Author: M.R. Carey // First published: January 2014 // Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi // Get it @TheBookDepository
This edition: 13 h 02 min (unabridged), published in January 2014 by Hachette Audio UK // Get it @Audible
Read in May 2015
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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.
I am going to be honest with you, I have a hard time making up my mind about this one. I went in fairly blind (as I do with most of my books), I knew it had something to do with <spoiler>zombies (yes, I consider this to be a spoiler)</spoiler>, but I didn’t know in what capacity. The fact that it took me over a month of very sporadic listening to get through it did not help either. It wasn’t the book’s fault at all, I just had other priorities at the time, but the fact of the matter is, I wasn’t engaged in it, and I think it played against the book in the end.
I think what killed it (okay, no, that’s too strong of a word) for me is that I never really understood what was going on. What’s with this “base camp” thing? Children in cells, classes and teachers, military… What in the world is happening to people exactly? I hate being left in the dark, and unless I missed something during my listening of the audio book, I don’t believe that we get a real explanation for all that is happening, and that frustrates me.
I am a little tired of post-apocalyptic stories, I’m listening to Annihilation at the moment, and, same, I’m not feeling it. But that’s just a personal preference of mine at this very moment though.
Although I wasn’t exactly enthralled by the story, I thought that the narrative had some very nice and interesting points. Melanie is an interesting character, but I would have liked to maybe know more about some other students. The main “grown-up” characters were interesting as well, and I liked the different point of views.
All in all, I’d say this book is a 3.5/5 for me. (Everything I rate these days is a 3.5, I’m beginning to worry).