The Kid is put into a cellar with a sicko by the name of Wormwood. Wormwood can still talk and rambles on to The Kid. The Kid convinces Wormwood not to eat him and starts an escape. Ed finally arrives at the Cathedral with his group from the Tower and storms in to save Sam and The Kid.
His group fight off the sickos who have invaded the Cathedral but Adele, Tish and Brendan all die. The Kid convinces Ed to bring Wormwood along with them as he has influence over the other sickos. Farther into the city Wormwood notices his fellow adults chasing a 'fly. Shadowman reveals that his real name is Dylan and brings them to an old drinking club he had made into a base. The end of the book shows that the Tower kids and Wormwood have decided to go to the Natural History Museum the next day.
There are also short parts from David's, Nicola's and Ryan's points of view. Click here to read more about "The Sacrifice". Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Small Sam's best mate. Brendan deceased - Boyfriend of Jessica who was mentioned in The Fear, who was sentenced to death by Jordan Hordern, but escapes to St. Tells about Small Sam and The Kid. George and the gym bunnies. He can even talk, but barely understandable. Knows the origin of the disease. Mad Matt - A kid who is suffering carbon monoxide poisoning.
Created a new religion of the "Lamb" and its shadow, the "Goat". Believes that the Goat must be sacrificed in order for the Lamb to be free from its shadow. Archie Bishop - One of the followers of Mad Matt and his right hand man. David King - A power mad kid who wants to dominate whole London and wants to demolish the crew from the Tower of London. Jester - David King's right hand man. Betrays many people and is sly. Nicola - David's love interest and wants to dominate whole London, also. The leader of House of Parliaments.
Killed in the battle of Wobbly Bridge. George - A clever sicko and the leader of "The Fear". Kids are stepping out from behind their relatively safe walls to see and explore what is left of the world. A year plus into the sickness and disaster, kids are starting to look around at what they have and wonder—Is this it? Is this what life is now?
Like any society, problems pop out and up all over the place. Kids are getting into trouble, stealing from each other and hurting the group as a whole. Law, rules, and order need to be established and enforced, but are these kids ready to punish other kids? The answer to that question may just scare the bejesus out of you! The use and abuse of power becomes a pivotal part of this battle and at times feels just as scary as the sickness actually. As we start to tour around London, readers begin to meet different bands of kids and their brand of power.
Each group possesses a different way of controlling the chaos and keeping everyone happy and busy with a dictatorship, democracy, fear, arrogance, military might or spiritual enlightenment. It can all be found here along with the Crazy! Yes, crazy with a full on capital C. I do love the crazies though! He holds such a powerful mix of sweetness and cold brutality. The way he folds Sam and The Kid into his heart warmed this whole bloodbath of terror into love for me. Loyalty, care and friendship run through this tale from the first page to the last. But the mad as a hatter, short stuff with the mostest and absolute show stealer was The Kid.
Ah, The Kid. Higson has created a legendary, unforgettable, half crazy-half dazzlingly brilliant character! Small Sam and The Kid get dragged into religious mayhem, but hopefully show us all that the power of friendship will win in the end. I hope! These two are absolutely the cutest dynamic duo on record!
I wish I could capture their spirit, cuddles, laughs, and power with a quote, but you really have to meet them. See their chemistry in action. I will share this though. Just when you think The Kid has gone around the bend into nutville, he gives us a memory filled with brilliance and warmth. All music. What there was inside it.
Where it took you. How you could find your own way through it. So let me just say we drop by on some old pals and meet some new friends and creeps in this book. Some of the new voices left little to no mark on my heart, which disappointed me. Saif -- Sorry, mate. You did nothing for me. Well…lucky charms as hair accessories was pretty inspiring actually.
Haha Shadowman -- I liked him better in the last book. No idea why. Either he developed a hard shell or I did. Hell, he made my happy list as soon as he named his axe! Higson dazzled me with suspense, power, and new questions. At book four, this series is still going strong, kicking ass, and pulling out surprises! From the decisions we make to the things and people taken from us—life can beat us up pretty good.
BUT it is how we respond that makes us who we are in life. Makes us stronger. Again and again, I heard kids here want to curl up, stop, and call it a day. Too tired to keep going. Somehow they find the strength and courage to keep pushing on though. Whether it is friendship, loyalty, love, numbness, or habit for goodness sake we have to keep going.
Go, go, go!
View all 18 comments. I expected a generic zombie book with "The Enemy" and I got so much more than that and Higson has quickly become my favorite author along with Grant. Let's start this review off with the Cons In my opinion, this book series is near perfect.
The Sacrifice is no different, or lacking anything from the rest of the books in this series. Community Reviews. I just have to know what happens next! Eventually, Ryan Aherne and The Hunters bring them to Parliament where Nicola tells them that she knew of DogNut but hasn't heard from him since he first came through. They make a plan. He holds such a powerful mix of sweetness and cold brutality.
However, this book series biggest strength is also it's biggest weakness. Book one starts off with one set of characters and you don't see those characters until Book three Book two goes back to the beginning of the 'zombie' outbreak introducing more characters and new settings so you need to learn their names and their personalities. Book Three manages to bring Book 1 and Book 2 characters together but of course introduces more characters. I honestly sometimes find it hard to remember characters simply because there are so many character to keep up with. It's a strength because you have the opportunity to see the story through many povs but at the same time character's who are important lack character development that makes it harder to connect with them sometimes.
Characters- Ed is back in this book and Ed is definitely one of my favorites. We met him in "The Dead" where he was slightly cowardly and grew into a more aggressive, killer who struggles with maintaining his humanity and morality as he fights against the zombies. Without giving much away, I feel like Ed is one of Higson's strongest characters simply because his cowardice caused a lot of problems in Book 2 and in 'The Sacrifice' you see him trying to save everyone that he possibly can save to make up for the fact that he failed his best friend, Jack who was the 'hero' for most of Book 2.
He is strong but flawed and I love Ed. This book does revolve around them and I have to say that The Kid is simply a fun character. He has this sense of intelligence not expected of a boy his age while at the same time he maintains a childish and immature side that just makes him lovable. He has such a hard time in this book and my heart ached for him as he is definitely my favorite of the two.
Sam just like Sam in Gone is someone that took me sometime to get used to. He was introduced book one but i always felt like he was sort of just there and a bit of a whiner. I like the fact that in this book Sam finally took charge and being only nine years old he didn't give up as easily and he was strong despite being so small and young. While i feel like The kid is a stronger character, I do find Sam finally getting much needed development. Secondary Characters such as Jordan are there but we really don't get a lot of jordan in this book.
He is in the beginning and he almost commits a heinous act to punish one of the kids for a crime. We see a bit of brutality in him We don't see him much till towards the end but out of all the leaders, I feel as if Jordan while a bit hard is the sanest of all the leaders. We also get a glimpse of Nicola and David the other leaders from the other books though it was basically a few pages for Nicola and david literally appears at the end of the book, which i sort of found pointless as it contributed nothing. We of course meet a new leader who is more savage and blood-thirsty and his 'people' who have the same mindset.
But the biggest character of all who is the cause of the book's plot reappears in this book, after long being thought to be dead and if you think of the title it shouldn't be hard to figure out who it is. Plot In each Gone book, there's a definitive plot that correlates to the books name. You basically have a plot and a problem and it more or less is solved or at least dealt with mostly. With The Enemy, Books one and 2 literally are only meant as introductions. You get introduce to the characters, the zombs but there is not a complete plot as it is more of a set up.
Book Three begins to introduce a plot while still setting up the foundation. But this isn't a bad thing. With Gone, the books are mostly driven by plot and character actions. With the enemy, the first few books are action driven. I have to remember to breathe reading the first one because it was all some action sequence in the first few books. What i love about Higson is that he is not afraid to kill a character off. Hell, Drake was brought back to life lol. Higson will kill a character off in a heartbeat and that always gives a sense of urgency in the plot.
But i finally got what i've always wanted in Book 4. A solid plot that doesn't solely rely on action. It's a bit different going into Book 4 because while action is still there and it's gross We finally get major character development. Do you go against your instinct of what is right and wrong to force yourself to believe what's wrong is right? With all the killing around you and loss, do you let go of the last of your humanity to become like the zombies?
Can a boy who is so small overcome such big odds and adversity? Do you defend and protect others whose stupidity will lead to their downfall and your own? Charlie Higson established his foundation in the first 3 books and he definitely explores more of the character's mindsets and even the zombie's mindset and this book separates itself from the first 3 because it engages you not through the action sequences but through the character's. Zombies Without giving much away, a lot happens with the evolution of the zombies. Book 1 and 2 they essentially were stupid as hell.
Book 3 introduces us to a more methodical and aggressive type of zombies. Book 4 builds on that and we definitely see just how dangerous these zombies are and we even meet a unique sicko who is different from all the rest and is a big part of the plot. Of course St. George is still there as he seems to be the leader of the sickos but we also begin to see new behaviors in the zombies and discover a "communication' that they seem to have developed.
Definite improvement and higson has not let us down just yet with these zombies. For starters, the waitrose kids from Book one are NOT in this book and they are basically mentioned briefly by Sam remembering his time there with them. While I love Ed and his crew and Jordan's crew Being that I met Maxxie, Blue, David and all those characters first I care more about them and I actually enjoyed The Fear over the sacrifice simply because we finally learn what happens to them. Yes David is in this book but there really isn't anything to clue you in about his events from Book Another thing about the mass amount of characters is that certain characters seem to be carbon copies of earlier characters.
I forgot the boy's name but there was one boy in Book one who was a killer and loved to fight and had no problems fighting In book 3 we also had a boy like that. With so many characters, I feel Higson spread himself thin and it's hard to create individual and unique characters to the point it's like "wait Ed doesn't know that dognut was killed in Book He seems to think he may still be alive.
Dognut is mentioned a bit in this book. Ed also thinks of Brooke who of course is dead as well. Sam has been separate from the Waitrose kids for so long that he has no idea that he thinks many of them are still alive.
I love that Higson manages to still connect fallen characters to the present characters. Overall, I'd rate the books as this The Sacrifice: 9. I love the development we get with the zombies and characters and that the plot is not reliant on it's action Sequence. With this, it shows that Charlie is capable of not only describing gross and sick depictions in battles but he is more than capable of making you feel, relate and downright pity some of the characters.
I haven't managed to connect with the characters as much as I did in this book and Charlie's sense of direction writing it shows maturity not within the books and characters but the fact that he is also growing with these books. I docked points simply because I miss my Waitrose kids and i want to know where they are. You need to read this book! Thanks Charlie for a good read.
View all 8 comments. Dec 21, Giselle rated it really liked it. Madd Matt creeps me the fuck out. On to the next! I really loved this book. Once again, this series continues to grow and get better. I can't quite explain what it is about this series that makes it so unique, seeing as it's just one zombie series in a list of many.
And admittedly I haven't read many zombie books. Plus, this series is not a kids series. I would only recommend it for the older YA I really loved this book. Overall, it's really just a great book. Please let Maxie and Blue be in this book! And if they are, please don't kill Maxie and Blue.
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They are bone chilling and creepy as hell! I am so in love with this series. Each book is just brilliant. They are freaky and frantic and flippin' fantastic.
I got warned that this one was a bit slower paced but I really didn't get that at all. A couple of things I really liked through this book are a beginning of a background for the cause of the illness in the first place, and how the adults are adapting. Normally the zombie creatures in anything are shown to just be brainless, destructive and solely focused on eating people. These adults however are getting smarter and starting to use weapons.
Jaz, Johnny, and Shadowman escape to a car but have lost the keys. Shadowman has to go back outside to get the keys off of Ricky's corpse. Once he comes back Jaz won't let him get in the car and he has to wrench the door open. Jaz gets injured by Bluetooth in the process then proceeds to crash the car. Shadowman falls unconscious. Johnny crawled back to his friends and got help despite being injured himself.
Jaz died of blood loss after the crash because a sicko chewed her foot off. He leads his group of kids into an ambush the Fear had created. Only a few of the kids escape. Shadowman sees this from the top of a crane and begins to go back into the centre of the city to warn the others about the Fear.
As he is moving he becomes pursued by Bluetooth and a pack of other adults. Back at the Tower, Ed decides that he is responsible for saving Sam and the Kid and leads a group of kids through the no-go zone into town. They encounter sickos with a grey jelly-like substance.
Eventually, Ryan Aherne and The Hunters bring them to Parliament where Nicola tells them that she knew of DogNut but hasn't heard from him since he first came through. One of Nicola's kids, Bozo, tells the Tower kids how to get into St. Paul's and so Ed and company march into the settlement to rescue Sam and The Kid.
Meanwhile, Sam is being treated to a feast with the weird Cathedral kids. The Kid makes a friend out of a young violinist named Charlotte but is then thrown into a cage. Sam pleads for his friend's life and Matt gets confused. To see who is the real Lamb and who is the Goat he gives them a test. The Kid outwits Matt and says that he is the Lamb, making him look like the Goat pretending to be the Lamb. The Kid is put into a cellar with a sicko by the name of Wormwood. Wormwood can still talk and rambles on to The Kid. The Kid convinces Wormwood not to eat him and starts an escape.
Ed finally arrives at the Cathedral with his group from the Tower and storms in to save Sam and The Kid. His group fight off the sickos who have invaded the Cathedral but Adele, Tish and Brendan all die. The Kid convinces Ed to bring Wormwood along with them as he has influence over the other sickos. Farther into the city Wormwood notices his fellow adults chasing a 'fly. Shadowman reveals that his real name is Dylan and brings them to an old drinking club he had made into a base.
The end of the book shows that the Tower kids and Wormwood have decided to go to the Natural History Museum the next day.