Charlie Higson's The Enemy is the first in a jaw-dropping zombie horror series for teens. Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive. 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? 'Higson has got the balance of blood and gore just right' Daily Mirror 'Clever...fast-paced...inventive' Guardian Charlie Higson is the author of the bestselling Young Bond series of novels for young readers, including Silverfin and Double or Die, and the spine-tingling, teen zombie-horror series The Enemy. Can't wait for the next instalment? This edition contains the first chapter of the mind-blowing first chapter of the second book The Dead. Check out www.the-enemy.co.uk for more blood, more zombies and more terror.
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Charlie Higson started writing when he was ten years old. After university he was a singer and painter and decorator before he started writing for television. He went on to create and star in the hugely successful comedy series The Fast Show. He is the author of the bestselling Young Bond books, and The End is the final book in his current horror series, The Enemy. Charlie doesn't do Facebook, but you can tweet him @monstroso.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
His dad had been the first to go. One of the very first to die when the illness
struck. He had even been on the news; the headline had said something like
“Another Death From Mystery Illness Sweeping Europe.” Then there had been more
and more deaths, and not just in Europe–all around the world. They’d stopped
mentioning individuals; it had been whole streets, then whole towns. It had all
happened so fast people had been stunned, and hadn’t really had time to panic.
The whole world had sort of gone into shock. His mother had been frantic after Dad
died. She packed the house up, ready to try to escape to the countryside and stay
with Auntie Susan. But she fell ill before they could get away. Then it was just Ollie
and his brothers. They tried to leave London by themselves. His oldest brother, Dan,
got sick next. He’d been eighteen. Then Will, sixteen.
His younger brother, Luke, hadn’t been old enough to get sick. He’d been killed in
a riot up near Finsbury Park. That must have been over a year ago. It felt more like a
century. By then Ollie had had no more tears left to cry, the catastrophe had been so
immense, so overwhelming, that he had just pushed it out of his mind and concentrated
on trying to stay alive. He owed it to his family, as the last one left, not to die.
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