The Boy on the Bridge : The Girl with All the Gifts

  • by M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by Finty Williams
  • Series: The Girl with All the Gifts
  • 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.
The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.
To where the monsters lived.
In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of his phenomenal word-of-mouth best seller, The Girl With All the Gifts, for the very first time.

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Boy Meets Girl!

The "Boy on the Bridge" sees MR Carey return to the world of his simply stunning debut "The Girl With All The Gifts".  It is reasonably described as a prequel but it most certainly should not be read first!  Part of the sheer joy of reading "The Girl" was an extremely cleverly-written voyage of discovery to the very nature of its lead character and her story.  Even the genre of the book takes some time to reveal itself.  So, while this could be read as a standalone it will take a lot away from any subsequent reading of the original volume.  Likewise of course reviews of this one such as this are bound to contain spoilers, read on at your peril! 

This book follows a crew of soldiers and scientists sent out from Beacon to see if they can discover ways to combat the cordyceps infestation that has devastated mankind.  They are an interesting mix and there are things to recommend this over the original book.  The research that has gone into it is naturally deeper and the characters felt more rounded to me.  Finty Williams does her usual fine job of narration and the world does maintain consistency and fit well.  The epilogue really ties it all together and removed a huge doubt from my mind.

So, I really enjoyed this and would very happily recommend it to anyone who read and enjoyed the first book.  I personally don't think that it quite hits the same dizzy heights though. "The Girl With All The Gifts" was extremely original and clever in that it delivered a genuine voyage of discovery.  I think this one is very enjoyable but I wasn't left with quite the same sense of wonder and it didn't have the same page-turning qualities.  Still, "The Boy" is a very worthy companion to "The Girl" as the epilogue proves.
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- Simon

Good but not as good as the girl with all the gifts

I was blown away by the girl with all the gifts. M.R.Cary is a fantastic writer.

This book is still good but doesn't have the same wow factor / emotional buy in. You come to love and root for Melanie in the first book and this book, although good and worth a listen isn't quite as good.

If you enjoyed the girl with all the gifts this is worth persevering with and the epilogue is my favourite part!
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- RESampson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK