- Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 20mm | 227g
- Publication date: 1 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: Somerset
- ISBN 10: 1906427879
- ISBN 13: 9781906427870
- Sales rank: 95,615
It was just another school trip... 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, they 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.
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By jacinta 04 May 2013
So what to say about this book... Well first off, i really did enjoy this book! at first i had trouble getting into but i kept to it and got sucked into the story line, some points had my heart racing, and towards the end i could barely finish the page just so i could turn the page and see what happens!!! I am looking forward to reading the second book. A must read.
By Karla Vollkopf 26 Aug 2012
Read complete review here: http://notjustnonsense.blogspot.com/2012/08/early-review-undead-by-kirsty-mckay.html
First line: I would rather die than face them all again.
Last line: "We need to get off this bus - now!"
Favorite quote: "Zombie parkour. Don't think that's been done before. Better film this, Alice, it could go viral."
Bobby is on the School Trip from Hell. She was born in the UK, but thanks to her mother's job they had to move to the US. Now, she's back the UK again. On a skiing trip to Scotland before the start of the new school year. The thing is, everyone is making fun of her 'hybrid' accent. She, herself, needs to police her lingo, always trying to sound as properly british as possible. She's also avoiding every single one of her new school mates, because they are all so annoying to new kids, especially ex-american ones, and he really just wants to kick those losers' butts. I mean, their bums.
That's why she was the only inside the bus when everyone got off to venture the snow storm and eat something at the café by the road. Well, her, the driver and Rob Smitty, rebel without a pause. And hottie. Their teacher forbade him from leaving the bus after he got caught bying booze and cigs with a fake ID. So they were the only ones who didn't get to taste the nice free samples of Carrot Juice, being given away by a man in a carrot costume. And so they didn't see what happened to those who did, inside the café. Until a bloody hand hit one of the bus' windows and the driver went outside to check it out... and the proverbial sh*t started to hit the fan.
Now it's Bobby, the 'freak hybrid', Smitty, the smartass bad boy, Alice, the annoying b*tch--I mean, popular brainless girl and Pete, the cowardly, brainy weirdo. It's just them. Against a whole lot of Zs.
As they try to stay alive and survive constant zombie attacks (and quite a few dangerous humans, too), they also need to learn to deal with each other while trying to find shelter and a way to contact someone. But things aren't really looking good... and little do they know, they just might get worse. And personal.
I LOVED this book!!! There was never ONE boring moment! I mean it, the whole thing was, well... words fail me right now, so I'll just have to go with AWEEEEEESOME! ;P
Those zombies really went all-out! Kirsty McKay got them doing some pretty interesting stuff. Brand new, too. Same goes for the surviving group of teenage humans. Those guys actually managed to survive while NOT working as group or even really caring about each other much (it was pretty realistic, if you start thinking about it. People are selfish. Especially in difficult situations), with a small romantic exception, of course (which worked great, if you ask me!). So...
Oh, and, man!! That miraculous bus driving through a snow storm on an empty tank? WOW! And the hidden dungeon/booze/dumbwaiter inside that Scotland castle? Mah Lawd!
Hey, did I mention the cellphone actually working when they were almost -literally- fried? Yowtch.
Also, the zombies walking UNDER the iced-over loch? SU-weeeet! O.O
I laughed so hard with this book. Almost during the whole thing. It also made me slightly nauseated at times, which makes sense in a zombie book. ;P Oh, and my heart went all a-flutter during a couple of cute scenes, too, which is always a good thing. And I so, SO wanted Alice and Pete to die... but, oh, well. There's always the next book, huh? :D And let me tell you how glad that makes me! I'm dying and un-dying (no pun intended) to read what happens next! Like, I need it right now! OR I'LL GET YOUR BRAINS, Miss McKay!!
(that's the last one, I promise)
Hey, you! Yeah, you. Go and pre-order this baby right away!! Thou shall not regret this, my friend.
* I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
By Laura Williams 18 Jun 2011
The very lovely Chicken House were kind enough to send me a copy of Undead, by Kirsty McKay for review.
Before sitting down to read this book, I had to have a long, hard talk to myself. Yes, I was thrilled to have finally made it into the world of happiness that is getting free books. Yes, I giggled at the fact that Chicken House addressed the book to "Not-Toooo-Scaredy-Cat Laura". Yes, I hope that Chicken House and other publishers will want to send me more books in future. But would I be willing to write insanely glowing reviews in order to achieve this latter ambition? Nope.
So, with much trepidation I opened the cover and started reading...
Thank goodness Kirsty McKay had written such a darkly funny book! It would have sucked royally for my first ARC review post to have been negative! Instead, I get to gush and hold on to my book-blogging enthusiasm! Yay!
McKay's story is told from the first person perspective of Bobby, a sarcastic teenage girl who has recently moved back to the UK from America. She's not exactly thrilled to be back, and is even less thrilled to have been sent on a school skiing trip to Scotland. Bobby is the typical outsider. She doesn't know anyone on the school bus and assumes that even if the did know them, she probably wouldn't like them anyway.
Well, she doesn't really get to give them a chance. Revelling in her otherness, Bobby stays on the bus with the driver and the class miscreant, Smitty. That's when the proverbial hits the fan!
The rest of the plot I'll let you enjoy for yourself. Don't go expecting anything wildly original, but do expect a thoroughly enjoyable yarn with great pace, funny dialogue and gory action.
The characters of the book were at once hilarious and irritating! I liked Bobby immediately. I've always liked to think that if the world were to come to an end, or if I should ever have to save the Nakatomi Towers in a vest, or if I had to face down the zombie hoards, I'd be able to do it with an entire repertoire of witty one-liners and yippee-ki-yays! McKay's Undead is full of "...a kind of dark, nervy humour. When the apocalypse happens, you've gotta have some comic relief." (Taken from an interview with McKay, found on her website. Take a look, she's funny!)
Don't get me wrong, there are a few occassions when the one-liners are jarringly at odds with the grim reality of the characters' plight. At first this bothered me, but I soon got used to Bobby's coping mechanisms. I loved the way she and Smitty - the love interest you kind of want to kiss and to kick - bounced witticisms back and forth while facing down the undead!
Every old zombie flick has to have the vapid blonde who was more concerned with keeping her nails clean than she was about lending a hand to save the day. In McKay's book, that role goes to Alice. Oh, you're going to want to choke her with her Candy Couture handbag...
Then there's Pete. Pale, stinky Pete who plays the role of pasty-faced geek with a need to be right. While you're strangling Alice, you'll be silently reminding yourself to save some energy for Pete...
So the characters don't evoke sympathy, but they'll crack you up. More than that, you'll recognise them. You'll cheer for Bobby and Smitty. You'll roll your eyes at Alice and Pete pretty much every time they take a breath. You'll grimace at some of the gore. You'll never drink vegetable juice again...
This is definitely one for older teenagers as there are a few violent scenes, a creeping and constantly deepening sense of peril, along with some mild language. But then I like that in a YA book, when it's necessary. When a zombie is stumbling towards you, salivating and dead-eyed, nothing kills the mood (or the realism) more than when someone says "Oh bother..." It's patronising. McKay keeps it real, showing respect for the purpose of language and also for her readers.
Undead will hit the shelves in September and, I promise you, if you're into the classic motifs of zombie stories, it'll be well worth picking it up. This is a nice, little zom-com that will have you doubled over alternately gagging and giggling. A fantastic début!
"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"I loved the black humor of this school-trip gone bad. Think Shaun of the Dead in the Scottish wilderness. The teen dynamics are spot on, too." -- The Bookseller UK"Hysterically funny, suspenseful, and altogether superior fare." -- The Times of London