The Fear, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


He doesn't know it but dognut is about to set off a chain of events that will affect every kid in the city.

The sickness struck everyone over the age of fourteen.

Mothers and fathers, older brothers, sisters and best friends.

No one escaped its touch. And now children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups ...they're hungry.

They're bloodthirsty. And they aren't giving up. DogNut and the rest of his crew want to find their lost friends, and set off on a deadly mission from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and beyond, as the sickos lie in wait.

But who are their friends and who is the enemy in this changed world?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost
  • ISBN: 9780141325064



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This YA series by Charlie Higson is one of my favorites for sheer escapism and fun. The Fear is the third in his series that features rotting, diseased people who, like zombies, want to feast on the flesh of the living. In this case the flesh of children as everyone over the age of fifteen caught this strange disease that either killed outright or left the patient as a zombie-like creature.Each book has dealt with a different band of children as they come together and fight for survival in the streets of London. By this, the third book, we have a groups of children scattered throughout some very interesting places in London. From Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London, each enclave has it’s own leader and each group feels that they are the ones who should have the most power. What they are slow to see is that the diseased are slowly evolving and although they still crave flesh, they appear to be getting smarter, stronger and faster. A word of warning, each book has some extremely graphic, grisly moments and the author shows no compassion toward his main characters, as he randomly kills off some and saves others. I rather like this crap shoot atmosphere as it lends a quality of realness to the story. The Fear, like all the other books in this series, has plenty of blood-stained action and likeable although not necessarily long-lived characters.For those who enjoy zombie stories, I would recommend this series starting with The Enemy as an stimulating variation.

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