The Fear (An Enemy Novel)

By Charlie Higson
(Disney-Hyperion, Hardcover, 9781423134237, 496pp.)

Publication Date: June 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback

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The sickness struck everyone sixteen and over. Mothers and fathers, older brothers, sisters, and best friends. No one escaped its touch. And now children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups who are hungry, bloodthirsty, and not giving up.

DogNut and the rest of his crew, in search of the friends they lost during the fire, set off on a deadly mission from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and beyond, as the sickos lie in wait. But who are their friends and who is the enemy in this changed world?

About the Author

Charlie Higson is an acclaimed writer of screenplays and novels, and also a performer and the co-creator of the British television programs The Fast Show and Bellamy's People. He is an expert on James Bond and is the author of the internationally best-selling Young Bond series. Charlie, a big fan of horror movies, is hoping to give readers many sleepless nights with the Enemy series. He lives in London. Follow him on Twitter at:

Praise For The Fear (An Enemy Novel)

3Q 4P J S One year after the disaster that turned all adults into diseased cannibals, London's surviving kids have found ways to protect themselves from the Sickos. Micro-civilizations have been created in secured locations like the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. Many still wonder, though, what may have happened to the siblings and friends that they were parted from on the route to safety. A group of ten kids, led by DogNut, a tough sixteen-year-old, decide to leave the relative security of their home at the Tower of London to seek out friends and siblings. The journey takes them through a dangerous path that leads them not only into deadly Sicko territory, but also into a struggle amongst the surviving groups of kids, fighting for power in the heart of London. Unfortunately, they discover that the Sickos are gaining new skills and have begun to work together and now, only the luckiest will survive. The third book in Higson's terrifying zombie series will continue to enthrall horror fans. Less adventurous readers, though, may want to ease into the genre with a less graphically violent world. Higson's readers soon learn that, while the action is non-stop and the world-building is well done, characters may be killed off at any time, so attachments are often cause for despair. Genre fans, though, will be happy to immerse themselves in a world where danger lurks around every corner, and gruesome, grisly deaths are frequent and heart-stopping.-Jessica Miller.—VOYA

No YA zombie book out there approaches the ick factor reached by Higson's The Enemy (2010), The Dead (2011), and this gooey third volume. The plague of "sickos" has dwindled enough that Higson's primary focus is now the power grabs occurring between the surviving tribes of teens holed up in the Tower of London, Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and the Natural History Museum. Higson's savviest move is making the goofy 15-year-old DogNut our hero: he is the stark opposite of most brilliant, brooding protagonists. And for those who just want to see a zom "poking his tongue into the eye socket of a severed head," well, there's that, too. - Daniel Kraus—Booklist

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