Book Chat:The Fear (An Enemy Novel)

by Charlie Higson

The 3rd book in a frightening story set in Britain. Children desperately try to survive the aftermath of the disease that swept the world, one in which all adults have turned into savage cannibals. And kids are their favorite food.

MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.

2014

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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?

Review:

When I bought this book, I didn’t realize it was the 3rd in the series. It works find as a standalone, you just need to “read between the lines”. The story takes place in Britain. The characters use some historically significant places to survive – The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Natural History Museum and others.

First, let’s look at the horror which is the core running through this story; the grownups. All people over 16 caught a disease that turned them into savage cannibals. The infected are not zombies, they eventually die, but still there are essentially zombies. The affected are confused at first and sprout sores on their bodies, but then they begin to decay, including their brains. The children call them “fathers and mothers”. I am guessing this was a nickname conceived in the first book, indicating all female and male adults. Sadly, every surviving child had a parent(s) turn into monsters, or some other adult in their life.

DogNut and a few friends, who are part of the Tower of London community, decide to search for Brooke, who got separated from them in the last book. They also have been curious about this part of London; is it overwhelmed with sickos or have the children survived? Using a boat on the river, the group makes it close to Buckingham Palace. David leads the kids in the palace. They have a good set up; food and security. Something doesn’t smell right to DogNut though. He feels that if they stay, David may not let them leave. Actually, he is correct – David has already directed his “officers” to detain them. The friends slip away, discovering Brooke in the Natural History Museum. The children at the museum are the best organized group in London. Leaders are elected, and Justin is the top one.

Warning: this book is filled with disgusting scenes depicting children being eaten. I am not criticizing – it is unfortunately the horrific world the children have inherited. The most terrifying character was an infected man. He is a huge monstrosity and his house is over stuffed with hoarded items. Also, he collects children and when he tires of “playing” with his toys, he devours them.

While running from a mob of infected, DogNut and his friends unfortunately seek shelter in the worst house imaginable – the one belonging to the giant. They find several dismembered children and desperately search for a way out. The trash creates mazes, which were a nightmare to navigate, but they do escape.  

There’s a surprise ending which made me crack a smile. David had planned something really nasty for the kids at the museum. But his plans backfired and he was going to receive the same treatment on his home that he had planned for his rivals.

Lots of action, with children surviving or not, against a deadly enemy. While there are many sad moments, there are many uplifting ones as well, with heroic children fighting to survive. A recommended read for zombie lovers and those who are looking for something different in the genre. Shades of Lord of the Flies, with some characters displaying more humanity then you might expect from children in such circumstances.

 

 

 

 

NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the March issue.

 

 

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