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The Sacrifice (The Enemy #4)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  4,628 Ratings  ·  348 Reviews
The Sacrifice picks up after Small Sam and The Kid arrive at the Tower of London at the end of The Dead. Though Sam finds safety and friendship at the Tower with Jordan Hordern's crew, he can't settle down. The only thing he wants is to be reunited with his sister, Ella. Despite Ed's protests, Sam and the Kid strike out westward, through the no-go zone.

Meanwhile, Shadowman
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
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Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2012, hometown-ya
I'm at the stage of reviewing this series when I think I’ve given up.

Not in the books. Not at all. I mean, are you joking? This series is one of the most brilliant YA series, of any genre, you’re going to read.

I mean actually reviewing them. I find it pretty much impossible to write reviews on a series any way. There are only so many times you can say “You know what, you probably shouldn’t read this…” or, in this series’ case, “Why haven’t you read this series yet?”

If you haven’t read this serie
✨    jamieson   ✨
I'm only doing a mini review of this book because I've reviewed all the other books in the series and don't really have anything much extra to add so I'll just sum it up?

book/series summary This book is basically about a apocalyptic version of London where a disease has turned all the adults into zombies. It's basically Gone meets The Walking Dead. Each book follows certain groups of kids and their quest/mission which depends on which characters you're following. This book follows The Kid and Sm
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What keeps us going day to day? How do we push through the monotony, exhaustion, hard times, and pain in life? To be honest, some days I’m really not sure.

”I guess when you want to keep on living you can do things you couldn’t do normally.”

Charlie Higson’s The Sacrifice holds all the scares, suspense, and gore of this bloody slaughter-like series, but this story also shows readers that surviving may not be enough. What we have to sacrifice day to day to survive in life plays a big part of this j
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Spoiler Free*

I started reading Charlie Higson shortly after i began reading Michael Grant's Gone series in 2010 because i waiting for the next Gone book(Plague) and wanted something to hold me over. I expected a generic zombie book with "The Enemy" and I got so much more than that and Higson has quickly become my favorite author along with Grant.

Let's start this review off with the Cons.....

In my opinion, this book series is near perfect. Unlike Gone, which I do love, I don't outright hate any
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series keeps being one of the best zombie series I’ve read! Madd Matt creeps me the fuck out. But it’s all so realistic of how people would cope in a situation as messed up as this. On to the next!
Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**
I really loved this book. Once again, this series continues to grow and get better. I can't quite explain what it is about this series that makes it so unique, seeing as it's just one zombie series in a list of many. And admittedly I haven't read many zombie books. But this series, these characters, even the zombies/mothers/fathers/sickos, whatever you want to call them, they're so unique and strangely endearing. Plus, this series is not a kids series. I would only recommend it for the older YA ...more
Aras Redan
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please let Maxie and Blue be in this book! And if they are, please don't kill Maxie and Blue. Please, please, PLEASE.
Darren Hagan
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Actually 4.5 stars*

*No major spoilers*

Can someone please tell the grown ups to chill the f*ck out?! They are bone chilling and creepy as hell!

I am so in love with this series. Each book is just brilliant. They are freaky and frantic and flippin' fantastic. I got warned that this one was a bit slower paced but I really didn't get that at all.

A couple of things I really liked through this book are a beginning of a background for the cause of the illness in the first place, and how the adults are
3.5 stars

My least favorite out of the whole series so far. It felt like this one dragged on a lot and I don't like Shadowman and at all. It sucked that most of the chapters were in his POV.

I'm not a fan of the whole plague happening from some parasite coming from space or whatever. Sounds like it's been over done so many times in these type of books.

I hope the next book has the Holloway kids in it cause I miss them like crazy! And I need Ed and Brooke to reunite.
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Young Adult; Horror
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: nope.
Cliff Hanger: Kinda :D
Rating: 4.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Plot: 9
Characters: 9
World Building: 8
Flow: 7
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 8
Ending: 9

Total: 8.5

In Depth

Best Part:
Zombie POVs are my fav!
Worst Part: A bit slower in the pacing.
Overall Feels Felt: ZOMBIE POV!!; Shadowman is bae!; oh shit!


Continuing the Series:
heck yes!
Recommending: heck yes!

Short Review: Wow. I just love this series! I heart
3.5 stars.

This is probably the book I've liked the least in the series so far. It's not that it's a bad book. It just felt like it had Middle Book Syndrome.

Up until this point, the series has been incredibly unique, telling individual, overlapping chunks of the story in each book. This one is where those individual chunks start to pull together, and while I still enjoyed it, I'm not sure how I feel about the signs of what the end game is going to be. It feels like there were hints that it's mo
Keith Bolden
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson is an action adventure novel. This fourth installment in The Enemy follows primarily the three different plots that correspond and eventually joins together. One plot follows Shadowman as he tracks The Fear and shows his compassion, becoming more human in his own right. Another plot follow Sam and The Kid after they leave the tower. The other plot follows Ed and his crew as they search for Sam and The Kid. As the three plots intertwine it sets up for the next inst ...more
Vicki James
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book.

I am a huge fan of the series. I'm an adult, so I'm going to be honest, I was a little reluctant to admit to really enjoying a YA series with such passion, especially when I do enjoy more 'adult' kind of books.

So when I didn't get this next book for Christmas, I had to take a trip to my local bookstore. Turns out the elderly cashier is a fan of the series too.

What I love most about Charlie Higson's work, is he somehow is able to write great content and great story, whilst also
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zomibes
How to express how I feel about this book: OH MY ROWLING! That was yet another example of the brilliance of the british. The first book in this series was also brilliant, as was book two. Book three had me a little bored because I knew what was going down (as it was happening at the same time as the I already knew). Book four was...WOW. From the first line I was creeped out and curious as to what Higson has in store for us eager readers. I was not let down; there was excitement and s ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam, The Kid, Shadowman. The best in one book. Boom.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not bad at all. Did not seem to have the punch that book 3 had, but this one was still able to hold its own. This time it seems like the virus seems to be evolving, and the remaining diseased seem to be getting more organized. (view spoiler) ...more
Hamelynn Harzman
This is a brilliant series, and all the books I've read from it are awesome. The Sacrifice is no different. I love how Charlie Higson has different perspectives, how he shows the way different kids have different methods of coping and surviving. It was jam-packed from start to finish, full of bone-chilling detail, fantastic characters, and awesome fights. The way the different kids from different perspectives connect and collide with eachother so seamlessly just baffles me. I seriously enjoyed r ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Although I now run the risk of becoming repetitive, this is an excellent series. With so much happening in London during the time when the first book started, each sequel concentrates on just a few of the vast array of characters. This time it deals with the kids at the Tower Of London and the wanderer Shadowman. We also find out what happened to Mad Matt after upsetting the boat on the Thames a couple of books ago. Blood and guts galore as per usual and hints of the discovery of what has sent a ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK I love The Kid, he’s an awesome character. Not so sure I’m enjoying the direction of the adults sickness.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was probably the best one in the series so far because it had a few crossovers and so much stuff went down. we learned the main sicko "saint George" was the guy from the bus who wasn't sick who killed his son Liam and sam and the kid ran off then they ed found them and is now taking him to find his sister
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, zombies
Another AWESOME book. Things get even more intense.. and even weirder. I'm now a bit confused about the timeline but I think this book happens after the previous one. This time we focus on Small Sam and The Kid which is brilliant because I love those little boys. They're like nine people, don't forget that. The Kid is a nine year old boy!

So it turned out that the kids at the Tower, especially those ones who were with Ed and Jordan's original group, were a bit freaked out by Small Sam and The Ki
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-dystopian
The Sacrifice is the fourth book in the Enemy series and focuses mainly on Sam&The Kid as well as Shadowman and Ed. It’s set a year after the catastrophe has happened (shortly after the end of the Enemy) and shows us that the kids slowly have settled down. At the same time they start to investigate and ask themselves if this is their new life. The story still progresses a lot. Especially in terms of getting to know what actually happens in the grown ups minds/heads. We learn what actually ca ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
I'm going with 3.5 stars on this one.

First off, maybe I'm just that stupid American who can't 'connect' with British books? I say this because I got this book early through my university library system, which shipped the book in from overseas. So I'm considering the possibility that I would have enjoyed it better if I read the American version. Maybe.

The same attributes of books 1-3 that us Enemy fans know and love are still going strong in The Sacrifice. Unfortunately, I'm starting to feel dese
andrew looker
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response

The author did a great job making the major plots points unexpected. He did a great job of mixing up the events that happened. Finally, he did a good job with making moments tense and unpredictable.


First, we start off with Ed who hears people calling for help, so he goes to see what the source is. He finds out it is a girl who is surrounded by sickos, and he gathers a crew who end up killing all the sickos. They find out there were two other kids with her who are still aliv
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with more than half a brain
Shelves: favourite, not-bad
This is, if not my favorite book in the series yet, an incredibly good book. It seems that the end problems will be culture clash, not zombies. In my opinion, each book gets better as each society decides how to govern itself, forage for food, and react to issues. Not only is the character development great, it has one of the best variety in books.

The plot is mediocre, just as the previous books (which I will not review due to redundancy). However, in particular, The Sacrifice makes up for it in
Meg McGregor
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Okay. I admit it. I'm obsessed with zombies, sickos, strangers; whatever term you want to use for the diseased grown-ups.

But it is not the sickos that keep me coming back and devouring each book in the series.

This is number four and even better than han three. It is rare indeed when each sequel is better than the one before. This series does it though.

I really like how the children are learning that they must unite if humanity is going to survive. And my favorite character has become Ed. When t
Action/adventure/survival in a young people's world teeming with adult zombies - sounds dark, yet it's also funny, endearing, and full of great characterization. It's hard to predict how the three storylines will come together in the next book, but I'm already looking forward to reading it. There are lots of zombie metaphors in our culture - they represent fear of death, or our rampant, mindless consumerism, or our helplessness in the face of modern global problems - but I just love the fact tha ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During this book many of the characters are fleshed out, you learn about their pasts, their inner most thoughts and their wants for the future.
I especially loved the moment between Kyle and Ed. This small pocket of the book really opened up Kyle as a unique character, not just in the series but in books as a whole. It really showed how disaster shapes and changes different people. I loved the parallels happening between the two as well.
The writing is still simplistic but it tackles thoughts and
C.J. Mugleston
I loved this series so much and can't praise it highly enough. I read each book in 24 hours or less(which is odd since I usually get bogged down in series.
The characters are so vivid, genuine and lifelike that you can feel their personalities pouring off the page. The way he ties the books into each other makes them impossible to review separately.
These books are dark and gritty, make no mistake. And as addictive as the strongest narcotic.
This is not your average zombie read by any means. If you
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Higson just keeps it going, better and better. He has it all in these stories, the religious cult, the democracy, the dictatorship, all in little enclaves of survivors. We meet parts of them all, plus some characters we may have forgotten about (at least, I did!).

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