Charlie Higson’s zombie-filled page-turner The Fear is the wonderful, new spine-chilling book in The Enemy series. This time Dognut and some of the gang from the Tower of London set off down the Thames in search of other groups of kids and Brooke, the girl Dognut is in love with. The book is a brilliant example of how Higson glues your eyes to the pages whilst making you scream.
The novel is set in London after the illness that wiped out everyone over the age of fourteen, but some of the adults didn’t die, they became mutated, sick and hungry monsters. This book is the third in the series and carries on from the events of the second. The plot consists of friendship, rivalry and a massive power struggle. The crew from ‘the Tower’ row down the Thames and find the kids staying in the houses of parliament, but are directed to Buckingham Palace, controlled by the infamous David who plans to take control of London. There are so many twists and turns you never know what the next page will bring and all the side plots keep the story jumping from one story of survival to another.
Another aspect of the novel which makes it so enjoyable and exciting is all the characters and their stories. For example Dognut has set out with a crew to find Brooke, but David sends his friend Jester out to find more children, all while Shadow Man is trying to survive on his own. The intense drama and the use of many stories keep the plot fresh but Higson’s pitch perfect writing ensures you get to know every single character in the novel.
If you want to be terrified, witness intense action and read a story of love and friendship you need to read The Fear, one of the best children books currently in the book shops. A great story and brilliant characters make this a must read for 2012.