The Enemy

Book: The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Published by Hyperion

Borrowed from the library, read as an e-book (296 pages)

Genre: YA: Post-apocalyptic

Find out more: Goodreads~Barnes And Noble~Amazon~Charlie Higson Summary: As the days pass, the situation has gone from frightening to terrifying. Kids are being picked off the streets; the barricaded teens are surrounded by flesh-eating zombie adults. When a mysterious traveler arrives with an offer of refuge in London’s Buckingham Palace, they realize that they have no other option. What they can not yet understand is that their intense challenges will not end with their harrowing trip…

The Enemy is intriguing.  The idea that adults have this mysterious disease that turns them into zombie-like creatures before killing them is really interesting.  And it’s equally as interesting to see the kids try to take care of themselves in a world that’s gone to hell.

There’s a lot of suspense, and you see how hard it is for these kids, and if they’ll get the disease that’s completely changed the adults if they make it to adulthood.  We learn there are other groups of kids, and you hope they can work together instead of fighting amongst themselves.

It is hard to get attached to any of the characters when they could die in the next scene.  There’s certainly more violence than I expected, but considering that the adults are zombies, and the animals close by have gone completely wild, and they have to fend for themselves, it’s not totally a surprise.  At the same time, though, Higson really doesn’t have a problem with killing off his characters if he needs to.  There’s a lot of action, which made it really easy to read, but you also don’t really get to know the characters very well.

I thought the zombie royals were a little entertaining, and I love that it’s set in London.  Kids taking shelter in places like Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London made The Enemy interesting.  I did like seeing historic and important places being used as places where kids took shelter.  I do wonder if it just affects London, or if it’s all over.  The kids don’t seem to know anything, which makes sense, and is realistic, but at the same time, we just know what the kids know.  And that’s not much of anything.  A little more explanation would have been nice.

Overall, I thought it was just okay.  I already mentioned that there were a lot of characters, and it was hard to get attached to them.  But The Enemy, while interesting, just didn’t work for me.  It felt like there was too much going on, and I just couldn’t connect it with it.  It’s just…I can’t completely figure out what it is about The Enemy that didn’t work.

The Enemy gets a 2 out of 5.

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