The Boy on the Bridge

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Author: Carey, M. R.

Brand: Orbit

Edition: 1st

Number Of Pages: 400

Release Date: 02-05-2017

Details: Product Description One exceptional boy journeys into the ashes of society to find the cure for a devastating plague in this riveting post-apocalyptic standalone set in the same world as the USA Today-bestselling The Girl With All the Gifts. 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. "Strange and surprising and humane" (Lauren Beukes), The Boy on the Bridge is a gripping, powerful story that will make you question what it means to be human. From School Library Journal Teens still clamor for pandemic apocalyptic fiction—nearly as much as zombies crave flesh! Ten years ago, a parasitic fungus started hijacking the brains and bodies of humans with frightening speed, decimating England's population and turning those afflicted into zombielike "hungries." Now, leaders at a fortified settlement called Beacon are desperate to halt the growth of the cataclysmic Cordyceps. They send a second mobile armored vehicle to take six soldiers, five scientists, and a teenager on a Hail Mary mission to collect samples left behind from a first group that never returned and to learn what they can to save the human race. Carey effectively brings to life many of the dozen characters. Young adults will especially appreciate the brilliant Stephen Greaves, 15, who might be on the autism spectrum. He was permitted to join the crew at the behest of Samrina Khan, the group's epidemiologist and his foster mother of sorts. Readers will be engrossed as Stephen searches for data to understand the hungries and the fungus and looks for ways to combat them, such as the e-blocker he develops to stymie the hungries' acute olfactory sense. A villainous civilian commander, an unplanned pregnancy for Khan, backbiting among the soldiers, and Stephen's work with the hungries add up to an intriguing read. VERDICT Lovers of speculative fiction or sci-fi will devour this fresh take on the genre.—Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Gwinnett County, GA Review "Carey writes with compassion and fire - strange and surprising and humane" - Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls "A terrifying, emotional page-turner that explores what it means to be human." - Kirkus "Thoughtful and compelling" - RT Book Reviews "A tense story with superbly rendered characters and the same blend of tragedy and hope." - SciFiNow "[A] brilliant character study as much as a tense, satisfying post-apocalyptic thriller." - B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog " The Boy on the Bridge is a careful companion, including thematic parallels that remind us, in sometimes horrific ways, that our actions always have wider consequences than we think."- NPR "The stakes are higher than ever...action-packed...Fans of Carey and readers of Ben H. Winters or Steven Barnes will enjoy." - Library Journal "Spectacular!" - Martina Cole, author of Betrayal "Compelling . . . may leave you feeling shell-shocked." - SFX "A cast of fascinating characters.... Readers will feel surprisingly welcome in this world." - The Mary Sue About the Author M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a USA Today bestseller and is a major motion picture based on his BAFTA-nominated screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, two radio plays, and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

EAN: 9780316300339

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

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