book review – THE DEAD

матрациBest known for his Young Bond series chronicling the adventures of James Bond before he became a spy, author Charlie Higson surprised me with the debut novel of his new series, The Enemy. Owing much to zombie films like Dawn of the Dead and not-quite-zombie films like 28 Days Later, The Enemy is one of the best Young Adult novels I’ve read in years. And now that I’ve read Higson’s follow-up, The Dead, I can say that this is shaping up to be one of the best YA series that I’ve read. Rather than picking up where he left off in The Enemy, Higson goes back in time, closer to the beginning of the devastating plague that has wiped out much of the human race.

Kicking off more than a year before the events in The Enemy, The Dead starts several months after a mysterious disease has killed off everyone over the age of fourteen. Those that haven’t been killed have been turned into hideous diseased cannibals that hunt and devour the children who have not been affected by the disease, but are still struggling to survive in a decimated world. The Dead follows a small group of survivors as they forage for food and look for a safe place to stay. But as anyone who has read The Enemy knows, Higson does not play favorites with his characters—no one is safe in this brutally violent world.

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