The Enemy Series: mini review + giveaway

June 6, 2014 2014, dystopian/post-apocalyptic, giveaway, Wendy, zombies 76


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.

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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!

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76 Responses to “The Enemy Series: mini review + giveaway”

  1. Kate I.

    I’m a fan of WORLD WAR Z, Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly series, and EAT, BRAINS, LOVE and am interested to devour more.

  2. Hunter

    I loved The Enemy but kind of forgot about the series until now! These new covers look beautiful and I’d love to finish the series!

  3. Linnea Pietsch

    I’m so excited to read this series and my favortie zombie novels have to be the Razorland series. They’re not necessarily zombies, but they’re incredibly close to them.

  4. Lori Hopkins

    I have the previously released books in this series, and I LOVE IT!!! Charlie Higdon is one of my favorite authors!

  5. Nikki

    I honestly never could decide if I wanted to start this series. Seven books?! That’s a lot but the plot does sound fairly interesting and I love some me some horror.

  6. Ashley D.

    As a zombie lover, this series sounds like something that’s right up my alley. The premise sounds like something I’d really enjoy as well. I’m actually surprised I’ve only just learned about it now since I’m always looking for new zombie books to read.

  7. Rhonda M.

    Well this does look interesting. Although I’m kind of scared to read after the comment ‘the nerve to kill of characters you’ve gotten attached to’ since that would be difficult to read. Though it pretty much has to happen in a post-apocalyptic world. I do love zombie related things as well.

  8. Katie F

    The concept seems different from other zombie books/tv series/movies etc out there so I’m interested to read it!

  9. Kelly

    I can’t enter *sobs* but I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while too. A cross between The Walking Dead and Gone by Michael Grant… Sign me up. The zombie type releases seem to be tapering off in YA, so to see this one is still current and releasing more, I’m super excited.

    Do you know how many the author plans on releasing?
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  10. miranda lewis

    Love the covers and how they all mesh really well together, I’m a huge fan of zombie books so this would fit nicely for me and its great since I’ve never heard of this author until today so will definitely be on the look out for his work.

  11. Elizabeth Bottarro

    Running low on things to read and I read the descriptions on these books and they sound VERY interesting! I have never read zombie books and these just might get me started!

  12. Cari

    Sounds really interesting. Usually zombies are not my thing but I love Justin Cronin’s series and based on your review, this series has many similarities, so I’m excited to check it out. :)

  13. Nicole Millheim

    This is the first time I have heard of this series. I am huge Zombie fan and this sounds perfect

  14. Lizzy

    My favorite recent zombie novel is Reboot. I like how it’s such a great blend of zombies and sci-fi that it doesn’t feel like any other book of its genre.

  15. Emily Zuleta

    i’ve never been to a book convention but I hope to go to BEA next year! i’ve never met any of my authors that I read so that’s what i’m most looking forward to for BEA!

  16. Sashana

    I’ve never read a book about zombies before but this sounds like a good one to start with!

  17. Thomas

    Great mini-review, Wendy! I’d be interested in reading this series because it appears to combine elements of several of my favorite books: The Gone series by Michael Grant (with adults disappearing/not being of much use), the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant, and This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I really need to try the GONE series sometime–I downloaded the first book when it was $1.99 a couple of years ago, and my friend Margot just binge-read the entire series. I need to find out what I’m missing!

      Zombie books can be so great if they’re done well. Obviously you know Newsflesh is my favorite, too.

  18. Carina Olsen

    Amazing post Wendy :D I’m glad you liked these books. <3 (What you have read so far of them ;p) I hope you will love the next ones more, though :) I have not heard of them before now; but I like the covers ;p And I do like what you say about the plot. Might read them one day, hih ;p Anyway. Thank you for sharing. <3
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yeah, that’s always the mark of great post-apocalyptic fiction, right? SOMEBODY’S GOTTA DIE. I’m right there with you. ;)

  19. Cali W.

    Great giveaway! This sounds like a really fun series to read. <3

    • Wendy Darling

      I hope your library has them, Cait! And actually, you might have the sixth book soon, too. Apparently we’re a year behind the UK publishing schedule for this series here in the US, and you guys often seem to follow their timeline.

    • Wendy Darling

      I was just saying to Larissa below that I used to pooh pooh the idea of zombie books, but they can be SO good. So, so good. If you liked EAT, BRAINS, LOVE, you might like Kirsty McKay’s UNFED series–it’s hilarious!

      Also, props on the (subconscious?) “avoid like the plague” comment. :D

  20. Larissa

    Haha wow, this post is very coincidental to me. Just today my friend was asking me for good zombie recommendations, guess I’ll have to direct her to this post. I’ve never heard of this series but it seems like one I’d quite enjoy. I actually do like some good gore haha, and I love the idea about adults being zombies and the kids having to fend for themselves. I think that would make for some tough choices and great character development. Major characters are killed off too? Oooooo. I’m intrigued haha.

    Great review Wendy! I’ll definitely be checking this series up c:
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  21. S. G.

    Hm. Interesting. I’m usually not one for thrillers, but I do love post-apocalyptic settings. Might have to give this series a try!

    • Wendy Darling

      It’s most post-apocalyptic than anything else, SG–I put “thriller” in there because there’s plenty of action. Hopefully it’s to your liking when you get around to it!

      • Wendy Darling

        That GoodReads algorithm is practically useless! I get the most random recs from that, even though I’ve tinkered with the settings a dozen times. Yeah, I don’t need recs based on my 1 star ratings shelf, thanks.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh good, I hope you like them, Pili! I enjoyed the first one, and if they’re still going after 5 books, they must still be pretty exciting.

  22. Taylor McClain

    Oh My Gosh I love this series so much! I discovered it a couple years ago, and have since read the books hundreds of times. I recommended the series to my school library, and have gotten dozens of friends into the series. I own the first three, but they’re all paperback, so having one of them in hardcover would be amazing!
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    • Wendy Darling

      HUNDREDS of times? That’s pretty impressive. ;) I love it when you find a series you love so much that you want to shove it forcefully into everyone’s hands. Sounds like you need the next couple of books for sure!

  23. Shae/Shelver @ Shae Has Left The Room

    I just started hearing about this series last month, and it sounds SO GOOD. I actually own the second and third books because I found them crazy-cheap in a thrift store, but obviously I’d love to own the full set. :) Thanks for the giveaway!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, don’t you hate that when you buy stuff secondhand but then have to wait for the first book?! I do that sometimes, too. I’m glad you stumbled across this giveaway!

    • Wendy Darling

      It’s got some pretty gory scenes, but…I kind of like that, hah. LOVE those covers, they seem very much your style, too.

  24. Faye D'Social Potato (@kawaiileena)

    I love, love, love this series. I’ve been following it since I read books 1-3 in 2011, and have followed every book published in the succeeding years. This is my favorite YA Zombie series, and my heart is full of adoration for it. I love how it can make me cheer and sad at the same time… I remember a book here whose ending tore my heart to pieces </3 I can't believe the US version is behind one book @_@ In the UK, The Hunted is about to be released soon, but I guess that's how it is since US rights were behind one year. In any case, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HIGHLIGHTING THIS WENDY!!! This series is super underrated and I am happy more people are knowing about it through your blog. Whee! <3
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    • Wendy Darling

      Wow, your favorite YA zombie series? That’s high praise, Faye! I can’t wait to read the others after hearing that. I’m glad to hear there are some “tear your heart out” moments later, too–I love that kind of thing, hah.

      It IS interesting to see that release schedule, we’re so used to seeing things published in the US first. But it must because the author’s British.

      And yeah, I’m happy we can help bring some attention to the series. Definitely worth reading for zombie/post-apocalyptic fiction lovers.

  25. Melliane

    Oh I confess that I didn’t know the books at all but I’m in love with the covers now! thank you

  26. Emily

    I have never heard of the series, but it sounds so interesting!

    • Wendy Darling

      It wasn’t really high on my radar either, until I looked at my friends list recently and saw how many people loved it.

  27. Wayne D'ava (@WretchedDreams)

    Adults turning into zombies sounds so chill & amazing!

  28. Bonnie @ For the Love of Words

    Being a lover of zombie books, these books seem like an ‘absolutely must’ type of read! Glad to hear you enjoyed the first one since we see eye to eye on zombie fiction often. ;)
    Very interesting concept about the age determining zombie-ism. Makes me wonder if once you turn a certain age if you’ll immediately turn into a zombie. Reminds me a bit like Feed-type zombies where weight determines whether you turn, instead of age like this scenario. Love the new look of the covers too! They’ll definitely look amazing on my shelves. :D Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Wendy!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Hah, yes–we are pretty much zombie twins. I actually went through our zombie shelves after our brief chat about this, and I think there was only one book where our ratings weren’t exactly spot on. And even that was only off by a single star. :)

      The first book has definitely piqued my curiosity, and there are enough cool things and interesting characters that I am glad to keep going. Besides, I’m also curious to see how this is sustained for seven books. SEVEN! (Cue Maria in The Sound of Music.)

    • Bonnie @ For the Love of Words

      I had to go check out your zombie shelf too and add some I think I need to read. :D

      Seven installments is quite a series. I don’t think I had realized there were that many. If it’s good, seven installments could be quite awesome though. :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Matching sets are so important! At least the new design is GOOD, I hate it when publishers reissue things and they don’t look good at all. This whole design fits in with the mood of the story–it almost looks artistically grimy, if you know what I mean.

  29. Xanetia

    Yaaaay! I’ve been wanting to read these books for ages, so I hope they would come with me :D Thanks for the giveaway! <3