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The Dead

(The Enemy #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  11,201 ratings  ·  942 reviews
The Dead is the second book in Charlie Higson's jaw-dropping zombie horror series for teens.

Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive. 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
Paperback, 485 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2010)
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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
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having read the first book in this series in August 2017 I kind of figured now was the time to pick up book two and start to make my way through the rest of the series.

I really enjoyed book one and I feel the same about this book, even though it's been two years it was so easy to get back into.

This is a YA series set in London, everyone over the age of fourteen has turned into a zombie and the kids are now fending for themselves.

I've read a few zombie series now and I feel with a lot of them it
Oct 14, 2012 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
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just like in the first book, its action packed from the start and keeps up the pace throughout with the book. Some of the incidents would look brilliantly on film! But its the quiet bits where the traumatized children are trying to make sense of their new world that really hit home. Higson knows his zombie lore and like Robert Kirkman (author of The Walking Dead) he has the worrying trait of killing off his heroes, so giving the reader a real sense of dread when the zombies attack.
My favourite
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: am-keeping
Brilliant you need to read this book but read the 1st book first now I am on to the 3rd book in this series I can't wait ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
His descriptions are so gory and detailed. The bubbling puss-filled sores ARE SO REAL! More please!!
May 25, 2011 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
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*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
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


3.5 stars

This one was just too slow for me.
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
✨    jamieson   ✨
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
“He was a different person now, and not a better one, Oh, he could fight, he could swat sickos like flies; he was a bloody hero, wasn't he? He was Death himself. Riding a bike. But in the end, all he was doing was adding to the score of the dead. Was that all a hero was, then? A killing machine without a heart?”


This series literally has me shook I can't believe I read these when I was little they are so violent ??? like SO violent ?

It's basically the book version
Alex - coffeeloving_bookoholic
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
I remember reading the first 2 books in swedish translation."The Dead" was very gripping and emotional and epic.Loved everything about it!Can`t believe that its almost 10 years since i read it and i still remember many characters and scenes vivid. ...more
Tori Roudebush
Jun 03, 2015 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
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, age-ya, zombies, 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
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
Jul 01, 2016 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
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
Mar 20, 2015 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
Nov 01, 2015 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
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So good, probably the best I’ve read in a long time. This book has the right mix of action, suspense, sadness and surprise. The characters are relatable and likeable, even though there are many to keep track of.

Moving on to the third on this series now, seeing as the second was better than the first I have high hopes for what is to come.
Sarah L
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This is a great series. The book has a great pace and it's creepy enough without being over the top. The ending ties in well with the first book (since this one takes place a year before the first one) and it really makes you curious and want to read the next ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loving this series!
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book it's incredible! I've read the whole series it's good but I like the best all I can say is READ THIS ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, after finishing 'The Enemy' this summer I decided to go out and buy the entire series by Charlie Higson, without taking a step back to actually read into the contents of the other parts. Surprised I was when I found out that part two was about different characters entirely, terrified I was when I read a review that said someone had quit reading after finding out that all! the books introduced an entirely new set of them - happy I was when I found out that isn't really the truth. Not wanting ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Avery (ThePagemaster)
Another great installment in the series. Though The Enemy is still better of the two, by a limb(>w>), The Dead was just as entertaining; just as deep and emotional; and just as gripping. It has been a while since I've been this anxious and excited to read--or even thing about reading--the next book in a series, a YA series, more or less.

(For those wondering, this is a prequel to the Enemy. You can, in a sense, read this first, but some easter eggs from The Enemy in here, especially near the end,
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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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