The story opens with Melanie. Melanie, who wishes her name was Pandora, but she was not allowed to choose. When the new children come in, they are assigned a name by Miss Justineau.
Melanie lives in a small cell, off a corridor. There are other children in other cells in the corridor. She is only allowed out through the week for classes. She doesn’t walk out of her cell, she is restrained in a wheelchair, her arms and neck strapped down. On Saturdays she stays in her cell and music is piped in. Sunday’s is for showers and eating. She thinks about outside and the burnings that take place to keep the “hungries” away.
After that setting the stage beginning, The Girl With All the Gifts takes you on a whirlwind ride of adventure. I don’t want to give anything away, because it becomes an emotional roller coaster. The plot carries you along, breathing sighs of relief when the going is good, and holding your breath when a new obstacle presents itself.
The characters are well-developed and believable from Melanie who has to come to terms with her “gifts” to Dr. Caldwell - who is all business.
Entertaining and enthralling from beginning to end.