• The Bossy Bookworm

Review of The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

The Boy on the Bridge offers adventure, twists, turns, love, scientific exploration, betrayal, and an odd twist on hope.

Months into their save-the-world mission, the soldiers and scientists on the Rosalind Franklin (a tanklike RV with flamethrowers that's nicknamed Rosie) are close to retrieving all of the samples their predecessors left throughout Scotland during an earlier expedition to try to find a cure for the plague.


But it begins to become clear that idealistic Dr. Samrina Khan, the head epidemiologist; single-minded young Stephen the wunderkind; gruff, bighearted Colonel Carlisle; and the others on board may not have been meant to succeed in their grand mission after all. Political machinations meant that some of their party needed to be out of the way for corrupt power plays back home.


Against enormous odds, the team may just be finding some of the lifesaving answers they were sent to discover. But bringing back their surprising findings might very well mean the wholesale rounding up and destruction of those affected by the plague.


M.R. Carey's The Boy on the Bridge offers adventure, twists, turns, love, scientific exploration, betrayal, and an odd twist on hope.

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There's a character in common between this and Carey's The Girl With All the Gifts; this person appears at the end of The Boy on the Bridge but is a main character in the other book. Both of these books are listed in my Greedy Reading List of Six Fantastic Dystopian and Postapocalyptic Novels.


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