The Sacrifice (Enemy Series #4) (B&N Exclusive Edition)

The Sacrifice (Enemy Series #4) (B&N Exclusive Edition)

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by Charlie Higson
     
 

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The Sacrifice picks up after Small Sam and The Kid arrive at the Tower of London at the end of The Dead. Though Sam finds safety and friendship at the Tower with Jordan Hordern's crew, he can't settle down. The only thing he wants is to be reunited with his sister, Ella. Despite Ed's protests, Sam and the Kid strike out westward, through the no-go

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The Sacrifice picks up after Small Sam and The Kid arrive at the Tower of London at the end of The Dead. Though Sam finds safety and friendship at the Tower with Jordan Hordern's crew, he can't settle down. The only thing he wants is to be reunited with his sister, Ella. Despite Ed's protests, Sam and the Kid strike out westward, through the no-go zone.

Meanwhile, Shadowman is tracking Saint George across north London, watching him build up his army. Shadowman knows that Saint George is an extremely dangerous threat, but no one will take his warnings seriously.

Some answers to the questions we've been wondering about—What is the Disease? Where did it come from? Is there a cure?—are addressed by an unexpected source: a diseased adult nicknamed Wormwood who has the ability to speak, though his ravings are difficult to decipher.

Unspeakable horror, edge-of-the-seat suspense, and stomach-churning plot twists continue in Book 4 of Charlie Higson's masterful Enemy saga.

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This fourth, and apparently not final, book in The Enemy series finds yet more reasons to send members from various kid strongholds out into the "no-go zone," where the drooling, ravenous "sickos" seem to be developing a new kind of telepathic intelligence. But nine-year-old Sam is determined to join his sister in Buckingham Palace, so he takes to the lethal streets with two friends in tow, only to run across Higson's most unnerving character, religious nut Mad Matt, who believes that Sam is "the Lamb" that will lead the world from darkness. There's not much to differentiate teen leader Ed's subsequent rescue operation from similar sequences in previous volumes, and one is tempted to say the series is starting to generate diminishing returns. But the introduction of an intelligent sicko named Wormwood is a thrilling game-changer, and Higson once again impresses by largely avoiding sentimentality and romance to focus more realistically upon the "pulped, scabby, pus-oozing" threat. Onward we fight! - Daniel Kraus—Booklist

This fourth, and apparently not final, book in The Enemy series finds yet more reasons to send members from various kid strongholds out into the "no-go zone," where the drooling, ravenous "sickos" seem to be developing a new kind of telepathic intelligence. But nine-year-old Sam is determined to join his sister in Buckingham Palace, so he takes to the lethal streets with two friends in tow, only to run across Higson's most unnerving character, religious nut Mad Matt, who believes that Sam is "the Lamb" that will lead the world from darkness. There's not much to differentiate teen leader Ed's subsequent rescue operation from similar sequences in previous volumes, and one is tempted to say the series is starting to generate diminishing returns. But the introduction of an intelligent sicko named Wormwood is a thrilling game-changer, and Higson once again impresses by largely avoiding sentimentality and romance to focus more realistically upon the "pulped, scabby, pus-oozing" threat. Onward we fight! - Daniel Kraus—Booklist Online

4Q 5P This suspenseful, longed-for, fourth novel of the Enemy series takes the reader into the heart of London where the kids must now venture out to find family or replenish their food and water in order to survive. The disaster last year created a sickness which either wiped out everyone over the age of fourteen or turned them into diseased zombies with an insatiable hunger for children. Courageous, small Sam and his creative, funny, bright, somewhat mad sidekick, the Kid, manage to arrive safely at the tower, but barely take the time to rest before setting off to Buckingham Palace to find Sam's sister. Ed, the warrior, leads forays into the no-go zone to rescue little Sam and the Kid, but he and his team encounter terror, danger, and vile bloodbaths. Across London, organized camps of kids have set up and attempted to impose order via rules or religion, oftentimes with dictators. Meanwhile, Shadowman tries to convince the kids he meets that the dreadful zombies have begun to congregate and build their forces. Death, religion, friendship, survival, power, politics, and fear are explored throughout this installment. The storylines run full speed ahead in this horrifying page-turner. The solid writing is, at times, brilliant, such as the Kid's description of music. The unanswered questions will prime readers for the next in the series. This popular, dark dystopian tale with its combination of adventure, horror and suspense will appeal to many at both public and school libraries.-Ava Ehde—VOYA

VOYA - Ava Ehde
This suspenseful, longed-for, fourth novel of the Enemy series takes the reader into the heart of London where the kids must now venture out to find family or replenish their food and water in order to survive. The disaster last year created a sickness which either wiped out everyone over the age of fourteen or turned them into diseased zombies with an insatiable hunger for children. Courageous, small Sam and his creative, funny, bright, somewhat mad sidekick, the Kid, manage to arrive safely at the tower, but barely take the time to rest before setting off to Buckingham Palace to find Sam's sister. Ed, the warrior, leads forays into the no-go zone to rescue little Sam and the Kid, but he and his team encounter terror, danger, and vile bloodbaths. Across London, organized camps of kids have set up and attempted to impose order via rules or religion, oftentimes with dictators. Meanwhile, Shadowman tries to convince the kids he meets that the dreadful zombies have begun to congregate and build their forces. Death, religion, friendship, survival, power, politics, and fear are explored throughout this installment. The storylines run full speed ahead in this horrifying page-turner. The solid writing is, at times, brilliant, such as the Kid's description of music. The unanswered questions will prime readers for the next in the series. This popular, dark dystopian tale with its combination of adventure, horror and suspense will appeal to many at both public and school libraries. Reviewer: Ava Ehde

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423165651
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
06/11/2013
Series:
Higson's The Enemy Series , #4
Edition description:
B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
457,087
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.43(d)
Lexile:
HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Charlie Higson is an acclaimed comedy writer, producer, actor, and genuine James Bond aficionado. He is the author of the adult thrillers Full Whack and King of the Ants; the internationally best-selling Young Bond series: SilverFin, Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold, and By Royal Command; and four books in the Enemy series. Charlie is a fan of zombie movies and believes that we shouldn't try to prevent young people from experiencing fear, because it helps prepare them for later life. When writingThe Enemy, he kept rachetting up the action and description in an attempt to frighten the pants off his ten-year-old son. He lives in London. Follow him on Twitter at: twitter.com/monstroso.

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The Sacrifice (an Enemy Novel) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know an author is great when he can already make his series correspond with each other so smoothly! Cant wait for book 5 and hope to see Team Arron meet Team Ed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome, cant wait to read The Fallen :D
Aelius More than 1 year ago
LOVE the Enemy series. Well-paced and well-written. I'm sharing with my friends hoping to hook them into the story the way I am hooked. I hate having to wait for the next one! But I'll do it patiently for a good read like this series.
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Its your gf i got locked out of the other book so im going to talk to you here. Whos remi and i left you a message in the dork diaries book res two ttyl bye bae
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amazing fits together so well
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Seriously!!!!! What do you mean book 5 is only available in the UK until spring 2014? Ugh. I read all 4 books in 6 days. Not a fan of book 2, but OMG, could not hardly put them down. And now there is a 4-6 month wait? This one is the best of the 4. Apparently there will be a total of 7. 5 will be out next year and 6 & 7 will each be a year after the previous one. You be the judge on this marketing strategy? Personally, not a fan.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series, this book was great. can't wait for "The Fallen" to come out
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Balvarez143 More than 1 year ago
Charlie Higson writes books in a way that makes you feel like you know these characters in real life. I love this series and the reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because it wasn't longer. I am glad that it is going to be longer and can't wait for the next installment.
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FabriceLamour More than 1 year ago
This is another amazing book by Charlie Higson. Things get even more intense. The time of the events in the book are mixed up a little but it does not interfere with the plot. This time we focus on Small Sam and The Kid, which is very helpful for the plot because we did not know what happened to them in the previous book. So it turned out that the kids at the Tower of London, especially the ones who were with Ed and Jordan’s original group, praised  Small Sam and The Kid because they resembled The Lamb and The Goat on crazy Matt’s banner (from The Dead). Sam still wants to find his sister Ella, so he and The Kid run off from the Tower only to find themselves in the clutches of crazy Matt (still alive) and his grown religion/cult at St Paul’s. Ed also sets off to afterwards find him, with a small group of fighters. Matt’s religion is crazy and I think pretty dangerous. This section reveals a lot about how things originally started. The title of this book gives away its theme. What are the survivors willing to sacrifice to keep alive, and rebuild a new world order? We have met many different groups by this point who all operate in different ways. At the Palace everybody bows down to crazy David’s megalomania; at the Tower they live by strict military based rules under Jordan’s leadership; at the Houses of Parliament they are always voting and debating everything, and Nicola “Prime Minister” has to negotiate with others (like David and the Hunters) for food and security; in St James’ Park they lived under Just John’s volatile chaos; at The Natural History Museum they run experiments to find answers, and at St. Pauls’ Cathedral they go along with Matt because he has a huge stash of food supplies. In this book we meet a couple of kids who have moved between the different groups because they didn’t like or agree with the way things were run. It is becoming clearer that eventually all of these groups will have to meet and their leaders will have to find a way to work together and some will be more willing to share power than others. At the moment that feels difficult to imagine (particularly in David’s case!). The sickos/grown-ups are behaving weirdly, getting smarter and St. George is on the move with his growing army; London is more dangerous than ever. I like that the cause of the disease is beginning to creepy in a little bit, even if most of the kids aren’t interested in it. The character of Wormwood is intriguing (and scary) and I expect more from him. I hope that Higson will be taking this series much further.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasn't the best of the series but the information in it is necessary to continue the story line into book 5 and book 6.  The Hunted was phenomenal and now I am impatiently waiting for The End.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All i said was i took off my shirt and it locked me out but i gtg)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol Okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome