Saturday, September 1, 2012
Revieiw: Undead by Kirsty McKay
Hardcover, 272 pages
Release Date: September 1, 2012
Published by: Scholastic
Description (from Goodreads):
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 brain dead 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!
Well I, like pretty much everyone else, have been on a huge zombie kick lately, so I definitely wanted to check out Undead. But it is not the average zombie story, it isn't overly depressing, it is almost funny, which turned out to be quite enjoyable!
Bobby is an average character, doesn't really stick out to me, and it was pretty apparent that she was the most sane person in the group of survivors.
Smitty was the character that had me laughing out loud almost every time he was present in the story. He was doing insane things, like teasing the zombies. He took everything so lightly, making jokes about it all, and making references to Diehard, which he believed he impersonated when he blew up a gas station. Smitty was my favorite character, he was just great.
The other two survivors in the group were Peter, an albino computer nerd, and Alice, an annoying and rude girl. Both were quite entertaining, and made me laugh.
Undead was a hilarious, zombie infested read, that will make you think twice about taking samples of juice from a man in a carrot suit!