The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
This brilliant new apocalyptic novel is a prequel to ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’, but it is also a stand-alone book.
There has been a collapse of the world civilization by a virus and the consequent plague that leads to infection and the need for the victim “to feed” on human flesh. The Infected are called “hungries” but is there another species evolving out there as well?
A team of scientists and military along with a fifteen-year-old prodigy who probably falls somewhere on the autistic spectrum named Steven Greaves, are sent out from London into the isolated mountains of Scotland. They are sent in a tank-like impenetrable-armored mobile science lab to investigate what happened to the original mission of the previous the ‘Charles Darwin’ and to search for answers and research the plague.
While they literally carry the hopes of humanity itself, we watch the inevitable breakdown as personal animosity and prejudice, pride and secrets erode relationships in the confined space. This book is not a ‘zombie’ book, it is a book about the living.
‘The Boy on the Bridge’ is a gripping, compulsive, insightful and thought provoking read which is ultimately about evolution, transformation, sacrifice, courage and change.
I was hooked from page one and is highly recommended.
Review by Jenny @ Great Escape Books