The Dead by Charlie Higson
(An Enemy Novel)

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The disease only affects people sixteen or older. It starts with the symptoms of a cold. Then the skin begins to itch, and spots appear--spots that soon turn into pus-filled boils. But the worst part is the headache, the inner voices that tell you that you need to eat them . . . the young ones. When the Disaster strikes, the world turns upside down for Ed, Jack, Bam and the other students at Rowhurst School. The parents and older siblings they left back at home are dead--or worse. Once the teachers go on the attack, the kids know it's time to escape and make their way to the city. It's got to be better in London . . . or will it be worse?

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Author Bio: Charlie Higson is an acclaimed writer of screenplays and novels, and also a performer and the co-creator of the British television programs The Fast Show and Bellamy's People. He is an expert on James Bond and is the author of the internationally best-selling Young Bond series. Charlie, a big fan of horror movies, is hoping to give readers many sleepless nights with the Enemy series. He lives in London. Follow him on Twitter at: 
Published June 14, 2011 by Disney Hyperion. 484 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gun combat takes precedence over melee here, a choice that makes sense given the protagonists’ ages and the setting, though it tends to break the action more than the fisticuffs that dominated the first work.

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The Bookbag

It's probably even more effective as a horror novel than the first - but since it's only book two in the series and the first left us on a cliffhanger, it seems like an odd place in the series to put it.

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I'd hesitate before giving it to anyone too young or easily scared but it's perfect for any teenager with a strong stomach and a taste for the macabre.

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Teen Reads

As one smart aleck pipes up when one of the self-appointed leaders accuses them of behaving like a bunch of kids, "We ARE kids."

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A great short film made by the creators of infamous ultra-low-budget zombie flick Colin to tie in with the release of Charlie Higson’s new horror novel.

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It’s briskly paced, and Higson has a knack for quickly sketching distinctive characters, although many of the most memorable do fit into pigeonholes – mouthy girl from the ‘hood, posh school rugger bugger, white van man and so on.

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Sci-Fi Bulletin

In some ways a prequel to last year’s hit young adult novel The Enemy, The Dead tells the flipside of that story, explaining how the group encountered at the end of the first book came together and took over theTower of London.

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Arlington Public Library

I've read some of Mr. Higsons other books like Silverfin (The Young Bond Series) and I really like this series better.

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