Title: Undead (Undead #1)
Author: Kirsty McKay
Published by: Chicken House
When their ski-coach pulls up at a cafe, new girl Bobby and rebel Smitty stay behind. They hardly know each other, but that changes when they see the others coming back. Something has happened to them – something bad. Soon, only a pair of double doors stands between those on the bus and their ex-friends outside.
I got myself a copy of Undead from a book buffet promo sale of Scholastic Warehouse in Manila. I have no idea that it is part of a series. Luckily, it is the first book. Undead is one of those books about zombies like so many others out there. But it is also not your ordinary zombie story. Bobby was on a school skiing trip in Scotland before the start of class. Exciting, eh? Not really. She is the new girl, having moved back to the UK after spending few years in the US. Now, she has to relearn the language, and oh, don’t forget the accent. Kids think she has a funny accent. What should be a time to make new friends and bond with her new classmates turned out to be a school trip straight from hell. She can’t believe British high school is as brutal as the American one. But not to worry, they are on their way home now, but first, they stopped for lunch in a cafe. Not Bobby, though, she opted to stay inside the bus together with a fellow student, Smitty. The leather jacket clad, rebel and dropout in the making Smitty. And from there, things escalated quickly. Their Queen Bee classmate, Alice came in hysterical claiming that everyone is dead. Moments later, they were being chased by dead people (their classmates!) who came back animated. Later on, they were joined by Pete, the class geek extraordinaire. Together, the band of survivors took on an adventure to stay alive. While fighting for their lives, they stumble upon a vital information that might be the cause of the apocalypse. Now, they don’t only have to run away from the zombies, the people behind the turning might be after them, too.
Undead got itself a bunch of awesome characters. First, there’s Bobby as the heroine, she is smart, funny, resourceful and had the guts to defend herself. I love seeing everything that happened in her perspective. And who wouldn’t love Smitty? He is a force of nature with his one-liner and also hilariously charming. Pete can also be awesome at times with his know-it-all attitude. Alice, on the other hand, is a bit hard to like with her bitchy snobbish character. What’s up with throwing French words so often? I don’t get that. But later on, I learned to accept her being in the story makes sense. Somehow, the ridiculously unusual group worked good together. May not be a squad goal, but considering it’s a zombie apocalypse, no one can really choose their companion.
What makes Undead different from the other zombie books is its comedic side. There are a lot of hilarious laugh out loud moments that I love. And yes, it may be funny but it is not all there is. There is also an element of seriousness and substance to the story that actually works mixed with the fun stuff. I didn’t expect much from Undead since I’ve been disappointed countless times from zombie-themed books but alas, this one is worth my time. I also like the fast pacing of the story. It is not a complicated one because I think the target readers are those ages between 12-17. But of course, adults would totally enjoy it, too. Tackling the cause of the zombie apocalypse is a plus since not a lot of zombie books do it. For a change, it is nice to know what happened no matter how ridiculous it is. There are also enough tension and action and gore (but not so much) to satisfy your adventurous itch. Besides, what’s a zombie book without action to it, right? Also, I like the little bit of romance going on. It’s cute. I can’t wait to know what will happen to the squad.
So, if you’re someone who loves reading about zombies or someone who doesn’t mind reading something about zombies, try this one. Undead is surely a fun read.
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