The Dead, Paperback
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"The Dead" is the second book in Charlie Higson's jaw-dropping zombie horror series for teens.

Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive.

A terrible disease is striking everyone over the age of fourteen.

Death walks the streets. Nowhere is safe. Maxie, Blue and the rest of the Holloway crew aren't the only kids trying to escape the ferocious adults who prey on them.

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.

But when fresh disaster threatens to overwhelm London, they realize they won't all survive..."Lord of the Flies with zombies ...tons of nail-biting action". (Rick Riordan, creator of Percy Jackson). "Higson has got the balance of blood and gore just right". ("Daily Mirror"). Charlie Higson is the author of the bestselling "Young Bond" series of novels for young readers, including "Silverfin" and "Double or Die", and the spine tingling, teen zombie-horror series "The Enemy".

Can't wait for the next instalment? This edition contains the first chapter of the thrilling third book in the series The Fear.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost
  • ISBN: 9780141325033



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A gruesomely violent zombie story, The Dead by Charlie Higson is the second in his Enemy Series where all people over the age of fifteen get sick. Some people die, but many are turned into flesh eating zombie like creatures that prey up the children.This book starts a year earlier than the previous one. The time is the early days of the zombie plague, the opening is set in a boys school in the countryside. The children realize they must band together to be safe and they decide to try for London, hoping to find other survivors. Again, the author rolls the dice randomly and you never know who is going to make it and who is going to die. After many adventures, the survivors hole up in the Tower of London, but realize that even though they are relatively safe here, they must go out and search for supplies and other survivors in order to establish themselves and expand their society.Although this book did a very good job of keeping me enthralled, it did have quite the punch that the first book did. Even so, I will be looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy which will hopefully reunite all the different groups of children and supply some kind of hope for these survivors.

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