horror · sci-fi · zombie

The Enemy

Author: Charlie Higson
Series: The Enemy #1
Summary from Goodreads:
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.

Date finished reading: March 06, 2014

Comments:

I haven’t read a lot of zombie books, but I find this one interesting. Charlie Higson used the unique concept of kids being survivors and the grown-ups as contractors of the disease. Nobody knew where and how it started. But one thing is for sure – they need to survive. And to survive, they needed each other.

One of the biggest things I liked is how realistic it can be. Not that zombies are real, but if it were, the scenario would probably be like what was depicted in the book. Deaths, hunger, fatigue, fear – these join the enemy forces. Throughout the book, there were major deaths. In most plots, main characters somehow miraculously survive because they are needed in the story. Here, a lot of them ended up being beaten protecting others or defeated in skirmishes. That’s what made things believable.

A crucial player in the book is the concept of loyalty. When we talk of surviving, we somehow put ourselves above all others. When the tables are turned, do we remain loyal or do we sway to the stronger faction? Their trust in each other was tested when they reached Buckingham palace, a supposedly place of safety. As it turned out, they were to be used as pawns to serve David’s purpose. I for sure thought that it would be a lost cause. It ended up with the kids being smarter than I thought, in fact too smart, and set a plot to overturn the tyrant.

A lot of questions remained unanswered and hopefully the next installment would shed some light on them. It wasn’t too gory as I thought it would be. Since we have different levels of tolerance though, I would still advise that readers should see for themselves if they can handle it.

Enjoyable read and looking forward to reading the next one!

“There was a reason these boys were still alive, though. Something made them stronger than the other kids, the ones who had died in the early days, who had simply lain down and given up, unable to cope with the terrible things that were happening in the world. These boys were survivors. The will to live was stronger than any other feelings.”

My Rating: ★★★★

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