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The Girl with All the Gifts

Have people read this? I had heard about it and was mildly curious because of the child protagonist, but not curious enough to overcome my dislike of zombie stories. Then I read Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone's comments on the movie (here), which really interested me--so I read it.

I reviewed it on Goodreads. I did indeed like Melanie, the young protagonist. As expected, I didn't much care for a lot of the mainstay things that you apparently need to have in a zombie/horror story, but I could just page on by.

The thing that got me was the ending--so this discussion should only be for people who've either read the book/seen the movie or don't mind spoilers.



The story ends with the hungry children--the next-gen humans--in a classroom with hazmat-suit-protected Ms. Justineau settling in to teach them the Greek alphabet. Why? Why would these self-sufficient children have any use for human culture? It felt to me as if the author couldn't bear his own conclusion--that humanity was DONE--and so had it be that these kids are going to somehow imbibe the culture and carry it forward. Next thing you know they'll be setting up a stock exchange and wearing gloves--what's changed?

Thoughts?

This entry was originally posted at http://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/849969.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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sartorias
May. 9th, 2017 12:55 pm (UTC)
I've been avoiding all the "Girl" titles--they all sound like things I'd rather miss. (Wind-Up Girl, Girl on a Train, etc)
asakiyume
May. 9th, 2017 12:58 pm (UTC)
LOL, I feel that way especially when it's a girl of [two things], or when she's someone's daughter.

Some parody titles:

The Girl of Bone [always with the bones!] and Cinnabar
The Girl of Wind and Lavender
The Dragonmaster's Daughter
The Worldspinner's Daughter
sartorias
May. 9th, 2017 01:13 pm (UTC)
The Girl of Shattered Bones

The Bone Shattered Girl

Shatter Girl and Bone

Bone, Shatter, Girl
asakiyume
May. 9th, 2017 01:26 pm (UTC)
LOL--the last is my favorite
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