The Fear (Higson novel)

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The Fear
Author Charlie Higson
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Enemy
Genre Horror, Young Adult, Thriller
Publisher Puffin Books
Publication date
15 September 2011
Media type Print (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-14-138464-1
OCLC 373478708
Followed by The Sacrifice

The Fear is a post-apocalyptic young adult horror novel written by Charlie Higson. The book, released by Puffin Books in the UK on 15 September 2011 and by Disney Hyperion in the US on 11 May 2010,[1] is the third book in a planned seven-book series, titled The Enemy.[2][3] The Fear takes place in London, a year after a worldwide sickness has infected adults, turning them into something akin to voracious, cannibalistic zombies.


Puffin Books released the first novel in the series, titled The Enemy, in the UK on 3 September 2009; Disney Hyperion released it in the US on 11 May 2010.[3] Puffin Books released the second novel in the series, titled The Dead, on 16 September 2010; the third novel, titled The Fear, on 15 September 2011; the fourth novel, The Sacrifice, on 20 September 2012; the fifth novel, The Fallen, on 12 September 2013; the sixth novel, The Hunted, on 4 September 2014;[4] and the final book, The End, is scheduled to be released in 2015.[5] Disney Hyperion released Higson's short story companion book in the series, titled Geeks vs. Zombies, on 5 June 2012;[6] it portrays an exclusive scene from The Fear, on World Book Day.[7]


In The Fear(which is set five days before the events in The Enemy) DogNut and seven others leave the Tower of London to find friends whom they have been separated from. DogNut's crew consists of Courtney, Olivia, Al, Marco, Felix, Finn, and Jessica. Meanwhile, Jester (David King's wingman) leaves Buckingham Palace to search for fighters to help David expand his kingdom. Accompanying Jester are his long-time friend Shadowman and three other volunteers: Alfie, Kate, and Tom. Throughout the novel both groups face many obstacles, increasing the already high death toll. The book begins with DogNut and his group setting off on their exploration. They use a boat to kayak down the Thames, but they hit a rock that damages the kayak beyond repair. The group makes it out safely and are guided to the Houses of Parliament, where another group of kids have taken shelter. At the Houses of Parliament, they meet a guard named Bozo, who is attacked by a group of squatters headed by a boy named Carl. The eight are then questioned of their intentions and informed about David King's current actions by Nicola, the leader of the Houses of Parliament kids. When they ask about the Tesco truck from The Dead, they are told that it "kept on driving." Using the information about David , the explorers begin searching for Buckingham Palace, which is only a short trek away from the Houses of Parliament. On their way, the eight are attacked by some "Gym Bunnies", are almost overwhelmed but are saved by a group of hunters headed by a boy named Ryan. Ryan further informs them about David before the hunters depart.


  1. ^ Higson, Charlie (2011). The Fear. Puffin. p. 460. ISBN 9780141384665. 
  2. ^ "Is Young Bond Series 2 still a possibility?". Young Bond Dossier. 24 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "First look at The Enemy". The Young Bond Dossier. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Higson, Charlie (4 September 2014). The Hunted (Paperback ed.). ISBN 9780141336107. 
  5. ^ "A Master Class in Dealing With the Undead". Mostly-Books. 15 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Higson, Charlie (5 June 2012). Geeks vs. Zombies. Disney Hyperion. p. 34. ISBN 9780141344249. 
  7. ^ "Book Description: Geeks v. Zombies". 2012.