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The Boy on the Bridge

von M. R. Carey

Reihen: Hungry Plague (2)

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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.
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In the beginning, I thought the scarred girl was Melanie. It isn't. This story happens in an entirely different part of the country from where Melanie and her crowd were running around.

It does come after that story, expecting you to already have some knowledge of Hungry history when you start. You should read them in order.

Mike Carey has become one of the writers that I will always read. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
Please--if you have not read The Girl With All the Gifts, I cannot more strongly recommend that you read them in order. You just won't get as much out of this very fine book, in my opinion.

I enjoyed The Girl With All the Gifts quite a bit, but I enjoyed this one even more. I found the characters and situations even more compelling (that may just be me) and the story a bit deeper. I hate giving away even the slightest plot spoiler so I really never give out details. I will say that I enjoyed the characters and their representation of various virtues and vices/weaknesses. It gave the novel a more universal application than just a simple sci-fi zombie (esque) romp. By the end of the novel I was thinking less about the plot (which was compelling) than I was about what, in the end, it is to be alive and human. It's not so much a physical state of body temperature and flowing blood as it is sentience and a sense of belonging. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
An excellent follow-up / prequel to [b:The Girl With All the Gifts|17235026|The Girl With All the Gifts (The Girl With All the Gifts, #1)|M.R. Carey|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1403033579l/17235026._SY75_.jpg|23753235], following a group of scientists and soldiers in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. In such a well-worn sub-genre, this book manages to find a new path. This book is not quite as creepy as its predecessor, but there are plenty of tense moments, and the overall arc of the story is quite satisfying, if grim. ( )
  RandyRasa | Mar 1, 2021 |
I loved the bleak world of The Girl With All The Gifts and was stoked for this book - I hadn't realized it was a prequel until I dove in.

The book follows the crew of the Rosie, the mobile military lab found abandoned in the first book. The crew is desperately looking for a cure or treatment for the infection when they stumble on a different type of hungry, one that is exclusively made up of young children, but capable of reason and communication. The crew consist of uptight scientists and gruff military, but the heart of the crew is a young but precocious child and their wise, love teacher/mother stand-in. Sound familiar?

What I'm saying is, thematically, there's a lot of resemblance between this book and the previous one. Its like poetry. They rhyme. While I found it irksome at times, the character Stephen is sufficiently different from Melanie that the book didn't seem like an entire retread.

Let's talk about Stephen. He's presented from several different perspectives, including his own, and through these different viewpoints we see a young man who is curious, brilliant, and without a doubt on the autism spectrum (and likely PTSD as well). Stephen made me feel downright uncomfortable at the beginning of the book. I largely detest the presentation of autism = savant in the media for the same reasons I detest the presentation of schizophrenia = DID. I shuddered at the comparison of Stephen to a computer (from his perspective, no less, giving the comparison more legitimacy) - NO brains function that way, and it reinforces the idea that those on the spectrum are little emotionless living robots. I detested how often the book showed over told in regards to things like eye contact and physical touch and social skills. It felt like Carey was reading from the DSM to make sure we got it. I stuck it out.

I'm glad I did. It does improve over the course of the book. There's less comparisons to computers and less painfully direct exposition on an aversion to touch and Stephen is allowed to be a character. And honestly? He's my favorite character. And he's the most important character. He's important to the plot and the world, of course, but also important in terms of representation. I was so happy to see a character on the spectrum, as a hero, and successful. It means a lot to me. As does having a female lead in a science career, one that is intelligent and bold. Lord knows we don't have enough neurodiversity or minorities represented in fiction. Stephen is curious, honest, rigid, clever, loving, stubborn, patient, enthusiastic. He is complex and different and had he been replaced with a typical male scientist character the book would have suffered for it.

This book has a different feel from the first. In the first, there is little hope and the details of the world are tickle fed to you like a horrific mystery novel. Here, we already know largely how the tale will end and the details of the world. Its more of a character story, playing with the interpersonal relationships among the crew and contrasting their actions with those of the second generation hungry children. Spoiler: its not a flattering comparison for us.

Not as strong as the first, but if you enjoyed the first, and aren't expecting the exact same unraveling mystery style, you'll likely enjoy this. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
The Boy on the Bridge is a stand-alone novel set in the same world as The Girl with All the Gifts but it’s also a prequel of sorts. If you haven’t read either, I would start with The Girl with All the Gifts. The Boy on the Bridge has a couple of spoilers in it if it’s read first. Accordingly, this review will be short as I don’t want to spoil The Girl with All the Gifts.

The Boy on the Bridge takes place probably ten or fifteen years before The Girl with All the Gifts. The apocalypse due to the plague has already happened and a team comprised of military personal and scientists is traveling about England, trying to determine the cause and if there is a cure.

The first half of this book was very slow and not much happened. If you can make it through, it picks up quite a bit in the second half. I didn’t like it quite as much as The Girl with All the Gifts but I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to readers who liked The Girl with All the Gifts. ( )
  mcelhra | Nov 20, 2020 |
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