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Undead

Undead is a YA zombie novel by Kirsty McKay.

Bobby is back in Great Britain after living in America for the last many years. Her accent and slang is an odd mixture that is causing her to have serious difficulty fitting in now at her English school.

So the school trip to Scotland is miserable.

But it’s about to get worse.

While the bus is at a stop at a roadside restaurant, almost everybody gets off – except Bobby and rebel Smitty. And they end up waiting a long time…

Until some kids come stumbling back with not so good news.

They’re teacher? Yeah, he’s trying to eat them. Not to mention most of the students, restaurant staff, etc.

Apparently nearly everybody has turned into zombies – and Bobby, Smitty, and a couple other survivors that seem like they’re hiding something are going to need to go through Survival 101.

Or become someone’s meal.

I’m not much of a zombie person. I don’t like The Walking Dead. But every once in a while there’s a twist that I can appreciate – the lyrical haunting feel of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, the absolute hilarity of Bad Taste in Boys.

I was hoping that Undead would be kind of crazy humor like the latter of my examples. Unfortunately for me, but fortunately for zombie lovers, it’s a much more sincere zombie book.

Undead is kinda creepy and gross. There wasn’t as much humor as I wanted, instead there’s drama – which is hard to care about when you barely get a chance to know the characters before they’re imperiled.

There is a bit of an interesting mystery as its revealed someone might be lying… but I have to admit that this particular plot thread didn’t seem to go anywhere. Undead isn’t a bad book – in fact I’m sure that zombie fans will love it, particularly horror movie fanatics.

Yet, I just could not gel with it. Not my kind of story, characters, or tone. I’m not a blood n’ guts girl.

For me? Nah… For you? Read it and find out!

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