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


ashley | I finished The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey with an underwhelmed feeling. I really enjoyed the first half of the book, but I found myself dragging my feet towards the end. That’s likely why I didn’t realize there was a follow up book, The Boy on the Bridge, and didn’t choose to read it until I was sent a copy to review. Thankfully I took some time to read a bit about it before getting to far into it, because The Boy on the Bridge is a prequel, not a sequel, which could be super confusing had I not read that in a review prior to starting.

Like TGWATG, the description of this was intriguing, but for me things started out a bit slow. It wasn’t until we were introduced to Steven that my interest started to grow. Steven was very interesting, I loved how he thought, I loved his scientific curiosity, he certainly made the pace of the book pick up.

However, that’s where things climaxed for me. I followed this band of people on their hopeless journey for a cure, but I felt more like I was blindly following them. My interest ebbed and flowed and my connection to the characters didn’t seem as vibrant as with TGWATG.

There were of course some great moments and some great scenes. The ending was quite solid, Carey creates very unique perspectives when she builds her characters and plot lines, and the book itself asked a lot of the similarly themed questions about morality and state of life. All of this I usually quite enjoy, but for some reason, everything in between dragged for me again. Something wasn’t compelling enough to keep me fully hooked through the middle.


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may 2, 2017

copy provided for honest review by
Net Galley