By Kirsty McKay
Hardcover; 272 pages
Expected publication: September 1, 2012 by Scholastic
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Out of sight, out of their minds: It's a school-trip splatter fest and completely not cool when the other kids in her class go all braindead on new girl Bobby.
The day of the ski trip, when the bus comes to a stop at a roadside restaurant, everyone gets off and heads in for lunch. Everyone, that is, except Bobby, the new girl, who stays behind with rebel-without-a-clue Smitty.
Then hours pass. Snow piles up. Sun goes down. Bobby and Smitty start to flirt. Start to stress. Till finally they see the other kids stumbling back.
But they've changed. And not in a good way. Straight up, they're zombies. So the wheels on the bus better go round and round freakin' fast, because that's the only thing keeping Bobby and Smitty from becoming their classmates' next meal. It's kill or be killed in these hunger games, heads are gonna roll, and homework is most definitely gonna be late.
Combining the chill of THE SHINING, the thrill ride of SPEED, the humor of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and the angst of THE BREAKFAST CLUB, Kirsty McKay's UNDEAD is a bloody mad mash-up, a school-trip splatter-fest, a funny, gory, frighteningly good debut!
I will be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot out of Undead. Despite my love for zombies, it’s pretty thin which made me worry about development. Thankfully, I was worried for no reason.
I think what made me enjoy Undead so much was the fact that McKay managed to develop such characters in such a short time, while keeping you glued to the pages with non-stop action. I loved the characters from the very start, even Alice who isn’t the most likeable person. They all bring their own special touch to the story, and their relationships with each other were great. I laughed numerous times throughout the book.
Would these be the reactions of a few teenagers caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? I’m not sure. I suppose it would depend on the person, but I will admit their cheer was a bit much, given the circumstances. So, I hope Unfed sheds light on the fact that these characters have possibly lost everyone they love.
The book seemed to have a tongue-in-cheek way of implementing clichés, making them amusing rather than annoying. You have your bad boy, your geeky smart character, your self-absorbed airhead, and your gutsy protagonist. You have a creepy house, a conspiracy, and a bit of a twist. But it all worked. I would definitely recommend giving this one a shot, especially my fellow zombie lovers.