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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44  ·  rating details  ·  2,700 ratings  ·  242 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
Hardcover, 456 pages
Published September 20th 2012 by Puffin
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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

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
Aug 13, 2014 Crini marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"My little trilogy is now going to be an epic seven books long" Whooot! Awesome!
*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
I really loved this book. Once again, this series continues to grow and get better. I can't quite explain what it is about this series that makes it so unique, seeing as it's just one zombie series in a list of many. And admittedly I haven't read many zombie books. But this series, these characters, even the zombies/mothers/fathers/sickos, whatever you want to call them, they're so unique and strangely endearing. Plus, this series is not a kids series. I would only recommend it for the older YA ...more
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
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 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
Meg McGregor
Okay. I admit it. I'm obsessed with zombies, sickos, strangers; whatever term you want to use for the diseased grown-ups.

But it is not the sickos that keep me coming back and devouring each book in the series.

This is number four and even better than han three. It is rare indeed when each sequel is better than the one before. This series does it though.

I really like how the children are learning that they must unite if humanity is going to survive. And my favorite character has become Ed. When t
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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Sam, The Kid, Shadowman. The best in one book. Boom.
May 25, 2015 Human rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People with more than half a brain
Shelves: favourite, not-bad
This is, if not my favorite book in the series yet, an incredibly good book. It seems that the end problems will be culture clash, not zombies. In my opinion, each book gets better as each society decides how to govern itself, forage for food, and react to issues. Not only is the character development great, it has one of the best variety in books.

The plot is mediocre, just as the previous books (which I will not review due to redundancy). However, in particular, The Sacrifice makes up for it in
Another AWESOME book. Things get even more intense.. and even weirder. I'm now a bit confused about the timeline but I think this book happens after the previous one. This time we focus on Small Sam and The Kid which is brilliant because I love those little boys. They're like nine people, don't forget that. The Kid is a nine year old boy!

So it turned out that the kids at the Tower, especially those ones who were with Ed and Jordan's original group, were a bit freaked out by Small Sam and The Ki
The Sacrifice is the fourth book in the Enemy series and focuses mainly on Sam&The Kid as well as Shadowman and Ed. It’s set a year after the catastrophe has happened (shortly after the end of the Enemy) and shows us that the kids slowly have settled down. At the same time they start to investigate and ask themselves if this is their new life. The story still progresses a lot. Especially in terms of getting to know what actually happens in the grown ups minds/heads. We learn what actually ca ...more
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
I asked for it and Charlie Higson delivered! We now move beyond that first year as demonstrated in The Enemy Welcome back and Small Sam and The Kid (they are so adorable, I want them), also Ed and the whole Tower of London crew. And let's not forget Shadowman.

It's time for more epic adventures and incredible near death escapes. Small Sam is desperate to get back to his little sister, but the actions he takes will affect everyone around him, his best friend most of all. I just can't get over how
William Torres
Charlie Higson's The Sacrifice mesmerized me with its story and the action in the story. The story itself will pulls you back in wondering what might happen to the characters. The story is based on children trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic city where diseased adults are trying to eat them. In my opinion this is a really good book to read to pass the time.
The author’s writing style is narrative and it gives me a sense of the place it sets, but its not unusual or unique to other books I ha
Colin Bohl
This Saga continues to amaze me.
(Brief, No Spoiler summary)

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
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
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
Ryan  Buckby
The Strangers were changing. they were faster, stronger.. more human. that was the scariest part.

There's no more that i could say about this series its just to good to put down, the fast-paced writing style, action packed from beginning to end what more can i ask for.

This book see's the characters all over London fighting to survive to find loved ones or friends putting themselves in danger and in the line of fire. The sickos are becoming stronger and are starting to become more human which w
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
"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
Hannah Elizabeth
This series is just getting so UNBELIEVABLY GOOD! Never would I have thought I'd get so attached to these books but oh my god - pure genius.
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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 Fear (The Enemy #3)
  • The Fallen (The Enemy #5)
  • The Hunted (The Enemy #6)
  • The End (The Enemy, #7)
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