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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (3 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141325011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141325019
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brutal, blood-soaked, full of zombies...it's ace (FHM)

The Enemy scores with its brutal vision of a post-apocalyptic world (FT)

Gruesome entertainment of the highest calibre (Books Quarterly)

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.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Darren on 17 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
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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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By L. Green VINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By My Favourite Books VINE VOICE on 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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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Cheesecake (The Eloquent Page) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Feb. 2011
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"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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