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The Fear (The Enemy #3)

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  6,193 Ratings  ·  470 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 . . . they're hungry. They're bloodthirsty. And they a
Paperback, 460 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Puffin
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Yil Feliciano same with the first two books, they're sad and tragic. but it's good coz you start geting an idea about the plot of the whole story. not like in the…moresame with the first two books, they're sad and tragic. but it's good coz you start geting an idea about the plot of the whole story. not like in the first two where you're not quite sure where it's going.(less)

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Jul 19, 2016 Fergal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mmm... this could be made into a TV series... if done properly would make great viewing
Jan 07, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
✨    jamieson   ✨
“...the smell that came out of the lorry was disgusting. Sour and rotten. 'Jesus, who's died?" he said. 'About four-fifth's of the population of the world' said Justin.
'Very funny”

HOLY FREAKIN HELL these books are so much better then I actually remember them being the first time. I cannot believe this !!

WHAT IS THE ENEMY? It's The Walking Dead meets the Gone series. In the near future, the entirety of the population over 15 is either dead, or diseased and now "zombies" (or sicko's as the kids
Sep 04, 2012 Mr.G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Darren Hagan
Jul 07, 2015 Darren Hagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*No spoilers*

These books are destroying my soul and I don't think I can take it haha.

The Fear begins a few days before the start of The Enemy, and features primarily characters from The Dead as they journey across London trying to find what happened to their friends that they got separated from a year ago. It does get to a point where it happens simultaneously with The Enemy. I really liked the way that this was done and it brought the groups characters together neatly.

I keep finding myself get
Hamelynn Harzman
This series reminds me of the Star Wars Saga. All of the books connect in the most terrifying yet beautiful way. I think that, with the right people, this would be a great TV series.

The infected ones, the adults, are always thought to be the enemy. However, kids can be just as dangerous. Kids are just kids. They don't know any better and inexperience and impulsive decision-making isn't a good combination. And being naive and not infected, they are, in a sense, far more dangerous than any zombie.
Nov 13, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie lovers, gore hunters, apocalypse aficionados
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Apr 06, 2015 Demi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
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
Alley Kat
Oct 08, 2016 Alley Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like how The Fear connected the first two books in the series. A lot of events towards the end of this book actually occurred in the first book, so I was really confused at times. There were some pretty boring parts of the book, but the suspenseful parts made up for it by a long shot. Charlie Higson proved, once again, that he can kill anyone in this series. Two of my favorite characters died together towards the end of the book, and I was slightly heartbroken over that. I thought it wa ...more
Riley Schopf
Sep 22, 2016 Riley Schopf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the character Dognut. The author changes his personality through out the book. In the book before The Fear, he is a loud talkative, and kind of annoying character. But the author makes him the new main character, and makes him a leader.
Annmarie Ager
Sep 25, 2011 Annmarie Ager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 2016 Maddison rated it really liked it
Shelves: uno
Good book overall. But also really confusing, and I feel there were a lot of pointless bits in it, and a lot of random characters who all just died in the end. Confusing because in each book so far (3), there's been a different group of characters to remember, and it's so frustrating because I haven't been reading them back to back, so I really can't remember the first or second book's characters, or the events that happened. I liked this book because it tied some characters from the other books ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"We're the new generation. We're the survivors. We're making a whole new world here. In the future, kids are going to want to know what happened."

Wow, a very very good book 3. Although I'm tired of getting to know a whole group of kids only have most of them die by the end, I'm at least remembering who our key players are and how they are going from book to book.

But I can already tell that the order is killing me. I wish I'd read 2 first, then this one, then the next one THEN book 1 THEN book 5.
Jun 29, 2011 Kaethe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, age-ya, zombies, uk
I loathe the relentless fat-shaming, and the gratuitous sexism, and the shallow characterization, but as adventure stories I just can't stop reading them.

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Aug 31, 2011 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: zombie lovers
Holy crap. I hope there's another book coming out because that was one heck of a cliffhanger.
Mar 01, 2015 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Conor McHugh
Sep 13, 2011 Conor McHugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kahleia Corpuz
Mar 31, 2016 Kahleia Corpuz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dystopians never seems to fail me on its massive death count. Although, it was quite teenage angsty which makes me feel all types of awkward. This series sometimes make me forget they are kids because of how they act. Still, a must read series for any middle school student.
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
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
On reread, I'm bumping this up to 4 stars. Reading the books back to back, it's so obvious how many threads are running through the story and how they're all starting to pull together. Yes, it's gory and horrific and heartbreaking. But it's also fun and tense and constantly intriguing, even when it's stabbing you in the feels by killing your favourite characters.

3.5 stars. I don't know what it was about this book, but I didn't enjoy it QUITE as much as the previous books. I fee
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
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
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
Mar 13, 2013 Zach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 08, 2012 P.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2016 Patty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars. I enjoyed this book alot, but i felt like i forgot alot of the characters from previous books & yet it introduces more as the story progresses. I felt a little lost a few times since i didnt know who was who. I would have enjoyed it more if i could have kept up with the characters. The action & gore keep on coming & getting more intense with each book. I love how the world is & how the zombies are. I wasnt a big fan of this book because of the characters but i also fou ...more
Josh Luther
Jan 14, 2013 Josh Luther rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 (7 books)
  • The Enemy (The Enemy, #1)
  • The Dead (The Enemy, #2)
  • The Sacrifice (The Enemy #4)
  • The Fallen (The Enemy #5)
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“...the smell that came out of the lorry was disgusting. Sour and rotten. 'Jesus, who's died?" he said. 'About four-fifth's of the population of the world' said Justin.
'Very funny”
“If we make our own history, if we tell stories that bring us together, we'll be stronger. It'll give us something to believe in. The sickos can't do that – they're no better than animals – but we can. Every battle we win we have to tell the story over and over, so that we can win more battles. People love stories. They've told stories since even before they could write. Myths and legends, stories of heroes and villains, gods and monsters. Real things happened, the story got told and then the stories became legends. That's what we've got to do – tell our own heroic stories.” 5 likes
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