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March's Reading Power Book Club: The Enemy

Posted by Gareth CLIC from Swansea - Published on 01/03/2013 at 14:27
5 comments » - Tagged as Creative Writing, Culture

  • Cover of The Enemy by Charlie Higson

As the date lands on good ol' St Dewi's Day, it's also the same day we announce March's Reading Power Book Club selection, which is The Enemy by Charlie Higson.

What's it all about? Well, have a gander over the blurb for a taster.

When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, 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?

It seems to have hit the spot with critics, as the Guardian called it "Clever... fast-paced...inventive" while the Daily Mirror praised Higson for getting "the balance of blood and gore just right". 

Are they right to say that? Why not share your thoughts on the book once you have a read of it? And if you're strapped for cash, just pop over to your local library, they are bound to have it.

Once you've read the book, come back to this well-written article and share your views on the book. And if you've read the book already, go ahead and start the conversation!

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Commented 39 months ago - 3rd March 2013 - 14:47pm

Wow, sounds like a great book. I will find it in my library as soon as I can!! :D

Dan (Sub-Editor)

Dan (Sub-Editor)

Commented 38 months ago - 5th March 2013 - 01:10am

This book is BRILLIANT. Seriously, I would highly recommend this to everyone. It's not a difficult read, but my word does it tell a story and a half!

Think 'Lord of the Flies' meets '28 Days Later' to get an idea of the story. It. Is. Awesome!


Commented 37 months ago - 20th April 2013 - 18:05pm

this book is so good I like the part when they went to Selfridges and I couldn't put this book down I recommend this to a friend



Commented 34 months ago - 30th July 2013 - 21:22pm

Bizarrely I read the most recent book in this series, The Sacrifice, way before I recently read this book. (Well it's not bizarre, the book was given to me at theSprout editorial meeting, but we'll overlook that. Point is, I read them in a weird order.)

I genuinely loved seeing how the scenario of a book I loved first started. The writing isn't quite as good as its sequel, but if you read the books in the correct order you only notice the books getting better. Which is awesome!

The Enemy was a nice, quick read which I seriously enjoyed, would recommend to all! And now I'm determined to read the rest of the books in the series.

Jeff the Fridge

Jeff the Fridge

Commented 33 months ago - 30th August 2013 - 13:28pm

I really liked this book, but as the series went on, I realised that there were a bunch of glaring plot holes, largely that in the prequel people were still 14, so they were 15 when they appeared later in the story, negating a large amount of the questions asked about what would happen when the characters grow up. I also thought the zombies organising into an army was kinda silly

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