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The Dead
ISBN: 9781423134121
Author: Higson, Charlie
Publisher: Disney Pr
Published: June 2011
Retail: $16.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: A prequel to The Enemy finds schoolmates Ed, Jack and Bam fleeing Rowhurst School in the wake of a cataclysmic disease that strikes everyone over the age of 16 with a demonic urge to attack and eat uninfected young people. 75,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 1.50" H x 150.00" L x 5.75" W
Bargain Category: Science Fiction, High School, Fantasy, Chapter Books, Action & Adventure
Grade level(s): 10th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
In this prequel to the apocalyptic thriller The Enemy, a band of school boys journeys to London. The kids join other children struggling to survive attacks by the disease-ridden, cannibalistic adult population. Higson's frequent slaughtering of his protagonists conveys the grim and gory violence of this dystopian society. The chilling chases and gory horror will appeal to the first book's fans. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 April #3)

In this gore-soaked prequel to The Enemy (2010), Higson expands on the horror inherent in a world where disease has ravaged everyone over age 16, killing many and turning the rest into flesh-eating monsters. When the disease struck the Rowhurst School near London, a handful of students survived, including popular Ed, self-conscious Jack, rugby star Bam, and know-it-all Wiki. Aware that their school is no longer safe, the Rowhurst boys break out, embarking on a brutal quest for a new haven. Along the way they gather more refugees, even as they experience steady attrition due to constant "sicko" attacks and other threats. With religious fanatic Matt, military-minded Jordan, unpredictable adult Greg, and alpha-male David vying for dominance, the future looks rocky. This visceral tale sheds light on several key players in The Enemy, while sealing the fate of others. With the book's immense cast and substantial body count, it doesn't pay to get too attached to any one character, while the intense descriptions of violence and sickness will get under readers' skin. Ages 14–up. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 August)

Gr 8 Up—Events in this prequel take place just over a year before those in Higson's The Enemy (Hyperion/Disney, 2010). A disease has infected everyone over the age of 16, beginning with coldlike symptoms and progressing to hideous boils. Many people are killed outright but others become mindless cannibals who seek out the flesh of young teens and children. The living dead are described in hideous detail—flesh decomposing, boils oozing pus, mucus, and blood dripping from what is left of their noses. Ed, Jack, Bam, and their mates are overmatched by these horrors but must try their best to protect the younger kids around them as well as scavenge food and water in a world with no functioning power supply, distribution network, Internet, or media. Jack leads them from a rural school into London in the hope of finding food and a defensible location. Inevitably, in a story of a handful of children against a good fraction of the adult population of London, the casualty list is extensive. The cast is large but the author does a fine job distinguishing his myriad characters and giving them their particular motivations, going so far as to present the viewpoints of some of the diseased. This is definitely not for the squeamish, but zombie stories are on the rise, so this action-packed tale ought to have a wide audience.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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