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The Enemy (An Enemy Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Higson
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Book Description

A sickness has afflicted everyone over the age of 16; anyone who is a "grown-up" has become a decomposing, brainless creature that survives by feeding on children. The children and teens have barricaded themselves in fortified buildings, fighting off attacks from the grown-ups who travel in packs, like hungry dogs. Before long, the young survivors are promised a safe haven in Buckingham Palace and make their way to it, crossing London on a perilous journey that will test them in harrowing ways. But their fight to stay alive is far from over—the threat from within is as real as the one on the outside.


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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up In this dystopian thriller set in London, everyone over 16 is dead or diseased, and youngsters are in constant danger of being eaten by boil-infested grown-ups who roam the streets like zombies looking for children to kill. Led by teens Arran and Maxie and armed with makeshift weapons, a group of kids sets out from the uncertain safety of an abandoned supermarket to travel to Buckingham Palace, where a young messenger promises that food, medicine, and a haven are available. Along the way, Arran is killed. One youngster selfishly decides to stay behind with a secret stash of food and is there to tell Small Sam, who had been abducted and feared dead, where the others (including his sister) have headed. Sam's quest to find Ella parallels the story of the large group with similar run-ins with marauding adults and mistrustful children who scavenge about the city. The bleak setting is filled with decay, danger, and puss-oozing parents who have turned into butchers. On arriving at Buckingham Palace, Maxie decides that David, the teen leader there, is too tyrannical, and she must regain control of her brood and convince them to leave for a new location. The last chapter squelches any real hope for the future and will leave readers somewhat haunted and chilled about the doomsday scenario. Descriptive and suspenseful, this title is similar to but less imaginative than Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking series (Candlewick). Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
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The imagined zombie apocalypse has been the inspiration behind dozens of movies, books, and comics over the past decade, and though Higson adds few innovations, his gusto is something to behold. Eighteen months have passed since everyone over 16 succumbed to a virus that turned them into rotting, ravenous monsters, and there are enclaves of kids all over London eking out survival. Barricaded inside of a store, about 50 refugees have constructed their own society—which is shaken when a boy arrives spinning tales of a wonderful settlement housed within Buckingham Palace. The action from that point alternates between the group's harrowing journey across the city and the grueling plight of Sam, a nine-year-old whose separation from the pack leads to an encounter with cannibals. Some of the characters feel like placeholders, but the action is of the first order—Higson writes with a firestorm velocity that inspires to the sweeping reach of Stephen King's The Stand (1978). A muscular start to what looks to be a series. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

Product Details

  • File Size: 3426 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1423131754
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (June 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003SHDQD0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great gruesome read June 18, 2010
Format:Hardcover
The Enemy is a good read. The pacing and plot are superb. This novel zips along at the speed of light! What stands out for me about this book is not only it's non stop action, but the fact that the author was able to work in some great character development along the way. This is a truly unique cast that we are treated to in this somewhat common story of a disease that kills off or infects the entire adult population of London. I've read quite a few books in this "end of the world" genre and while there's not much new with the storyline, these characters add a freshness to the tale that brings this one up to a new level. I really fell in love with some of these kids!

My only complaint with this one is that the dialogue is somewhat stilted in spots. The pacing of the story is so intense, the dialogue blips sometimes served as a roadblock to a very fast car chase. The author is expert at writing all the action, and I see this one having big appeal to high schoolers and adults. Be forewarned: there is a lot of violence in this story, and a lot of kids die. There are gruesome killings, hints at cannabalism, and disease crazed monkeys. All of this is made more compelling and grotesque because some of the kids involved are quite young. This is not a story for the squeamish.

I hope this continues as a series, as the author has set things up for a great next installment that I look forward to reading. I would give this 4.5 stars, and will recommend this to any fan of apocalyptic/dystopian fiction age 15 and up.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Zombie Type Read February 15, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The world has been hit with an unknown disease that turns everyone over 16 into zombie like creatures that seek to kill the children they left behind. The book is set in London and follows the saga of a ragtag group of kids as they try to stay alive in a world turned upside down.

The kids have found refuge in the local supermarket. They have been there a year, but things are getting desperate as the older kids have to travel farther from their store base to find food to keep them alive. The older kids know it is only a matter of time until they cannot hold out any longer and are looking for a way out. They find it when an older boy arrives telling them to come to Buckingham Palace, where there they have set up a safe zone, with food and comfort within the palace walls. Knowing their plight is grim, the older kids decide they should leave the shelter of the store and make a dash to the palace. The story follows them as they make their way across London. Who will survive the trip, and when they get there what will they find?

Little Sam is a nine year old with an imagination who is stolen from the supermarket grounds by the grownups in the opening pages of the book. He keeps his wits and is able to escape only to find himself alone in the big city of London. The book follows his adventures as he strives to stay alive and make his way back to the little sister he left behind in the supermarket. He is a wonderful character who just wants to be a kid again, but is forced to grow up too fast in a world where everyone must take care of themselves.

The book is fast paced with plenty of zombie type violence. The world as Higson creates is a dangerous one and many characters do not survive their odyssey.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Zombie Story December 8, 2011
By muppet
Format:Paperback
Everyone over the age of 16 has been infected with a disease giving them zombie-like characteristics. The novel takes place approximately a year after the illness first begins to infect adults. A motley crew of pre-teen/early teen girls and boys are fighting for survival in an abandoned grocery store in London that they have converted into a fortress. When a stranger arrives, they must choose to remain in the relative safety of their "home" or strike out on a journey across London toward the unknown in Buckingham Palace, which has become a refuge for another group of young people.

There is also another, for me anyway, even more intriguing subplot of a nine-year-old boy who has been kidnapped by the "grown-ups" and must escape. He goes on a harrowing journey through the subway system and finds a "healthy" adult couple with sick intents. (This subplot is reminiscent of The Dark and Hollow Places, the third installment of Carrie Ryan's Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy. An absolute must-read in the zombie genre.)

There is a very understated, yet convincing, romance element. Most characters are well-developed, and the interaction between them is believable. The time frame of the novel is very condensed, happening over a few short weeks, which makes it a very harrowing and exciting read. I truly couldn't put it down!

I'm a high school English teacher. I recommend the title fully to fans of young adult horror and adult readers as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Please understand that all my reviews focus on the interests of my middle school students.

All my top ten favorite heroes/heroines come from YA literature. And now there is Sam Small. Wow, that little guy moved me.

Higson is masterful at the fast pace action plot. You won't get bored, that's for sure. There are two story lines, but he moves them so quickly there are no frustrating gaps in the action. He leaves you guessing, but you are also ready to see what is happening in the other line. His character development is uneven. For example, there is a character with a dysfunctional Napoleonic personality, but Higson does not let you see enough of the kid's psyche to really get it. Other characters, however, are well developed, and I think Higson really gets kids. Finally, be warned that Higson does not mind killing characters he makes you like. I am afraid that Collins has started a trend in YA literature that we will be living with for some time. In all, I found it a very good action book, although the ending is very strange.

So why only three stars? Go back to my first line. About two hundred pages into the book Higson introduces some mild profanity which quickly escalates into moderately severe. It caught me a bit off-guard, since there was no hint of it coming. This moved the book to the "Parental Permission" shelf in my classroom library. There is one sexually oriented derogatory remark. None of this is gratuitous, however, and you know that kids would talk this way; it's just that if Riordan, Patterson, Rowling, Nimmo, etc. can write great books for the YA crowd and leave that stuff to our imagination, why can't others?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing book I read it and I loved it the first book is the dead, the enemy, the feared, and I can't remember the last one but it was great!
Published 7 days ago by c. bevandich
5.0 out of 5 stars Especially for those Walking Dead fans...
For those who enjoy watching shows like The Walking Dead you will likely find this book quite a good read. Read more
Published 14 days ago by dlsavage13
4.0 out of 5 stars New take on the tired zombie thing
This is not your typical teenage horror book. There is nothing held back in this series. Great concept. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Brett Grossmann
5.0 out of 5 stars The Enemy
This is possibly the number one best book I've ever read until I read the next book which will be even better! This was just an awesome book!:)
Published 17 days ago by Sylvia Sebold
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre foray into zombie tale
As the target here seems to be pre-teens, the effort to introduce this type of content is a novelty itself. Read more
Published 29 days ago by School of Groove
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Hungry Parents
Higson does such a good job of presenting the children's point of view, that I had long finished the book before I recognized the cannibal Parents as zombies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deborah L. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Twist On Zombie Idea
I was prepared to not like this because it was based around children, but it didn't take long to get caught up. A different twist on the zombie books, but I liked it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Deaton
4.0 out of 5 stars so far so good
A good book, well written, it kept me interested and I was able to keep up with the plot and story line, I think its a little dark. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read!!
This is an incredible book. The plight of the children in this novel opened me up to the rest of the series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mahogany
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
I just loved how Charlie higson hooked you in to a character then instantly killed them off. This alone made me keep reading just to see who would go next
Published 1 month ago by michelle
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Charlie Higson is an acclaimed comedy writer, producer, actor, and genuine James Bond aficionado. He is the author of the adult thrillers, Full Whack and King of the Ants; the internationally best-selling Young Bond series: SilverFin, Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold, and By Royal Command; and the YA apocalyptic thriller: The Enemy, which he wrote to frighten his ten-year-old son. He lives in London. Follow him on Twitter at: twitter.com/monstroso

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