The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses

The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses

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Engaging from the very first page, Ty Drago's thrilling children's debut has heart, it has humor, and it has straight up, gross-out horror.

On a sunny Wednesday morning in October, a day that would mark the end of one life and the beginning of another, I found out my grouchy next door neighbor was the walking dead. When you turn around expecting to see something familiar, and instead see something else altogether, it takes a little while for your brain to catch up with your eyes. I call it the 'Holy Crap Factor.'

Forced to flee his home and family, twelve-year-old Will Ritter falls in with the Undertakers--a rag-tag army of teenage resistance fighters who've banded together to battle the Corpses.

Praise for Ty Drago:
...The author hardly sets a foot or a word wrong.--Publishers Weekly
More, if you please, Mr. Drago.--Booklist
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 133 x 191 x 38mm | 424g
  • Naperville, United States
  • English
  • 1402247850
  • 9781402247859
  • 1,541,143

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Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Harry Potter, with bug-filled corpses. Fans of comic-book heroes and video games will not be disappointed, and will be eager for further adventures. Fast paced and surprisingly moving. -School Library Journal - School Library Journal
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About Ty Drago

Ty Drago is a computer programmer, husband, father, and a born Quaker who lives in New Jersey. He is the editor/publisher of Allegory, an online magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror. He has also had short fiction Fortress Publishing's Yesterday I Will anthology in addition to his two previously published novels Phobos and The Franklin Affair. Many years ago Ty attended a book signing by Isaac Asimov. When Dr. Asimov learned Drago was struggling young SFG write, he penned the following: To Ty: Please keep trying. Isaac Asimov. And he did.
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476 ratings
3.99 out of 5 stars
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4 32% (153)
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2 5% (22)
1 4% (18)

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One day everything was normal for Will Ritter, then he went outside to meet the bus for school and noticed that his neighbor looked like a zombie. He had just received what the others call the sight. He runs off from his neighbor, but soon finds out he can run from the walking dead. Will is then helped by another girl with the sight and is taken to a place called Haven. It's at Haven were he meets the leader of The Undertakers. They are a group of kids who can see what nobody else can see, that people all over the city are dead, they call them corpses. Zombies are slow and dumb, corpses are aliens who have taken over a dead body. As far as they know there has been only one adult who could see them and that was Will's father. As will learns more about the secrets his father kept from him, he learns to be a soldier in the Undertakers. A group of kids who are doing their best to stay alive and try and find away to kill the corpses. Will Ritter is a great main character. He is twelve years old and acts it. When he is dragged away from his mom and little sister he whines about it. He is head strong and tough, but he often thinks about his mom.When he doesn't think the Undertakers are doing anything to get rid of the corpses he tries to do something about it, often not using rationalized thoughts. Because he is a twelve year old kid trying to be a soldier and save people from something that most of them can not see, and in doing so he screws up some. He think irrationally because he is angry and young. He is stubborn, strong and flawed, which to me makes him a great hero. The other characters in the book are great too, each of them has a purpose and I am sure we will learn more about the secondary characters as the series continues. Tom Jefferson is the Chief of the Undertakers and to Will's frustrations he has only lead them on a defensive strategy. Sharyn Jefferson is Tom's sister and she is in charge of the group called Angels, she is one tough girl. Though she doesn't always agree with her brother she is fiercely loyal to him. Helene, is in the group called Schoolers, they infiltrate the school and look for other kids who can see the corpses. This is how Will and Helene meet, she was going to his school waiting for the day he got the sight. Helene is not really Will's love interest since he is only twelve, but his crush. There are a lot more I could name but these are some of the main ones. I could really tell that Ty Drago enlisted the help of his child to make it feel more real. The characters definitely had a preteen to teen feel about them. They were doing grown up things but deep down they were still children. They had many flaws and they acted like kids. It is one of the things that made this book so great. This is the first in the series so I can't wait for the next one to come out and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes zombie type more
by Stormi Johnson
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