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The Sacrifice (The Enemy #4)

4.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,496 Ratings  ·  280 Reviews
Londres est ravagée par le chaos et tous les adultes au dessus de quatorze ans sont tapis dans les ruines, attendant leur heure. Sam et son allié, Le Kid, ont survécu. Ils se sont réfugiés dans la Tour de Londres aux côtés d'Ed et de sa bande - mais Sam est prêt à tout pour retrouver sa soeur. Mais chercher Ella requiert de pénétrer dans la zone interdite. Et ce qui les y ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 20th 2012 by Puffin
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Dec 11, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2012, hometown-ya
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
Feb 13, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Nov 30, 2012 Micah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*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
Jan 24, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 20, 2012 Aras Redan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please let Maxie and Blue be in this book! And if they are, please don't kill Maxie and Blue. Please, please, PLEASE.
Darren Hagan aka snazzlebooks
*Actually 4.5 stars*

*No major spoilers*

Can someone please tell the grown ups to chill the f*ck out?! They are bone chilling and creepy as hell!

I am so in love with this series. Each book is just brilliant. They are freaky and frantic and flippin' fantastic. I got warned that this one was a bit slower paced but I really didn't get that at all.

A couple of things I really liked through this book are a beginning of a background for the cause of the illness in the first place, and how the adults are
Keith Bolden
Apr 10, 2014 Keith Bolden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 19, 2015 ☣Lynn☣ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Putting this series on hold until the last book comes out in November. I'm not bored with these books, but I want to get caught up on TWD graphics and maybe get some kindle books out of the way.
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Young Adult; Horror
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: nope.
Cliff Hanger: Kinda :D
Rating: 4.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Plot: 9
Characters: 9
World Building: 8
Flow: 7
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 8
Ending: 9

Total: 8.5

In Depth

Best Part:
Zombie POVs are my fav!
Worst Part: A bit slower in the pacing.
Overall Feels Felt: ZOMBIE POV!!; Shadowman is bae!; oh shit!


Continuing the Series:
heck yes!
Recommending: heck yes!

Short Review: Wow. I just love this series! I heart
Vicki James
Jan 12, 2013 Vicki James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2012 Stina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zomibes
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
C.J. Mugleston
I loved this series so much and can't praise it highly enough. I read each book in 24 hours or less(which is odd since I usually get bogged down in series.
The characters are so vivid, genuine and lifelike that you can feel their personalities pouring off the page. The way he ties the books into each other makes them impossible to review separately.
These books are dark and gritty, make no mistake. And as addictive as the strongest narcotic.
This is not your average zombie read by any means. If you
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
Jun 14, 2014 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jul 09, 2013 Caz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam, The Kid, Shadowman. The best in one book. Boom.
Action/adventure/survival in a young people's world teeming with adult zombies - sounds dark, yet it's also funny, endearing, and full of great characterization. It's hard to predict how the three storylines will come together in the next book, but I'm already looking forward to reading it. There are lots of zombie metaphors in our culture - they represent fear of death, or our rampant, mindless consumerism, or our helplessness in the face of modern global problems - but I just love the fact tha ...more
May 25, 2015 Human rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, zombies
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
Apr 13, 2015 Alessandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
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
Colin Xiong
Feb 21, 2016 Colin Xiong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the book is fascinating and I encourage others to read it too. It makes me wonder who'll die and who'll live on to be in the next book. The hope of surviving and finding friends is quite breathtaking and hooking. I lost it when the characters united at the end. At some points, it finally made sense to me who each character really are, based on the previous books. It connects so well and is mind-blowing. The big upset for me is that, Adele's death wasn't really well set up. I understand t ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hufflepuff-ammp
This series is getting more and more twisted but now that I'm reading them closer together, I can remember the whole bit cast and, hopefully, link them to the first book.

More losses and more kids join the fight. I think I have this at least partially figured out but I'm not 100% sure who's still alive and who's not.

Can't wait to read the next one!
Eric Decasper
Mar 04, 2016 Eric Decasper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lucas Western
Feb 28, 2016 Lucas Western rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Higson stayed with his original formula for writing books when he created The Fallen. It follows multiple characters while they continue to strive to make humanity civilized again after the fallout of the world due to a zombie apocalypse. The main characters that it follows include Achilleus, Brooke, Blue, Maxie, Paul Channing, David, Ed, and Wormwood. The conflict begins when Blue learns of a warehouse that contains drugs that can fight of the infectious zombie virus, and tries to lead ...more
Ryan Mc
Jan 07, 2016 Ryan Mc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read this book yet I am warning you now, there are spoilers in this review.

Basically this is the best book I have ever read. With small Sam and the kid having just turned up on the doorstep of the Tower of London looking like mad matt's crazy religious pair, the goat and the lamb, the kids at the Tower of London are avoiding them, and when Ed and his crew enter the no-go zone to rescue a kid called Tish wierdly dressed in clothes dyed green, she causes some trouble with Sam and Th
Antony Simpson
Dec 23, 2015 Antony Simpson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson follows on from The Fear and focuses on the stories of Small Sam & The Kid and Shadowman. The book took me a few chapters to get back into the world and the story but this was helped with a lot of references to the previous books from Higson.

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Ian Renn
Nov 27, 2015 Ian Renn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Spoiler Alert* If you did not read the first three books in the series do not read this review.

The disease affected everyone over the age of 16. Everywhere in London diseased adults are hunting all of the kids left in the world. Small Sam and his best friend The Kid travel across London to search for his sister Ella. After making it through the no-go zone Sam and the Kid end up at the Tower of London. Sam is still desperate to find his sister. The search for Ella brings Sam and The Kid more dan
Emma Ruth
Apr 26, 2015 Emma Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2014 Colin Bohl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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The Enemy (7 books)
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