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The Enemy (The Enemy series 1)

Written by Charlie Higson

Part of the The Enemy Series

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LoveReading View on The Enemy (The Enemy series 1)

A thrilling story of survival against the odds in a world in which adults have been killed or brain-crazed leaving only children under fourteen and with no one to look after them.  How a bunch of children survive as they travel across the dangerous city trying to find a safe place is thrilling; how they survive the terrifying zombies is spine chilling. If you enjoy this one, then take a look at Gone for slightly older readers and the Lovereading4kids book of 2009.

 

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The Enemy is the first title in a chilling series of books which will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It is set in an eerie, modern-day London after a mystery illness attacks everyone over the age of fourteen. Those afflicted either die or become so crazed by disease they are little more than wild animals. Gangs of kids are left to fend for themselves, dodging the zombie adults who remain.  From the author who brought you the bestselling Young Bond series, this sensational new book about an epic fight for survival will keep readers hooked from page one.

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The Enemy (The Enemy series 1) Synopsis

When the sickness came, every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. 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.

The Enemy (The Enemy series 1) Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Rose Heathcote, age 15 - 'If you love lots of blood and gore then this book is for you.  A fast action thriller which is both scary and emotional at the same time, you will be on the edge of your seat from the very beginning.' Read full review >
  • Josh Hall, age 14 - 'An exciting and heart pounding page turner! You won't be disappointed.'  Read full review >
  • Esmé, age 14 - 'This book is sufficiently gory to satisfy ANY teenagers (or grown-ups) appetite. AWESOME.'  Read full review >
  • Ronan McCarthy, age 13 - 'All in all a great book, I look forward to reading the sequels.'  Read full review >
  • Jacob Lawrence, age 11 - 'I loved this book and couldn’t put it down.'  Read full review >
  • Luke Bauer, age 11 - 'Too freaky for me - it gave me the freaky-deakies!'  Read full review >
  • Benjy Randall, age 10 - 'A very entertaining book for boys who like  action and adventure.' Read full review >

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780141325019
Publication date: 03/06/2010
Publisher: Puffin Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141384641
Publication date: 03/09/2009
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141384641
Publication date: 3rd September 2009
Author: Charlie Higson
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Reviewed by Children

About Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson is a well-known writer of screenplays and novels, including the phenomenally successful Young Bond series.  He is also a performer and co-creator of 'The Fast Show' and Radio Four's award-winning 'Down the Line' series - recently made into a popular BBC2 sketch show, 'Bellamy's People'. Charlie is a big fan of horror films and is now hoping to give a great many children sleepless nights with his The Enemy series. The Young Bond books have, to date, sold over a million copies in the UK and been translated into 24 different languages. The Young Bond titles are ...

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