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The Dead (Enemy Series #2)

The Dead (Enemy Series #2)

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by Charlie Higson

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THE DEAD begins one year before the action in THE ENEMY, just after the Disaster. A terrible disease has struck everyone sixteen and over, leaving them either dead or a decomposing, flesh-eating creature. The action starts in a boarding school just outside London, where all the teachers have turned into sickos. A few kids


THE DEAD begins one year before the action in THE ENEMY, just after the Disaster. A terrible disease has struck everyone sixteen and over, leaving them either dead or a decomposing, flesh-eating creature. The action starts in a boarding school just outside London, where all the teachers have turned into sickos. A few kids survive and travel by bus into the city. The bus driver, an adult named Greg, seems to be unaffected by the disease. Then he begins to show the dreaded signs: outer blisters and inner madness. The kids escape Greg and end up at the Imperial War Museum. A huge fire in South London drives them all to the Thames, and eventually over the river to the Tower of London. It is there they will meet up with the kids in THE ENEMY in Book 3, THE FEAR.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this gore-soaked prequel to The Enemy (2010), Higson expands on the horror inherent in a world where disease has ravaged everyone over age 16, killing many and turning the rest into flesh-eating monsters. When the disease struck the Rowhurst School near London, a handful of students survived, including popular Ed, self-conscious Jack, rugby star Bam, and know-it-all Wiki. Aware that their school is no longer safe, the Rowhurst boys break out, embarking on a brutal quest for a new haven. Along the way they gather more refugees, even as they experience steady attrition due to constant "sicko" attacks and other threats. With religious fanatic Matt, military-minded Jordan, unpredictable adult Greg, and alpha-male David vying for dominance, the future looks rocky. This visceral tale sheds light on several key players in The Enemy, while sealing the fate of others. With the book's immense cast and substantial body count, it doesn't pay to get too attached to any one character, while the intense descriptions of violence and sickness will get under readers' skin. Ages 14–up. (June)
From the Publisher

The Enemy grabs you by the throat . . . and bites off your ear. It's kids versus zombies and no one is playing nice. The action—and boy, is there action—takes us through a London transformed by the unexplained illness that has turned every adult into a shuffling, drooling, kid-crunching machine. Bonus: zombie royals. Sheer fun."—Michael Grant, author of the Gone series


The third book in Higson's terrifying zombie series will continue to enthrall horror fans."—VOYA


. . . Higson delivers an action-packed summer read."—Kirkus


...the action is of the first order-Higson writes with a firestorm velocity that inspires to the sweeping reach of Stephen King's The Stand."ALA Booklist

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Events in this prequel take place just over a year before those in Higson's The Enemy (Hyperion/Disney, 2010). A disease has infected everyone over the age of 16, beginning with coldlike symptoms and progressing to hideous boils. Many people are killed outright but others become mindless cannibals who seek out the flesh of young teens and children. The living dead are described in hideous detail—flesh decomposing, boils oozing pus, mucus, and blood dripping from what is left of their noses. Ed, Jack, Bam, and their mates are overmatched by these horrors but must try their best to protect the younger kids around them as well as scavenge food and water in a world with no functioning power supply, distribution network, Internet, or media. Jack leads them from a rural school into London in the hope of finding food and a defensible location. Inevitably, in a story of a handful of children against a good fraction of the adult population of London, the casualty list is extensive. The cast is large but the author does a fine job distinguishing his myriad characters and giving them their particular motivations, going so far as to present the viewpoints of some of the diseased. This is definitely not for the squeamish, but zombie stories are on the rise, so this action-packed tale ought to have a wide audience.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Kirkus Reviews

When all adults turn into zombies, kids must fend for themselves.

Before London was filled with shambling husks craving fresh meat, there was an Internet video of a scared boy ranting about adults killing children. Months later, both video and Internet have disappeared. After constant battles with ravening adults, 15-year-olds Jack and Ed rescue the trapped Frédérique and break out of their barricaded school to find food and stronger shelter. Despite a misadventure with a cannibalistic bus driver, the youths arrive at the Imperial War Museum only to discover others have claimed the space. When London starts to burn again, they all must work together to flee the coming firestorm. Higson delivers this prequel toThe Enemy(2010) in similar style, with multiple narrators allowing for even more action than the first offering. While most of these threads lack strong emotional resonance, Frédérique's narrative harrows, as she descends into madness when infection overtakes her. Jack and Ed have a good rapport, too, though there's a bit too much sentimentality toward the end. Gun combat takes precedence over melee here, a choice that makes sense given the protagonists' ages and the setting, though it tends to break the action more than the fisticuffs that dominated the first work.

With giant firestorms, rampaging hoards and continual life-and-death scenarios, though, Higson delivers an action-packed summer read.(Horror. 13-16)

Product Details

Publication date:
Higson's The Enemy Series , #2
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.06(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Charlie Higson started writing when he was ten years old. After university he was a singer and painter and decorator before he started writing for television. He went on to create and star in the hugely successful comedy series The Fast Show. He is the author of the bestselling Young Bond books, and The End is the final book in his current horror series, The Enemy. Charlie doesn't do Facebook, but you can tweet him @monstroso.

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The Dead (Enemy Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
ScottGallagher More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book honestly is up on my top 3 series of books, next to The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner. I love how in every book at least one thing happens that you weren't expecting, and if you were, than you read ahead. Although when this book started, i was concerned that it was going to be a hard book to read, considering how suddenly it throws you into action. But if you haven't read it yet and you're looking at these reviews, by all means read it!!!
Sue_G More than 1 year ago
I have to say, I am not a zombie fan, but Charlie Higson can tell one hell of a story. Seriously--this book is not just for teens. Anyone who is a fan of zombie tales needs to pick up this series. The Dead is a prequel to The Enemy, which tells the story about a horrible plague that attacks anyone over 16. They either die or turn into child eating zombies. The Dead starts out a year before The Enemy, and you meet a whole new group of kids who start out fighting their way from a school in the country into London, where they realize there will be more food and better shelter. Along the way, they meet Greg, an adult with a bus who gets them to London. Greg is not a nice man, however, and between his ominous ideas for survival, and the inability of any adult to escape the plague, you have a built in time bomb. You will be on the edge of your seat reading this story! What I love about this novel is how well written it is, and how the plot neatly brings you to the beginning of the first novel, The Enemy. The characters are all great kids who are faced with the devastating knowledge that their parents are either dead or zombies, and they have no one to rely on but themselves for survival. You will be hard pressed to have just one favorite character and yes, there are a few tissue moments. I cannot wait for the third novel! A well written teen series that any fan of apocalyptic novels or zombie novels would enjoy. Disregard that fact that it is a teen novel and pick this one up. And read The Enemy first!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best series I've read, in fact, I'd rank it as number two next to Harry Potter, but that's like number one 'cause nothing's better than HP. I would recommend this book to people who love action and adventure with a scary feel. It's not that scary, but if you have an elaborate imagination and you read before bed you might have a problem. I thought it was awesome, but to furthur expain I think that Mr. Higson did a wonderful job portraying the proper emotions that kids on their own might feel. And I really love The Fear, the third book in the series. If you buy the original version of the series, it'll feel so much more authentic, considering that this story takes place in London, and the version you buy off here is translated. That's kind of weird since they're translating English to English..........Well, overall it's the best book of 2011!
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twiggss More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Instead of one main character theres about ten i say. You really get to know each one and the book does go into detail about their pass life a little. Totally worth it. This book has everything from fighting with the zombies and shooting them, to having good laughs while eating lunch, even sadness and anger when a fellow friend is lost in this never ending battle against "The Dead". I find Charlie Higson has my newest favorite author after reading this. Its one of those books that after the fist page your hooked and never want to put it down. Once again i recommend to anyone who loves a good zombie survival story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book i have ever read besides the hunger games. Its so intensifiying and i couldnt put it down !! This book is so awesome i want to read it again but i dont recomend this book to people who get scared easily!!
sockerstr77 More than 1 year ago
This was a great sequel (well actually prequel) to the enemy. I did find it odd at first that none of the characters from the Enemy were in the beginning, but then I realized there are a bunch of new characters to connect with. Every page is filled with action, gore, and plot changing moments. I would highly recommend reading this book! The only problem is now I have to wait for the next book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book just 2 weeks ago and I have to say the ending chapter left me hunry for the next book. Of course, I have not read this book yet, but if you read the first book you would now why i rated this one 5 stars. the first book is action-packed,suspenceful, and of course one of the books i would rate a "must have" kind of book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All books exciting..no typical vampire book, No vampires, so many funny scenes..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charlie higson does it again. A heart stopping storie full of adventure and suprise around every corner. Thank you for such a wonderfull book. It was like the whole story unfolded right in front of me.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
This book did not release me from its clutches until three in the morning.  I was so afraid that I slept with the lights on.  Charlie Higson created a terrifying world in his novel, The Dead.  A group of boys are trapped in a boarding school in the English countryside when a strange virus becomes an epidemic.  Anyone over a certain age quickly becomes afflicted and succumbs to the disease.  However, unlike any other deadly sickness, victims of the illness do not immediately die; the adults and teens become zombie-like creatures who crave the flesh of children.  The boys must survive an attack by people they trust, they have to fight for their survival.  The Dead is not a book for children; I would not give this novel to any child under the age of thirteen.  Gruesome scenes are described and at least twenty people died within the first few chapters.  Most children could not handle the attacks and violence written by Charlie Higson. I give Higson’s work four out of five stars.  Blood, gore, and insanity are often brought together, but not like this.  Charlie Higson created a world that will exist in the minds of all his readers, a world that they will not soon forget.      
Team_Demigod More than 1 year ago
A great thriller that I'm sure any YA reader will love. Filled with action, suspense, and a bit of comedy, it pretty much meets everyone's needs. I haven't read the first book, but this is something that can stand on it's own. I definitely recommend this book if you like action, zombies, or "Lord of the Flies" (since the children trying to survive without adults is a common theme)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. action packed. it doesnt dissapoint. Higson is a fearless writer and follows his own rules. Love this series.
Kodi_Scarlette More than 1 year ago
I bought this book about three days ago, and so far, I have hardly been able to put it down. I was truly contemplating purchasing a book like this, for it was not in my usual genre. I found myself walking around the store, reading it, and finally decided to buy it... GOOD DECISION!
Carla McCarty More than 1 year ago
Book 3 please?!? Seriously, come im B&N, get your head in the game!
AAR More than 1 year ago
THE DEAD by Charlie Higson is an interesting fiction for young adults ages 14 and older. This is the second in "The Enemy Series",Book One "The Enemy".While I have not read the first in this series it was not too hard to follow. This is the prequel to "The Enemy" and begins a year and a half prior to the incident of "The Enemy". A viral outbreak kills almost everyone over the age of 16,a few teens survived. The older teens and adults who didn't die became zombie like creature who hunger for human flesh of the surviving children. BEWARE the author does go into the gory detailsThis diesease causes not only zombie like effects,it causes their skin to itch,spots appear that turns into boils filled with pus,heartaches,sensitivity to light and sound,hears inner voices that confuses them while telling them to eat the young children. This is an allbeit interesting story it is also a little scary.It is a roller coaster thrill ride for young adults.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Hyerion,an imprint of Disney and My Book Addiction and More Reviews.
Anonymous 16 days ago
One of the best book series I have read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would definitaly reccomend this to adults... ONLY! There is some referal stuff in this book. But overall, its a really good book.
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epfeff More than 1 year ago
I read all five of the series, and wish there were more. Kind of left you hanging at the end, but I would read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing and awesome!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I left my nook at school
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