When their ski-coach pulls up at a cafe, and everyone else gets off, new girl Bobby and rebel Smitty stay behind. They hardly know each other but that changes when through the falling snow, the see the others coming back. Something has happened to them. Something bad...Soon only a pair of double doors stand between those on the bus and their ex-friends the Undead outside. Time to get a life.
Author Kirsty McKay is a major new horror writer for ages 12+. Terrifyingly accomplished and blackly funny.
©2011 Kirsty McKay (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
I really enjoyed the story and so did my class in the school where I teach.
It's fun, fast paced and well performed (although the Scottish accents are a bit hit and miss)
I LOVED it!! This was my kind of (very British!) humour - sarcastic, ironic, sardonic (but not overly comedic or slapstick in any way, I assure you!!); A relatively novel premise, written insightfully; Brilliant action scenes; A wonderful set of oh so British characters - a total snapshot of school life as we here know it; Some surprisingly well written emotional moments; A journey of learning about each others true characters, for the 4 main kids, rather than the masks and personas they wear at school. Some real strength of character comes out in even the most peeving characters, which really deepens their relationships and hence the readers enjoyment of the book; A smidge of romance - skilfully written, with just enough, and no more so that rather than being the same old tiresome soppy YA romance stories/love triangles, it was just this sweet blossoming of two acquaintances into a friendship born under fire... then gradually, gently they eventually tipped the balance into more than just friends.
The only hints of anything I wasn't so keen on were all pretty small niggles, really. Possibly she could have written the castle section a bit less famous five-y ... Whilst I love those books from my childhood, it would have been nice to have had a bit more thought gone into how to tackle 'locked up in castle by bad guys' without it coming off as... well... famous five-y! ;)
Then there was the situation with Bobby's mum ... Ok so she may not have been actually involved in the evil plot - but when she figured it out, why didn't she contact bobby and get her and the other kids to safety, since she surely knew that they were in the wrong area at the absolute WRONGEST time!! As I said though - small niggles!
All in all, this was a fun read. Action and humour and the great reading kept me reading much longer than i should have been, and I read it in under 2 days :) Trust me - if you love zombies, or just want to try the genre, read this book!!
"Waste of money.......Great Narrator"
Undead is the worst Zombie story ever.... It was agony to listen all the way through...What a waste of time........... The Narrator was great! She did the best she could with this JUNK!!!
It was boring, the plot was awful, and the Characters were just weak...
"For all we know, this is some whacked-out haggis flu..."
I haven't been a teenager in more than 20 years; I don't know if kids today really talk the way they do in this novel, but I'd like to think so.
It's not deep or groundbreaking, but I had a lot of fun listening to Undead. It's a classic zombie story, with a group of high schoolers (a loser, a rebel, a geek and a teen queen) in an isolated area, fighting off the undead and making lots of snappy comments as they do it. There's some teenage angst, but not too much. A touch of romance, but nothing sappy.
The narration is solid, though I felt some of the more sarcastic lines could do with a bit more zing.
Will there be a sequel? The ending certainly hints at one. The final hour raises lots of questions. I just wish the major revelation about the source of the infection didn't feel so hastily tacked on and was explained more convincingly and thoroughly. But this is the only real flaw I found in the book.
"Good zombie story"
It is narrated by a scottish lady, but you get used to the accent pretty quick. Typical survivor story, with a picked on heroine, but she is tough and turns into a good leader. The ending was kind of abrupt, wondering if there are plans for a sequel.
"Funny YA Zombie Book"
This book was really funny for the subject matter. Kind of Shaun of the Dead meets Twilight. The narrator has a British accent which kind of threw me, since the main character, Bobby is a person who just moved to Great Britain from the US. She keeps forgetting to call french fries "chips" but she has a heavy English accent. The story was pretty standard, but wholly entertaining. Short(just over 7 hours), but I found myself laughing out loud a few times. Not worth a credit, but worth paying cash.
"Great Light Listen - Didn't go to bed until 3"
All the great elements of a good, light (if in the zombie world there is such a thing), zombie thriller. Suspense, well narrated, and pretty funny in places. This is not just for young adults and would make a fantastic listen on the road.
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