book review – THE FEAR

If you haven’t checked out Charlie Higson’s Enemy series, you’re missing out on one of the best YA series out there. Higson is best known in YA circles for his Young Bond series, which was entertaining enough in its own right, but not exactly the same cup of tea as his next series, which kicked off with The Enemy. Set in London after a devastating plague has either killed everyone over the age of 16, or turned them into crazed cannibalistic monsters, the series is cut from the same cloth as movies like 28 Days Later and Dawn of the Dead. The third book in the series, The Fear, has finally arrived in the United States, and it carries on with take-no-prisoners brutality of the The Enemy and The Dead. The action takes place short after the events in the second book, The Dead, which actually takes place before the first in the series. The Fear leaves off at just about where the first books starts. One of the reasons this works is because Higson has developed a densely populated world of young people surviving in post-apocalyptic London. But just because there are a ton of characters, struggling to survive all over the city, don’t grow to comfortable with anyone, because Higson loves to kill his kids. Higson’s books are violent, scary, and grim. He bumps off important characters more often than Suzanne Collins, and it is safe to say that no one in this world is exempt from the horror. Make no mistake, this is not a YA book for the very young, or the faint of heart. But none of that keeps The Fear from being a great installment in an excellent series.

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