Friday, February 12, 2010
Small Sam was playing in the car park behind Waitrose when the grown-ups took him.
Review: An unknown catastrophe has hit the world and all people over the age of fourteen have become ill and either died or become zombie-like shadows of themselves: slow and stupid. The grown-ups attack the remaining children and take them for food. The children we meet first in The Enemy are the Waitrose group, a collection of children living in Waitrose in Holloway who rely on food found by a daily scavenging party. There is a similar group at the Morrisons. Over a year has passed since the world changed and it's getting harder all the time to keep going. After a terrible day of fighting and losing friends, the Waitrose group rescue a boy called Jester who brings news of a safe place in the centre of London. And so both supermarket groups join together and seek out the promised land.
The story switches between the quest and the many trials the enlarged group has to get through, plus the stories of two of the group who have been left behind - one voluntarily and one thought dead.
But what lies at the 'safe place' and is there a catch?
There is much fighting in this book and much as in 24 no characters are bullet-proof and characters you like and sympathise with will die along the way. There are lots of gross descriptions of oozing bodies and skin complaints which should appeal to the boys and there are some strong female characters whom girls can identify with. I can easily picture the deserted London portrayed in the book. The Enemy illustrates the debt children owe parents in keeping them safe and taking all the burdens from them.
This is an unrelentingly tense tale, well narrated by Paul Whitehouse who makes each character readily identifiable by their accent alone. I think The Enemy will appeal to fans of Michael Grant's Gone series and it's also intended to be a multi-part series. I look forward to book two: The Dead.
Cover: The cover's the same as the print book.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Firstly, in Gone by Michael Grant, everyone fifteen and over vanishes in an instant in the small Californian coastal town of Perdido Beach.
"The adults vanish without a trace, and those left must do all they can to survive.But everyone's idea of survival is different. Some look after themselves, some look after others, and some will do anything for power...Even kill."
Gone is the first part of a planned six book series and is available in the UK as well as the US.
Read more from Gone at the publisher's website.
Later in the year, 3 September in fact, Charlie Higson's The Enemy will be published in the UK and here the adults become zombies:
The Enemy is the first title in a chilling series of books which will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It is set in an eerie, modern-day London after a mystery illness attacks everyone over the age of fourteen. Those afflicted either die or become so crazed by disease they are little more than wild animals. Gangs of kids are left to fend for themselves, dodging the zombie adults who remain.
Read the rest of the press release at the Young Bond Dossier.
The Enemy will be published by Disney-Hyperion in the US.