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The Enemy (The Enemy #1)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  11,202 ratings  ·  1,364 reviews
In the wake of a devastating disease, everyone sixteen and older is either dead or a decomposing, brainless creature with a ravenous appetite for flesh. Teens have barricaded themselves in buildings throughout London and venture outside only when they need to scavenge for food. The group of kids living a Waitrose supermarket is beginning to run out of options. When a myste ...more
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Published September 3rd 2009 by Penguin UK
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Laura

”We can’t lose all we believe in. Our sense of right and wrong, said Maxie. Just to survive.
Just to survive? There’s no just about it. Survival is everything.”


Have you ever noticed that big budget everyone-is-pretty-as-all-hell-even-covered-in-blood Hollywood horror movies hardly ever kill kids? The kids escape, live to tell the tale, and walk off into the sunset with their “happily-ever-after” tucked under their arms. Well….let me say here and now—the same can NOT be said for a Charlie Higson w
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Aaron Vincent
Perhaps the most brutal and goriest YA dystopia novel I ever read. It's bloodfest almost every chapter. The novel is jam-packed with things that makes peace-loving bitches wince. Zombie attacks, strong language[There is a line from a character that shocked the hell out of me: "I didn't like him. He's getting on my tits!". Fuck Yeah Awesomeness!] cannibalism, and gladiator, everything. It's bloody, dark, violent and best of all, it's pure fun. Definitely not for the faint heart and sensitive stom ...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Jul 29, 2013 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hard core zombie fans, fans of William Golding

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One of my least favorite books from 9th grade English class was Lord of the Flies. I hated its theme, I hated its deliberate cruelty, I hated its vision of an island that was about the exact opposite of Island of the Blue Dolphins, a far more preferable tale. The Enemy is Lord of the Flies amped up, and while adding zombies would seem a natural fit for addressing survival in a world without adults, not even the undead can (re)animate this into a pleasurable tale.

Essentially, The Enemy combines
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Priscilla
SO GROSS. And yet so satisfying. Recommended for those with an iron stomach and are not 'faint of heart'.

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Rick Riordan
The Enemy, by Charlie Higson. I got to hear Charlie speak at the Disney-Hyperion dinner at BEA in New York. He said he tried to make this book as scary as possible, and would read scenes to his son, ratcheting them up until his son had trouble sleeping at night. I figured this must be worth checking out! The best description I can think of: The Enemy is The Lord of the Flies with zombies. It’s set in London after a mysterious sickness has killed off most everyone over the age of sixteen, but lef ...more
Jo
Can you enjoy a book where pretty much every one of your favourite characters gets chomped on by a zombie?

I’m going to say yes because this book was brilliant.

This book was genuinely creepy and I like to think I’m made of strong stuff. Unless clowns are involved… and boats….and, like, those huge Australian bugs that Mandee and Reynje take so much pleasure in sending me pictures of when I’m expecting wallabies and koala bears.
OK, actually…. Maybe I am a bit of a wuss.
But one thing that struck me
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Vanessa
Once upon a time in a land far away, your friendly neighbourhood reviewer Vanessa read a book called Gone by Michael Grant.

It did not end well.

She gleefully picked up three of the Gone books in a box-set for £10 on her first ever visit to CostCo. She read the first one, was not amused, and the rest have been duly shipped off to the local library collection.

Vanessa wrote a review of it (here), but in summation, it was a clever idea that meandered far too much and wound up turning incredibly stra
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Caris
Nov 04, 2010 Caris rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Caris by: Megan
Shelves: 2010, young-adult
I cannot believe that YA zombie novels are bringing back my faith in the written word. It’s ironic that young adult fiction, in recent days, has made me want to swear off reading entirely and is now bringing me back to where I started from. What is even more surprising is that I didn’t even like this book, but, still, it’s done wonders for me. I’m such an ungrateful bastard.

The thing I noticed about this book straightaway was that it has no audience. These are not the sorts of characters that te
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Erin
Feb 19, 2012 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who can handle blood and guts, awesome people, action lovers
Aw yeah. This is more like it.

I usually read books that are more romance-heavy, and reading this has really proven to me that I needed a break. This book was SO GOOD, you guys.

I'm not much into summarizing, so in short: for some unknown reason, all adults and older teens (at the time the illness struck) have either died or turned into a zombie-like creature. They will kill and eat any children they can. The Enemy is about a large cast of young characters trying to stay safe by any means necessar
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Coolcurry
I would recommend this book to middle school boys, but I cannot see anyone else enjoying it. Really, it's a bunch of kids killing dubiously described zombie like adults. There's not much more to be said about the plot. I have come up with seven faults of this book. (1) overabundance of telling instead of showing, (2) failure to depict believable emotions, (3) weak female characters, (4) failure to make me care about the characters, (5) lack of overarching plot, (6) abundance of unanswered questi ...more
Emily *Full-time Fangirl*
I enjoyed this book so much! Characters are killed left and right, and none of the horrible details are left out. It's gory, brutal, slightly gross at times - just how I like it. The writing, guys, is just fantastic! There's nothing "special" about it: there's no flowery prose or philosophical quotes to hang on my wall, instead it's fast-paced and drew me in so fast! Higson has this way of writing that makes it feel so real. One moment I'm with Maxie and her gang, and in the next paragraph I ca ...more
Reading Teen (Andye)
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf since last Spring.
I feel like a complete idiot.
I absolutely LOVED this book.
Without a doubt my favorite book of 2011 so far.
Seriously my mind is blown.
This book was crazy.

I have never read a book that has kept me up at because it freaked me out so much.
I usually don't get freaked out easily, but The Enemy was definitely freaky.
Not to mention gross, whatever you do, don't read this book while eating.
I made that mistake and couldn't finish my food.
But I h
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars

I've been meaning to try out this series for a long time, and I'm glad I started! It's an interesting story that keeps you engaged, and features terrific action sequences. I especially liked how the gore was handled--squicky, but not too over the top. The author isn't afraid to kill of characters you've gotten attached to, and they aren't telegraphed too far ahead of time, either.

What prevents this from being rounded up for me is that those deaths, while piquing my interest, never moved
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Angela
I only heard about this book and series last week when I saw a quote on a friend's status on here and I clicked into the book link to gain more information. Within five minutes I had reserved the book through my local library and two days later I was able to collect it (excellent service by the library there!)

Basically, a quote is what made me want to read this book. Says a lot really (and just as well I wasn't disappointed with it).

Well written and rather graphic. There are some very creepy an
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Monica!
The best part about this book is also the part that bothered me the most. The Enemy is a total bloodbath of a story, at least as far as early YA guy lit tends to go. (We're not talking, like, Silence of the Lambs here -- no one is making themselves a skin suit or anything -- but it's still pretty crazy.) Characters are getting stabbed. They're getting bitten. They're being drowned in pools, are torn apart by wild dogs and wilder grown-ups and, occasionally, are devoured by their cannibal neighbo ...more
Tina
Original post at One More Page

It's been a long time since I last read a zombie book, so I knew I was in for a bit of an adjustment when I decided to read my stocked zombie books for my February challenge. The Enemy by Charlie Higson has been languishing on my shelf since 2010, after my friend Aaron lent it to me for my YA-D2 challenge for that year. Obviously I never read it for that, and I don't think I would have unearthed this now if I didn't choose to read it for this month.

Besides, a borro
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Elena
This book has a pretty great (if not entirely original) premise: A year and a half ago, everyone over 16 contracted a horrible disease that killed almost all the adults and turned the rest into what are essentially zombies. A group of ~50 kids has been making do by turning a Waitrose grocery store into their fortress, but food is becoming scarce, the grown-ups/zombies are becoming bolder, and kids are getting picked off one by one. Then comes word that Buckingham Palace is safe--no grown-ups, a ...more
Jonathan

This was a novel I had heard was a 'quality' YA read. I went into this with the expectation that it might be entertaining, a kind of literary junkfood, a nice detour from the author's Young Bond (Silverfin) series. However what I found was a readable, yet forgettable, mash of prose and plot. While I had hoped for a fun, light-hearted (apart from the blood and gore) YA version of I Am Legend: And Other Stories I got nothing like that. I got a book that was easy to read yes, but not fun. It was si
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Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Dec 20, 2012 Stella ☢FAYZ☢ Chen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YOU. Yes, you.
Recommended to Stella by: Ruth and Matt.
Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.

There is no way of hiding it. I've been in a major reading slump considering the last I time I finished a book, the Sun was still visible at 8 PM. With a little push from my friends, like Mama Bird pushing her babies off the tree so they can learn to fly, I picked up this book. Screw Red Bull, this book gives you wings.

I loved how intense this book was. BAM. Zombies from left. BAM. Zombies on your right. There was never a moment to calm your heart rate before something e
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Peep (Pop! Pop!)
So my track record with zombies hasn’t been so good. Not actual zombies, just zombie books. I’ve read a few and most I’ve given up on. Others I’ve rated very, very low. You know what? I liked this very creepy and disturbing book! I’ve been reading so many creepy books lately that I’ve decided to dedicate an entire bookshelf to them. Just in case, you know, you just NEED to read something that’s creepy and disturbing.

I don’t know why I picked this one up. I guess because I’d been seeing it everyw
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Aubrey Padukiewicz
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J.Elle
I almost deliberately did not finish this book. It was not that I hated it, it was only that it was boring and I [rightly] suspect that I would not be impressed with the ending. I think I'm over the whole zombies or adults disappearing leaving children to their own devices as a storyline. Actually, I was never very impressed with it from the beginning. Perhaps, that's because I can't pick out good ones: Gone and The Kindling. If you have a good zombie book that you highly recommend, please let m ...more
Kate
In England, a plague has turned all the adults into festering zombies intent on eating flesh. A band of kids have holed up in a grocery store. When a patchwork-coated boy calling himself Jester arrives with a story about a civilization of children living in Buckingham Palace, safe from zombies and farming enough food for everyone, the group decides to take their chances journeying across the city to find this utopia. Along the way, they learn more about war tactics, and about the strange disease ...more
Isamlq
The Enemy is set in London months after “the disaster,” where anyone over the age of fifteen is struck be a disease and becomes a zombie. It is not for the faint of heart. It is not for the squeamish. It’s packed full of gore, violence and even hints of cannibalism. Think Lord of the Flies meets 28 days Later. In a word: awesome!

The characters are unique. Kids, the lot of them, bumbling around trying to figure out which course is the best to take. First there’s Aran and Maxie, then there’s Sam…
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Mitchel Broussard
New favorite? Yeah, pretty much. It's so brutal and unrelenting in its violence, that you completely forget that these are 10-year-olds getting their heads cut off and stabbed onto stakes. I loved every bloody page of it.

So basically everyone over the age of 16 turns into ravenous, brains-eating, boil-covered, and disease-infested zombies. Its never explained what happened, but in this new world of kid versus adult, there's really no time to stop and be philosophical.

What this set up reminded m
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Caroline
This is the most realistic book I have ever read on zombies. It feels so real that you have to check every three minutes that the adult standing next to you in the tube doesn't have pus all over his face and look at you too hungrily.

Imagine yourself in a world where three quarters of the population has died progressively because of a mysterious disease. Everyone above 14 years old tranforms in a zombie-like creature who is still alive but acts like an animal (feeding off children) and looks (at
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Liam H. Blues
Now this is the first time in years I have read a novel primarily aimed for kids (well, teenagers, or young adults, or youths, or thieves and murderers or whatever we call them this week, the terrifying behooded bunch the media would have us believe they are) and so i really didn't know if it would carry a jaded 28 year old like myself. I knew that it featured one of my favourite subjects, zombies, but being that it was for 'kids' I figured it would be a watered down version of the gorefests i a ...more
Katie Solorzano
Imagine, you are with your parents one day. And, suddenly, they get sick. No reason at all; they die. Soon all the other adults die as well. And, you are left to fend for yourself and survive alone. An unexplained world trauma occurs as you notice all the dead adults coming back to life. All lurking in the shadows, waiting to eat you. And, all you have with you is survival instincts, people you teamed up with, and nearby weapons to keep you safe. That’s what it’s like for the kids in The Enemy b ...more
Monster
The Enemy is a unique twist on the zombie survival story. In this version, only people over the age of 14 are infected, leaving children as the survivors of the new world. Set in present-day London, the story focuses on a group of children known as the Waitroses, surviving in a supermarket. When the children learn of other survivors living in Buckingham Palace, they trek across the city to join up. Along the way they battle “grown-ups” as well as each other. Upon their arrival at the palace, the ...more
Faye, la Patata
Feb 07, 2012 Faye, la Patata rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All zombie lovers out there!!!
Recommended to Faye, la Patata by: Kureha
I cannot recommend this book enough. I read it last December 2011 and it definitely was my favorite book of the year! I love zombie stories, and this book is one of my favorites (and the rest of the books after it as well!). After I started reading, I just couldn't put it down. I finished it in one sitting!

I also love the fact that the ones left sane enough are kids aged 14/15 below. I thought that was pretty original. When you're just a kid and every grown up turned into creepy flesh-eating zom
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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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