by Kirsty McKay
YA Fantasy Humor
Published: September 1st 2012
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!
It is so cliche it is funny. At points it reminded me so much of the movie "Shaun of the Dead." The book lost its steam, however, around the middle. It got a little stagnant and needed a little more excitement after the exciting, action packed beginning.
I did find the reasoning behind the turned zombies interesting and worth building upon. However, I realize that the main point of the story was to be funny and it can be hard to add a serious theme to comedy.
I would recommend the book for any fans of "Shaun of the Dead" and anyone who likes cliche humor. Especially with zombies! I look forward to reading the next book in the series.