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The Fear (The Enemy #3)

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  4,236 ratings  ·  340 reviews
The sickness struck everyone sixteen and over. Mothers and fathers, older brothers, sisters, and best friends. No one escaped its touch. And now children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups who are hungry, bloodthirsty, and not giving up.
DogNut and the rest of his crew, in search of the friends they lost during the fire, set off on a deadly mission from
Hardcover, 460 pages
Published 2011
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What are you afraid of? Drowning, fire, suffocation, abandonment, being eaten alive, having your head used as a centerpiece? Well…all that and more can be found in Charlie Higson’s world. *grins* I love this man!

The Fear, fun, and action picks up five days before the end of the previous book, The Dead. Mr. Higson has been playing with the timeline all along, but this story just fit and locked into place with the previous books like a key in a lock. Beautiful, bloody storytelling! With patience,
I have to admit, I wasn’t looking forward to reading this book. Well, I wasn’t not looking forward to it because it’s Charlie Higson and you know you’re pretty much going to be left speechless after you’ve finished one of his books in this series but, from the synopsis I was a bit ‘meh’. I mean, there are only so many times you can read about a group of London misfits walking across the city finding other London misfits and fighting the occasional zombie. Do you get what I’m saying?

And while the
Zombie horror really doesn't get any better than this. I've really enjoyed J.L. Bourne's Day By Day Armageddon series and Z.A. Recht's Morningstrain Trilogy, but Higson's The Enemy/The Dead/The Fear series is really superior in a number of ways.
For those unfamiliar with the series, Charlie Higson's books are set in contemporary London where a "28 Days Later" style virus has affected every adult, turning them into a ravenous flesh-eating monster. Children and young teens are unaffected and band t
This series is getting better each book. I got confused with the timeline at first but now it's coming together and all fitting in. Really good book and a great addition to an exciting series.
Joe Whittington
Oct 02, 2011 Joe Whittington rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Zombie lovers, gore hunters, apocalypse aficionados
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I am emotionally distraught after reading this book. holy freaking sh*t!
I finished reading The Fear last night and I am still not completely over what had happened! I totally started to bawl my eyes out once I was less than 100 pages towards the end. HOLY GUACAMOLE! Talk about an ending!
Seriously, each book in this series keeps getting better and better than the last. Just like the previous two books, The Fear was full on action-packed, gruesome, heart-wrenching and just plain insane.

I grew em
Annmarie Ager
The fear is book three in the enemy series it follow five days before the last book ends. If you have not read the series DO! This series is like no other. Any way The fear followers the story of a few groups of kids in deep trouble they are all trying to survive in a world where all the grownups seem to have been turned into zombies . While zombies and dead kids is bad enough there is also lots of other things going on that give you chills the way some kids have turned into power hungry cold be ...more
Ladies and gentlemen, after reading this book, I have an announcement to make: Charlie Higson is a friggin’ genius.

Having read the first three books in The Enemy series, I have become enamored with his writing abilities and absolutely shocked by how each book becomes progressively more and more fantastic, even when I don’t think it’s possible.

Higson’s ability to interweave multiple story arcs, character arcs, and plotlines without sacrificing the quality or depth of any of them is absolutely mag
Great book! Although it couldn't help but feel like a prologue. It fills in all the gaps created by the last two books in the series. In fact, the feeling i have after reading it, closely resembles that after watching "Deathly Hallow's Part 1".
And that feeling is, WHERE IS THE REST!?

In case you didn't know, in a nutshell, this book is the third in a series (with more to come) where all adults over the age of 14 (is it 14? i think it was) have either died, or become brainless, kiddy-eating zombi
Charlie Higson scares the crap out of me...or at least his stories do, I've never met the man himself. Higson is proof that just because an author's book get tagged as a "young adult" title doesn't mean the work is second tier. Higson is a master of plot, stringing together pieces like the series is one giant jigsaw puzzle. He does for books what J. Michael Straczynski did for television. No scene is wasted, no plot point is a throw away, it all fits together, brilliantly in the end, and believe ...more
Basically me after reading this...

Like seriously what did i just read i spent days reading this and i didn't see a plot coming.Mainly the story is a group of kids to go find another group of kids who are completely useless and 300 and something pages later they find the group but when they return WITHOUT the useless group they die like wtf?Maybe its just because i didnt read the books before this but no need to cause this tells everything.The only interesting part was the last hundred pages wher
Holy crap. I hope there's another book coming out because that was one heck of a cliffhanger.
Ms. Yingling
Sequel to The Enemy and The Dead. The zombie plague is still affecting the adults over the age of 16, and some of them manage to stay alive by eating children in graphically described disgusting ways. DogNut's group is pretty safe and secure inside the Tower of London, but some of the children want to venture out to see if they can find friends and relatives they lost. After taking a boat down the Thames, the group runs into other groups of children, as well as plenty of sickos. DogNut doesn't r ...more
When I was younger and less responsible (ha), I would sometimes stay up late into the night, as late as it took, in order to finish a really good book. It's been awhile since I did that, but I think Charlie Higson deserved it. 1:40 a.m. isn't that intense, but let's just say I'm tired now. Worth it? Yes.

The only problem with reading this way is that after awhile my brain was getting a little fuzzy; plot events started to blur together. Apology in advance for any weirdness in this review.

I really
DogNut wants nothing more than to be a hero so he offers to lead a group to find Brooke who has been missing for a year. With seven companions,he leaves the relative safety of the Tower of London to brave the increasingly co-ordinated attacks of the sickos. The trip starts off well enough as the group rows up the Thames to start their search. Things quickly get out of control when the boat sinks forcing the group to abandon ship. Quickly DogNut realizes that some of the more fitter sickos, the g ...more
Josh Luther
The Fear, by Charlie Higson is a must-read. Its full of suspense, action, and even a little romance. It’s a great read for anyone of the teen age.
The fear follows Dognut and his gang through London, England in a post-apocalyptic scenario where there are zombies around just about every corner. When the disease hit, the doctors were confused. It only affected people 16 and older. Some just died, the unlucky ones however, did something entirely different. They were turned into zombies (although the
THE FEAR is the third book in the Enemy series. The reading order is THE ENEMY, THE DEAD, and THE FEAR. The timeline of the novels is a little out of whack, but each novel includes a new main cast of characters so it doesn't matter too much. THE DEAD actually takes place before THE ENEMY and THE FEAR starts after THE DEAD and catches up and passes THE ENEMY.

In this horrifying world, children are battling for their lives against their mothers, fathers, and older siblings. (In THE ENEMY, the read
The fear was a very thought out book for the enemy series. It still had its gory disasters, but the author made it just descriptive enough to make it bearable. He also added voice and character to all of the survivors, as well as the deranged grown ups. He also made every good bye and hello memorable and sometimes a little series, like the kids ment business.
The plot of this disaster took its roll in modern Londen, well what's left of it. It also involves local towns as well as museums and othe
Fiona Simpson
After the disease struck, everyone fourteen and older was infected with a desire to eat human flesh. Kids have set up camp around London, trying to keep their community together and survive. DogNut and his crew travel down the Thames to explore the unknown, hopefully find long-lost friends...and enemies. But while every kid in London hopes for a better future, a dangerous threat is coming.
This book is meant to disturb you, although it is brilliantly written. Very descriptive, especially when you
This is definitely one of the better "zombie" series out there.

He makes you genuinely care for these kids, then just rips your heart out when he lets them get eaten.

It's not all zombies and gore, he has real character development, relationships, exactly what kids would go thru even without an apocalypse.

I loved how it filled in some of the gaps of the other books.

Really tempted to just go buy the next couple because I did not want this one to end.
Mat Christensen
Easily the best of the series so far. This one had some more well rounded characters and I am growing to really respect the fact that Charlie Higson is willing to kill off any character at anytime despite the fact that he is writing for young adults. He also introduced a character named Shadowman who I have found the most compelling out of the many main-ish characters so far.
Jennifer Lavoie
As if the first two books weren't graphic enough, this book is even worse. But what a fantastic book it is! Even more details from the first books are woven together as all the stories fit together. It was incredible, yet once again I got attached to characters who don't make it.


This author does not hold back in killing of those that you love the most. And those that you hate, well... after this book, you'll definitely hate them even more. I cannot wait for the next book to
Often described as "'Lord of the Flies' with zombies," Higson's third entry into his "The Enemy" series follows the adventures of DogNut ("it's my gamer's tag") and other survivors of a plague which either killed outright or infected everyone over 16. One of the geniuses of the author lies in how he creates a completely non-patronizing book for adults -- trust me, like "Flies," the horror is plenty intact -- while still observing the conventions of the YA genre (limited profanity, sexuality). An ...more
Ted Williams
Mr Higson's sicko Apocalypse lurches on bloody legs for a third volume.

Great fun, a cracking story, and some memorable moments, but the series feels like it's changing gear a little as we get glimpses of bigger things to come signs potentially massive threat to the world the kids inhabit.

Even though this is supposed to be for young adults as usual there is no skimping on gore or violence though it all feels completely appropriate for the story being told.

Brutal, unflinching, funny, and definitel
Sam Waters
I'm not gonna lie I don't enjoy reading a whole lot but if I find a book that I actually like I can stick with it. The fear is the third book in a series, the 1st book is the enemy and the second is the dead. I've read the dead and it's great to but the fear is a page turning thriller. It's action packed and full of blood an gore. After reading the series I have a word of advice to give to whoever is reading NOT get attached to any characters I won't say who not to get attached to I w ...more
Despite this being the third in the series (and the first one I've read), I really loved this book though I will be totally honest and say that despite being 30 yrs old, reading this in the near-dark, alone, was a bad idea. My imagination is vivid at the best of times so every little creak of the house I heard I was getting a little spooked.

Higson doesn't shy away from gruesomeness or tragedy as some characters you think will survive to the end of the book don't. Can't wait to read book 4 in the
Ryan  Buckby
They all had nightmares. They'd all lost someone. some of them had lost everyone.

Charlie has a way of drawing a reader of these books in with very cryptic chapters and how cryptic he is when he starts the book, it makes me guess right until the end of the book where things are finally explained to me.Its scary to read that these 'grown-ups' are starting to become smarter i think this will start to have a bigger impact on the story which i can't wait to read.

The fear begins five days before th
Jihad Uqdah
The Fear is the third book of the series The Enemy.The Fear by Charlie Higson is an apocalyptic horror novel.The Fear is about a boy named DogNut and the rest of his crew trying to find their friends who they were separated from previously.The story takes place in London after a world sickness has infected everyone that's an adult which turns them into zombie-like monsters and they are given the name "sickos".No one really fully understands the disease but what they do know is that whoever does ...more
Nov 19, 2014 Nycere added it
The fear by charlie higson is a horror movie about a couple of Friends on a adventure to find their friends. Its starts out when a boy named dognut comes into the tower. he has been having nightmares about when he let his friend get ate from the sickos. He wants to leave to find his lover brooke.His friends tag along with him.
In his journey he has faced lots of adventures. Once he left he had to go through a river that killed his friend. They boat has crash. they started to walk to the nearest p
Andrew Hershauer
As gory and sad as this series is, I hate putting this book down. I am doing a mid-way review as of page 243 solely because of time restraints. I started too late and have to extend this 500 page book over another month... Bummer...

The Fear is another greatly crafted books by Charlie Higson. The whole zombie apocalypse idea is wearing out its welcome, but Charlie Higson manages to keep me hooked on the idea with his new twist on zombies. Anyone over the age of 16 starts to lose their mind due to
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Higson was educated at Sevenoaks School and at the University of East Anglia (where his brother has taught since 1986 and is now a professor of film studies) where he met Paul Whitehouse, David Cummings and Terry Edwards. Higson, Cummings and Edwards formed the band The Higsons of which Higson was the lead singer from 1980 to 1986. They released two singles on the Specials' 2-Tone label. Higson th ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Enemy (8 books)
  • The Enemy (The Enemy, #1)
  • The Dead (The Enemy #2)
  • The Sacrifice (The Enemy #4)
  • The Fallen (The Enemy #5)
  • The Hunted (The Enemy #6)
  • The End (The Enemy, #7)
  • Geeks vs. Zombies
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