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The Enemy

by Charlie Higson

Penguin Uk | April 1, 2014 | Trade Paperback

The Enemy is rated 4.7143 out of 5 by 7.
Charlie Higson''s The Enemy is the first in a jaw-dropping zombie horror series for teens. Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive. When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician - every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they''re fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there - alive? ''Higson has got the balance of blood and gore just right'' Daily Mirror ''Clever...fast-paced...inventive'' Guardian Charlie Higson is the author of the bestselling Young Bond series of novels for young readers, including Silverfin and Double or Die, and the spine-tingling, teen zombie-horror series The Enemy. Can''t wait for the next instalment? This edition contains the first chapter of the mind-blowing first chapter of the second book The Dead. Check out www.the-enemy.co.uk for more blood, more zombies and more terror.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 1 in

Published: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141325011

ISBN - 13: 9780141325019

Found in: Fiction and Literature
Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from action packed from pg 1. you will not be able to tear away literally we jump right into the story. no tall tale about beginning before the disease came. literally the reader is thrown into the story as if you were in the middle. no need to go through any starters or details. the fighting and action begins right now at pg 1. i honestly thought i bought 2nd book or something so action packed you will finish it in a day and so much intensity your fingers will not be able to move as fast as your eyes. Higson's is great at getting to the point and building up the nail biting climax (in each chapter). love the characters, good relationships, friendship, fights, gore, blood and survival. BEWARE do not become attached to any character, because everyone in this series is expendable. no favoritism here. the only down side is each main character has their own pov, but he does not separate it by chapters. Higson quickly switches povs of different character within same page and paragraph. i assume so the reader can get a 360 degree point of view. was a bit confusing when my eyes were whipping through the pages, but you get use to it cannot wait for 2nd novel, which i am reading now. EXCELLENT action packed gory filled series.
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Book The world has been said to predicted to end many times, and has never happened, this time it did. In the book “The Enemy” written by Charlie Higson an illness sweeps over the city of London, England where everyone who is sixteen plus, turns into a zombie and the kids have to ban together to defeat them. Firstly, Arran is the main in the book. He’s a very brave kid, I know if I was his age I would be pretty scared. At one point in the novel he runs into a crowd of zombies just to save a small group of people. He’s also very tough kid, he’s rather young and he just takes a beating from the zombies all day long. I think Arran greatly impacted the the story line and changed the way the book turned out. Secondly, there are some really good themes in the book, war is a theme seen a lot throughout the novel. It’s in the book so much because the kids are under constant attack by the “Grown Ups” as they call them. Another theme show throughout the book is survival. For me survival is the most interesting theme to read. Just reading how these kids have to survive makes me never want to put the book down. I really like all the themes in this book, in my opinion they’re the best two genre to read. Lastly, I thought this book was very well rounded and very well written. One of the things I liked about the book was the whole survival aspect of the book. It really kept you on the edge waiting to see what was going to happen to the kids. Another thing I really liked about the book was the fact that they were children not adults. Most of the main characters in survival books or movies are grown men or women never children. Overall, there were a lot of things I liked and a lot of things they weren't so good about the book, but it was generally a very good book. This was a really good book and I would really recommend it to anyone who likes horror or survival books. If I were to rate this book I would probably rate this book about a 8 out of 10.
Date published: 2013-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strategic, thrilling and brave. Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow. There is no way of hiding it. I've been in a major reading slump considering the last I time I finished a book, the Sun was still visible at 8 PM. With a little push from my friends, like Mama Bird pushing her babies off the tree so they can learn to fly, I picked up this book. Forget Red Bull, this book gives you wings. I loved how intense this book was. BAM. Zombies from left. BAM. Zombies on your right. There was never a moment to calm your heart rate before something exciting happened. Since for the majority of the book, the story was told in two perspective, Maxie and Small Sam, it ensured the readers of getting two very different perspective of post-zombie-apocalypse-London. I loved that. It is like A Game of Thrones with Jon on The Wall, offering us a different perspective, a completely separate adventure. I think that's why I enjoyed Small Sam's story the most. His growth from a boy who wet himself to "The Giant Killer" was sensational. His courage and determination kept me wanting more. Oh and let's not forget about the other kids. Maxie, Ollie, Freak, Blue, Arran. I am beginning to think, the weirder their names, the cooler they are. Every one of them had their own distinctive personality so even when there are over 20 kids to keep track of, I felt like I got to know everyone. But that is not to say they were paper cut-outs. Charlie Higson did not write them as "Oh, let him be a nerd, and let's make this kid the Great Leader, and I'll just add in a kick-butt fighter who take crap from no one." Because, secretly, like Small Sam, everyone was a nerd, a leader and a fighter. As you read on, you'll see that and begin to feel for every single one of the kids. Because, honestly, they all ultimately want to survive. Also, I couldn't stop drawing parallels between Michael Grant's GONE series to this one. It was as if The Walking Dead and the GONE series had a love child. It had the multiple perspective that I loved from GONE, the badassness I adored from TWD, the struggle for power GONE does so well and lastly, it had the zombies. I cannot wait to read on in this series. I love how cunning these kids are. How they are the underdogs, the losers, the leaders, the quiet-and-listen type, but at the same time, they are the hot-heads who doesn't give any effs. I'm just going to leave it here. I need calm down before I pass out. I'll just be dwelling in post-zombie-apocalypse-London if anyone needs me.
Date published: 2013-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great cannibalistic fun, Scotty! Although the concept is in my mind a rip-off of an original Star Trek episode, I still truly enjoyed this book. In the Star Trek episode, they land on a planet where all the adults (which they call 'Grups', but they call 'Grown Ups' in the book) have died off or become mutated. As the children reach a certain age, they begin to develop sores and turn to monsters/die. Aside from that any book that involves cannibalism has got to be good, right? Yes, especially when it involves great story telling and well developed characters. All this typing is making me hungry. Hey, can you pass me another piece of Spock, please?....
Date published: 2010-05-20
Rated out of 5 by from Awesome book! Think "Lord of the flies" meets "28 days later" and you will have something like "The Enemy" You are kept rooting for these kids who have suddenly found themselves the only sane people in a world gone crazy!
Date published: 2010-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful, intriguing, and non-stop action! The Enemy is set in London where a world-wide pandemic has wiped out everyone over the age of fifteen. The lucky adults died, the others turned into zombie-like creatures who feed on those that are left alive. The story follows a group of kids who have banded together to help each other survive. But they all know that the grown-ups are learning; starting to grow and develop into zombies that can actually think for themselves. When this happens, the group have to escape to Buckingham Palace where they have heard other kids have run off to. Where it is safe from the grown-ups. But the journey there is dangerous. And once the grown-ups get you, you can only hope that you'll live long enough to see the morning. Higson's writing is amazing. He draws you into the plot and never loosens his grip. As you read on, you grow attached to the characters and it's like you're there experiencing their problems right alongside them. Higson doesn't build into the action and suspense. It starts right from the first page and gets better and better as you read on. A truly brilliant novel that will keep you gripping the edge of your seat as you find out if the gang will arrive at the Palace, and if it's really worth the trip.
Date published: 2009-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps you at the edge of your seat...The entire time! This was one of those books that you just didn't want to put down, each chapter leaves you desperate to read the next, every page kept you dieing to know what happens in the end. Higson wrote this book with intense action, funny characters, and a awesome plot with some disgusting enemies... When a mysterious illness struck, everyone over the age of fourteen died...but some adults lived, and now they're these disgusting, slimy, greasy, hungry, smelly beyond belief zombies covered in boils, who are called the Grown-ups. They attack the kids who are still alive, because they want to eat them... We follow a group of kids who are living in Waitrose, as you feel their struggle, strength, determination, and courage throughout this fast-paced, intense thriller where they are fighting and doing everything they can to survive. You get so attached to the characters that when they go to fight off a grown-up you are only wishing that they are alive in the end. The action in this book was incredibly intense, leaving you grasping this book until no end, the characters strength and personality made you love this book even more. The combination of awesome characters, intense action, adrenaline pumping scenes and disgusting enemies gives you The Enemy, a book that must be read. Even if it was a little nasty at times, like the descriptions of the grown-ups...I still loved the nastiness, it was an absolutely awesome book that left you hooked. It ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I'm dieing to read the sequel to see what happens next!!!..
Date published: 2009-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warning: You Will Be Unable To Put This Book Down! Warning: Contains strong language and scenes of violence, and once you begin reading you will not be able to put it down! This book is filled with heartstopping action and many surprises! If you liked the book called 'The Hunger Games' - this would be like a more violent, more gut-wrenching, more shocking cousin to that book.
Date published: 2009-11-04

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The Enemy

by Charlie Higson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 1 in

Published: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141325011

ISBN - 13: 9780141325019

From the Publisher

Charlie Higson''s The Enemy is the first in a jaw-dropping zombie horror series for teens. Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive. When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician - every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they''re fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there - alive? ''Higson has got the balance of blood and gore just right'' Daily Mirror ''Clever...fast-paced...inventive'' Guardian Charlie Higson is the author of the bestselling Young Bond series of novels for young readers, including Silverfin and Double or Die, and the spine-tingling, teen zombie-horror series The Enemy. Can''t wait for the next instalment? This edition contains the first chapter of the mind-blowing first chapter of the second book The Dead. Check out www.the-enemy.co.uk for more blood, more zombies and more terror.

About the Author

Charlie Higson is a well-known writer of screenplays and novels, and is the author of the phenomenally successful Young Bond series. He is also a performer and co-creator of The Fast Show and Radio Four''s award-winning Down the Line series. Charlie is a big fan of horror films and is now hoping to give a great many children sleepless nights with this series.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17