The Girl with All the Gifts by M.J. CareyYesterday, Orbit Books released the cover and first blurb for The Girl with All the Gifts by M.J. Carey. Early impressions (mostly from within Orbit, it seems, and those who’ve read unbound galleys) are extremely positive. Given how far release is, this sort of hype and raised expectations is expected, but, golly, that cover and early teaser blurb are mighty enticing. I generally associate Orbit with their more traditional fantasy and science fiction releases, like Brent Weeks, N.K. Jemisin and Daniel Abraham, but I’m always pleased to see them go out of their way to find quirky, off-the-beaten path genre novels.

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.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

The first thing to come to mind when reading the blurb for The Girl with All the Gifts is Irrational Games’ Bioshock Infinite, released earlier this year for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, which features a similarly confined girl, manipulated and educated by her captor in an effort to gain access to whatever secret power lies within her. Most intriguingly, the blurb doesn’t call on any outwardly SFF elements, but there’s just enough of a hint in the final paragraph, and the obvious efforts at guarding Melanie, that, though she might not realize it, and the blurb doesn’t say so, uncovering Melanie’s origins and the threat of her power, even in the body of a young child, will be central to the plot.

M.J. Carey is a pen name for Mike Carey, best known for his work in comic books, including 2011’s crossover series, Age of X , and the Felix Castor novels, which begin with The Devil You Know (buy: book/eBook).

Yesterday won’t be soon enough to get my hands on this book. The Girl with All the Gifts is set for a worldwide release in 2014 from Orbit Books.

  • Django Wexler June 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

    It reminded me a bit of the anime Elfen Lied, though hopefully not quite so dark!

  • Rob B June 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Interesting comparison to Bioshock: Infinite which I finished (and loved) about a week ago. Carey’s probably best know for Lucifer, which is getting the fancy hardcover treatment from the fine folks at DC Comics.

  • John June 15, 2013 at 2:29 am

    “Yesterday won’t be soon enough to get my hands on this book. The Girl with All the Gifts is set for a worldwide release in 2013 from Orbit Books.”

    Actually,the book release is in 2014.

  • Bibliotropic June 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    That little blurb really caught my interest, and now I want to know more. Fingers crossed that the overall story will be just as interesting as the hook!

  • Tom Lloyd June 17, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Yup, like that blurb…. hey, by Mike Carey?! No doubt then, buying it!

  • Dave Thompson June 17, 2013 at 5:52 am

    I like the blurb, I like Mike Carey. This sounds like something to start looking forward to!

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  • LuisB June 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Definitely going to the buy list, been a fan of Mike Carey ever since his Hellblazer run. And probably most of the readers here probably know this already but his series from Vertigo The Unwritten it’s just amazing (with great Yuko Shimizu covers).

  • Nicole July 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

    This really reminds me of a short story I once read. Anyone know what I’m talking about? Or is this actually an expanded version of a short story?