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The Sacrifice (The Enemy #4)

4.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,260 Ratings  ·  265 Reviews
The Sacrifice picks up after Small Sam and The Kid arrive at the Tower of London at the end of The Dead. Though Sam finds safety and friendship at the Tower with Jordan Hordern's crew, he can't settle down. The only thing he wants is to be reunited with his sister, Ella. Despite Ed's protests, Sam and the Kid strike out westward, through the no-go zone.

Meanwhile, Shadowman
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
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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
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!
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
Oct 22, 2015 Darren Hagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*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.
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
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
*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
Jul 03, 2014 Hanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 26, 2014 Micah Prior rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2014 Everett Bowen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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)
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