Saturday, September 1, 2012

Undead by Kirsty McKay ~Release Day Review

Undead
by Kirsty McKay
Series: Undead #1
Publisher: The Chicken House
Publication date: September 1, 2012
Genre: YA Horror/Zombies/Humor
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository


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.
The Undead is a hilariously funny, zombie infested novel with a mismatched group of teens that will have you laughing as they scramble to save themselves when a school ski trip turns into a nightmare. I laughed and groaned at this silly read.

The tale begins when we meet Bobby, she has recently moved back to Scotland after a stint in the US. This has left her feeling like a bit of an outcast, as her language skills offer up a mix of American and the accent of her homeland. She decides to forgo eating lunch at the burger joint and makes due with a PB&J on the bus.  Smitty, a real hottie and rebel is brought back to the bus by their teacher after attempting to buy liquor. While the teacher goes to get Smitty food, they sit with the bus driver. However, when they see their fellow students heading back to the bus, they realize something is serious wrong. When Alice, the cheerleader starts banging on the door screaming, they are trying to eat me you find yourself completely hooked.

McKay offers up a delicious cast of characters, and references to the Breakfast Club are spot on, as we find ourselves on the bus with kinds from every high school social click. I really connected with Bobby. She was sarcastic, fearless, and quick on her feet and her internal conversations had me laughing.  Smitty is your classic bad boy rebel. He was the first to take risks and distract zombies.The interaction between him and Bobby was sweet, funny and a wee bit romantic. Alice is that girl you love to hate.  She is picture perfect, has all the right clothes and not a hair out of place. Too bad she opens up her mouth.  Her snarky comments and insults had me laughing as did her me, me, me attitude. Peter was a total geek and perpetual worrier and helped round out this bunch.  Other characters added to the tale. The zombies while not always in the forefront added to the suspense.

The tale was set in Scotland, but aside from a few popular UK slang terms, this tale could have happened anywhere. This is really a character driven story. The plot is very predictable and thin in some areas. This started out on a real high for me but sadly it never developed into more then a slap-stick comedy. We learn how the kids and townsfolk became infected but little details on why. While zombies do give chase, the main focus of the plot is finding a phone, keeping safe and discovering what turned everyone. The ending wrapped up ok, but we did get a little bit of a cliff-hanger. Similar to those B movies, where you think the monster is dead and it’s all a happy ending, then at the last minute they flash to the monster and queue the creepy music..

 Undead will appeal to fans of comical zombie books. This was a fun, light, read and I imagine it will appeal to a younger audience. I do plan to pick up Unfed book two in this series. 

I want to thank Chicken House and netGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. Buying your copy through the links on this post, result in a small commission  and fund all of the lovely giveaways.

I gave this novel 3 cups of coffee out of 5.
Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba The Caffeinated Book Reviewer
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25 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM , Anonymous Bea @ Bea's Book Nook said...

That's too bad it doesn't live up to its potential but it sounds like a fun book.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:28 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I miss things too lol. Hope you are able to grab a copy it was a fun read.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:28 AM , Anonymous Liz @ Fictional Candy said...

oooh!!! I've wanted this book, and I had no idea it was available on NG. I'm with Christy, I need to check it better! But I've just sent a request, so I'm crossing my fingers lol. This sounds like a fun campy book, I love your review :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:28 AM , Anonymous Heidi said...

I have a copy of this, I know the thin plot and lack of details will bug me as well, but I am looking forward to a mindless funny read!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are too funny!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

Dammit, Kim. I want to read this one really bad, too! I didn't know it was on NG, guess I need to start checking it better.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Danielle :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Ha..this one isn't scary cupcake, it's all humor!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM , Anonymous Melissa's Midnight Musings said...

Great review as always. Zombie books give me the creeps or I would try this one out, especially since it has Breakfast Club references.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was a fun read :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Welcome :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM , Anonymous UnabridgedBookshelf said...

Great Review! I totally agree, and I really liked Bobby and Smitty. I cannot wait to see what happens in Unfed! Thank you for stopping by my review!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Barb, this is fun, doesn't require a whole lotta brain power :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yep, ya gotta accept it for what it is and roll with it..kinda like those mindless TV shows we all enjoy once in a while, you will laugh and groan!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Perfect for a light fun read and easily consumed in an evening!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM , Anonymous Christa Seeley said...

I picked up a copy of this at BEA and was interested to hear whether or not it was any good. Glad to hear it's a little funny. Will be good for some light reading one night.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

*waves to Fran* That is exactly right a campy, humorous zombie read.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM , Anonymous Bella's Shelf said...

Its me, fran :-)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I know exactly what you mean and this is perfect for that moment when you want a silly zombie read.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM , Anonymous Sharon - Obsession with Books said...

I really enjoy a character driven story but also need a bit of development in a plot..

I might put this one on my TBR pile for when I need a bit of comic relief, it does sound like fun.

Thankyou for sharing your wonderful review :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM , Anonymous books and beyond said...

This looks like a fun, campy, read. Zombies? You won me over there! I am looking forward to checking it out!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yep, it was funny :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

It sure looks fun, and scary for that matter too ;) Comical..hm, who knows

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Kimberly, it certainly was and I hope you enjoy it.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:31 AM , Anonymous Kimberly @ Turning The Pages said...

Now this one seems like my type of read. I'm totally making the mister buy me this one. Great review, I like how you said it was more of a charxter driven story. I like to read those types of books every now and again.

 

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