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Publisher's Summary

From the author of USA Today best seller The Girl with All the Gifts, a terrifying new novel set in the same post-apocalyptic world.
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.
©2017 M. R. Carey (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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By NMwritergal on 05-06-17

Not as good as The Girl with All the Gifts

TGWATG was one of my favorite books of 2014. I listened to it twice—and again after this one. The Boy on the Bridge has none of the character development and likeable charcters or (initial) mystery of TGWATG.

The writing was solid (as was the audio narrator) but I really didn’t connect with any of the characters, in part because the author doesn’t delve nearly as deeply into their heads as with the first book. With the characters that he does explore, I didn’t particularly like or dislike them. And Stephen…like unreliable narrators are all the rage these days, so are books with Aspergers or autism, and it took me till nearly the end of the book to feel anything other than annoyance with him.

As for the story, it starts slowly and rolls along at that pace for the entire book. Great epilogue, however.

At any rate, it was interesting enough to keep listening, I won’t return it, but won’t listen again.

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By Beth on 05-15-17

Did The Publisher Read The Same Book I Did?

The publishers summary doesn't quite match up with the story. But I don't want to give any spoilers. Let's just say that the world didn't "open the gates and send the boy out to save them." This story was so infuriatingly bland and I would have been fine never knowing the prequel to "Girl With All The Gifts", which was a fantastic story. Boy On The Bridge might have made an interesting short story, but falls flat as a novel.

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