The Enemy Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Charlie Higson is the author of the best-selling Young Bond series, as well as a well-known writer of screenplays and adult thriller novels. He's also a performer and co-creator of The Fast Show.
Paul Whitehouse is an actor and writer, and co-created The Fast Show. He has also performed in the films Finding Neverland, and Corpse Bride, and the tv programmes The Mighty Boosh, Horne and Corden and Shooting Stars.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I envy today's young adults with the cracking books/series they get to read. Wasn't quite the same in the early 70s for me, although I suppose zombies were not quite up with... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kay Smillie
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Im 12, nearly 13 and I saw an ad for this book and tried the teaser for it, and one thing that made me read the whole series, start to finish was the mixture of thrill, action,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't tend to read books much and thanks to this book I can not stop reading. It is amazingly detailed and you get attached to ever character. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Louise Russell
I really wanted to love this book; it has all the elements of a fantastic YA zombie World for me. But despite this, I just couldn't get into it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bex