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Absolutely sick...but awesome!,
This review is from: The Enemy (Paperback)
I'm not quite sure how to review this because i loved it so much, and those books are always the hardest to write about whichever way you look at it.
First things first, as a face value zombie horror it works well, and it did the job of scaring the crap out of me and creeping me out, both in equal measure. It's been a while since i've felt genuine terror from reading a book, so for that Higson deserves to be congratulated. BUT, there is so much more to this book and it is that makes it so amazing.
The characters are varied and are related to in such a way you can't help but feel for them, even the ones that you really think you should hate (you'll understand what i mean when you read it). Unlike a lot of writers, Higson is not afraid to kill any of his characters and this makes the story all that more realistic. At some points i found myself so attached to some of them that when they died i felt pretty sad, and at one point found myself in tears.
Despite the fighting and the violence, the more difficult issues are handled sensitively and with humanity and a way that really makes you care.
With regards to the title of the book, during the first 10 or so chapters the obvious 'enemy' are the grown-ups, but the lines become blurred as the children quickly realise that enemies come in different shapes and sizes and it becomes clear that the 'enemy of your enemy' is not always your friend.
I can't say anymore without spoiling it, but this is one of the most revealing, emotional and action-packed books i've ever read. I can't wait until the next in the series