The Boy on the Bridge

The Boy on the Bridge

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780316300339
0316300330
9780316508186
0316508187
Characteristics: 392 pages ; 25 cm

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bonito
May 02, 2019

I have not read either books, but I watched the movie," The girl with all the gifts". I was very dense on the ending, I just did not get it, I thiught that by the girl burnibg the pods that everyone would inhale and become like her, and then everyone one would live and the hungries would not bother them and the only down fall was everyone would no longer eat real food, they would eat raw meats. Anyway that where my thoughts were, I thought by making everyone have the fungus like her she would be saving them from being eaten by hungries, but alter their eating habits, my mind was going into a wrong direction there. So in the movie wgen the military man came out to find the girl, I was very disappointed that he died (by her hand), and did not become like her. So I was really stumped and could not figure out why she burned the pods. I knew then it only left the teacher alive, and she would probably teach the wild kids, but its kind of a bummer after that if you think about it. If she never gets rescued, she can nevercome out of the van lab she can never open that door, never have touch contact with anyone, hopefully she will always has power in that vehicle, but no matter what she just gets older. I get bummed out thinking about it. That why I want to read both books, make sure ,The girl with all the gifts , is read first, I probably would have gotten the movie ending quicker than what I did. I really liked the movie tho, hated the the last 2 military guys did not make it liked them both, glad the Dr. (Glenn Close) got it the way she did, serves her right. But think of my thoughts about the ending where what if when she burned those pods, everyone inhaled and became like her, all safe from the hungries because they are ones. Anyway read both books..

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livie22
Jan 10, 2019

Excellent read, interesting from the beginning to the end. I suggest reading girl with all the gifts first to get an idea of why the story and charcters came to be. It fully engulfed me with the complex characters and thier roles in this post apocalyptic world. My favorite character is greaves and youll see why. Beautiful story.

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Esanio5432
Feb 19, 2018

It's not often that dystopian zombie stories are written in a way that completely immerses you into the story. At every turn you are stuck between hope and despair, invested in the lives of some characters and angered by the faults of others. M. R. Carey is a master of character development and I would say that it shows more in this instalment of the series than in The Girl With All The Gifts. This was a great read, but I would suggest reading The Girl first because it makes The Boy so that much more intriguing, as you wonder how this story connects to the other.
TL;DR: Definitely pick up this book. It is such a great read.

liljables Oct 31, 2017

Although the events in The Boy on the Bridge happen before those in The Girl with All the Gifts, I'd still recommend reading The Girl first. I think the characters are somewhat more captivating, and although The Boy tells a complete, well-rounded narrative, it best serves as a back-story to the first novel, rather than a story unto itself. There are a few moments in The Boy that feel slightly too convenient in their attempt to set up events and circumstances that will later take place in The Girl. That being said, I was happy to learn more about this fascinating virus that M.R. Carey has created - he has gone to Star-Trekkian-lengths to explain its function in a scientifically, morphologically believable fashion. And, The Boy plants that crucial seed of an idea that there may be humans who can hold the infection at bay, a concept that is explored more deeply in The Girl with All the Gifts.

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kwsmith
Aug 27, 2017

Set in the same bleak post-apocalyptic world as *The Girl With All The Gifts,* this prequel follows a group of stern soldiers and clever scientists seeking a cure for the deadly plague. Although the characters are not as interesting as those in the first book, and the plot often lacks tension, I was still drawn into this well-told story.

kim_biblio May 23, 2017

This book was as amazing as the first, hitting all the right notes of human despair and hope that zombie books sometimes overlook. No one is sacred, no character is safe, and it's thrilling.

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