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The Fear (The Enemy #3)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  2,975 ratings  ·  264 reviews
The sickness struck everyone over the age of fourteen. 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.
Paperback, 460 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Laura

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,...more
Mr.G
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...more
Jo
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...more
Joe Whittington
Oct 02, 2011 Joe Whittington rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie lovers, gore hunters, apocalypse aficionados
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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
BritishWotsit
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...more
Brian
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
Jess
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
Erin
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...more
P.M.
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...more
Karin
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...more
Jack
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Zach
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...more
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...more
Patti
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.
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.

DO NOT GET ATTACHED!

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...more
Trish
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
Gayle
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...more
Faelyn
Considering the fact that this is a fictional novel containing zombies, one cannot try to find much of a message to gain from it. Higson created this story for purely entertainment purposes. (In my opinion) Like many other works of his, this story was a reflexion of his style and identity as an author.
Throughout the book, the kids learn lessons about the world and how people react to certain situations, whether it be life or death, or just two guys fighting over who is the worst. The children su...more
Keith Bolden
The Fear by Charlie Higson is the third installment in The Enemy series is another textbook action packed Enemy series book. This book evolved from all the other ones with the unique thoughts and motivation of real teenagers. The Fear follow Dognut’s group leaving the tower of London and through London as they look for Brooke primarily. As the story goes along The Fear shows that actions and thoughts of David striving for power and then the two main groups from the previous two books finally mee...more
June
When this book first came out, I bought it immediately because the first 2 books were amazing. So I thought this one would be as good as the first 2. Turns out that... IT IS!
This book is one of my favourite books. My favourite book is The Enemy (the first book of the fear) and The Dead (the second book of the fear). This series is my favourite series. It is an amazing, well writen, un-put-down-able book. If you haven't read The Enemy or The Dead, YOU SHOULD!!
Monique Snyman
The third book in The Enemy series by Charlie Higson, named The Fear, is an exciting tale that picks up with DogNut and the gang at the Tower of London. However, it’s only for a chapter. DogNut is dead-set on getting back to Brooke and embarks on an exploration mission of London in order to find her. He takes with him Felix, Finn, Courtney, Marco and a little girl called Olivia. They soon meet up with new kids though, first with the kids living in Westminster, who are trying to get some sort of...more
Bri Johnson
The Fear by Charlie Higson is probably one of the most intense and thrilling novels i have ever read. It was impossible to put down, and just an awesome book overall.
This book follows the lives of teenagers surviving through the apocalypse. A mysterious illness turns people 16 and older into viscous cannibals who are out for blood, young blood that is. The kids try their best to ward off the infected adults, some succeeding and some becoming food for the adults.
I recommend this book for som...more
Danielle
This is the best zombie series I have read. The only thing I both do and don't like is how attached I got to a lot of the characters, because you felt you were fighting with them and in the end nearly all of them have died. It truly shows what charlie higson was trying to get across that no one was safe in this new world and not every person they met could be trusted in the end. Can't wait for the next book, the sacrifice coming in 2012:-)
Aspen
1.) I found this book in 8th grade and never got to finish it.
2.) The story takes place in the more popular areas of London. The time of the story takes place around this time. It isn't in the future, or past.
3.) Every kid that has made it that far are trying to stay alive, and find a safe place to live. Some kids are even trying to find a cure, so they don't get the disease when they turn 16.
4.) Dognut is facing both external, and internal conflicts. The internal ones are about how Leo died,...more
Colin Bohl
"The Fear” is the third book in the series, yet it’s still technically a prequel to the first book “The Enemy.” The series could have been read 2,3,1,4,5, and still would have made just as much sense, if not more. This book is about a seemingly less important protagonist from book 2 that makes his attempt and journey to become somewhat of a hero. Plenty of action and scary scenes that keep you on your toes throughout the ENTIRE book as usual, and you gain and lose some characters just as well as...more
Mehsi
4.5 stars.

As these books progress, they get more gory and also more disturbing.

There were just times I had to stop reading, stop going on, and sometimes I just had to skip. And at other times I wanted to know more.
There are new disgusting characters in here. We got the collector, my God, he was scary and disturbing. Taking and maiming kids, and doing God knows what to them. We also have St George (who I knew from the next book), who is a very scary, smart and organized zombie. We also got vario...more
Julie & Rob Millar
Amazing!!! The book starts 5 days before the events at the end of The Dead. Towards the end of the book some of the events from The Enemy are described from another point of view and all the storylines come together.

Its taken us just four days of reading aloud to get through this book - it really was difficult to put it down.
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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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