The Boy on the Bridge

The Boy on the Bridge

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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.
Set before and in the same world as The Girl With All The Gifts, this one follows a group of soldiers and scientists traveling out from London to find anything they can that will help create a cure to the plague. The team is traveling on the Rosalind Franklin, Rosie for short, and tracking down cache's made by an earlier expedition to see if any of the environments proved inhospitable to the cordyceps (zombies) as well as collecting tissue samples from Hungries, people who have been infected and changed.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Orbit,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316300339
9780316472203
Characteristics: 392 pages ; 25 cm

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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 f... Read More »


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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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