The Enemy (The Enemy #1)
They'll rip you open.
They'll feed on you . . .
When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician — every adult — fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry.
Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive.
Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest a...more
”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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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…...more
A sickness has afflicted everyone over the age of 16; anyone who is a "grown-up" has become a decomposing, brainless creature that survives by feeding on children. The children and teens have barricaded themselves in fortified buildings, fighting off attacks from the grown-ups who travel in packs, like hungry dogs. Before long, the young survivors are promised a safe haven in Buckingham Palace and make their way to it, crossing London on a perilous journey that will test them i...more
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...more
The characters are amazing. The way the author gets you to love the character and shows you how we...more
In the world of The Enemy, a virus infected everyone over the age of 16. Like most books about zombies, we join the characters when they’re running low on supplies. In this book, we follow the decisions of characters that are only 15 years old. However, this doesn't change the intensity and the way the zombies act towards them. If they let their guard down fo...more
Charlie Higson can really write. Each character has its own specific voice. The best thing about the book is the Higson can create the child characters without making them sound, well, sound the way an adult thinks kids sound like. He writes in the teenager and pre...more
Gone: anyone over the age of fourteen is gone, not coming back.
The Enemy: anyone over the age of some adolescent year has either died or turned into a zombie-like creature
Gone Series: a horrible disease (plague) spreads around, and there is no cur...more
The book opens introducing us to a group of kids holding out in a Waitrose supermarket- we see how a...more
There's a fairly well-populated subgenre of books in which all the adults in the world disappear, leaving children up to the age of fourteen or fifteen to cope by themselves. It started with Golding's 'Lord of the Flies'. This latest example doesn't have the adults vanish - they just turn into putrescin...more
This was very enjoyable (and fast) read. Mr. Higson does one thing perfectly that ruins most zombie/post apocalyptic tales - he doesn't try to explain what happened. No convoluted plot to explain why most adults are zombies and kids aren't. It's just the way it is. The focus is on the story - as it should be.
One of my issues with most YA adult fiction (and a...more
The Enemy by Charlie Higson is a novel that shouldn't go unread or placed on the book shelf to be read later. It should be read from the moment you pick it up.
The novel is about a group of kids whom are taking refuge in a store, Waitrose, trying to survive off the little food they can gather and trying to escape from the grown-ups, a year after a infection had swept all of London and turning everyone over the age of fourteen into zombie like creatures who eat the flesh of chil
In The Enemy, everybody over the age of 14 (or 16 in the American edition) fell ill with a virus that turned the ones who survived into zombies. This leaves children under the age of 14 (or 16) to fight for their lives and protect themselves from the zombies.
These zombies aren't the walking dead. They were still alive when they were turned into zombies, just with a deadly virus that made them zombie-like. I like how the author didn't...more
The specific theme in this book, however, is class conflict. It frames most of the action -- from the start, there are two rival gangs of kids, one that lives in Waitrose, one in Morrison...more
After reading, I found that the main point of the book is about how a bunch of kids found their way to survive with the attack by grown-ups, but not about how horrifying the zombies were.
In terms of kids, there are a few of them that appea...more
The book is into a world a ye...more
I don’t usually read books. I rather spend my time doing something fun but when I started reading “The enemy” I couldn’t stop. I found this book really interesting; it reveals the perspective of each one of the characters.
The Enemy is basically a zombie apocalyptic story. For some reason they never mention in the book, every single person in the world over the age of 14 is either infected or dead.
This story takes place in London. The little kid...more
But then again, I must have found something about it...more