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The Enemy by Charlie Higson
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I thought this was a pretty cool take on YA Dystopian/Zombie Fiction. Set in Europe during present times, a mysterious disease has overtaken the entire adult population. If you're over 18, you're looking curiously like a zombie right now. To make matter worse...you'll have desires like a zombie too...to eat the flesh of children and teens to survive. So what's a teen to do? Well duh...band together, take over a series of abandoned stores, and rebuild you're own little society of course. :)

And so goes the story of "The Enemy" by Charlie Higson. As you can imagine, this book is filled with the regular zombie issues of every other zombie story out there...but it also has an heir of originality to it as well. The fact that ALL adults are dead or dying... that complete betrayal of paternal instinct and love... lends a creepy, haunting edge to the lives of the teens in this story. Also, Higson tells this story through the eyes of a long list of interesting characters, so even the most easily bored young reader will find themselves hooked throughout this story.

By the time this story is ending, you're rooting for so many different kids and their storylines you will have to pick up the second book, just to find out what happens.
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Reading Progress

June 4, 2011 – Shelved
July 30, 2011 – Started Reading
July 30, 2011 – Shelved as: ya
July 30, 2011 – Shelved as: ya-action
July 30, 2011 – Shelved as: ya-adventure
July 30, 2011 – Shelved as: ya-dystopia
July 30, 2011 – Shelved as: ya-horror
July 30, 2011 – Shelved as: ya-post-apocalyptic
July 30, 2011 – Shelved as: zombies
July 30, 2011 –
page 30
7.39%
August 10, 2011 –
page 65
16.01%
August 10, 2011 –
page 92
22.66%
August 18, 2011 –
page 170
41.87%
August 23, 2011 –
page 193
47.54%
August 25, 2011 –
page 210
51.72%
August 25, 2011 –
page 222
54.68%
August 27, 2011 –
page 250
61.58%
September 8, 2011 –
page 260
64.04%
November 25, 2011 – Shelved as: ya-strong-female-charaters
November 25, 2011 – Shelved as: survival
November 25, 2011 – Shelved as: parent-child-relationships
November 25, 2011 – Shelved as: parental-issues
November 25, 2011 – Shelved as: ya-absentee-divorced-dead-parents
November 25, 2011 – Shelved as: brothers-and-sisters
November 25, 2011 – Shelved as: interpersonal-relations
November 25, 2011 – Shelved as: warriors
November 25, 2011 – Shelved as: violence
November 25, 2011 – Shelved as: teens-growing-up-too-fast
November 25, 2011 – Shelved as: ya-urban-fantasy
November 25, 2011 – Shelved as: books-for-boys
November 25, 2011 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Jan (new) - added it

Jan Oh, that sounds good. Can't wait to see what you think.


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