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Undead (Undead #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  2,145 ratings  ·  430 reviews
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 Smit
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Hardcover, 263 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Chicken House (first published September 1st 2011)
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Mya Zemlock I'm going to say no. While I've not completely finished "The Enemy", I have finished "Undead". Undead is not like the Enemy in the slightest. Yes, it…moreI'm going to say no. While I've not completely finished "The Enemy", I have finished "Undead". Undead is not like the Enemy in the slightest. Yes, it is about zombies, but it's about the start of the zombie apocalypse and the people behind it, where (from what I've read so far) The Enemy is about kids trying to survive in the already ongoing zombie apocalypse and finding a safe place (while facing corruption). The writing styles are also a lot different, with the writing style of "Undead" using large amounts of slang and self-deprecation, since it's in the first-person POV, and the writing style of "The Enemy" being much more serious.

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Giselle
What started off as a laugh-out-loud funny zombie book/parody, ends up losing its flair about half way through, when the humor turns from funny to exhausting. I can see this book garnering a certain fan base, especially those who get a kick out of B-rated horror films and parodies. To me it was just too… dumb. This book was dumb. I can't lie.

When a school-trip zombifies, Bobby and a couple other fortunate classmates who are still alive, are trying to escape their friends who suddenly want to ea
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♥Rachel♥
Undead was a heart-pounding, action-packed, zombie tale that took off and never stopped! I dare you to catch your breath while reading it!

Bobby is on her way home from the school-trip from hell (little does she know! Haha!). The school bus has stopped at the “Cheery Chomp” café (great name for a zombie tale) so they can all get off and have lunch. Bobby, being the new girl and class outcast, is tired of the mean-girls, and decides to stay on the bus. Her are her ominous opening words: “I would
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Laura

How can a ski “school trip from hell” to the snow covered hills of middle of nowhere Scotland get worse? Just add zombies, blood, bitchiness, and conspiracy theories galore! :D

The Undead by Kirsty McKay wastes no time getting to the action. We jump in with both feet right along with our heroes running, swinging, bickering, and armed to the teeth. At a roadside diner just asking for a zombie blood bath, the Cheery Chomper, Bobby witnesses a whole new side to her classmates. Bobby is the new kid i
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Ashley - The Bookish Brunette
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 sarc
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
3 1/2 Stars

I didn't LOVE it but I didn't HATE it....it fell in between for me. I enjoyed the story line but was able to put the story down and out of my brain when I wanted.

I think what fell flat for me is the age bracket of the characters. I am not a huge fan of YA books unless the story grips me completely.

So that being said...I will use the age old cliche "It's not you - it's me."

If you enjoy YA Zombie books - then this is definitely right up that alley - because not only does the story tak
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Caris
Reading this book was like being trapped in an elevator with Diablo Cody.
Jack
They’re not exactly the friendliest of creatures; fiercely aggressive, rancid in appearance and always paired with an insatiable hunger for ‘Braaains ...’ but zombies have somehow found themselves at the height of popularity these days. So, when a novel comes along featuring the shambling, reanimated corpses the world is so used to watching/reading about/ blowing up in video-games, it really does need to be something rather special to raise more than just the most dedicated zom-buster’s eyebrow. ...more
Discombobulatedbooks
Mar 14, 2012 Discombobulatedbooks rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie fans, YA readers, people who don't throw up on reading about blood and guts
OMG. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!!! I AM SO SHOCKED. I AM NEVER GOING TO DRINK CARROT JUICE OR TAKE FREE SAMPLES EVER AGAIN. I CANNOT BELIEVE IT… and what’s worst… is that it could happen… - but I have a big imagination, so don’t worry!
Anyway, back to writing the review… This book is by Kirsty McKay, and it is the first in a series called Undead. The next book is called Unfed and it’s going to come out in the August of this year… ;(. Undead ended on a really big cliffhanger… and I CAN’T WAIT FOR UNF
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Wendy Darling
4.5 stars Vomitously good. Review to come.
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Reviewed originally @Blood,Sweat and Books

Undead is a book that is part bad 80's movie and part badass Zombie splatter fest. Think The Breakfast Club meets Resident Evil. What can I say though, this book works! I loved the blending of this sort of b-plot storyline filled with sort of cliche characters (the jock, the outcast, the popular girl etc..) and that of a Pharmaceutical Company gone corrupt. Alone each might have made a decent story but together it makes it great!

One of my favorite parts
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Broche
The best way to describe this book is The Breakfast Club meets zombie slasher flick - and if that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, you should read it anyway for a surprisingly funny teen romance/adventure. Bobby, formerly of the UK, then the US, now back to the UK, is frustrated, sad, lonely, pissy, and SO very tired of her perky classmates on the pre-school year ski trip. When everyone gets off the bus at a rest stop on the way home, Bobby stays on-board, and unfortunately, so does Smitty, t ...more
Serendipity Reviews
Now you know I really struggle with zombies and steam punk. I am honest, I hold my hands up and normally avoid these books like the plague. Yet everyone kept telling me that Undead would change my views on zombies. So always eager to give a genre another go, I dived into Undead and rose to the service practically wetting myself with laughter.

This is a serious zombie book but with severe humour on each page. All I kept thinking of was Shaun of the Dead mixing with the teenage cast of Eastenders!
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nurmawati

salah satu buku zombie fave gw ...why ? baca nya seru kayak nonton pelem ....

awal cerita di mulai dari rombongan bus anak2 sma yg lagi pergi ke skotland buat semacam karya wisata...
heroine kita namanya bobby (nama asli roberta..tapi dia mau nya di panggil bobby...)dia anak baru disana..pindahan dari inggris...belom punya temen akrab dan memang gak pinter bergaul karena sering pindah2 sekolah ngikutin pekerjaan ibu nya apalagi after bokapnya meninggal karena cancer...bobby lumayan jadi anak tert
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Tanja Berg
Rating 3.4* out of 5. I loved this book. :) It's not original or profound, it's just good, unpretenious fun with a bit of blood splatter. Exactly what you need after yet another hard day's work.

Bobby has returned to Scotland after a few childhood years in the United States. Her accent is all wrong and of course she's an outcast. So on her way home from a school trip, she doesn't join her classmates in the cafe when the bus stops fro a break. She remains in the bus with a rebellish boy who isn't
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Manja
Kurzbeschreibung:
Auf keinen Fall wird sie aus diesem Bus aussteigen. Bobby hasst ihre neuen Mitschüler und der Skiausflug war die totale Vollkatastrophe. Da wartet sie lieber mit Bad Boy Smitty, bis die anderen aus dem Café zurückkommen. Aber die anderen kommen nicht. Die anderen sind tot - Alice hat es genau gesehen und dreht vollkommen durch. Schöne Scheiße! Sie müssen hier weg und zwar schnell. Denn plötzlich kommen die Toten auf sie zu und sie sehen verdammt hungrig aus. Doch draußen ist es
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Angie
Mar 01, 2014 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: zombie fans
I didn't think there was anything wrong at all in this book. The POV was a teenager called Bobby, and this worked out ok. A school trip sking in Scotland goes wrong when on the way home all but four kids are turned into zombies by drinking poisened veggie juice. The teenagers are all good fun but stereotypes, one bad boy, a vapid vain blonde, a nerd/geek boy and an outsider New girl. They all manage to work things well with Bobby and smitty doing all the running and getting the zombies attention ...more
Roberta Jayne
This was the zombie book that got me hooked on zombie books. Oh man the cover is just so cool, the red-edged pages are just SO COOL and the main character has the same name as me so clearly I'm biased, but she is SUPER COOL.

If you like quirky characters and general I-could-be-eaten-by-a-zombie-at-any-time stuff then this book is wonderful.
Brendan
Whoa! Absolutely fantastic read. It starts with action and basically never slows down. During the last third I was doing that thing where you're reading too fast because you have to know what happens, but then you miss something and you have to go back, but you still keep tearing through at breakneck speed. All of which is to say a nonstop action-packed thrill ride, and definitely a great pick for reluctant and not-so-reluctant readers alike.

As for this edition: cracked the flimsy binding, and
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Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
oh. gory. gods.

this book is one of the funniest things i've witnessed in a while. (not counting old re-runs of americas funniest videos. some people are really stupid and other people who have nothing to do besides brushing on a saturday morning really appreciate that.)

the main character was brave but then, she was also kinda pathetic so you know, it all evened out and duh! i liked her. the rest of the cast was also pretty great, even though one in particular kept asking to be punched every few
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Inês

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...

The breakfast club? And wait...did you say Shaun of the dead?

I love Shaun of the dead, it's the perfect combo between zombies and comedy, so I had to read this book.

The story starts with Bobby's school ski trip, and I was very confused in the beginning because she kept thinking she didn't belong and I couldn't understand where she was exactly and where she was fro
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Natalie
Review #2 - October 22, 2014

Reread! I want to read the second one and needed a refresher. It's a quickie, so I thought "why not?"

Had to lower my review to 3-stars, but still think it's bucket-sloshing, spilling-guts fun.

Looking forward to book #2.


Review #1 - December 28, 2012

I was so close to giving this 5 stars...I really need a 4.5.

I was literally shocked at how much I loved this book. I honestly don't even remember putting it on my TBR list or putting it on hold, but when I went to the lib
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Kat
The first time I saw Undead I knew I wanted to read it - set in the UK, a bunch of teenagers surviving a zombie apocalypse with some black humour thrown in? Totally my thing. Plus the cover is pretty cool and has coloured pages which I am a complete sucker for.

Undead begins with two characters, Bobby and Smitty being left on the school bus whilst the rest of the class goes into a roadside restaurant for lunch. Smitty is the bad boy of the class, and Bobby is the new girl who doesn't quite fit in
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Laura
UNDEAD is like Misfits in attitude and humour meets Shaun of the Dead with a band of British youths trying to just do one thing: survive.

It’s a great action packed book that’s driven on thrills and mystery and kept me guessing all the way through. A good percentage of the twists surprised me and I liked this because there is nothing worse than an overly predictable Horror. It would have been easy for Kristy McKay to just churn out a zombie horror story aimed at teens that ticked all the boxes bu
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Lydia
Premise: Zombies in the snow. Enough said.

Characters: It has to be said that the characters in this book were either really annoying or uninteresting. The way they spoke in particular was irritating, such as the selfish shallow Alice randomly adding French words and saying things like 'tres embarrassment', and the protagonist Bobby's habit of shortening words and saying things like 'under the circs'. I know they're supposed to be teenagers but I don't know any people that age who actually talk l
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Mands
Undead was such a fun read, think Shaun of the Dead-style humour. I had read a review of this last year but forgot all about it, probably because it involved zombies. Then I received the sequel for review and I thought I better have a go and I'm so glad I did.

From the opening page I found Bobby to be a very funny and witty young girl from her correction of the use of butt instead of bum to her comment about American high school not being about dance numbers in cafeterias (clearly a swipe at Glee
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Debbie
Von allen Weltuntergangsszenarien, die es so gibt, ist die Zombie-Apokalypse definitiv die coolste und ebenso cool hat das Kirsty McKay auf diesen 360 Seiten rüber gebracht!

Alles fängt damit an, dass Bobby von ihrer Mutter gezwungen wird, an einer Klassenfahrt mit ihrer neuen Klasse teilzunehmen. Für sie ist es eine Höllenklassenfahrt. Doch sie ahnt nicht, dass es sich tatsächlich zu einer höllischen Klassenfahrt entwickelt, als die erste blutverschmierte Hand an die Fensterscheibe des Schulbuss
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Livi
Ich weiß, die Rezension kommt spät. Nein, eigentlich nicht. Aber dafür dass ich das Buch innerhalb von zwei Tagen durchgelesen hatte wiederum schon! Und das waren zwei sehr terminreiche Tage, sonst wäre das Ganze wahrscheinlich noch schneller gegangen. Denn wie schon die Rückseite des Buches verspricht ist "Untot" ein wahrer Pageturner!

Die Story klingt verrückt und durchgedreht und genauso ist es auch. Abstrus, jedoch gleichzeitig lustig, unheimlich und wahnsinnig toll.
Kirsty McKay besitzt einen
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Elodie  Diebolt
Je n’ai pas lu énormément de livres sur les zombies mais en général, mes avis sont très tranchés : ou j’ai aimé ou j’ai détesté. Pour celui-ci, j’avoue que mon avis est plutôt mitigé et malgré les points négatifs que j’ai relevés – et que je développerai plus bas -, j’ai tout de même passé un bon moment de lecture. Au niveau de la couverture, je dois dire que je la trouve un peu trop simple, trop sobre peut-être comparé à l’histoire. Bref, je ne la trouve pas vraiment attrayante. C’est dommage p ...more
*Lynn*
Undead was a fast pace, fun, sarcastic, action-packed, laugh-out-loud Zombie story. I REALLY loved this book. The characters are so, so much fun. You have the snobby cheerleader, the nerdy-wheezing brain, the sarcastic emo, and lastly, the brave heroine. Bobby is stuck on a school trip from hell with classmates she has no interest in getting to know. All she wants to do is use the bathroom and get home pronto. But what happens instead is so much better. Well, for the reader.

Once I started thi
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Kimba
The Undead is a hilariously funny, zombie infested novel with a mismatched group of teens that will have you laughing as they scramble to save themselves when a school ski trip turns into a nightmare. I laughed and groaned at this silly read.

The tale begins when we meet Bobby, she has recently moved back to Scotland after a stint in the US. This has left her feeling like a bit of an outcast, as her language skills offer up a mix of American and the accent of her homeland. She decides to forgo ea
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