The Dead (The Enemy #2)
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The Dead (The Enemy #2)

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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Nick
There is a disturbing trend in YA literature, which is that series don't make sense for the first book or two. I've been told that the nonsensical part of Divergent, for example, is actually a plot point that is explained in the third book. Really? Who thought that was a good idea?
I read the first volume in this series, and had problems with some of the plot holes, but I looked forward to reading the prequel, since it seemed like that was the place to set the stage a bit, and pave over the probl...more
Ploy
Reminded me of the Gone series, minus sickos. And I loved those books.

I did not allow myself to become attached to this book for fear of nightmares, so I did not cry much over the characters' deaths too much.

That being said, I think there are still some very grotesque images stuck in my mind. Great book, fast plot, and thankfully did not waste any time with what happened before the disaster. Everything we needed to know is told afterwards. I finished this book in about 4 hours straight.

I was a l...more
Michael
For this book, it was one of my favorites of all time. This book is filled with action, adventure, suspense. a little of romance, and a test of friendship. What I like about this book is the way that Charlie describes every setting. From the safety and security of a tower from the danger and fear of the outside world. What Higson does best is not only describing the setting, but also the mood it sets off. Whether its an empty alley or a stadium full of zombies, Charlie creates the perfect mood t...more
Terri
This book is the series of the ENEMEY the 2nd one. THE DEAD is mostly about zombies versus kids. When you turn 16 or older you get really sick, dizzy and then you will turn into a zombie or an sicko.Three teens must survive with no food or water and they have to fight off the zombies and the sickos .Three teens are are trying to go to London where there is more food, water, people, and no zombies or sickos.

My least favorite part would probably be when greg killed his son because, he was turing i...more
Celine
Freaky shit!! hop on the rollercoaster that is the Enemy-series by Charlie Higson, you won't regret it. fast-paced, action-packed, bloody good storyline.
uh yeah the bloody is literal, the pus and goo are oozing everywhere, it's disgusting!
but you can't put it down, can you? oh no, it's the same feeling when you're watching a horrormovie and the side-kick enters a room and you think 'NOOOOOO don't go in there!' Yup, they die. and often in a very tasty way :)

on to the next!
Saturnus
Jag hade aldrig tänkt på hur de skulle kunna vara att läsa en bok som utspelade sig ett år innan Fienden, men den här boken gav mig en bra bild av hur saker såg ut innan Maxie och Blues tid.
Charmen med Charlie Higsons De Levande Döda serie är att man aldrig kan gissa hur det ska sluta, vem kommer dö och vem kommer överleva?
Död, blodiga zoombies och fascinerande karaktärer gör att man bara måste läsa den här boken, den går inte att släppa när man väl börjat med den.

Monique Snyman
The Dead by Charlie Higson is the second compelling novel in The Enemy series, which revolves around a disease that has spread across the world, affecting everyone over the age of fourteen. It plays off a year before we pick up from The Enemy, and follows a whole different group of kids from a posh boarding school. Here we meet Jack, Ed, Bam, Wiki, Arthur, Matt and Archie … However, all is not as great as it appears. Once again these kids have to kill off grown-ups in order to survive, and they...more
Tara
Was literally seconds away from flinging this book on the table next to me with a great "harrumph, I hate zombie books!" but then I read another page and another and I just could not stop reading it!!! Still do not like zombies and this is wretchedly graphic and horrible but so incredibly well-written you cannot stop reading. Fast-paced and more horror waiting on every page yet wonderfully gratifying to read what happens next and next and.....
Phillip B
"the Dead" by Charlie Higson was the most terrifying book I have ever read. This book was filled with gruesome blood, gore and action. This book would be perfect for someone who likes to freak themselves out.
I would rate this book five out of five because this book never got boring it just kept on getting freakier.I like this book because it has zombies in it.
This book was awesome.
David Bernal
I chose this book because I like stories about zombies. The Dead is about a world wide disease than infects everyone sixteen and older and turns them into zombies that want to eat the younger people. A group of kids from a boarding school try to escape the zombies and get back to London in hopes that things are better there. My favorite quote was "Well, they weren't ever going to be normal again, were they? So swing that bloody bat. Feel the bone break under it…" I like this quote because it sho...more
Stacey
If I could give a 3.5 I would. This wasnt a horrible story but I felt the first 40% of the book was really slow and dragged on and just wasnt that exciting and attention grabbing. It lacked what the first book had in my opinion. With that said the last 60% of the book DID have what the first book had that drew me in and I really enjoyed meeting all the new characters who do play a part in book 1. You learn about the King David and another group that is a pivitol part of book one but I wont give...more
Caitlin
This book was phenomenal. Truly impressive and so engrossing it was all I could think about at times.

I didn't think that Charlie Higson could improve after reading his first book in this series, The Enemy. Boy, was I wrong. Where The Enemy was a book I had trouble connecting with initially, due to the age of the characters and a slightly shaky bit of world-building, The Dead grabbed me by the feelers and dragged me into utter pandemonium: These kids haven't been facing this apocalypse for a year...more
Aiyana
In the second installment of the series "The Enemy", Jack and Ed, two best friends need to make sure they have what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse. Moving from pack to pack, and losing many people due to injuries, getting 'the disease' and just flat out being eaten by a zombie. Jack and Ed have to beat the odds and prove that they can fight any zombie or disease that gets in their way.

I picked this book up because I had read the first one, and had nothing better to read at the time....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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