Welcome to the Audiences Everywhere Book Club, a monthly feature in which you’re invited to participate. A week before the start of each month we’ll announce a book that we’ll tackle for the next four weeks. We’ll set out weekly chapter goals and using the hashtag #AEBookClub you can join the discussion online. So come join us as we read the book, talk about it, and speculate on the kind of movie it would make, who should make it and who should be in it. And sometimes should it even be a movie at all.

The Girl With All the Gifts

Orbit Books

For the month of February, Staff Writer Ryan MacLean has selected M.R. Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts as the inaugural book for what will become a monthly tradition. Written by acclaimed comic writer and novelist Mike Carey (under the pseudonym M.R. Carey) is a post-apocalyptic science-fiction novel that concerns life after an end-of-the-world scenario where the majority of humanity has been wiped out by a fungal infection. The aforementioned infection drives people into a blood-thirsty frenzy, changing them into pseudo-zombies (here referred to as “Hungries”). What remains of humanity either survive in protected military bases or roam what’s left of the world in packs called Junkers. The book itself concerns a “gifted” girl named Melanie who lives in one such military base along with other similarly gifted children.

In order to make it easy for everyone to read along, all 72 chapters of The Girl With All the Gifts will be divided throughout the four weeks of February. This way everyone can read at their own pace and everyone is able to remain on the same page. The schedule is as follows:

Feb. 1st – 7th: Chapters 1 – 18

Feb. 8th – 14th: Chapters 19 – 36

Feb. 15th – 21st: Chapters 37 – 54

Feb. 22nd – 29th: Chapters 55 – 72

If you’d like to suggest a cinema-related book for future book club readings, please e-mail your suggestion to bookclub@audienceseverywhere.net.

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