Undead by Kirsty McKayUndead by Kirsty McKay


byKirsty McKay

Paperback | July 30, 2013

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"Blood spurts; entrails drag; body parts shed; hearts (living ones throb) - it's all good, gory fun."*

The day of the ski trip, when the bus pulls up at a roadside restaurant, everyone gets off and heads in for lunch. Everyone, that is, except the new girl, Bobby, who stays behind with Smitty, the class bad boy.

Then hours pass. As the snow piles up and darkness falls, Bobby and Smitty begin to worry. Until they finally see the other kids heading back.

But they've changed. And not in a good way. Yeah, they're zombies. And the doors to the bus are all that stand between Bobby and Smitty becoming their next meal!

The chill of The Shining, the thrill ride of Speed, the humor of Shaun of the Dead, and the angst of The Breakfast Club! It's a bloody mad mash-up, a school-trip splatter-fest, a funny, gory, frighteningly good debut!

KIRSTY MCKAY, born in the UK, now lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has written several children's plays for regional theater; this is her debut novel. Visit her website at www.kirstymckay.com and follow her on Twitter @kirkybean.
Title:UndeadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.04 × 5.29 × 0.59 inPublished:July 30, 2013Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545381894

ISBN - 13:9780545381895

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Action-pack zombie book with strong characters and an unique story line.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More slapstick than gory, a fun zombie novel! In one word: Entertaining! With its slapstick humour, Undead reminds me of one of those cheesy B-horror movies. A group of teenage kids are on a field trip in Aviemore, Scotland, and their school bus pulls into the Cheery Chomper café (how appropriate!) for a bite to eat. The heroine of the story, Bobby, is a bit of a loner. She was originally from London, and then her family moved to the United States. Now her family has relocated to Scotland. The American kids made fun of her British accent, and now the Brit kids make fun of her American accent! A girl can’t get a break! She decides she would rather stay on the bus and eat her bagged lunch than feel like a loser sitting by herself. The teacher, Mr. Taylor, tells Rob Smitty, the class rebel, that he will be staying on the bus with him as punishment for trying to buy alcohol and smokes with a fake ID. Smitty convinces Mr. Taylor to go into the café to buy him a sandwich, which leaves Bobby and Smitty alone on the school bus with the driver. Alice Hicks, the resident pretty girl, comes running out of the restaurant claiming that everyone is dead. Of course, Bobby and Smitty think that she’s overreacting and a bit of a lunatic. That is, until, they see Mr. Taylor stumbling towards the school bus with arms stretched out and blood dripping down his chin. Along the way, the kids run into other survivors and they band together. They have to be resourceful to stay one step ahead of the monsters trying to kill them. Bobby’s strength and courage makes her a great heroine, and Smitty is just crazy and reminds me of Shaggy from Scooby-Doo who always acts as the bait in a diversion. Alice is snarky and annoying, and I am sure that Bobby and Smitty were tempted to leave her behind on more than one occasion! Despite their differences, they do manage to work together. It was a fun and light read that held my interest but be forewarned: The book ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger. I have to add that I love the cover! It adds to the comic horror feel of the book, and I love that it is a girl that is holding the bloody ax! This is McKay’s debut novel, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Unfed, which is expected to be released in September 2013. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.
Date published: 2013-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I'm a sucker for anything zombie - it's an obsession almost to the point that it's shameful. So picture a happy me hugging this book when I found it as a surprise in my mailbox. CUE EXCITEMENT. And thankfully, Undead did deliver plenty of excitement. And plenty of zombies. Which is all I really need in a zombie book, so keep in mind that if zombies just aren't your thing. REASONS TO READ: 1. Non-stop action: Undead starts with a bang, ends with a bang, and every chapter is guaranteed to include a little emotional angst, some blood, and a scene that will leave your heart pounding. I felt like I was constantly waiting for a monster to jump out at me - which is saying a lot because I don't get that feeling too often while reading books. 2. Conspiracy theories that will make your head spin: Admittedly, zombie stories aren't known for being the most creative - they're usually standard fare. But Undead doesn't launch into theories about why there are zombies right away (something to do with kids running for their lives). But once they do? I appreciated that there were a few surprises. Some things were predictable, but not everything. 3. Characters who evolve: I wasn't too sure what to think of Smitty and Bobby at first. They didn't grab me initially, but they quickly wormed their way into my little heart. Bobby especially took a while to get to know, because she has herself so well-guarded and hidden away. But I was surprised about halfway through the book how much I was rooting for these two to get out of there alive. And? I loved that they could poke fun at each other and their situation. Undead is great partially because of the jokes and how it doesn't take itself too seriously - which is key for a zombie horror book. I still felt like I was hoping for more from Undead to really WOW me though. Secondary characters that were more dimensional, a stronger & more unique story behind exactly what's taking place and why... both would have turned this into a book that I loved rather than just one I liked. But this is still an excellent pick for fans of zombies like me. Review copy received from Scholastic Canada for my honest review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2013-01-14

Read from the Book

From UndeadA crimson trail leads from the puddle to the front of the bus."What the...?" Smitty backs up into me.The screech comes again, closer this time. I stare into the snow, eyes straining. A vague shape is stumbling in the whiteness."Move!" Smitty is behind me now, in the driver's seat. He slams the lever and the door unfolds shut."Hey!" I protest, then fall back in shock as the screech appears at the door, slapping hard and fast. Through the glass I see baby blue and yellow, a bundle of blond hair, and shiny pink nails scraping the glass."Open the door!" I shout at Smitty. And when he doesn't obey, I scrabble up the steps and hit the lever myself.A manic figure propels itself into the bus. It's Alice Hicks. She lifts her head, black mascara dripping down her pretty face."Dead!" she screams. "Everybody's dead!"

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Undead"A kick-ass teen-action zombie fest. Fast, furious, freaky, funny, and seriously sick. Oh, and did I mention it kicks ass?" -Charlie Higson, author of the Young Bond and Enemy series"A hilarious and lively mix of cunning, bravery, and tomfoolery . . . First-rate fun." -School Library Journal"McKay plays her tale for maximum snark . . . humor and action keep the pages turning . . . Blood spurts; entrails drag; body parts shed; hearts (living ones) throb - it's all good, gory fun." -Kirkus*"The typical school-centered zombie story is given a fabulous reboot in McKay's debut novel . . . The perfect balance of humor and horror . . . A fun, pulse-pounding addition to the zombie genre." -VOYA"Fun to devour." -Booklist