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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Puffin; Unabridged edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141328428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141328423
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.4 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,034 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) --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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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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Format: Paperback
"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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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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
When I started this book, I didn't realise it was aimed at teens - presumably I hadn't read the reviews. If I'd realised this fact, I probably wouldn't have bought it (I'm the wrong side of 60 and would be one of the losers!). However, I would have missed out because I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had everything I look for in a book - well-thought-out plot, plenty of action, believable characters which didn't suddenly do things out of character, suspense, and all this in a full length eBook in which I didn't note any typos or grammatical errors other than in speech which were obviously deliberate. Plenty of descriptive gore as well if you like that, and no gratuitous swearing (some, but in context) - nice to see in a story aimed at youngsters. The story has the main theme of some unexplained disease which only appears to affect adults, turning them into shambling zombies (I know a few of them already). Children and young teens are unaffected but have the problem that the zombies like to eat children! The story follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of a group of children trying to survive. My favourite bit was when a boy says the "king" doesn't like being called "Dave" - he prefers "David" - is this a tongue in cheek reference to the Daily Mail's name for "CallMeDave" Cameron?! There are unanswered questions such as... What caused the catastrophe? Will the children also be diseased as they get older? There are several hooks at the end of the book which tempt the reader to have a go at the next in the series; perhaps these questions will be answered - I don't know yet, but I hope to find out.
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