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A scary concept for many children would be losing their parents to some horrible disease, but what if that disease made them want to eat you?
Charlie Higson captures the way life would be in a world ruled by children while falling apart. The ups and downs in this novel are perfectly placed, and he switches between groups and scenes with well placed cliff hangers.
I definitely recommend this read to any teen who likes a good Zombie/Survival story that isn't riddled with teen romance and vampires.
However, there are several other books in this series that I would love to listen too. Where are they?
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I had no idea that this book even existed until my 15-year old daughter brought a physical copy home and told us how good the first ten chapters had been. She gave us a simple overview, and seeing as both my wife and I enjoy a good zombie book, decided to see if Higson's books were available through Audible. To our dismay, only this first in his series is currently available in audio format, but we figured we'd give his origin story a try anyway.
We found this to be a new twist on zombie lore. Leaving children to fend for themselves in the midst of adult conversion into sick and twisted monsters that roam the London streets proved to be a good backdrop for his story.
The characters are fleshed out well (no pun intended) and you find yourself rooting for them as they have to navigate from one creepy and dangerous situation to another throughout the course of the story, and Higson does an admirable job of capturing tween/teen angst and particular brand of defiance that causes conflicts that might not exist for adults. Of course, I found myself on more than one occasion having flashbacks to the original Lord of the Flies story and wish that some of the antagonistic behaviors some of the kids have toward one another felt more original, but it doesn't diminish the overall arc of the story and the reader's investment with the kids.
The book ends with a couple of great setups for the sequals that I'm eager to follow-up with, but for now, I'm going to have to have to resort to buying the printed copies as no audiobooks exist (yet - I hope) for the other four in the series.
On a side note, Paul Whitehouse's reading of The Enemy was stellar and really added some authentic British feel (and accent) to the situation, and kept us riveted. My daughter listened after she finished reading her copy of the book and also said that she wished she'd listened instead as the narrator gave such a good performance and made each kid unique and identifiable.
All I can say is:hurry up Audible and get those others made! :)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this story. It was well written and I eventually got into Paul Whitehouse's narration. Since completing it I have bought the three books (so far) in paper back and come back regularly to check if the next books have made it to audio format yet. This is one of the best zombie series of books out there, and I have ploughed through lots. If you like blood, guts and gore, you'll love it. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Enemy the most enjoyable?
Plot was simple but still entertaining and characters involved you and gave rise to wanting to know what happened at each juncture.
What did you like best about this story?
Likability of characters and there are some very funny/odd moments .
Which character – as performed by Paul Whitehouse – was your favourite?
All of the main group had admirable traits and interacted together but not always as you'd expect.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
If you want an easy read about kids resourcefulness , I know the two wouldn't normally go together but it works !!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful