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406 pages, Paperback
First published September 1, 2009
“He’d always been scared of the dark. His mum had told him not to worry.
‘If you can’t see the monsters, they can’t see you.’
Back then there had been no monsters. Not real ones. Only imaginary.
“The skin blackened, shrivelled and split, the overripe flesh inside squeezing out. His insides had turned to mush… Arran prodded the body with his trainer. As he did so the skin popped, a stream of pus oozed out followed by a bright pink blossom of soft fat.”
“If a wolf attacks his sheep, the shepard kills the wolf, but he eats the sheep when he's hungry.”
1:THEY ARE SCARY AS FUCK !!! JFC !!
2: They're not /as good/ as I remember. But still pretty good.
If a wolf attacks his sheep, the shepherd kills the wolf, but he eats the sheep when he's hungry.Now that I look back on it, The Enemy felt very expository and serves as only an introduction to the series. Instead of plot set-up, it was a lot of getting things into place for future books and introducing the cast. But if you think that makes the book boring or lack conflict...ha! Higson drops you in a world ravaged by disease, and boy, there is definitely conflict. In fact, the breakneck action and fast-speed writing just might give you whiplash.
I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.Reading The Enemy, I had this strange feeling of happy-bittersweetness which I thought was because of the bleak setting, but no. It was the way the words were strung together. I don't know how to explain it, except, think of the feeling you get when you hear a beautiful melody. Not the oh, look, Taylor Swift type beautiful, but the kind of beautiful that reaches into your soul and makes you want to cry. Because the writing The Enemy truly touched my heart, something that no other book has really done before in a long, long time.
These boys were survivors. The will to live was stronger than any other feeling.Actually, I'm going to talk about Maxie's character arc. I'll admit it, I was growing annoyed by her whiny personality in the few hundred pages following The Incident, but she really did grow in the end. I love how she learned to be an independent young lady who could take care of herself just fine. As for The Incident itself (which, by the way, was totally uncalled for), I feel like it would have had more of an impact if it had taken place later in the story, but I get it. Every group needs a figurehead,
“When we're strong enough," said Sam, "will you come with me?"Happy Reading! Love, A n n i e ❤❤
"Where? To Bucko Palace?"
"Yes. To find Ella."
"Course I will," said the Kid, and he put an arm around Sam. "It'll be a new grand adventure of the old school. They'll write books about us. Long books. Nothing's gonna split us up, small fry. We're a team. Like Batman and Robin Hood."
And he sang.