Thursday, 25 February 2010

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: The Enemy - Charlie Higson


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 the city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there - alive?


If you want a way to figure this title out, think The Tribe meets Zombies. Whilst not entirely accurate it’s a pretty good round up as children gone wild face off against feral zombish adults who are trying to feed. Its high octane, its got ton’s of action but overall it was missing a little something. What was that? Characterisation. Personally I didn’t really gel with the characters within this novel as they felt more like 2d cut outs rather than fully rounded breathing humans. Add to that, a repetitiveness for some of the gore scenes and whilst a bit of fun, it really didn’t do what I was expecting. Hopefully, the author will fix these problems in future offerings.

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