Review: THE DEAD by Charlie Higson

The Dead (The Enemy #2) 
Charlie Higson
496 pages
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion
Release Date: June 14th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating:  LOVED

THE DEAD begins one year before the action in THE ENEMY, just after the Disaster. A terrible disease has struck everyone over the age of sixteen, 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 zombies. Together they begin a terrifying journey to find safety, and home.

What would you do if everyone you knew over 16 became a zombie? Sure we all have our fantasies of how we’d fight them without a second thought. But what if the zombies fight back and do something worse, like, try to eat you? Maybe there’s a few kids who’ll stand up and take control, but what about the rest of us?

That’s how life is for the kids in The Dead, they’re always having to fight, always on the run. Ed, Bam, and Jack, along with their fellow students at Rowhursts Academy have to live this life every day. At first its okay, there’s enough food and water, and they have shelter. But when the teachers start attacking they know its time escape and head to the city.

Because surely its gotta be better in London.

Or will it be worse?

The Dead was everything the Enemy was, and more. With a whole new cast of characters, Charlie Higson sets out to entrance his readers with this great thriller. It was so good I finished it in two days and couldn’t stop thinking about it afterwards. I’ve read some of Mr. Higsons other books like Silverfin (The Young Bond Series) and I really like this series better. There were grownups attacking on almost every page and it was impossible to put it down. Since there’s a lot of gore in the book I wouldn’t really recommend it to younger ages, maybe 12 and up. The book doesn’t really have any main character and keeps switching to different people. So it’s a perfect read for both boys and girls who enjoy apocalypse or situation.

I usually write bad things about books in the third paragraph. But I’m glad to say that I liked everything about this book. Mr. Higson has done a wonderful job and I cant wait for the next installment.

This review was written by my 12 year old brother, Calidude

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June 25, 2011



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    June 28, 2011

    This series really does sound so great – I need to get a copy of The Enemy! High praise not to have any complaints at all :)

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    July 1, 2011

    I love the cover for this one! I'm guessing this is the second book? I love books that deal with Zombies although I've never read one. Weird I know. Fantastic review, Calidude! =]

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    November 28, 2011

    I've been looking forward to this one since finished The Enemy. I absolutely loved The Enemy. This is bound to be just as epic!