The Fallen (2013) – Charlie Higson


Three stars

Read May 27 2014 – May 31 2014

Book of The Enemy

First the sickness rotted the adults’ minds. Then their bodies. Now they stalk the streets, hunting human flesh.

The Holloway crew are survivors. They’ve fought their way across London and made it to the Natural History Museum alive – just. But the fight will never end while the Enemy lives, unless there’s another way. . .

The kids at the museum are looking for a cure. All they need are medical supplies. To get them means a journey down unknown roads. Roads where not only crazed, hungry sickos hide in the shadows.

Suddenly it’s not so clear who – or what – they’re fighting.

Plotwise, not much actually happened in The Fallen, but what did happen was quite momentous. Finally a possible explanation for the disease, which quite honestly seems more plausible than a few other apocalyptic books. Not quite as riveting as others in the series, but the action is finally starting to heat up.

The focus of this book was on the kids in the museum – Maxie and Blue (from The Enemy) have arrived at the museum with Justin.  From there, an expedition group goes in search of antibiotics and encounters the Twisted Kids who explain about the Inmathger.

How do I feel about the Twisted Kids and the Inmathger? It propels the book into more fantasy than science in my opinion, and it’d be a great idea if Higson can pull it off. But only if he can pull it off. Because if I otherwise put my mind to it I feel like I’ll be able to find some flaws.

The Enemy
The Enemy (2009)
The Dead (2010)
The Fear (2012)
The Sacrifice (2013)
The Fallen (2013)
The Hunted (2014)
The End (2015)


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