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The Dead (The Enemy #2)

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,842 Ratings  ·  705 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
Oct 28, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie

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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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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Jo
Sep 20, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2012, hometown-ya
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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Kahleia Corpuz
Feb 10, 2016 Kahleia Corpuz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, wow. I did not expect for this book to hit me so hard in the feels. This book talks about the concept of death as if it were nothing which makes it more heartbreaking. It's so mind-blowing how this whole thing "started." The ending was the part that messed me up the most. The moment where the two books connected was when I was almost to tears. Props to Charlie Higson.
V
Jan 30, 2013 V rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, fiction
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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☣Lynn☣
Second read 4.5 stars

This was so much better the second time around! I couldn't put it down!!

The only reason why this isn't getting a full 5 stars from me is because I miss my Holloway kids too much

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3.5 stars

This one was just too slow for me.
Darren Hagan aka snazzlebooks
*No spoilers*

Any book that can make me almost cry deserves no less than 5 stars, as I'm usually made of stone inside. This book was such a step up from the first in my opinion, mainly because most of the issues I had with The Enemy were rectified in The Dead.

This book is set a year before the events in The Enemy with a different set of characters, and I appreciated that because the whole zombie situation hadn't been happening as long. There are even a couple of people who hadn't yet turned. Whil
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Laura
May 25, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
22/4/2016
Things I expected rereading this: everyone dies, extreme amounts of grossness.
Things I did not expect: to tear up over one character's ending.

I feel like this is a series that very much benefits from being read back to back. Yes, this is a prequel. But it's a prequel that makes a hell of a lot more sense if you read it fairly soon after reading the first one so that all the little details connecting the two really stand out.

28/1/2015
I was a little bit terrified of reading this, becaus
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Patty
Apr 15, 2016 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to pick this up & took longer to actually read it. But when i did, i couldint put it down. It was full of the action we know & love from the first book but this one dealt with more deeper emotional problems that the first one didnt cover. This book gave me more of the feels & was an excelent second book. It was a great improvement from the first & it makes me eager to pick up the next one. Hopefully it will not take me as long lol.
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
Mar 28, 2015 Demi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
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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Hendrik
Nov 01, 2015 Hendrik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a world where everyone over 16 gets infected with a disease that turns them into zombie like creatures, Jack and Ed are some of the only survivors along with the other kids that are trying to survive. When their school is over run they're forced to try to survive somewhere else. While they're trying to move through a town, a group of adults attack them but are rescued by a man named Greg which gives them hope that not all adults are infected. Eventually, Greg starts to show symptoms and attac ...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
Apr 29, 2011 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-ya, zombies, arcs, 2011
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
Jun 03, 2015 Tori Roudebush rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2015 Ryan Buckby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Declan
Mar 26, 2016 Declan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loving this series!
Henry
Nov 10, 2015 Henry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ed and Jack are trying to survive a zombie apocalypse resulting from a disease only affecting adults or teens over the age of sixteen. Everything starts at the boarding school where the students try to hold out while the teachers turn one by one. Ed is the one everyone looks up to and Jack is the outsider of the group. No one knows why they became friends. After the school gets overrun they have to leave, moving deeper into the city of London, fighting all the way.

I loved this book because of al
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Keith Bolden
Jan 10, 2014 Keith Bolden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emmanuel Elumogo
The disease struck. Lifetime friends Jack, Ed, and Bam are heavily affected by it. Everyone 16 and older are forced into child-eating monsters. They survive in their school with other kids only to have to find a new place because of decreasing food and the increasing amount of sicko activity. After constantly running a tough-looking man in a bus shows up and rescues them. He's obviously over 16. So how is he still functioning like a regular human being? He show no symptoms of the disease but the ...more
Luke Rottman
Apr 02, 2015 Luke Rottman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Martin
Jan 11, 2015 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Napoleon
Feb 04, 2011 Napoleon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Oct 03, 2010 Sophie rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, uk-author
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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Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2011/04/...

The Dead begins a year before The Enemy, when adults first begin getting sick, turning into zombies and devouring human flesh. The sickness strikes anyone 16 and older, and suddenly, the children must fend for themselves and fight for survival in a land ravaged by the dead and unspeakable danger. They will make their way to the city, and fight for their lives, and the lives of their friends, against horrible odds. And Lond
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Sarah
Nov 29, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone over 14 YOA.
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
May 02, 2013 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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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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“My mum gave me a T-shirt with it on last Christmas.’ Ed smiled at the memory. ‘Wish I still had it. All I had to get stressed about before was GCSEs.’ ‘She didn’t give you a T-shirt that said Save Kitchen Scraps to Feed the Pigs, then?” 1 likes
“He was reminded of TV ads for plug-in air fresheners where some woman would stick the little plastic thing in a socket and animated fumes would waft out and everyone would lift their faces, close their eyes, breathe in deeply and go ‘Aaaaaah’. Like they were taking some kind of drug rather than inhaling chemicals.” 1 likes
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