The Boy On The Bridge by M. R. Carey
Date read: 30th January 2018 – 1st February 2018
Page count: 392
Format: Kindle Edition (arc from NetGalley)
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I previously reviewed The Girl With All The Gifts, which is the first novel written in this universe. The Boy On The Bridge is more a companion than a sequel to The Girl With All The Gifts, but as lots of the story and key elements of the universe are kept from the reader in that book until later on, this review will, basically, contain spoilers for that book. I do recommend reading The Girl With All The Gifts before The Boy On The Bridge, but it won’t make that much difference in the long run.
These books always make me ugly cry. Big time. I love how M. R. Carey manages to blend the horror genre with good old soul-crushing tales of romances, friendships and family bonds. Oh, in a post-apocalyptic world. With zombies (or “hungries”, as this book calls them).
The Boy On The Bridge is mostly about a group of survivors, on the road to discover the cure for the Hungry virus, in a ship or tank of some description named “The Rosalind Franklin”. This ship consists, most significantly, of the newly pregnant Rina Khan, a scientist; and Stephen, another scientist, who most likely has Asperger’s (although this is never explicitly stated). I point out these two characters because they form the main backbone of the narrative, and provide the central plot along with the other characters on the Rosie.
Horror books have become one of my favourite genres of books to read, at least recently. This book is a fusion of horror and emotional tragedy, something that I haven’t read outside of this book and its predecessor. It’s a really interesting combination, and the discussion of ethics surrounding these “hungries” and the rest of the human race is also touched upon, which is always overlooked in other zombie stories.
I ended up giving The Boy On The Bridge a 5 star rating overall, so actually higher than The Girl With All The Gifts (which I only rated 4). I think I preferred this one because everything was laid out from the beginning, there weren’t any surprises that you found about halfway through. A lot of people criticised The Girl With All The Gifts for the surprise element of it, which I don’t actually think is very valid criticism because it actually added to the story, but I do understand how much better this book is for knowing the facts before I went in.
If you like zombie stories, or you think you don’t like zombie stories but want to try again with them, then this book is a great place to start!