. These kids are held in cells but also attend class to give their lives a semblance of normality. One of them is Melanie, a ten year old girl of superior intelligence who has developed a strong bond with her teacher Miss Justineau.
When Melanie realises what she is, she has to navigate the dangers of her state while navigating a constantly changing emotional terrain - she’s a battleground for a nature versus nurture collision of epic proportions.
This is such a pacy, action packed read I often forgot to breathe while I was turning the pages. The hungries are a way more interesting version of zombies and the scenarios that test Melanie and her companions are full of shock, surprise and emotional punch.
Original, thrilling and powerful GUARDIAN Haunting, heartbreaking VOGUE A great read that takes hold of you and doesn't let go John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Keeps you on tenterhooks as the action unfolds ELLE magazine A masterpiece SUN Complex,heartbreaking, hopeful and intelligently written ... Enigmatic and utterly gripping HARPER'S BAZAAR Scary, tense and fast-paced ... but with a heart-warming tenderness MARIE CLAIRE Brilliant ... Gripping right to the end SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author Carole Matthews Heartbreaking and shocking FABULOUS (SUN magazine) Both tender and devastating, a page-turner which kept me guessing up to the very last scene, as well as a meditation on what it means to be human ... Fantastically enjoyable Naomi Alderman, multi-award winning novelist A gripping, moving novel that comes highly recommended SCIFINOW It was hard to quit reading such a compelling, intense book i09.com I often forgot to breathe while I was turning the pages BOOKTOPIA A heartbreaking and haunting story that is beautifully written MINDFOOD
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 14th January 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.3 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1