I’ve been meaning to read Charlie Higson The Enemy series for ages because so many of my friends rave about it, so when the opportunity came up to review the books and offer up a giveaway to our readers, I jumped at the opportunity. With the latest book The Fallen out next week, now is the perfect time to check out the series!
This post-apocalyptic zombie series is based around the unusual idea that adults that have turned into flesh-eaters, so the kids are left to fend for themselves. I really enjoyed the action sequences in the first book, and there are a lot of scenes that would look great on screen. The gore is handled well; it gets kind of squicky in parts, as you’d expect, but it’s not too over the top or gross. There are some chilling scenes involving a creepy couple, and the story is engaging and totally kept me flipping pages as I read it. The story’s told in third person selective omniscient POV, and while there are a lot of characters introduced, most of them are pretty memorable, especially Small Sam, Callum, Maxie, and Blue. Big, big props to the author for also having the nerve to kill of characters you’ve gotten attached to, and in a way that isn’t always telegraphed well in advance. People are eating people, so no one is safe!
I do hope that in future books the emotional stakes are a bit higher, however. I found the first book exciting and engrossing, but I’m one of those readers who wants to feeeeel things intensely, particularly when characters you care about die. I’m looking forward to finishing the other books, though, and finding out what happens to all these kids. It’s fun that the author took this “us vs. them” mentality when it comes to kids and adults, and it makes for some pretty interesting scenarios.
Win All 5 Books in The Enemy Series!
Thanks to Disney Hyperion, we’re giving away a set of the series with the newly redesigned covers. I love the cover art and somber colors of these designs, and the paper quality and heft are going to make your shelves so happy. This series has 7 books planned, but you’ll receive the complete set of 5 that are currently available, including 4 paperbacks and the brand new hardback releasing on June 10th.
To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below and tell us why you’re excited to read this series and/or what your favorite zombie novels are. This giveaway is open to US residents only, and is open to readers aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. Please see entry form for complete details. Good luck!