“The truth is the truth, the only prize worth having. If you deny it, you’re only showing that you’re unworthy of it.”
All over the blogosphere I see people talking about how they’re getting in the mood for Halloween. Part of me is really interested, feeling like I should be looking for epic scary reads to suit the frightening holiday. Thing is, I wasn’t planning on it. I had no intention of doing anything special for Halloween, at least not when it comes to reading. My Halloween energy is going into helping my daughter put her demon costume together, and then walking around (again) in the wet cold of Halloween night.
Then, as I started thinking about my review for The Girl with All the Gifts, I realized that what I have here is a Horror book! So, surprise! Happy Halloween!
The Girl with All the Gifts was really really well written. Honestly. Technically speaking, I have absolutely no complaints at all. It was also well created. The science behind it felt sound, and the world we were reading about made sense. In a weird, twisted way even the reason Melanie was kept locked up was understandable too, even if Ms Justineau and I were mostly of the same opinion.
I really feel like The Girl With All The Gifts should have been a slam dunk in the success basket. I should be all over this book! I don’t understand why I’m not. Actually, that’s a lie. I completely understand why I’m not.
It grossed me the eff out.
It freaked me the eff out.
And not in the good way. I wasn’t grossed or freaked out in the fun Halloween way. It was in the, “WTF, who thinks of this crap!” kind of way. I don’t want to spoil it, but let’s say that there are two things that are just too gross for me to contemplate. One, I don’t do worms of any kind. Two, Hell No on anything fungal! Just, ew…
In addition to that, I wasn’t a fan of how the book ended. On a higher level, I get it. I understand the message, and I even agree with it. I thought it was a brave ending; unexpected. It just wasn’t what I was hoping for, or where I thought it was going.
Basically I guess my lower rating is purely due to my own little reading triggers. I know that you guys will probably devour and adore this book, and I’ll applaud you for it. You should definitely read it.
Me, I went into this one with the intention of reading it so that I could watch the movie. Now, I’m pretty sure I don’t want to watch it. You watch it for me. Come back and tell me if it’s as gross as I’m imagining.
I’ll be right here waiting.
“It’s not just Pandora who had that inescapable flaw. It seems like everyone has been built in a way that sometimes makes them do wrong and stupid things.”