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The Dead (The Enemy #2)

4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  8,059 Ratings  ·  728 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
Hardcover, 457 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Puffin Books
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"Don't talk to the driver when the bus is in motion, or the driver will shoot you. Got that?"


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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Sep 20, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The end was soooooo good! I still have goosebumps! :D It was a bit slow in the middle, but the second half was written so good, I could't put it down. I liked, that there were other kids and in the end we are back to the first book. I am really looking forward to more adventures!
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
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
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
"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
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
Mar 26, 2016 Declan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loving this series!
Oct 15, 2016 Joel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really fantastic. The twists, reveals, and characters were all amazing. Two reveals at the end of the book, both being really good payoffs from having read the first book as well, I especially didn't see coming. This has been a great series so far. I highly recommend it.

A Note about Content
There is a decent amount of foul language spread throughout the book with just about every curse word being used save for the f-bomb.

The violence in this series can be pretty intense at times as well. Higson
Roger bookworm
Oct 17, 2016 Roger bookworm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I wasn't a big fan because it jumped back a whole year before book 1 took place, but as the story progressed it became better. It was riveting and just absolutely amazing. I don't know where he is going with this series, but I love it too much to stop.
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
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
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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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
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
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
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
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
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.

I was a little bit terrified of reading this, becaus
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,
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
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
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
Sep 24, 2016 Gav451 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Higson does it again.

It is slightly disconcerting to find that you are dealing with a completely new set of people at the start of this book. Suddenly you have to get to know a whole group of characters again and you are reintroduced to the world only from a different perspective.

Luckily Mr Higson is a FANTASTIC writer and it is not too long before you are rooting for an entirely new set of people and reading in fear and wonder at the tale which slowly reveals itself.

The is much to enj
Aug 01, 2011 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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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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)
  • The Sacrifice (The Enemy #4)
  • The Fallen (The Enemy #5)
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