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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906427879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906427870
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A kick-ass teen-action-zombie fest. Fast, furious, freaky, funny and seriously sick. Oh, and did I mention it kicks ass? --Charlie Higson - award-winning author of The Enemy and The Dead

About the Author

KIRSTY McKAY, born in the UK, now lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has written several children's plays for regional theater. UNFED is the sequel to her debut novel UNDEAD. Visit her website at www.kirstymckay.com and follow her on Twitter @kirkybean. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I've had this on my to-read list for years but finally purchased it for my flight to L.A. I am so glad i did!!! This book is epically underrated! It wasn't the glorified thriller/ survival story that most apocalypse stories follow. It was honest and thrilling and kept me at the edge of my seat for the 2 days it took me to read it! I loved the four main characters so much. They were definitely an odd grouping; Alice (the queen Bee), Pete (the weird nerdy kid), Bobby (the loner girl) and Smitty (the token nutcase). Despite their difference of personality they all worked so well as a group and their characters brought something amazing to the story.
Now. The ending. At first i wasn't sure i liked the ending but i have now decided that i love it! It wasn't at all what i was expecting and it took a really original turn. It's slightly sending me mental but isn't that what a book is for; to keep you thinking way after the last line?
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By Kat on 20 July 2014
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The first time I saw Undead I knew I wanted to read it - set in the UK, a bunch of teenagers surviving a zombie apocalypse with some black humour thrown in? Totally my thing. Plus the cover is pretty cool and has coloured pages which I am a complete sucker for.

Undead begins with two characters, Bobby and Smitty being left on the school bus whilst the rest of the class goes into a roadside restaurant for lunch. Smitty is the bad boy of the class, and Bobby is the new girl who doesn't quite fit in after spending several years living outside of the UK.

I'm a little torn as to whether I liked the characters or found them too much of a cliche - I liked Smitty and Bobby's snarky interactions and although the characters are completely different to each other, they do find a way to work together and seeing them develop into a team was interesting. However, the cliched beautiful bimbo and ugly geek did kind of grate on me a little - having their roles reversed would probably have made the characters more appealing and been more fitting with the tone of the book.

For the first 100 pages I was having a lot of fun reading Undead - the black humour and the slightly oddball beginning to the zombie apocalype made it feel different to the usual YA zombie novel. The characters were unique and the situation was so wierd it was almost funny, but the humour and quirkiness lost its appeal after a while and I started to get bored. It did pick up again towards the end, but it made the pacing feel very uneven, and unfortunately I found it quite easy to put the book down and difficult to find the motivation to come back to.
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Bobby is going to join my list of most brilliant narrators ever. She's sarcastic, witty and utterly convincing. Actually all the characters in Undead are. They might a bit stereotypical; queen bee, smarty-pants, troublemaker and the outsider but (and I don't know how) Kirsty McKay makes them so believable.

Smitty and Bobby steal the show without argument, their banter inspired. But you can't count out the others stuck on that bus. (M)Alice is such a whiny hysterical princess yet I still adored her. Alice's reactions made me laugh so much my sides were hurting. Ok honestly my sides hurt through most of Undead but it's still such a thrilling read. There is danger and you really don't know if they'll all make it and I'm not telling. ;)

Kirsty McKay has written an exciting and perilous adventure that would be enough of a great book in its own right, but then you have the characters and Bobby's narration. If you're looking for something to cheer you up, you can't go wrong with (the) Undead.
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As part of my current obsession with any book Zmobie related it was obviously only a matter of time before Amazon recommended Undead to me - I liked the cover, it looked interesting, and what the heck there are flesh eating zombies in it so here goes nothing.

Firstly, this is definitely young adult - sometimes YA fiction can seem like its actually more adult in content, this book was not so much like that. The gore was toned down compared to what you usually get in a zombie book, it was there and some of it was a wee bit gross, but it wasn't anything as bad as some of the things I've read from Rhiannon Frater, or Madeleine Roux. This is not a bad thing unless all you want out of a zombie book is to be grossed out. McKay really focusses on the characters who, all being teenagers, it was really interesting to see how they coped with the situation, without any adult help.

I really like Bobby and Smitty, the two main characters - Bobby has recently moved back to England from the States and Bobby is the class clown / possible future young offender. Their class is on a school skiing trip in Scotland when they stop at a roadside cafe for food, but considering herself an outsider, Bobby decides to stay on the bus, along with Smitty. Once the school popular girl / anorexic / biatch comes running back to the bus with stories of very "Hungry" teachers, Bobby and Smitty soon realize they are in the midst of a zombie apocalypse ...... and there's no one there to help them.

This author included many twists and turns and I felt she understood her characters - None of them made any decisions that I thought a teenager would have been unlikely to make, everything they did fit with what teenagers would probably do, how they would react.
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