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The Fallen

(The Enemy #5)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  3,811 ratings  ·  306 reviews
First the sickness rotted the adults' minds. Then their bodies. Now they stalk the streets, hunting human flesh.

The Holloway crew are survivors. They've fought their way across London and made it to the Natural History Museum alive - just. But the fight will never end while the Enemy lives, unless there's another way. . .

The kids at the museum are looking for a cure. All
Hardcover, 502 pages
Published September 12th 2013 by Puffin Books
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✨    jamieson   ✨
guys this series has majorly fucked me up AND I REALLY WANT MORE OF Y'ALL TO READ IT ITS SO GOOD AND CLEVER

So here we have a complete list of why you should!

But before I get into that some quick facts.
1: the series is about a future world where all the adults are either dead or zombies who want to eat children!
2: it's set in London
3: the series covers different groups around London and each books intertwines with the others so neatly
4: It's got some great diversity
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book five in the Enemy series and I'm totally engrossed in this.

This is a YA seven book series on the end of the world as we know it. Everyone over the age of 14 has turned into a zombie and the kids are battling it out for their lives.

This book has been particularly interesting, whereas the other books have focussed on the kids and their survival, this book has introduced the twisted kids and we start to get some background information on how this disease of the adults came about to start
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

"Nothing’s real until it happens. And this has happened and we’ve got to get on it. We’ve got to solve the problems it’s given us before it’s too late.”

It’s time for my All-Hail-Higson chant again. Higson, Higson, Higson! The man pretty much owns my happy horror heart right now.

The Fallen brings us back around to the Holloway crew—Maxie, Blue, Achilleus, Lewis, Ollie, and so many more. The kids that kicked this whole gory, pus filled, bloody SHEBANG off way back in book one. The kids that
Aras Redan
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Who's the Holloway crew? Is that like Ed's and Small Sam's and The Kid's lot? I WANT MY WAITROSE KIDS DAMMIT. MAXIE AND BLUE, WHERE ARE YOU? Then again, if they were to have another book, they'd probably die. Damn Higson.


Oh my god. It's Maxie and Blues crew. Oh shit. I love them so so so so so much. CHARLIE HIGSON I KNOW YOU'RE INTO KILLING CHARACTERS BUT COULD YOU JUST SETTLE DOWN AND LET THEM LIVE?
Jonathan Hashemi
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This series is like Game of Thrones; there are so many characters, and no one is safe.Very nervous for my favorites, such as; Achilleus, Blue, Ed, Kyle, Shadow Man, The Kid, Justin....
Darren Hagan
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*No spoilers*

I cannot cope with how The Fallen ended. This was the most cliffhanger of an ending that the series has given yet and it was just heart-stopping and scary as hell and I cannot cope without knowing if the person survives or not :-O

From I think it was chapter 2, The Fallen just throws action at you. As well as the frantic pacing however, you also get some moments that are endearing or funny or that just provide great insight into a character.

I did finally get my explanation for how
Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**
Another amazing book in an amazing series. Ugh, I can't even write a proper review. That ending was SO UNEXPECTED and I WANT BOOK 6 NOW!
Parker Gailor
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If u ask me I think that Charlie higson should bring back dognut because in the fear it never really said that dognut was actually dead and in the enemy wen the holloway crew found Brooke and felt for dognuts pulse blue could have felt in the wrong place and I would think that most readers would love dognut to return. Ik I would. I like dognut. He was very cool. I would like for Arron to come back too but knowing he got shot with an arrow and if I remember right I think he got burned too so that ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"that's what happened to you. You grew hard and cold. All that mattered was survival."

Man, I'm always surprised by this series. You just never know who is going to live. When someone is a MC for most of a book, you just can't count on them making it through - even if they've been around all 5 books.

It's surprising but I'm still really enjoying this series. The green mold, the different types of zombies and now this new revelation. You can feel the tension is working towards an end. Amazing. I
Marcus Blakeston
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read about 30 books a year, and this is the first one I have read that was published this century that doesn't have any mistakes in it. I don't know who proofed it, because they are uncredited, but all other publishers should hire him or her immediately.

Barbara Band
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Having read the other books in almost one sitting, I found this one to be rather tedious. Yes, the plot moves along (slightly) but in between this nothing much else happens that hasn't already in the other books ... zombies attacking children, children fighting zombies. And I'm beginning to get a bit bored with it all plus I have lost total track of the sequence of events. We are told that these events happen just after the end of The Enemy but all the other books have sort of merged into one ...more
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of The Enemy series by Charlie Higson but I'm sad to say that this is my least favourite out of all the books so far. I'd really like to be able to give this 3 1/2 stars if I could. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the book, but there was just something missing for me. I felt that it was hit and miss in parts. I thought I'd have been really excited to have Waitrose kids back but they weren't anywhere near as interesting as the characters we've met since that first book.

I did enjoy
Jacob Carter
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What the hell?? EXCUSE ME BUT WHAT KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT? Oh man, I'm nervous to find out what's going to happen next in The Hunted! D:
Aurora Dimitre
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: november-2014
Ah this was so good oh my god it's so nice to get back with the Holloway kids and oh my god I can't believe I have to wait so many months for Book Six to come out in the US because OH MY GOD .

I'll try to keep this coherent because I really, really enjoyed this installment. I do think that The Dead is still my favorite. Not as much amazing character development in this one, but there was a lot of action that I really enjoyed, and there was also a lot of Achilleus which I really enjoyed, and we
Jul 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, zombies
After The Enemy Higson drifted the action of the series all over the place in a rather confusing manner. Finally though things come together here as this is set after the previous four books (like a normal series!). It mainly focuses on Blue, Achilleus, Ollie and Einstein (and a few others) heading to a unit at Heathrow to pick up equipment to help attempt to come up with a cure for the disease. Meanwhile, Maxie, Brooke, Justin and the Natural History Museum gang are being picked off by now ...more
Courtney Nicole
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stars Rank: 5 *****

“..He said if a tree fell down in the forest, there was nobody there to hear it, would it make a sound? …
…Well, I’ve been thinking about this book I’m writing and I have a thinkazoid of my own. If you write a book and nobody reads it, does the book exist? Stories in books, characters and things, you know, like places and monsters or whatever the writer has made up and written down, they only really came alive when we read them. Otherwise it’s just a jumble of squiggles on
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Young Adult; Horro
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: nope.
Cliff Hanger: yes!!!!
Rating: 4.5 STars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

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

Total: 8.5

In Depth

Best Part:
Worst Part: NOTHING!!!
Overall Feels Felt: OMG; Shit is going down; NOT ELLA!!!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes!

Short Review: Wow. Another amazing book in this series. Every one seems to be going down hill
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
3.4 stars
I have mixed feelings about this one. The plot and characters felt real enough but I just felt the style of writing wasn't really exciting.

In this book we're introduced to a few new characters while catching up on the first lot and we're also introduced to more problems. I also liked how we're told a bit more about the disease and it's source as that has intrigued me right from the start. Turns out the deformed kids at the warehouse think the disease comes from a lost tribe of
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was well written and overall very exciting. Throughout the story the children must survive while in a "zombie apocalypse" all the grown ups have become ill with an unknown disease that make them want to eat kids and now they are left to defend themselves. (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
At the start, I didn't think I was going to like this one much, but as it got nearer to the end I started enjoying it more. It was a different kind of book, with more new characters, journal entries and new types of creatures. I liked it. It also continued on nicely from the other books. I was so glad when (view spoiler) yet so pissed off when (view spoiler) And then at the end, when (view ...more
Abbey Gray
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars.

Man, this series just keeps getting more and more brutal... I'm a little less than thrilled with some of the slightly peculiar events that take place in this book, and I definitely could have done with far less of Paul's perspective. But on the whole, it maintained a fast pace and a good level of tension, and I'm suuuuuuuper interested to see how the final two books of this series wrap things up.

I mean, there are so many threads! And this book left out some of them completely!! How
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another solid installment in The Enemy series. Charlie Higson is a talented writer and I love this zombie series. I personally can't wait for the next one. I only wonder how Higson himself doesn't get confused with the characters. They're a LOT! It is so difficult to keep track. However, Higson does a wonderful job to revive their characteristics in every book. You are not left confused and you will love the characters again.
Mattie Jones
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I love the Holloway crew and we're slowly learning more about the disease. What I love about his books is they're so unpredictable, you never know who will die next :(

But the cliffhanger is horrible! The worst yet, know I can't wait for the next book...!
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
It's great and all, but I can't cope with much more of this. And that cliffhanger had better be a dream.
I love this series to death, but this one is way too slow.
Roger bookworm
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I swear he has got to be my second favorite author at this point. I am in LOVE with this series!!
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Okay... Where do I start?

Let me start off by saying that I love the Enemy series. I think it's full of fast-paced action and suspense, and the character development is spot on; definitely the best I've seen in a YA book series. The Dead (2nd book) in my opinion is one of my favourite books of all time.

The main characters in this book are the original set of characters from the Enemy: The Holloway Crew. After escaping from David and The Palace, the Crew arrive at the museum. However, they learn
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
The Fallen is the perfect 5th installment of the enemy series. This sounds a bit over the top, but this review is heavily biased and as a huge fan of the other books of the series I also loved The Fallen.

In this part of the story we mainly follow the Holloway gang once again – A thing that had me really hyped as we lost track of them for quite some time (more or less). It felt nostalgic to have all those lovable characters back in the main focus. We also get the kids from the National History
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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 ...more

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The Enemy (7 books)
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