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The Girl with all the Gifts

by M R Carey

Post-apocalyptic England is a disturbing place overrun with infected monsters, the grimly named Hungries. As the last remaining humans tread their dangerous course home, there is one central complication to their group dynamic: Melanie. I fell in love with this little hybrid girl who is part monster yet with a very human heart. Thrilling, disturbing and heartbreaking in equal measure, it kept me thinking long after the final page was turned.

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Miss Justineau's shoulder's touching her back, and she can feel it moving rhythmically with Miss Justineau's breath. On one level, that fills her with a happiness so complete its stupefying. But this isn't anywhere they can stay, and live. It's just a step on the journey, which is full of uncertainties. And some of the uncertainties are inside her, not out in the world. She is a hungry, with a driving need that will always come back no matter what she does. She has to be kept in chains, with a muzzle over her face, so she won't eat anybody.

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding
 

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