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The Enemy

(The Enemy #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  22,377 ratings  ·  2,427 reviews
Charlie Higson's The Enemy is the first in a 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.

When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician - every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry.

Only children
Mass Market Paperback, 407 pages
Published 2010 by Puffin (first published September 1st 2009)
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Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, zombie

”We can’t lose all we believe in. Our sense of right and wrong, said Maxie. Just to survive.
Just to survive? There’s no just about it. Survival is everything.”

Have you ever noticed that big budget everyone-is-pretty-as-all-hell-even-covered-in-blood Hollywood horror movies hardly ever kill kids? The kids escape, live to tell the tale, and walk off into the sunset with their “happily-ever-after” tucked under their arms. Well….let me say here and now—the same can NOT be said for a Charlie Higson w
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hard core zombie fans, fans of William Golding

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One of my least favorite books from 9th grade English class was Lord of the Flies. I hated its theme, I hated its deliberate cruelty, I hated its vision of an island that was about the exact opposite of Island of the Blue Dolphins, a far more preferable tale. The Enemy is Lord of the Flies amped up, and while adding zombies would seem a natural fit for addressing survival in a world without adults, not even the undead can (re)animate this into a pleasurable tale.

Essentially, The Enemy combine
Aaron Vincent
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystocalypse
Perhaps the most brutal and goriest YA dystopia novel I ever read. It's bloodfest almost every chapter. The novel is jam-packed with things that makes peace-loving bitches wince. Zombie attacks, strong language[There is a line from a character that shocked the hell out of me: "I didn't like him. He's getting on my tits!". Fuck Yeah Awesomeness!] cannibalism, and gladiator, everything. It's bloody, dark, violent and best of all, it's pure fun. Definitely not for the faint heart and sensitive stom ...more
Rick Riordan
The Enemy, by Charlie Higson. I got to hear Charlie speak at the Disney-Hyperion dinner at BEA in New York. He said he tried to make this book as scary as possible, and would read scenes to his son, ratcheting them up until his son had trouble sleeping at night. I figured this must be worth checking out! The best description I can think of: The Enemy is The Lord of the Flies with zombies. It’s set in London after a mysterious sickness has killed off most everyone over the age of sixteen, but lef ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Michelle by: Tasha
What happens when all the grown ups turn into zombies and the kids have to look after themselves? Charlie Higson will tell you!

What an excellent book. I was hooked on this and will be reading the rest of the series.

It's classed as a YA book but in all honestly, at 35 years of age I was scared!
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
SO GROSS. And yet so satisfying. Recommended for those with an iron stomach and are not 'faint of heart'.

Check out my video review!
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you enjoy a book where pretty much every one of your favourite characters gets chomped on by a zombie?

I’m going to say yes because this book was brilliant.

This book was genuinely creepy and I like to think I’m made of strong stuff. Unless clowns are involved… and boats….and, like, those huge Australian bugs that Mandee and Reynje take so much pleasure in sending me pictures of when I’m expecting wallabies and koala bears.
OK, actually…. Maybe I am a bit of a wuss.
But one thing that struck me
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
3.5/5 Stars

This book takes place in dystopian London and all adults have succumbed to this disease, making them zombie like. There are only the kids left unharmed and now they have to survive daily life. With the threat of the grown-ups around every corner we follow a large group of children who are just trying to make it to the next day.

I'm a very character driven reader, and this book quickly throws people at you. So I found it a bit difficult to connect to anyone.

The wo
June 2016

This is the fourth time I've read this and I love it more than the first time. Can't wait to finally finish this series!

This series is going under my favorite YA zombie books. Even though I wouldn't really call the 'grownups' zombies, but oh well. It's gory, has plenty of action, has great characters, and I love that it takes place somewhere else besides the U.S. I also love the fact that a lot of characters die. The author isn't afraid to kill of some characters. It's
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a mysterious virus turns all of the adults into kid-devouring zombies, the children must do all that they can to survive. Can they while out-running the adult zombies and find a place they can call safe? Read on for yourself and find out.

This was a pretty good Ya zombie book that was a different take on the zombie mythos. Definitely check this out if you are a fan of horror and zombie books. This book is available at hastings and wherever books are sold.
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who can handle blood and guts, awesome people, action lovers
Aw yeah. This is more like it.

I usually read books that are more romance-heavy, and reading this has really proven to me that I needed a break. This book was SO GOOD, you guys.

I'm not much into summarizing, so in short: for some unknown reason, all adults and older teens (at the time the illness struck) have either died or turned into a zombie-like creature. They will kill and eat any children they can. The Enemy is about a large cast of young characters trying to stay safe by any means necessar
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
So good! I ordered the complete series before even finishing this one! I'm on #2 now and completely hooked! I've been in a huge reading slump the past year - trying and failing to get captivated by a book. This is the first one I've been completely lost in in such a long time and finished it in only a few sittings (I'm a slow reader too lol).

I love how in just a few pages, and with many characters to boot, you really get to understand and root for every single one. Which is likely not the best
Dannii Elle
I love zombie apocalypse in all media apart from in books, it seems. I find the high-action scenes that work so well on screen fail to appeal to me in quite the same way, in literary format. This is entirely a personal preference and found this book excellently executed in what it was (as all the other rave reviews will attest to) but was merely not the read for me.

This did, however, manage to provide the creep-factor I do love in my fiction, on multiple occasions, and created a startlingly blea
I enjoyed this book so much! Characters are killed left and right, and none of the horrible details are left out. It's gory, brutal, slightly gross at times - just how I like it. The writing, guys, is just fantastic! There's nothing "special" about it: there's no flowery prose or philosophical quotes to hang on my wall, instead it's fast-paced and drew me in so fast! Higson has this way of writing that makes it feel so real. One moment I'm with Maxie and her gang, and in the next paragraph I ca ...more
Trigger warnings: gore, death, violence, death of a child, cannibalism, zombies, seriously y'all there is LOTS of death and violence and gore, death of a parent (in the past).

Public service announcement: Don't eat while you're reading this.

I stand by everything I said about this book last time around. Except that this time, I adopted a don't-read-before-bed strategy to avoid the nightmares, which was incredibly successful. HURRAH.

It's such a fast paced and engaging story, and
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Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf since last Spring.
I feel like a complete idiot.
I absolutely LOVED this book.
Without a doubt my favorite book of 2011 so far.
Seriously my mind is blown.
This book was crazy.

I have never read a book that has kept me up at because it freaked me out so much.
I usually don't get freaked out easily, but The Enemy was definitely freaky.
Not to mention gross, whatever you do, don't read this book while eating.
I made that mistake and couldn't finish my food.
But I h
A guy on my class recommended this book to me when i was in 6:th grade.
I absolutely loved it!Such a shame there only was 2 books in the series in the school library.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story of Dognut, Courtney and a few others in their search for Brooke. Their journey takes them across London encountering other groups of children and sickos. These groups are interesting because they have evolved into differing formats. Some political, some warrior like, some regal, some technical. Each group has its own way of running things and thinks that it has chosen the best methods to survive. The `leaders' of these groups have different agendas too with some just wanting to keep th ...more
✨    jami   ✨
“If a wolf attacks his sheep, the shepard kills the wolf, but he eats the sheep when he's hungry.”

The Enemy is one of those books I really, really liked when 14/15. I read all the series that was out at the time, and then I had ..... THE READING SLUMP™ . So I lost track of the series and now four or so years on I was like, hmmm, maybe I should check those books out again

Two things strike me about thse books:

2: They're not /as good/ as I remember. But s
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, ukya
Okay, so the ending really changed everything for me. I love the characters, although there are a few too many to follow but I think Charlie Higson has set up a series nicely. I'm super excited to continue on with the series and find out what happens to the Waitrose and Morrison's Crew. ...more
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars

I've been meaning to try out this series for a long time, and I'm glad I started! It's an interesting story that keeps you engaged, and features terrific action sequences. I especially liked how the gore was handled--squicky, but not too over the top. The author isn't afraid to kill of characters you've gotten attached to, and they aren't telegraphed too far ahead of time, either.

What prevents this from being rounded up for me is that those deaths, while piquing my interest, never moved
Patricia Crowther
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maybe even 4.5*?

Is this MG or YA? I'm not sure. But either way it didn't feel like it. Sometimes when I read books with younger characters it feels like it's been written for a younger audience but not so with this one. I really liked the writing and the characters. Though I've decided not to get too attached to the characters because I can see there's no point. The death toll across the series is probably gonna be high. It all felt pretty realistic too. Though we don't get to know what caused t
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GOOD LORD! What a book!
Finally a book that is in league of gone series. Read it and you will love it
This book has a pretty great (if not entirely original) premise: A year and a half ago, everyone over 16 contracted a horrible disease that killed almost all the adults and turned the rest into what are essentially zombies. A group of ~50 kids has been making do by turning a Waitrose grocery store into their fortress, but food is becoming scarce, the grown-ups/zombies are becoming bolder, and kids are getting picked off one by one. Then comes word that Buckingham Palace is safe--no grown-ups, a ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
The Enemy by Charlie Higson is set during the middle of the zombie apocalypse in London, England and follows teen survivors. The zombie apocalypse came about due to a disease that only affected the adults who slowly deteriorated into mindless flesh-eating zombies. The main group of survivors have holed up in a supermarket, so when another group comes and offers them refuge at Buckingham Palace, they begin the dangerous trek across the city in hopes of finding sanctuary.

I plowed through this 448
Leni - The White Book Cottage
Lord of the Flies meets The Walking Dead
It was a good book but another series.... I think it would have been enough to add a few more pages and leave it as a stand alone.
Still a fast read!
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: am-keeping
this book was brilliant I can't wait to start on the second book ...more
Aug 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tina by: Aaron Vincent
Original post at One More Page

It's been a long time since I last read a zombie book, so I knew I was in for a bit of an adjustment when I decided to read my stocked zombie books for my February challenge. The Enemy by Charlie Higson has been languishing on my shelf since 2010, after my friend Aaron lent it to me for my YA-D2 challenge for that year. Obviously I never read it for that, and I don't think I would have unearthed this now if I didn't choose to read it for this month.

Besides, a bo
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YOU. Yes, you.
Recommended to Stella by: Ruth and Matt.
Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.

There is no way of hiding it. I've been in a major reading slump considering the last I time I finished a book, the Sun was still visible at 8 PM. With a little push from my friends, like Mama Bird pushing her babies off the tree so they can learn to fly, I picked up this book. Screw Red Bull, this book gives you wings.

I loved how intense this book was. BAM. Zombies from left. BAM. Zombies on your right. There was never a moment to calm your heart rate before something e
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbpg-books-read
It's finally fall and thus the perfect season for some creepy horror books! I picked up this book for the traveling book project Germany, which always adds a lot of fun to the reading experience due to the comments throughout the book.

"The Enemy" is set in a dystopian world where everyone over the age of 14 has fallen ill and behaves like some kind of zombie. We follow a group of kinds in the heart of London who are trying to stay alive and roam the surrounding area for food and other supplies.
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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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