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Undead by Kirsty McKay

Saturday, September 1, 2012
Synopsis: 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!

Review: There are some awesome characters in this book – very unique and different from one another. You have Bobby, the loner new girl, Alice who is one of those designer handbag loving girls who picks on people. There is also Smitty who is a trouble maker (a very ATTRACTIVE trouble-maker, might I say so myself), and Pete who is the geeky techy nerd (oh, tech nerds… gotta love them!) in the group. They are all thrown into some extremely character developing situations.
I also really liked how love and romance was NOT the main focus of this book. I mean, I love a good romance every now and then but in a book about “the undead” (bam bam bam…) I wouldn’t expect there to be a dramatic love story. (Unless it was a Romeo and Juliet novel about a zombie boy and a human girl who can’t be together because of the boy’s hunger for flesh… I smell a new novel idea?) Anyway, focusing back on the original topic of this paragraph, I appreciated that Kirsty McKay kept the romance stuff to a minimum. Not to say there wasn’t any flirting, but it was flirting that didn’t steal the whole plot away.
There were some really awesome, funny banter moments in the book! AND they were placed in the perfect, perfect moments! There was some gore (helloooo, it IS a book about zombies) but the humor made it all okay.
There were twists and turns in the plot that just made my jaw drop to the center of the universe and I was definitely not expecting that to happen! Kirty McKay is obviously an extremely talented writer and I MOST DEFINITELY am looking forward to future books by her!

Reviewed by: Maria
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