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The Dead (The Enemy #2)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  6,247 ratings  ·  578 reviews
The Enemy Is Back...

A terrible disease is striking everyone over the age of fourteen. Death walks the streets. Nowhere is safe.

Maxie, Blue and the rest of the Holloway crew aren't the only kids trying to escape the ferocious adults who prey on them.

Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit as they go on the run with a
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Hardcover, 457 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Puffin Books
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Erin
"Don't talk to the driver when the bus is in motion, or the driver will shoot you. Got that?"


GAH.

I am experiencing a real problem right about now, because there are SO MANY THINGS I would like to convo about regarding this book, but guess how many of my friends (real-life or on GR) have read this? You guessed it: zero.

I repeat, GAH.

So, anyway. This is the sequel/prequel to The Enemy, but it follows a (mostly) different set of characters. This frustrated me for a good bit of the book, but I did
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Laura

Charlie Higson! Where-oh-where have you been all my life?

Mr. Higson amps up the action, shock, suspense, and disgust levels to all new glorious, gory heights! The Dead, a sequel-prequel to The Enemy, plays a bit with the timeline by jumping back to the beginning of “the disaster” that made every grown-up into flesh craving zombie like creatures hunting and killing kids all over London. If you thought The Enemy had it going on, daaamn…this is a non-stop, full tilt, running, panting, fighting, blo
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Jo
Right, so I’m not entirely sure what to do with this review. Writing reviews for series kind of makes me anxious because on one hand I want to talk about it and entice you and hypnotise you with my words to make you want to read this book. Because you should read it as it’s fantastic.

But on the other hand I am very aware that the majority of the people who will be reading this review won’t have read The Enemy (my review), the first book in this series. Now, I’m not saying this is because I am un
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Leanne Bell
If you thought that The Enemy was very gory and frightening then this will terrify the hell out of you.
Initially i thought this continued from the first in series, but it is actually a different set of kids from a different area, trying to escape to London, but a year before the events of the The Enemy.
Don't get me wrong, the books are intertwined and things overlap slightly with some characters from the first novel appearing in this one, but in different ways.

In summary, The Dead is about a gr
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Vanessa
Charlie Higson is a pretty amazing writer, you guys. He may be writing for teenage boys who love computer games and want constant action in their books, but man, do I love his writing. It's so wonderfully short and snappy, and... oh, man. He's really good at characterisation too and had me damn near on the verge of tears or gasping at my copy at certain parts. Excuse me for a moment while I go flap my hands and squee.

I'll try my best to review without getting too excited, but basically, the endi
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Laura
Dystopian fiction seems to be the new craze in YA literature, and I couldn't be happier! I've come across some astoundingly good stories in the last few months. This week I'm looking at one of the most brutal: The Dead, by Charlie Higson.

The basic premise of the book is that only children under the age of fourteen survive a disease which turns everyone else into flesh-hungry maniacs who would be best described as Zombies, although they aren't dead.

It is left to the children to survive and try to
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Angela
Thoroughly enjoyable sequel to Higson's The Enemy. This time the story is told from the perspective of a different set of surviving kids (who were also featured in the first book, albeit briefly) and set a year before the events in the first book, so technically this is a prequel.
If I'm honest, I think I preferred this book to the first one. The characters were all great and the world-building was fun to read, and rather terrifying in parts. I abhorred Greg from the instant he appeared and I was
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Demi
The Dead is only the second book in The Enemy series but it is hands down, one of the greatest books I've ever read! The Dead was intense, gory, heartbreaking and so much more.
All the characters were fantastic! I'm still not over the deaths of some of the characters, ngl. Charlie Higson, why must you create these amazing characters, make us get attached to them and then have them gruesomely killed off??
Seriously though, The Dead was absolutely phenomenal! The ending was perfect; I definitely g
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Stephanie
"The Dead" takes place one year prior to the previous book, "The Enemy". It starts with a group of boys in a boarding school trying to survive attacks from their former teachers who are now zombies. The boys hold off the teachers for as long as they can but soon become overwhelmed and decide to search for a safer place. They can't decide which is the safer choice, heading for London or heading for the countryside, and end up splitting into two groups. One group, lead by Ed, heads to the countrys ...more
Kate
I read this ARC via Netgalley.

A year before the events of The Enemy, the grown-ups are just starting to get sick and turn into flesh-eating monsters. The first most people hear of this zombie plague is an online video that some believed at first to be a joke.

A band of students are holed up at their all-boys private school until it becomes clear that they are never going to be able to keep the infected teachers at bay. They plan to leave and find someplace safer, along the way rescuing the daugh
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Tori Roudebush
The book I read is The Dead by Charlie Higson. In this book it begins one year earlier than the first book. A disease has struck every one of the age of sixteen. The adults are either decomposing or dead zombie like creatures. In the beginning it starts in a boarding school, where all of the teachers have gotten infected. They then decide they need to leave if they’re going to survive any longer. A few kids survive and travel by bus into the city. The bus driver Greg is an adult who has no gotte ...more
Ryan  Buckby
the child in the video was terrified. within days it had gone viral. then the internet stopped working. and they realized something was seriously wrong.

ok at first i was confused at the beginning of the book with the whole video thing and then when i found out there were new characters instead of the other ones from the first book i started to get a little worried but i absolutely loved this second book. the author did a brilliant job with blending the story in from the first book into this on
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Keith Bolden
The Dead the second installment in Charlie Higson’s series is an action packed survival novel about group of teenagers who just fights for survival against these diseased adults. It starts with a small group of kids inside of a private school outside of London. This small groups ventures out of the school meeting another group within a church, then later meeting another group with a bus. The moment the group of the bus comes into play the story turns into a mad dash of survival spreading across ...more
Luke Rottman
The book i read is titled The Dead. Charlie Higson wrote the book. It is the second book in The Enemy Series. It is set one year before the events of the first book. It takes place at the very beginnig of the outbreak of a disease that only affected people over the age of 16. In this book the main three characters at the beginning are Jack, Ed, and Bam. They start out holed up in their school, but decide to leave.
I thought the characters in this book were phenomenal. The Author, Charlie Higson,
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Melbourne on my mind
I was a little bit terrified of reading this, because zombies are totally my squick and reading The Enemy gave me horrifying nightmares. I'm not sure if it's that I knew what to expect or if this was less gory/violent than The Enemy, but while I had occasional moments of "OH GOD WHY EW", there was never that gut-wrenching sense of fear that came with the first book in the series.

This is, to all intents and purposes, a prequel. It features (as far as I remember) none of the characters that we me
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Martin
The second book in Charlie Higson’s The Enemy series, Higson has opted for a none-linear approach to this series and this time we follow a completely separate group of youngsters as they try to survive in the world filled with ravenous, kid-hungry adults. Set two years before the occurrences of the first book, during a time when it seems the world is just beginning to experience the true and horrific nature of the disease that has wiped out or transformed the adult population. We follow a group ...more
Napoleon
The Dead is a wonderful book in a post-apocalyptic and somewhat dystopian future where everyone over the age of fourteen has contracted a disease that breaks them down to a feral being bent on eating the surviving children to survive themselves. Jack and Ed are students at a private school in Rowhurst during the outbreak, best friends until the crisis came. The disease has caused countless deaths throughout the world and it challenges their friendship as they try to survive in a world where youn ...more
Sophie
I loved The Dead just as much as I did The Enemy. Charlie Higson has ne hooked on this series.

Before I talk about the story I have to mention how much I loved it’s presentation. The black-edged pages and x-ray effect skulls on the endpapers are excellent. I really like it when publishers go all out on appearance.

But, anyway, The Dead didn’t follow Maxie, Blue and the others as I expected and instead is set near the beginning of the disaster, about a year before the events of The Enemy with a gr
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Sarah
Instead of continuing with the characters of the first novel, The Enemy, Charlie Higson introduces us to another band of fantastic characters. These poor souls are introduced to us during a stunning survival-of-the-fittest type struggle, as they defend themselves from the infected grown-ups (in this case, teachers) that remain in their private boarding school.

Not only does The Dead take us a year earlier into the disease, but it also begins to give us more perspective on the situation they all
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Julia
"The Dead" is a great book to read if you're interest in action, and science fiction. More of a young adult novel, this book goes to great lengths in order to describe a world where everyone over sixteen has turned into a rotting, boil covered monster- and kids run about the streets desperate to survive. The circumstances of this story arise when a mysterious illness sweeps all across London- as well as other parts of the world- and the only food that keeps these diseased creatures alive is the ...more
Alicia
Could someone *please* make The Enemy into a movie? It would be expensive, but I think it would do very well in theaters. The kid-centric concept and perspective is a fun spin on the zombie theme, plus there's lots of action, explosions and child-heroes.

There were subtle allusions to or appearances of select characters in The Enemy, but this book could really stand alone. I liked that we got a peek into the minds of the "sickos", creating a little more depth to these slobbering, kid-munching mon
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Shannon
The first book, The Enemy, was amazing. This book I originally was extremely disappointed with, until I got to the last 150 pages or so.

I found the beginning very dull, so dull I stopped reading it for a few months, which is extremely rare for me. It just wasn't as action filled as the first as I had hoped.

But in the end, I was proved wrong. Once The boys had set off to Jack's house, and the stadium collapsed on top of them, I was drawn right back in. From his death, to bam's and then right to F
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Sonja - Intellectual Badass
7.5/10

The novel started with a bang. The prologue with 'The Scared Kid' was frighteningly amazing! I loved meeting a new set of characters and learning more about the Disease. The world building is great! This novel revealed a lot more about the history of the Disease and the Disaster in general. It's just as good as the first novel, I'm looking forward to picking the third book up :)

'The Dead' also showed some interesting insight on how to survive.
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Karin
Taking place a year before THE ENEMY, Charlie Higson gives us a glimpse of what it was like for the kids who had to start fighting the zombie-like adults only weeks after the disaster that either killed or turned everyone over 14-years-old into crazed monsters.

Ed makes a great reluctant hero. Readers will grow to love him even though his weaknesses at the beginning of the novel make him seem like he’ll be more of a hinderance than help.

Higson provides us with the tiniest bit of character cross-o
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Mariana Flores
Charlie Higson is an amazing writer. He is really good at describing the "sickos". The book is filled with so much action and suspense. At certain times in the book I thought all the kids were going to be killed and there would be no hope left.
The Dead is kind of a prequel to The Enemy. The book takes place about a year before all the action in The Enemy. Jack, Ed and the surviving boys from Rowhurst school fight of the sickos as long as the could while staying in. a dorm room.They were rescued
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Heavenly
I think "The Dead" is a great book. Even though I hate the way it ended, it was a thriller.This book is about children that are trying to survive. They have no adult to ask for help because everyone over the age of sixteen has or will be affected of a disease.These are all children having to make adult desions. Well anyways this disease starts out like a normal cold,then you start get boils filled with pus all over your body. The next thing you know you get this maijor headache and these little ...more
Nasire Riles
The Dead by Charlie Higson, is an apocalyptical/horror story about a group students from London who try to find a safe place to live and survive from the zombie-like adults called "Sickos." Picking back off the book the "The Enemy", a groups of students a barricaded in a dorm in a London school. The kids didn't know where the disease came from. What they did know was that anyone sixteen and older caught the disease and turned into the zombie-like creatures. The kids came up with a plan to leave ...more
Brendan Weinberg
I found this book because previously he had read it, and he said that it was a great book. The story takes place around London, England. The characters are constantly running into zombies which the characters call sickos and they have to fight to survive. Jack also has to deal with losing people throughout the story that he cared about. I believe that Jack is a static character, because at the beginning he was very afraid to hit one of the zombies, but then he is one of the most active people i ...more
Tyler
The Dead by Charlie Higson was a very action packed novel. It had many twists and connected back into the first book very well. My favorite part in the book would be when Greg, the bus driver, came to the rescue when teenagers were swarming Jack and his friends. There were a lot of sad parts in the book, I did not expect so much death. This book is post apocalyptic so I should have expected more death. There is romance that does survive through all of this hardship though. Ed saved Fredréque an ...more
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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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  • The Fear (The Enemy #3)
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  • The Fallen (The Enemy #5)
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