Undead Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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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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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?
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 10 year old daughter is currently reading and enjoying this book. Love the blood stained pages, great touch.Published 3 months ago by Miss L.
I'm a thirty-something adult. I don't like zombie movies. So I was more than a little surprised I liked "Undead". Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tinseltown
At the age of 23 (22 when i read this); I'm aware that I'm not the target audience for this book. However...this doesn't stop me from reading a good book! Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2014 by A. James
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This book sounds really good but it would be even better if there was a kindle edition for this bookPublished on 16 April 2013 by Pen Name
I first read this book after a friend recommended it to me, and I was not disappointed! From start to end it had me laughing and wanting more, the characters were great and the... Read morePublished on 9 April 2013 by Catherine
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