Happy Monday once again! Today you get three more book reviews from this series. I know, I know, you want my NEWTs. Well, Voidfriends. It’s not happening for a while, remember? I have all those other book reviews that I just have to get out. From all the series I read. It makes this all the more difficult. Do know that I am happily moving along in my NEWTs. You will get the first book next week!
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 Sacrifice by Charlie Higson
Synopsis From The Book
The Sacrifice picks up after Small Sam and The Kid arrive at the Tower of London at the end of The Dead. Though Sam finds safety and friendship at the Tower with Jordan Hordern’s crew, he can’t settle down. The only thing he wants is to be reunited with his sister, Ella. Despite Ed’s protests, Sam and the Kid strike out westward, through the no-go zone.
Meanwhile, Shadowman is tracking Saint George across north London, watching him build up his army. Shadowman knows that Saint George is an extremely dangerous threat, but no one will take his warnings seriously.
Horror – Monsters | YA – M | Major Deaths, Cannibalism, Gun Violence | Friendship, Survival, Courage and Fear
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
So, the edition I have here is the UK version rather than the US version. The US is aged up and some things are changed (I’ve read), so it’s going to be interesting to see how things are different.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Wow. I’m so excited. I know the next book is Maxie and Blue, so I’m kind of down about that, but The Kid, Sam, and Ed are my favorites. I just want Sam to get to Ella, and I just want Ed to stay alive.
Also a cure, that’d be nice.
Shortly after arriving, Sam has realized how all the kids are making sheep noises towards him. Ed explains that it’s because of Matt’s crazy ramblings from the year before. Sam and The Kid sit in on a hearing where another kid is kicked out. Brendan, who goes into the no-go zone. Later, Ed is saved a girl named Tish who convinces Sam and The Kid to go with her. Because DogNut is not coming back. They do. She leads them through the city at to a Cathedral, where they meet Matt who is alive.
Shadowman is following The Fear, the group of grown ups lead by St. George. He runs into some kids and has to save them but some die. He ends up in IKEA where they want to retaliate back against the grown ups, not believing Shadowman’s stories and beliefs that they are more intelligent now. The party is destroyed and Shadowman has to flee for himself.
Ed realized that Sam is missing so he tells Jordan he’s going. He takes five others and they leave. They go into the no-go zone and are saved by Ryan who takes them to Nicola at Parliment. She tells them about David and how if Ella is alive, she’s at the Natural History Museum. She also tells them about the religious kids called the Greens and Ed puts two and two together realizing that’s where Sam was taken by Tish. With his group they head there.
Sam and The Kid are locked up by Matt’s Crew. They try to get The Kid to admit he’s The Goat, and The Kid is able to trick them a little but not for long. He is sacrificed to Wormwood, an adult who has a mind. The Kid talks his way out of being eaten, and escapes with Wormwood. Sam is put on a pedestal and people worship him.
Ed arrives with lightning and threatens Matt, that he should have killed him earlier. They take Sam and ask if anyone else is going. Tish, a girl named Charolette, and Brendan (who was there and the reason they knew Sam was at the Tower to send Tish there to begin with), go with Ed’s team. They escape and find The Kid and Wormwood. They realize that Wormwood can control the grown ups. And Matt’s team are able to save themselves the best they can. Ed loses a kid saving Charolette. And have to leave Tish and Brendan behind so that they can escape with Wormwood (the kids volunteered cuz Ed, who was gonna stay, had to lead them forward and The Kid would not go without Wormwood).
While escaping Wormwood knows that others are chasing a kid and Ed convinces them to save this kid after sending his fastest runner back to The Tower to report to Jordan. The kid they save is Shadowman, and they stay the night with him.
What I Liked:
Ed; My boy Ed! Here he is finding a kid, making a promise and going to save that kid no matter what. Him showing up as Matt was talking about thunder, was so exciting. It was the perfect entrance. Then we got to see him and Kyle battling at their typical pace. Every time their fighting is described I’m like wow. It sounds so amazing. They are in perfect sync.
The Kid; The Kid, when he was first introduced, was interesting, however watching this kid talk his way out of being eaten? Nah… He’s more than just interesting. This kid is super cool. He might not make much sense at times, because lots of what he says are references and the likes, but he’s smart and he’s going to keep Sam alive.
Sam; This beautiful poor sweet boy. I just want him to find his sister. Why does Matt keep talking about him? Why do the zombies want him? Is he the cure? He sure is. And I don’t know how kids are going to figure out to use that to save them all.
Kyle; This kid is so entertaining. The relationship between Ed and him is so interesting to me. Learning more about him was concerning, but I do understand a bit on why he’s surviving as he is.
Matt; This kid survived? And then he amassed more kids to believe him? Not gonna lie, his religious words and the likes seem a lot like prophecy to me, or that he’s reading into the grown up thoughts. I’m not sure yet, but I do like how he’s using it to his advantage.
Wormwood; I’m interested in who he is, but him being conscious and not eating kids all the time. He’s relatively safe, and I want to know how he’s going to be used.
Progression; So we got half the characters in this book, we should get the other half in the next book. This book was so entertaining, and I’m not gonna lie, its my favorite book thus far, as we see how consequences are changing the world.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed: