The Boy on the Bridge is technically a sequel to The Girl with All the Gifts, but I think it should really have been advertised as a companion novel or a prequel. Before Melanie and the other kids were being studied, another team of scientists was trying to learn more about the zombie-inducing fungus that’s plagued the human world.
This book centers around a young man, Steven Grieves, who’s an unwanted member of the team aboard Rosie, a vehicle of scientific-discover. Steven is on the autism spectrum, and he’s crazy smart. He makes many discoveries that help the human race tremendously.
There are a lot of other characters in this book, and that was a little overwhelming at the start. I actually started this book on audio, and then had to return the CDs to the library, so I read the last two-thirds in print. If you can push through the beginning and not focus on the majority of the characters, this book is really interesting. It gives a lot of great back story on the disease and what happened to the Earth in this “world.”
Steven is pretty fascinating, as are his discoveries. I enjoyed this book, although not as much as the first book. There is an element of sequel because the end of the book does jump ahead to past the timeline of the first book, but overall I was a little disappointed because I wanted to learn more about Melanie and what happened with her after the end of book 1.
Rating: 3 Stars