Sunday, 29 August 2010

The Enemy - Book Review

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

What is it about:
They'll chase you. They'll rip you open. They'll feed on you...When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician - every adult - fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there - alive?

What did I think of it:
Although the inflicted in this book aren't true zombies as they're still alive and not undead they're close eough to zombies to make this a zombie book in my opinion. And it's a great read! There's plenty of action, thrills and zombie mayhem and I must confess that it's quite gory at times for a book that's aimed at young teens. Aside from the action there's a very decent storyline about how the kids interact with each other and how each kid has his/her own way to deal with what's happening, making some of them heroes and other jerks. Too bad we all know what happens to most heroes, but it does make for some intense scenes. The one thing that bugged me about this book is how the children refer to the infected adults as 'mothers' and 'fathers'. Seen as how the adults are in fact crazed monsters out for human flesh I don't think that any kid would still see them as something so safe as a parent and would chose such a nice name for them.

Why should you read it:
It's an action packed zombie story!


vvb32 reads said...

i've been wondering about this one since last year. premise is interesting with old vs young. reminds me of an old star trek episode where capt kirk comes across a planet of kids. when they reach a certain age they die. glad it's a good one.

Anonymous said...

I grabbed a copy of this at BEA for my husband. He's not much of a reader but he likes zombie books. He's reading this right now and says it's really good. So after seeing that you enjoyed it, I'm definitely going to have to read it when he's done.

Aleksandra said...

Great review! I'm adding it on my list :)