Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Book Review | The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

The Boy on the Bridge is the prequel to M.R. Carey's The Girl with All the Gifts.

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

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'm glad to see The Boy on the Bridge is getting rave reviews. I'm not sure why it didn't work as well for me. There were some good moments, but as a whole I had a hard time sustaining excitement for it.

I'm a huge fan of The Girl with All the Gifts. If you haven't read that one yet, I highly recommend it.

I'm not sure the beginning of this book would pull in folks who haven't already read Girl. I felt like the only thing sustaining me in the beginning was my previous knowledge of the world and the virus. My biggest problem while reading Boy was how much my mind was consistently able to wander and ponder such things. It felt like the good moments were reeling me back in. For whatever reason, I wasn't able to connect to the story until I was about 80% in.

I did enjoy the ending of The Boy on the Bridge. I'm glad I read it, and I will happily read more books set in this world. Unfortunately, I was bored throughout a lot of the book which is why my rating is very middle of the road.

If you loved The Girl with All the Gifts, The Boy on the Bridge would certainly be worth checking out from your library. Based on the other reviews I've seen, it's likely you'll enjoy it more than I'm leading you to believe.

5/10: Decent Read


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  1. Good to know I shouldn't get sucked in by the hype. I'll go into this one with a grain of salt.

    1. Yeah, I think you should check it out. Folks are obviously enjoying it. You might have better luck than I did.

  2. I did like The Girl With All the Gifts, but didn't read Carey's Fellside. Did you read that one? This one is on my list...but not at the top. :)

    1. I haven't read Fellside yet, but I definitely plan to. My experience with Boy hasn't deterred me.

  3. Aw, sorry to hear this one didn't work for you. I also probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they have read TGWATG first, though it does take some of the "magic" and mystery out of the world knowing already why the zombie plague happened and how everything will go down. I can definitely see why the beginning would be somewhat meh.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  4. I haven't read TGWAtG yet, so I think I'll hold off on this one. Sorry you didn't enjoy it as much as you hoped you would!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  5. Ahh, interesting - I've read only positive reviews for this one so far so it's good to offset that with one that's not as glowing. I'm still keen to read this one and it's on my wishlist.
    Lynn :D

  6. I loved this book, but I think it was the characters who really made the book for me. Its definitely more of a slow paced story, despite the danger. I can see how you'd get bored.

  7. Hmm, I'm considering trying the first book. Sorry this sequel didn't work for you though!


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