Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ZOMBIE CRAWL GIVEAWAY 1:The Dead by Charlie Higson

BRAINNNS!!! Once again I find myself with a bunch of Zombie reads so I'm doing a zombie crawl giveaway! Here is the first one: enjoy




I love Charlie Higson! I first discovered his work through the graphic novel Silverfin which is part of the Young James Bond adventures. Then I bought his book The Enemy which is set in the aftermath of a zombiefied London. The Dead is a prequel of sorts to The Enemy series. There is a whole new cast of characters and we learn a lot more about the plague. Here is the breakdown of Higson's zombies:

It's a disease that affects everyone over the age of 16

Some kids call the enemy Mothers and Fathers since it began with parents attacking and eating their kids!

You can also be infected by a bite but for many of the teens its the onset of puberty.

They are terrifying!!!

The book begins at a boys school where we are introduced to Jack and Ed the main characters in the story. After fighting for weeks at the school the boys decide they need to leave, the school is going to be over run. As they escape they decide to split directions. Ed decides to go with a group of boys that are heading for the countryside while Jack is adamant to return home to London.

Thru the boys separate Journeys we learn more about the status of this devastated world and the casualties begin to mount.Jack and Ed are reunited through impossible circumstances: Greg an uninfected adult who is driving a school bus loaded with supplies, his son Liam and a few other refugees. The children are shocked, how has this adult been spared from the infection? The all head towards London where grisly answers and more death await them.
Charlie is a master at narration and dialogue exploring the minds and hearts of the young adult characters her creates. As a zombie fan I really enjoyed the intense action, horror and grisly bits but I also felt a genuine attachment and sadness for these characters.

In this changed world the former cool and socially at ease kids can be hampered by fear and cowardice while the socially awkward come alive, survive and even become leaders in this new world.
Higson also uses this group to really show the various personality quirks and behaviors that each child develops . Love Love this series!



Tore said...

Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

I love the sound of this one. So many great zombie stories out there but this one sounds like it put a unique touch on it.


Kara_Malinczak said...

I really loved the first book. SO much. Possibly my favorite book of the year. I would love to win this!


Jill of The O.W.L. said...

WANT!!!!!! Please :)

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