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'SPECTACULAR!' No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole
'UNPUTDOWNABLE' Irish Times
Discover the thrilling stand-alone novel set in the same world as the million-copy bestseller THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS - now also a major film on Netflix.
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.
'I loved it just as much as The Girl With All the Gifts, if not more' Martina Cole
'A tense story with superbly rendered characters' SciFiNow
'A terrifying, emotional page-turner that explores what it means to be human' Kirkus
'Carey writes with compassion and fire - strange and surprising and humane' Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls
Plausible science and solid prose and characterization elevate this dystopian thriller above similar works. In the same alternate future as Carey's The Girl with All the Gifts, a fungus, Cordyceps, which began as an insect parasite, has infected people, repurposing their brains and turning them into "hungries," mindless creatures with an appetite for human flesh. Carey moves quickly to engage readers' sympathies for epidemiologist Samrina Khan, one of a group of scientists and soldiers on a research mission. They travel through the U.K. in a motor home, on a desperate quest for an inhibitor that could make people resistant to the fungus. In the midst of the devastating horror the world has become, Samrina learns that she is pregnant, news she considers "a high tide of wonder and dismay and disbelief and misery in which hope bobs like a lifeboat cut adrift." This development radically complicates things for her, and her colleagues, as the plot builds to a satisfying conclusion.