The Fear by Charlie Higson | Book Review

 Note: I’ve sort of changed the format/structure for this review. Feedback on this new style is appreciated.

The Fear (The Enemy, #3) by Charlie Higson
Young Adult/Horror
Publication Date: 12 June 2012 (U.S.)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (U.S.)
Format/Source/Pages: Hardcover/Borrowed/496

★★★★★ (5/5 Stars)


This section of the review will not contain spoilers, at all. 

As with all the books in this series, I absolutely loved it. The basic premise of the series is that a disease struck everyone over sixteen, either killing them or turning them into zombie-like, child-eating monsters. It’s extremely addicting.

This book takes place five days before the events at the end of The Dead. It follows DogNut, who unfortunately don’t really like. He’s kind of annoying, but that’s just my personal opinion. Also, the characters that go on the journey with him seem kind of irrelevant.

The romance in this series is so awkward. I’m sorry, but I don’t want to hear about how much Courtney loves DogNute who loves Brooke who loves Ed who loves…? I just want to read badass fight scenes. Honestly, why would these characters even care about boyfriends and girlfriends when their lives are in danger?

Fortunately, despite the characters and the romance, the story is so interesting and addicting that I couldn’t give the book anything less than five stars. Charlie Higson is an expert storyteller. This book is my favorite so far in the series. Things really start to come together in this installment, and it was so fun to read as a result. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next one as soon as possible.

Final thoughts: I would definitely recommend this series to anyone. It’s so good, and you won’t regret it (unless you do, then, uh, sorry?)


This section of the review will contain minor spoilers for previous books in the series as well as this one; please do not continue reading unless you’ve read the book or are okay with spoilers.

This book takes place five days before the end of The Dead. DogNut, Courtney, and other, unimportant characters, head down the Thames in search of Brooke and the other friends that they lost during the fire. They make their way to Buckingham Palace, which as we know, is run by David. They eventually find Brooke and the others, who have made camp in the Natural History Museum.

This book introduces us to a lot of new groups, which I really enjoyed. I liked learning about how the different factions of London work together (or don’t) and the alliances and rivals between them. It was quite interesting, if not a bit irrational.


3 thoughts on “The Fear by Charlie Higson | Book Review

  1. I like the new format. 🙂 Especially since I haven’t read this series yet. (The first one’s on my Kindle) I hate how almost all books feel the need to throw romance in there! Sometimes there’s no time for romance! Nice review, you made me want to read this series.


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