The Fear Review

Last review for the day! Here you go. This is the third book in the series and where everything got connected. It is probably the most horrific, because of the amount of named character deaths. It’s okay tho. I love it all the same.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers ahead.

The Fear by Charlie Higson

Synopsis From The Book

The sickness struck everyone sixteen and over. Mothers and fathers, older brothers, sisters, and best friends. No one escaped its touch. And now children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups who are hungry, bloodthirsty, and not giving up.

DogNut and the rest of his crew, in search of the friends they lost during the fire, set off on a deadly mission from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and beyond, as the sickos lie in wait. But who are their friends and who is the enemy in this changed world?

Horror – Monsters | YA – M | Major Deaths, Cannibalism, Gun Violence | Friendship, Survival, Courage and Fear

Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Sooo here we are at the end of the month and it is crunch time. For me, not for you. You all won’t get these next sets of reviews until after I’m done. Regardless, I will finish this series this month. I will. And so yes, now we dive in, again, to this world of monsters! Exciteddd

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

Hurray! I know see how everything lined up. Also, oh my god!! DogNut noooo! Courtney noooo. Seeing how everything lined up has my heart hurting so badly. I just want them to be happy and I thought DogNut would survive, but he did not. How horrible. Also the Halloway kids are strong. Goodness. They took out the grown ups so fast when compared to the others. Wowow. Anyway! Next book!

Plot Overview:

This book begins before the events of the first. And leads up to the first and second.

DogNut is bored and has decided to search for Brooke. Together, with a crew, they leave the Tower. They head by river and find themselves at another settlement called Parliment. They meet kids, a hundred or so, who have made a group together. Brooke and the others are not there. But the group tells them where to find David.

On the way to David, they run in with some kids called Hunters who are for hire killers of the monsters. They help them out. Dognut’s group gets to David and before he can convince them to leave one of the girls, who they had been looking for, told them to go to the Natural History Museum.

They escape the palace at night and find themselves trapped by monsters everywhere. They wander into one house owned by the Collector, who kills one of their party members, Olivia. They make it to the Museum and find their friends but the girl’s brother goes nuts. He demands they kill the monster. With kids from the museum, DogNut’s group, and the hunter group from before (Ryan’s group), they make it to the house. They find Olivia’s body and kill the Collector with a lot of effort.

The go back to the Museum and DogNut learns Courtney likes him, as well as the fact that the Museum is trying to find a cure. DogNut decides he wants to go home. They leave but on the way are attacked, and Brooke is left alive, while a few escape. Brooke is taken back by some party to David, she is gravely injured and not recognized by David who hates her. She tells them, Maxine and Blue, about the Natural History Museum.

After the group first left David, the story split to follow them as well. David has meetings to make plans against the Tower and the Museum. He sends Jester out with some people to go looking for kids. Jester and one of his best friends Shadowman (a kid who refuses to be with others and is on his own). They go but end up attacked. Jester has to leave Shadowman behind but Shadowman survives. Jester abandons the others and makes his way to another group (start of The Enemy). Shadowman somehow finds a large group of the adults and begins to follow them and watch them, seeing how they killed the last survivor at Waitrose, and trying to make up for the lives that were taken.

What I Liked:

The Collector; This is one creepy grownup. He collects things and people, kids. I was not prepared for such an opening to this book, not really. Then seeing him have to be defeated for what he did, was an interesting battle. I liked reading his adult perspective, as compared to the others. Maybe it’s just growing on me.

DogNut; I really liked him in book two, but I don’t think I was prepared to have this book about him. We got to meet all sorts of new people through his perspective. It was nice to see how these connections. And then he died and my heart broke, because his death meant little to me in book one, but now it has so much more weight.

The Connection; Seeing how all the characters are connected, and how they are built to get together, was beautiful. I think I didn’t really know to expect how the series was going to go, but seeing how each book has been about different characters each time… I am really liking these connections. The link up is going to get all that much more satisfying in the end.

Brooke; She’s a sweet girl. I’m so sorry that she had to witness the horror that she did.

Courtney; I can’t believe she died! my Courtney noooo. Her death really hit me more than DogNut’s. I only wanted her to be happy.

David; Seeing how twisted he is, as well as just being a scared kid, is interesting. I know he’s a big antagonist, but I’m not sure by how much yet.

Jester; I can’t believe him. He left his friends to die. I knew he wasn’t that great, but I wasn’t prepared for what he did. I can’t with him. He really needs to be redeemed.

Shadowman; This kid. He was left for dead. Then he went and survived AND followed the grownups that were gathering? He has my support all the way. I hope he lives on, because he is doing the good work for all the kids.

The Hierarchy of the GrownUps; Seeing it develop and seen through Shadowman’s eyes is interesting. I wasn’t really all caring for it to begin with but as we got more of it, I did become more invested.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

None. This book was already so sad and a great connection to everything.

Rating: 4.5/5

Notable Quotes:


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