October 13, 2012

Review of Undead (Undead #1) by Kirsty McKay


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!

Undead (Undead #1) by Kirsty McKay
Publication Date:  September 1, 2012
Publisher:  The Chicken House

This trailer was seriously making me nauseous!
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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

Imagine coming home from a school ski trip.  Sounds pretty normal, right?  Now imagine stopping at a diner for a quick bite to eat before continuing on home on the bus.  Yup, still sounds pretty normal… Now imagine all your classmates and the teachers turning into the walking dead.  ZOMBIES!

This is exactly what happened to Bobby and her classmates.  One minute she’s watching her classmates depart the bus leaving her time to use the bathroom on the bus, and the next minute, popular cheerleader chick, Alice, comes screaming out of the diner going on and on about people eating each other.  Worse nightmare come to life, ever.

With only a handful of classmates left, they are now left all alone needing to do what it takes to survive the onslaught of the horde.  But zombies don’t seem to be the only things that this group of kids need to be wary of.  And perhaps all that Bobby knew of her family is not what she thought it was…

I wanted to love this book.  I mean with that cover, I was sure that it would be everything I had hoped it would be when it came to zombie books.  Sadly, something was lacking…or maybe there just a little bit too much of a good thing.  Undead has some seriously funny parts.  Genuine laugh out loud parts, but then after a while, it was too much.  The funnies ended up not being as funny anymore.  Maybe it’s just me…

There are characters in Undead that are easily likeable and a joy to follow.  And yet, there are others that I just hoped that a zombie would catch up to and bite.  Then there would be no more talking coming from them, primarily Alice.  I know, I know, she’s supposed to be your average high school queen bee, snobby, stuck up, everyone must worship the ground they walk on, etc. etc., but does she really need to start everything in French?  Really?  Seriously?  Euh non, c’est très ennuyeux…

Zombies are scary!  We all know that.  And yet, I found the zombies in the book a little lacking.  Sure, they were frightening, but with the characters having the ability to thwart their every move, but simply “playing chicken” and by dodging (if you can dodge a zombie…you can dodge a ball),  the fear of the zombie was just not as extreme.

Everything was pretty predictable, right down to the cliff-hanger ending.  Although I wanted to LOVE this story, I did find parts pretty enjoyable and still quite happy that I had the opportunity to read this one.  As one who is #TeamZombie all the way, I have a hard time passing up a zombie book.  I for one, am still happy that I read Undead, and fans of zombie reads will still get a kick out of the storyline.

Now, can anyone tell me where to get a pair of those boots?  Must have!

About the Author:

From author site


I grew up in the North East of England, but I don’t sound like it (except when shouting at the footy). Now I live in the North East of the USA, another place full of crazy sports fans with mad accents. In between the two I lived in London – mainly in the North East of London, actually – do we see a pattern here..?

I trained as an actor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and trod the boards for a few years, then became a producer, running my own touring theatre company. It was during this time that I started writing plays for children and pantomimes, some of which are still being performed today. In fact, if you watched a panto at a school in England any time over the last twelve years, there’s a pretty good chance that I wrote it. (That’s if it was any good. If not, then it was definitely not one of mine.)

In 2008 the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators named me a winner of their search for new writers, and published my work in their inaugural anthology, Undiscovered Voices.

My first novel UNDEAD will be published by Chicken House on 1st September 2011. Order now Waterstones and Amazon

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  1. I’m on the waiting list for this at my local library. I love the cover and hope to enjoy it soon. Sorry to hear it didn’t quite cut it for you.

  2. Katie

    I’m not sure if I’m legitimately excited about the book, or if I’m just giddy over the awesomeness of the cover. In any case, I’ve been looking forward to it for awhile. I’m a little bummed that it doesn’t sound quite as good as I hoped. I still might give it a shot just out of curiosity. Thanks for the review!

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