Friday 22 April 2011

Book review: The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Title: The Enemy
Author: Charlie Higson
Length: 384 pages
Published: 1st September 2009
Publisher: Pengiun UK
Warnings: Violence and strong language
Summary from goodreads: They'll chase you. They'll rip you open. They'll feed on you...When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician - every adult - fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through t
he city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there - alive?
Review: I found this book rather dull for a horror book. I don’t really know why… There was everything on my horror checklist:
Horror Checklist
· Lots of gore
· Action
· Unpredictable deaths
· Unpredictable appearances of attacker(s)
· Vivid description
· Insight of people feeling panic
· Insight of attacker(s)
And lots of other people loved it… Oh well! I think that it mainly is because that “The Enemy” is not a zombie apocalypse story. Zombies are supposed to be undead, raised by someone with magic and then tied to that person to do their bidding. I do however think that the disease type zombies are acceptable in most zombie stories as many of them are set in the 21st century where magic no longer exists. But in “The Enemy” the “zombies” haven’t actually died which is sort of is a bit… *Tries to think of suitable word for it that isn’t classed under profanity*… *Fails and sighs*… The narrative style of this book was probably the best to describe a “zombie” apocalypse. The multiple narrators are useful, especially when they may die. I loved the fact that we could get the view point of one of the “zombies”, as it gave you a better understanding of what the Holloway crew were up against – people with limited thinking skills suffering from schizophrenia. The best part about this book is that lots of people die. It doesn't usually happen in YA horror; the characters miraculously pull through, now armed with a new magical power.
Rating: 2 Green tea in hot water
*TRANSLATION: not quite right*

1 comment:

Thanks for taking time to read this!
Comments are much loved.
Nina xxx

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