“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 Parks 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 favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.”
This is a dystopian thriller with a real, beating heart.
Usually, I don’t enjoy “horror/sci-fi” but ever since I watched Netflix show Between (which I highly recommend btw) I developed a certain taste for everything related to people dying from an unknown cause, for which there is no cure. In this book, most of humanity is wiped out by a fungal infection, so I decided to give it a go. I can say I devoured this book.
It is impossible not to fall in love with the main character, a ten-year-old zombie-girl. She is adorable, intelligent and humane, so you create a bond that makes you believe you are best friends. Plus, the story is original and touching.
I haven’t seen the movie, but I will.
Recommend recommend recommend!
“you can’t save people from the world. There’s nowhere else to take them”
“In an age of rust, she comes up stainless steel”
“The truth is the truth, the only prize worth having. If you deny it, you’re only showing that you’re unworthy of it.”
“Every adult grew from a kid who beat the odds. But at different times, in different places, the odds have been appallingly steep.”
“When your dreams come true, your true has moved. You’ve already stopped being the person who had the dreams, so it feels more like a weird echo of something that already happened to you a long time ago.”