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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.
©2017 M. R. Carey (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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By Irene on 12-27-17


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Beautifully written. Pulls on the heartstrings in so many ways because of the inevitability of the outcome. Just like The Girl with all the Gifts, extrapolates logically from the initial premise. Totally satisfying book.

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By Joanne S. on 10-20-17

Excellent Follow-up for the Girl with all the gift

Absolutely loved the first book in the series and this second book didn't disappoint. I found this hard to put down, I couldn't wait to hear what was happening next. I love the pictures painted by the words. Highly recommend.

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By Simon on 05-06-17

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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By RESampson on 06-21-17

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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By Rick on 06-07-17

Great story with moments of genuine suspense

I bought this audiobook on the strength of The Girl With All the Gifts. At first the story didn't grab me, but as the story unfolded and the pace increased my buy in increased also. There are interesting characters, realistic interpersonal dynamics, and moments of genuine suspense. And there are tie ins to the previous book and a satisfying epilogue. If you loved the first book you will also love this one.

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By Jason on 05-12-17


Just a brilliant prequel that also manages to be a sequel as well. You'll love it if your a fan of "The Girl with all the Gifts". Highly recommended.

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