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The Enemy

The Enemy [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Higson
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (3 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9XGK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
I first heard of this book from the creepy adverts for it on TV, the description sounded haunting, promising. Ordinary kids living ordinary lives, only for everything to change. Adults gone, reduced to slavering zombies eager to kill and eat the kids left behind.

Set in London, Higson's writing bears a lot in common with his contemporaries Anthony Horowitz and Garth Nix - it's got that youthful snappiness to it that grips you from end to start. It's quick, witty and in terms of the kids' dialogue, feels very natural. Crucially in this novel, you are made to really feel for the kids, to put yourself in their place (something aided by some wonderful description) - and thus, it's even more horrific when any of the protagonists are killed.

We are presented with a ruined city left in tatters, a year after all adults have suddenly transformed into shambling diseased hulks. A handful of kids, mainly ranging from 8-15 are left to scavenging homes and supermarkets to eke out an existence, constantly on the run from the `grown-ups'.

In time they are tempted away to seek out Buckingham Palace after hearing that it is apparently `safe', the promise of a better life proving irresistible to them. We are given an account of their dangerous journey across London, only to find when they finally arrive at the palace, that all is not quite what it seems. There's a strong essence of some of the themes of Watership Down here, the book as a whole coming out as a kind of mix of 28 Days Later and The Lord Of The Flies. And it works to perfection.

The relationships between the kids, from the bonds built up as they try to survive, to the opposite side of the coin - the conflicts when opinions clash.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My son was hooked from the start! 17 Sep 2010
By Lizzie
My 11 year old son is a VERY reluctant reader, prefering to play computer games (unfortunately!). When I gave him this book, he was his usual, "oh no, I've got to read" self, however, from the start, he was hooked. He absolutely loved the story and finished the book in record speed. I couldn't believe how much he enjoyed the story and how captivated he was by the book, even reading in the car which he NEVER does! I didn't need to nag him to do some reading, which is a rare thing in itself! He said it was the best book he had read! He couldn't wait for the second book to come out, which arrived yesterday and he is itching to start The Dead! I haven't read the book so I don't know the story but from what my son says, there are scary bits in it. He was fine and didn't suffer any nightmares but if your child is sensitive or easily scared, then perhaps 11 might be a bit young for this book.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Teen Zombie Action 12 Feb 2011
"They'll chase you, they'll rip you open, they'll feed on you..."

I have a confession to make. I'm thirty six years old and when I first decided to do a zombie themed month on The Eloquent Page I didn't even consider including any young adult fiction. In the last couple of years I have read exactly two books that could be described as YA fiction. Both were pretty good, and I'll be reviewing one of them next month but I never thought something like zombie fiction could really exist for a younger readers. Let's be honest, flesh eating killers tend not to be the most upbeat bunch. In my experience, a lot of zombie fiction isn't really what you would consider ideal for a younger audience. I guess, in hindsight though, that is the challenge - creating a zombie novel that does work for teens.

Initially, I was somewhat sceptical of The Enemy by Charlie Higson. A couple of years ago I tried to read Silverfin, his first Young James Bond novel and failed rather epically. It's not that the book was bad, I just tried to read it at a time when I could not give it the attention it deserved. Ironically, I have had similar experiences with Ian Fleming's Bond novels as well. Perhaps it's just Bond in general I have issue with? That, and the fact I am about twenty years older than the target market.

The good news is that The Enemy was a completely different experience. I was able to focus on it over the course of a couple of days and found the story to be both moving and enthralling in equal measure.

Set in London a year after a viral outbreak has turned all adults into flesh craving monsters, the novel tells the story of a group of children hiding out in a Waitrose supermarket.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 6 Oct 2009
I bought this book for my son, aged 11, who is a reluctant reader. He is really enjoying this book and comes through to tell me what is happening in it (a first). I think he is reading this for pleasure rather then because I make him read. He likes the way it is written and because it is exciting and about children his age trying to survive.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 3 Sep 2009
By stu
I managed to get this book yesterday and it's brilliant. Quite scary at times - Charlie Higson seems to know how to write horror and how to engage the reader. The ending is great and quite hard-hitting. A very good book by a very good author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, chilling and thoroughly entertaining 14 April 2010
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They'll chase you. They'll rip you open. They'll feed on you.

When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician - every adult- fell ii. 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.

The story starts with a bang, a daring daylight raid by a posse of diseased and animalistic adults that sees them make off with a small boy for the larder. It's a dramatic start that sets the tone for the rest of the story and cleverly slips in a whole bucketful of background info.

By the time we join the story, the mysterious plague has already wreaked its havoc on the adult population and the city; the kids who are still around have already learned hard lessons and are, in the most part, veterans of their apocalypse. Their position is precarious; while their current hideout is secure for the moment, it isn't sustainable; there are too many mouths to feed and resources are rapidly running out.

While not a wholly original concept, what makes The Enemy stand out is the constant feeling that a big brown comet is about to hit the fan; it's a relentless tension uniting the escapades of the various characters as time runs out and the adults start displaying symptoms of a cunning, feral intelligence. It's really one of those `missed-my-station' books- it's hard to tear yourself away once you get into it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but watch out for US versions.
Good, but a word of warning. I bought my copy from Amazon and it turned out to be the American reprint. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by S. Paget
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son loved this... Zombies, mayhem etc.
Published 4 days ago by Jeremy p
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gripping
I first heard about this book at school and it was one of the big things, I've read them all before but as new ones came out I started to lose track of all the books, so I started... Read more
Published 4 days ago by James O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
Brilliant book for pre/early teens.
Fantastic writing and story, you really get involved with the characters and you'll be 're want to put it down.
Published 26 days ago by Sen Egan
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Kids book
Published 1 month ago by Mr. P. M. Kearney
5.0 out of 5 stars it is probably the best book that I have ever
What can i say,it is probably the best book that I have ever
Published 1 month ago by dogstand
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant
My daughter was reluctant to read this at first (she's not a book person!) but when i showed her this, she was gripped instantly! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars They're closer than you think
A great start to a great series! Read this book! I can't wait to read the next book in the series as i am sure it will be as entertaining as the other books!
Published 2 months ago by Crazy Batz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Charlie Higson is a great author, young and old (ish) readers can enjoy this short story. Check out the first in the series as well.
Published 2 months ago by Itwanderson
4.0 out of 5 stars started slowly but then!!!
Started slowly but chapter by chapter the characters come into their own with some gripping twist and turns and enthralling action sequences.
Published 2 months ago by Richard
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