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The Sacrifice (The Enemy)

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  2,040 ratings  ·  196 reviews
The sickness destroyed everyone over the age of fourteen. All across London diseased adults are waiting, hungry predators with rotten flesh and ravaged minds.
Small Sam and his unlikely ally, The Kid, have survived. They’re safe with Ed and his friends at the Tower of London, but Sam is desperate to find his sister.

Their search for Ella means Sam and The Kid must cross the
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Hardcover, 456 pages
Published September 20th 2012 by Puffin
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Laura

What keeps us going day to day? How do we push through the monotony, exhaustion, hard times, and pain in life? To be honest, some days I’m really not sure.

”I guess when you want to keep on living you can do things you couldn’t do normally.”

Charlie Higson’s The Sacrifice holds all the scares, suspense, and gore of this bloody slaughter-like series, but this story also shows readers that surviving may not be enough. What we have to sacrifice day to day to survive in life plays a big part of this j
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Jo
I'm at the stage of reviewing this series when I think I’ve given up.

Not in the books. Not at all. I mean, are you joking? This series is one of the most brilliant YA series, of any genre, you’re going to read.

I mean actually reviewing them. I find it pretty much impossible to write reviews on a series any way. There are only so many times you can say “You know what, you probably shouldn’t read this…” or, in this series’ case, “Why haven’t you read this series yet?”

If you haven’t read this serie
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Crini
"My little trilogy is now going to be an epic seven books long" Whooot! Awesome!
Gabriel
*Spoiler Free*

I started reading Charlie Higson shortly after i began reading Michael Grant's Gone series in 2010 because i waiting for the next Gone book(Plague) and wanted something to hold me over. I expected a generic zombie book with "The Enemy" and I got so much more than that and Higson has quickly become my favorite author along with Grant.

Let's start this review off with the Cons.....

In my opinion, this book series is near perfect. Unlike Gone, which I do love, I don't outright hate any
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Aras Redan
Please let Maxie and Blue be in this book! And if they are, please don't kill Maxie and Blue. Please, please, PLEASE.
Keith Bolden
The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson is an action adventure novel. This fourth installment in The Enemy follows primarily the three different plots that correspond and eventually joins together. One plot follows Shadowman as he tracks The Fear and shows his compassion, becoming more human in his own right. Another plot follow Sam and The Kid after they leave the tower. The other plot follows Ed and his crew as they search for Sam and The Kid. As the three plots intertwine it sets up for the next inst ...more
Vicki James
Loved this book.

I am a huge fan of the series. I'm an adult, so I'm going to be honest, I was a little reluctant to admit to really enjoying a YA series with such passion, especially when I do enjoy more 'adult' kind of books.

So when I didn't get this next book for Christmas, I had to take a trip to my local bookstore. Turns out the elderly cashier is a fan of the series too.

What I love most about Charlie Higson's work, is he somehow is able to write great content and great story, whilst also
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STORMAGEDDON
How to express how I feel about this book: OH MY ROWLING! That was yet another example of the brilliance of the british. The first book in this series was also brilliant, as was book two. Book three had me a little bored because I knew what was going down (as it was happening at the same time as the others...so I already knew). Book four was...WOW. From the first line I was creeped out and curious as to what Higson has in store for us eager readers. I was not let down; there was excitement and s ...more
Patti
Higson just keeps it going, better and better. He has it all in these stories, the religious cult, the democracy, the dictatorship, all in little enclaves of survivors. We meet parts of them all, plus some characters we may have forgotten about (at least, I did!).

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Erin
I'm going with 3.5 stars on this one.

First off, maybe I'm just that stupid American who can't 'connect' with British books? I say this because I got this book early through my university library system, which shipped the book in from overseas. So I'm considering the possibility that I would have enjoyed it better if I read the American version. Maybe.

The same attributes of books 1-3 that us Enemy fans know and love are still going strong in The Sacrifice. Unfortunately, I'm starting to feel dese
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Colin Bohl
This Saga continues to amaze me.
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Book 4 has introduced quite a few new characters, which seems to be something you just have to get used to in this series. We are also rekindled with some of the few characters from book 2. This novel is just as action packed as its’ predecessors, with quite a bit more ideas to make you think deeply when you set it down. The end of this book reveals a concept that is still giving me trouble to grasp, but that’s what I love about it. I sa
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Hanna
Having read Charlie Higson's brilliant Young Bond series I was excited to see what was next from the bestselling author.

As I hadn't read the other books in Higson's The Enemy series, I was thrown straight into the action when I started The Sacrifice. Set in post-zombie apocalyptic London, The Sacrifice follows a number of different characters as they fight for survival in a world where all adults have been turned into hungry child-killing zombies known as 'sickos'.

Young boys Sam and The Kid have
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Micah Prior
I have read The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson. It is the fourth book in his Enemy series. It is about a sickness that has spread throughout London, England affecting only patrons over the age of fourteen. The series takes place in third person all across London in the perspective of multiple groups of kids and individuals in different points of time during the apocalypse. I enjoyed the book because it was action-packed and the author does a phenomenal job at telling the story from a teen perspect ...more
Everett Bowen
The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson is one of my favorite books. It is a very good sci-fi/action book. On the kindle version it has 487 pages packed with action. I chose to buy this book after I read the first 3 books in the series and enjoyed them a lot. This book is a continuation on the lives of Ed, Small Sam, The Kid, Shadowman, and many others. Small Sam and the Kid had just arrived at the Tower of London. Strange circumstances cause them to escape to the sanctuary of someone we have met before ...more
Ella Goddard
I decided to read The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson because I had read the other books in the series and liked them. A character I found interesting was Sam. I found Sam interesting because of his determination to find his sister even after he was abducted. When Sam escaped the adults and found the castle, he met "The Kid" and he was constantly telling the kid about how he had to leave soon to find his sister. This was interesting because at this point Sam had no idea where his sister Ella was or ...more
04 Dallend
This book is the fourth book in the series. I didnt know that until I bought it and was more than 50 pages in. The indended audience of this book is teens and young adults. The main problem the book addresses is that the whole world has been infected and turned into zombies. only the grown ups were affected. The kids suvive in large groups living in London. London is a great place for this book to take place. Shadowman Sam and the Kid as they call him are living in a secure and safe community, t ...more
Jake Caldwell
I chose to read The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson. This is the fourth book in the series. It was not my favorite out of all of them but it was still very good. I think the author wrote this novel to entertain teens and young adults. It is violent enough to catch our attention but still has a strong storyline to keep the reader interested.
I think the theme of this story is that in the event of a crisis, you need to stick together. Trust is hard to come by when it’s every man for themselves, but
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Christina
DogNut is totally dead. But we knew that from the last book. And I am happy to say only one person close to the storyline died. Well, actually, three now that I think of it. Maxie and Blue were not in this book and that annoyed me. They were like the main characters in the first one and we haven't seen them since.
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it just wasn't as good as the first ones. It felt very anticlmactic. I wait in anticipation for the next book.
Patrick Larkin
The Sacrifice is about a multiple groups of kids surviving a modern day zombie apocalypse where everyone sixteen and older have become flesh eating killers. About a year after the outbreak, kids are grouping together. There is a major fire and many kids are displaced from shelters and are separated from friends and family. Sam, a young kid from the waitrose group, has trekked all across London to be reunited with his sister, Ella. The story talks about his journey getting into suspenseful moment ...more
Noah4thjohnston
"The Sacrifice" is a fast paced exhilarating book. As the fourth book in its series, "The Sacrifice" expands on the story of Sam and The Kid going off on their adventure to reunite with Sam's sister. It also follows Ed who is trying to protect them and make up for his failings in the past. In this book, all kids 15 and younger are stuck having to fight off disease ridden adults. After every one 16 and up has gotten the disease the only thing that can stop the pain sufficiently is the blood of th ...more
Dave Farmer
Though Charlie Higson certainly spins a damn good tale, this one felt much better paced than the previous books in his The Enemy series.

The weird thing about these books is if you read them when they were first published, and had to wait some time before the next one, you may have a tendency to forget who's who.

The characters and plot knit together very well over the span of the series, though if you're interested in reading them I suggest you go through them one after the other rather than dipp
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Gayle
Intriguing developments in this fourth instalment. Have a couple of theories about where the disease which hit anyone over the age of 14 originated but I shall keep them to myself for just now.

I really, really want to read book 5 RIGHT NOW, but I guess I shall have to be patient.
Oliver
4 books in and this series has yet to disappoint me. So often, a series will start strong, then lose its way. I never felt that the previous books were lacking anything, but after reading this one, I feel like things are really starting to take off.
Jay
This book was amazing. It was gory at times, revolting even, but had amazing description and was also deeply moving. But i didn't find the ending fulfilling but otherwise it was great.
Yesenia
This was even better than the previous books, and I didn't think that was possible. This series is amazing. I want the next book NOW!
Hugo Burns
A very good book in the series and it just reeks sequel! I cant wait for the next i might freeze my self. 15/10!
Lucas Darathy
Better than the third book, but still not as great as the first two. However, I feel like the next one is going to be amazing. Everything is coming together and...

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Not sure how I feel about Nicola, but I think I like her. Also, I like that the nerds are the leaders at the Museum, so...

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Adeeb
Another PERFECT addition to this series. GIVE ME MORE! WOW WOW WOW!
Caz
Sam, The Kid, Shadowman. The best in one book. Boom.
Dia Camara
I Loved it I couldn't put it down for days
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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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