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Book Title: Les Trépassés|
Date of issue: June 21st 2012
ISBN 13: 9782266210607
The author of the book: Charlie Higson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 410 KB
Edition: Pocket Jeunesse
Read full description of the books Les Trépassés:"Don't talk to the driver when the bus is in motion, or the driver will shoot you. Got that?"
I am experiencing a real problem right about now, because there are SO MANY THINGS I would like to convo about regarding this book, but guess how many of my friends (real-life or on GR) have read this? You guessed it: zero.
I repeat, GAH.
So, anyway. This is the sequel/prequel to The Enemy, but it follows a (mostly) different set of characters. This frustrated me for a good bit of the book, but I did grow to care for them just as much as I did for the original cast. (I still want more Achilleus in my life, though.)
Why You Should Add This Series to Your Pile
1. The action scenes, a.k.a. zombie munching, are described in just the right amount of gruesome detail, and are expertly peppered throughout the book so that it's nearly impossible to tell when yet ANOTHER beloved character is gonna get chomped. For real. I even read a spoiler on accident so I knew a specific kid would die, and the author straight up told us a zombie was stalking them, but when the attack came it was RIGHT at the moment that I had let my guard down. Sigh.
2. Ed, the protag, is so good. He struggles with himself so much. Ed is just a wonderfully decent kid in a world where decency is a liability. His friendship with Jack is tested in so many ways during the story, and I don't say that in a "heartwarming" sense. Their relationship was realistic and stressful.
3. I think the author's sense of humor is perfection. It adds just the right amount of levity to the otherwise hardcore story. I was in love with the fact that the group of little kids who were nerdy and curious referred to themselves as the Brain Trust ("If we don't even know what [brain trust] means," said Arthur, "I can't see us being the finest minds in the world.") and, more than that, that they continued to be referred to as the Brain Trust by the author throughout the rest of the story. Yay.
4. A significant theme carrying over from the first book is violence and how participating in it, even in matters of life and death, can change a person. This theme was central to Ed's development as a character.
5. Mr. Higson is a great plotter. There were at least two moments in this book where I had that overwhelming feeling of "DUH", also known as "I SHOULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING". Everything just clicked into place so well. (view spoiler)[The reason this is on my "one lone tear" shelf... my eyes started welling up a bit at the very end. I noted with terror the part in the middle where Matt and his fellow cult members discuss the fact that "the Goat" needs to be sacrificed. I spent the whole book expecting them to kill Jack/Ed/Bam/somebody. And then at the end, when it turned out that Sam and the Kid were It, I was floored... Frick, "The Kid". The Goat. KID GOAT. I love the Kid so much that right in this moment I solemnly swear that if he gets sacrificed by crazy cult members in the next book, I will flip my lid. KID BE SAFE I LOVE YOU!!!!! (hide spoiler)]
Bottom line? You should read this. If for no other reason (maybe my list wasn't as persuasive as I hoped), then read it because I said so. Evil governments/teen romance are over-rated, people. Give zombie survival another try! <3
P.S. There was no seamless way to work this in... I love Jordan Hordern so much. What a BAMF.
Read information about the authorHigson was educated at Sevenoaks School and at the University of East Anglia (where his brother has taught since 1986 and is now a professor of film studies) where he met Paul Whitehouse, David Cummings and Terry Edwards. Higson, Cummings and Edwards formed the band The Higsons of which Higson was the lead singer from 1980 to 1986. They released two singles on the Specials' 2-Tone label. Higson then became a plasterer before he turned to writing for Harry Enfield with Paul Whitehouse and performing comedy. He came to public attention as one of the main writers and performers of the BBC Two sketch show The Fast Show (1994-2000). He worked with Whitehouse on the radio comedy Down the Line and is to work with him again on a television project, designed to be a spoof of celebrity travel programmes.[1:]
He worked as producer, writer, director and occasional guest star on Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) from 2000 to 2001. Subsequent television work has included writing and starring in BBC Three's Fast Show spin-off sitcom Swiss Toni. He is currently starring in Tittybangbang series 3 on BBC Three and has appeared as a panellist on QI.
He published four novels through the early to mid 1990s which take a slightly dystopian look at everyday life and have a considerably more adult tone than his other work, with characters on the margins of society finding themselves spiraling out of control, leading him to be described by Time Out as 'The missing link between Dick Emery and Brett Easton Ellis' [2:]
In 2004, it was announced that Higson would pen a series of James Bond novels, aimed at younger readers and concentrating on the character's school-days at Eton. Higson was himself educated at Sevenoaks School where he was a contemporary of Jonathan Evans, current Director General of MI5. The first novel, SilverFin, was released on 3 March 2005 in the UK and on 27 April 2005 in the U.S. A second novel, Blood Fever, was released on 5 January 2006 in the UK and 1 June in the U.S. The third novel, Double or Die, was published on 4 January 2007 having had its title announced the day before. The next, Hurricane Gold, came out in hardcover in the UK in September 2007.[3:]In this year he also made a debut performance on the panel show QI. His final Young Bond novel, By Royal Command, was released in hardcover in the UK on the 3 September 2008.[4:]
Charlie has signed a deal to pen a new series of children's books for Puffin. According to the author, "They are going to be action adventures, but with a horror angle
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