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The Dead (An Enemy Novel) Paperback – May 22, 2012
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Charlie Higson is an acclaimed writer of screenplays and novels, and also a performer and the co-creator of the British television programs The Fast Show and Bellamy's People. He is an expert on James Bond and is the author of the internationally best-selling Young Bond series. Charlie, a big fan of horror movies, is hoping to give readers many sleepless nights with the Enemy series. He lives in London. Follow him on Twitter at: twitter.com/monstroso.
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The Dead is set in the immediate aftermath of the virus (a year before the events in The Enemy), and tells the story of a group of children who are at a boarding school when the virus breaks out. They realize that the school is not safe, and that they need to find a place which is not only safer but with food and water to support them. They have to decide where to go; some of the group want to seek refuge in the countryside, while others (lead by Matt, who believes that God is speaking to him through Revelations and telling him to go to London). Their decision is made for them when they are rescued by another group on a bus, and friends Jack and Ed are determined to lead them to the relative safety of London.
This is a different group of kids than in The Enemy, so those hoping for an update on characters from The Enemy will be disappointed. However the book is fascinating in its own right, and I would be happy to read a million stories about the children left to fend for themselves in this harsh world. It is bittersweet to see them form little family-units and try to help and protect each other, and especially sad that they often need to protect themselves from other kids.
Like The Enemy, The Dead doesn't pull any punches, with central characters dying, disappearing, or being wounded, which makes the story heart-breaking. But the strength and character of the kids as they rally around each other and fight to survive makes it worth the heart ache. Excellent, thought-provoking series which evokes "Lord of the Flies" along with "The Road". Highly recommended. I'm impatiently waiting for the third book in the series to be released in the US.
Overall I would recommend this book to anyone that likes action,adventure,or a good zombie book
The Dead is well written. It probably isn't what you would expect in a prequel.
It leaves out a lot of the characters from the first book. It introduces some new characters that are good.
I like this series. I will be on to Book 3 now.