Tuesday, March 29, 2011

ARC Review - The Dead

The Dead (The Enemy #2)
Author - Charlie Higson
Genre - Dystopian/YA/Horror
Pages - 480
ISBN - 1423134125

Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit as they go on the run with a mismatched group of other kids - nerds, fighters, misfits. And one adult. Greg, a butcher, who claims he's immune to the disease. They must work together if they want to make it in this terrifying new world. (Description from Goodreads)

Dystopians, you know them you love them. Mix in a bunch of kids, flesh eating monsters and emotions rampant and you have a great book! The events of The Dead are told 1 year before the events of  The Enemy.

The Dead is about a group of kids struggles as they trapse across london trying to find saftey from the 'sickos' a horrible disease ridden mob of every person over 16, who crave the flesh of those under 16.

The story is told from the eyes of many of the kids, even from some of the sickos. The main kids are Jack, Ed, Bam and a host of others but those three are the ones focused on more. Each kid has thier own personality, Jack is determained and strong, Ed is a handsome guy who can talk to girls easily but is scared to fight (he grows in the book though), A kid Chris, hes a bookworm and i liked his character quite a bit. The group starts out small, then gets larger, however as you know no flesh eating monster book can go without casulties, while some where devoid of emotion there were some deaths that i really, really felt sad for.

The writing was well done, there are some swear words throughout it but not too bad, there are some odd phrases and such in it too (its based in london so it could be thier way of talking i do not know.) Some of the kids talk llike little thugs, thats the best way i can put it, they sound very.. street. It was annoying but not book-breaking. There is also descriptive gore and blood and ickyness, i loved it. Its not overly-descriptive but enough to make you cringe and not want to eat while reading it.

1 Comment:

  1. Cheree said...
    Fantastic review. I'll have to get around to reading this series.

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