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The Dead (new cover) (An Enemy Novel)

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14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

An Awesome Rollercoaster Thrill Ride

I just finished reading the second book in this exciting new series by Charlie Higson. This second book in the series is actually a prequal to the first book, "The Enemy". The first book was also an awesome thrill ride. It began about a year and a half after a viral out...
I just finished reading the second book in this exciting new series by Charlie Higson. This second book in the series is actually a prequal to the first book, "The Enemy". The first book was also an awesome thrill ride. It began about a year and a half after a viral outbrake that killed almost everyone over the age of 14. Those adults and older teens that didn't die, became zombie like creatures who hunger for the flesh of the surviving children. This prequal takes the reader back to right after this viral outbrake and leads right up to the point where the first book also ended. Both books are great action from the beginning. Beware, to the squeamish among us, Mr. Higson seems to love to go into great detail when describing the gory affects the disease has had on the afflicted, and also in describing the gruesome ways many of the zombies and children meet thier bloody end. But I do believe these descriptions added to the fun and realness of the story.
What is interesting is how the different kids deal with their new world. Some form militaristic groups that are controlled by one, the strongest, person. Others form familial groups that work together to support, protect, and comfort eachother. But, regardless of the type of group, leaders do emerge out of necessity, but not always out of the leader's own desire. Often these different groups cross paths, and it's at these times that the reader is really given something to think about. Who is the Enemy? What kind of world do we want? And which kind of group will survive better in this world war of zombies versus kids?
I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes action stories, zombie stories, and/or apocalyptic stories. This would be a good fit for the reluctant teen reader who would rather play video games, because it reads like one. Though this is, as I stated, a prequal to "The Enemy" I would highly recommend that you read the series in the order that the authur intended. If you haven't yet, read "The Enemy" read it, then read "The Dead", then like me you can anxiously await the new installment in this great adventure.

posted by ScottGallagher on March 26, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

The Fear

The third book comes out in 151 more days. June 12 i believe.

posted by rebelwolfgirl166 on January 12, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    My Least Favorite

    With only 4 books currently available in the US, this one was my least favorite. I think the series is great, but this one was written as if it occurred before the first one, or so it seems to me. It seemed kind of choppy, also. But by ALL MEANS keep reading, they just get better. I am a little annoyed that book 5 is already available in the UK, but won't be out here until spring of 2014.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    It was ok

    I read the book but it was missing something like i read the first book but i felt like this was a sequel to something id never read before:(

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    I liked the books but I don't know why he interconnected them wh

    I liked the books but I don't know why he interconnected them when he leaves so many questions in each book unanswered. Did the boy in first book find his sister? What happened to crazy Matt? Do they get sick when they turn 16? Did Shadowman and Alfie make it back to palace and expose Jester?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Not as good as Book 1

    Characters wren't as interesting as the Waitrose group, slower paced, less action, and it wasn't nearly as captivating.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    Decent

    I enjoyed the book, HOWEVER, the series in general is kind of a rip off of the Gone series to me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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