Book Review: Undead by Kirsty McKay

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Undead (Undead #1)
by Kirsty McKay

Expected pub: 9/1/2012 by The Chicken House

From Goodreads:

Out of sight, out of their minds: It’s a school-trip splatter fest and completely not cool when the other kids in her class go all braindead on new girl Bobby.

The day of the ski trip, when the bus comes to a stop at a roadside restaurant, everyone gets off and heads in for lunch. Everyone, that is, except Bobby, the new girl, who stays behind with rebel-without-a-clue Smitty.

Then hours pass. Snow piles up. Sun goes down. Bobby and Smitty start to flirt. Start to stress. Till finally they see the other kids stumbling back.

But they’ve changed. And not in a good way. Straight up, they’re zombies. So the wheels on the bus better go round and round freakin’ fast, because that’s the only thing keeping Bobby and Smitty from becoming their classmates’ next meal. It’s kill or be killed in these hunger games, heads are gonna roll, and homework is most definitely gonna be late.

Combining the chill of THE SHINING, the thrill ride of SPEED, the humor of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and the angst of THE BREAKFAST CLUB, Kirsty McKay’s UNDEAD is a bloody mad mash-up, a school-trip splatter-fest, a funny, gory, frighteningly good debut!

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The Bookish Brunette thought:

Okay… FIRST, I feel it DETRIMENTAL to my very existence to mention the dedication in this book! (which for the record, I rarely notice- but it appears I may have to start paying more attention.)

For John

Gobble, gobble, gobble

Hehe… I feel like this is made of win! I don’t know who John is, and I don’t know if Kirsty McKay was referring to turkeys or zombies- but I don’t care because either way, that’s an epic dedication.

Moving on.

Bobby is a super, epic chick of AWESOME… Wrapped in witty sarcastic charm and coated with attitude. I loved her! Can you tell? Is it obvious?

Having recently moved BACK to the UK after spending the last six years in the US, Bobby is feeling very angsty and irritated!

“When we moved to the US six years ago, they thought I sounded as British as the Queen. Now that I’m back in the motherland again, I’m like some weird hybrid, a freako chimera with an ever-changing accent.”

It’s not helping that she’s on the “School Trip from Hell”. Which in all reality is a ski trip with all her new classmates before the new school year starts! Yep… That pretty much sounds like the definition of hell to me. But refuge is in sight, as they are FINALLY on their way home!

When the bus stops for lunch at the Cheery Chomper (hehe), Bobby stays on board, unwilling to endure another lunch of solitude and having food tossed at her. Mr. Taylor stays because he’s got the flu and Smitty… Because Smitty is trouble. Trouble swathed in leather and complete with a fake ID.

“an ink-haired indie kid in a leather jacket. Rob Smitty: rebel without a pause, freak show, and drop out in the making. But the best snowboarder, definitely. When I first clapped eyes on him, I was convinced he’d be the head of the underage drinking club – and he is – but dude knows how to throw himself down a mountain too. [...] Respect due, in spite of the try-hard guyliner and bad attitude.”

See? How freaking E-P-I-C is she? I know right? I LOVED her inner dialog! Smitty gets Mr. Taylor to go get him a sandwich, by cleverly threatening student cruelty and starvation or something… As soon as he’s gone Smitty is trying to convince the driver to let them off the bus for some mischief or another when something slaps the windshield… then it comes AGAIN… only this time they see it’s unmistakabley a hand- so the bus driver gets out to deal with the teen miscreants messing with his bus!

Then something slams into the back of the bus, dazed and confused- Smitty gets out to see what’s going on… What he finds is a puddle of blood and a shrieking figure in a blue coat running toward them!!!!

Alice Hicks BARELY gets on the bus before Smitty locks her out (I’d have locked her out… Not even because she was a hateful witch- but because hands are smacking the windows, bloody streaks marring the snow… Then some crazy, screaming person comes running at me? No thank you. Just sayin.)

“Dead!” she screams. “Everybody’s dead!”

HOLY…. OHMYGOD right?!?!

Now, I know I went into a lot of detail there… But I COULDN’T HELP IT! And honestly… I didn’t give that much away, according to my kindle- I was only 4% in by this point!

We end up with the new kid, a badboy, a nerd, a pretty princess and a gas station attendant. Quite a band of misfits to survive the apocalypse… But these characters were fantastically portrayed!

While I loved Bobby for her wit, snark and general awesome… I loved Alice’s princess-y bi-polar!

“Shanika’s [her BFF] got my CoutureCandy bag, the bitch! Drive!” she says to the driver. “Run them over!”

And Pete, the nerd extrordinaire, is convinced they’re all being watched and everything that is happening is some elaborate scheme by the government or new world order. Whoever is behind it all has cutoff every means of escape and made it impossible to communicate with the outside world.

Nobody beleives him. They think he’s finally cracked.

“This is crazy!” [...]  “Of course there are cameras; they’re everywhere these days! But it doesn’t mean that they’ve all been planted to spy on us in the even of a zombie apocalypse!”

Undead by Kirsty McKay was freaking AMAZING from BEGINING TO END! The actual plot wasn’t something I NORMALLY get into, but the pure EPICNESS of the characters, the way they interacted and the dialog were enough to keep me reading well into the night and scrambling to grab Undead the next morning! Seriously, I’d read this book again today- just because!

With that, I leave you with more quotes…

“If I die right here, right now, I will be ashamed. What a fail. Struck down and eaten by a bus driver, for crap’s sake, in Scotland, on a school trip.”

“Just because we can’t see jack doesn’t mean that Undead Jack and Jillaren’t lurking in there with all their friends, ready to Cheerily Chomp on us.”

“for one horribly, desperately embarrassing moment we fly into eachother’s arms like Shaggy and Scooby Don’t.”

“Manic with a side of Musical Theater.” ← and this has become my new tagline… for my LIFE. Just sayin!!!!

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19 Responses to Book Review: Undead by Kirsty McKay

  1. Rusty says:

    Ha! Even if you had hated it, stone cold panned it, I WOULD BUY IT FOR THAT COVER ALONE! That is the most ridiculously sick cover EVER, bar none. GREAT review; sounds awesome but, like I said, buying it was a foregone conclusion for me!!!

  2. The voice in this sounds great, very entertaining. I love reading a truly enthusiastic review, it’s contagious!

  3. I’m glad you loved this. I liked it okay, (I gave it 3 stars. My review posts tomorrow) but it just seemed so ridiculously cliche at times and I didn’t connect with the characters. I did however love the witty humor. The cover is fantastic though.

  4. My review will post on Saturday, this was hilarious, it reminded me of those old B horror movies we watched as kids. The cover totally rocks. I thought it lacked depth and was more slap-stick and ended up rating it a three, but i will read book two. Awesome review :)

  5. Heather says:

    hahaha! “Manic withe a side of musical theater.” LOVE

  6. Oh this does sound epic! I also love that dedication. Too funny. I hope to find out what that means one day. I love the fact that it has so much snark and humor. WIN!

  7. Miranda Kavi says:

    Sounds fun! I love witty characters. I definitely will be reading this one.

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  9. Molli says:

    I remember when you featured this one on your blog awhile back, I think it was a Cover Swoon-ish post. It’s really awesome-sounding, and with THAT mish-mash of characters, I bet it’s every bit as epic as you said, Ashley!

  10. Lizzy says:

    I almost rated this book five stars – but didn’t it bother you at all that the kids were completely disregarding their serious injuries? Bobby practically spent the entire novel running on a broken leg.

  11. Nina says:

    This cover looks a lot like Undead Much? book by Stacey Jay. & that one is also a zombie book. mmmm. Anyway, the book sounds indeed very EPIC. Really want to read more zombie books and this one sounds super enjoyable! :)

  12. ahaha that dedication is great! It makes me want to know the full story behind it so bad! I have seen a lot of less than favourable reviews on this one, yours is the first positive one so now you have me very curious. This may be one where I have to see for myself before writing if off. Thanks Ashley!

  13. Alexa says:

    lol it is a good thing I got a copy of this from ALA so that I can see what all this zombie EPICNESS is all about.
    So glad you loved this one chica, thanks for another awesome review of ZOMBIE EPICNESS!!!

  14. I kinda fell in love with this cover. And I’m off to add it to my wishlist after reading this post. :) Thanks for another awesome review!

  15. Allyson says:

    Okay, I am totally adding this to my wishlist, which expand to about 250 books or so, you know, I like to add every book I see, and never cleans up the list… I think the cover of this book is quite misleading, I mean, I usually like to read books with covers that have a fantasy vibe in it, this book sounds amazing but if I had to choose a book by a cover, I probably won’t choose this one. I know, I judge books by covers, I should work on that…

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