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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,183 ratings  ·  530 reviews
When their ski-coach pulls up at a cafe, new girl Bobby and rebel Smitty stay behind. They hardly know each other, but that changes when they see the others coming back. Something has happened to them - something bad. Soon, only a pair of double doors stands between those on the bus and their ex-friends outside.
Paperback, 294 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Chicken House
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May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
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
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
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 woul
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie

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
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
Lexxi Kitty
Told from the point of view of a young woman named Bobby, a native of the UK who has spent enough time in the USA to mess up her accent and therefore be made fun of by co-students, who is now returning from a school ski trip (a school Bobby has not yet joined, but will shortly since they have just moved back to the UK (they being Bobby and her mother, 'mum', but not dad since dad's dead - though glimpses of him are seen in flashes - ETA: flashes = flashbacks. ETA added because remembered this be ...more
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

I read this book as part of my Cleaning Out My TBR challenge. I originally added this book to my TBR in 2012 and lately, I've been wary about those books on my TBR added in 2012 because my tastes have changed a lot since then and I haven't had a whole lot of luck with them. With this book, I'm glad to say that I actually did enjoy it. It was an entertaining and thrilling read!

Bobby has recently moved back to the UK and what
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
3 1/2 Stars

I didn't LOVE it but I didn't HATE 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
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Rachel Patrick
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review (and others) can be seen in all its properly formatted glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

I wouldn't say this is a 5-star novel, but I enjoyed this so damn much that I'm saying to hell with it and giving it 4.5 stars.

Undead is a book I read as part of a reading challenge for one of my book clubs. I wasn't expecting much from it. Like, at all. I picked it up in the hopes that it'd be a meaningless, shits-for-giggles novel that you read just because, like when you eat food you'r
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
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a really good, very entertaining YA adventure story involving a group of students on a school trip, zombies, mad-scientists, drugs, death, blood and gore and would certainly appeal to most 11-18 year olds who are interested in enjoying an easy 'monster' read which is fast paced, well written and certainly quite unusual. It reminded me of a detective 'Famous 5 (UK)' tale but about teenagers, written for Zombie crazed teenagers whilst being set in modern day society up in the snowy Highla ...more
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
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although this is a light read, that doesn't mean it's a lightweight.

I read this in less than a day, and enjoyed every minute of it. It was fresh, snarky and exactly what I was looking for - an easy read with lots going for it.

I'm looking forward to the sequel being released in ebook format soon.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
It's a 3.5 stars read. funny and eventful, reading this book reminds me of Return of the Living Dead, but this book clearly isn't the best of its kinds.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I am super weird about zombies. I absolutely hate the idea of them, am completely terrified of them, but the only way I can deal with the thought of them is reading. Movies and games about zombies beyond terrify me, and yet in book form I not only deal, I rather enjoy the chase. Weird, hey?

I picked this up at an op shop a while ago, and finally decided to give it a go this morning. Luckily (or unluckily?) my doctor was running late so I had plenty of time to chomp into this, and then finish it w
Christina T
A disappointing YA book that even my love of zombies couldn't fix.

What Worked: There were some parts I actually did find humorous. For example this quote: “I saw a bear once. I was peeing then, too.”(for some reason that really cracked me up!) and this one: “I grab at Smitty and he at me, and, for one horrible, desperately embarrassing second we fly into each others arms like Shaggy and Scooby Don't.”

The zombies were sufficiently gross and zombie like (no super fast uber zombies here) which was
Silver Thistle
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Two words - Scotland. Zombies. I was all over it! Zombies on my home turf?! I'm in!

What I didn't realise going into this was that it's probably what's known as a 'middle grade' read (I think) and that definitely had a bearing on how I was feeling towards the book before I figured it out. I had wrongly thought this was at least a YA so when the zombie's were few and far between and there was a general 'tameness' to it overall I was feeling unsatisfied. But then it's for kids. Or is i
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it

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
Serendipity Reviews
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Ryan Buckby
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
school trips. pack a lunch and pick a weapon.

I really enjoyed this book, it was fast, action packed and it was very funny most thanks to the character of smitty that had the funny streak all through the novel even when times were serious. i had trouble putting it down because the book was a heart-pounding, action-packed, zombie tale that took off.

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 zom
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
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was worse than I could have ever imaged it would be. The story seems interesting but the narrator ruined everything. This is a great example of terrible YA writing that made me want to claw my eyes out. The author tried too hard to be funny and the story progression was just completely unrealistic (I mean, I know it's about zombies, but still). I made it 100 pages in before I couldn't do it anymore. Another one bites the dust.
Roberta Jayne
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me; I honestly had low expectations going in since it kind of sounded like a cheezy generic YA zombie book. I figured it'd be a quick read with lots of smart ass quips. And while it definitely was that, it was quite fun and enjoyable. The characters weren't anything to speak of, fairly generic archetype teens - the loner girl, the popular cheerleader type, the nerdy techie, the tough badass trouble maker - but they were still decent. But the action and the pacing were really ...more
Gayle Noble
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A school trip ends in disaster when Bobby, Smitty, Alice, and Pete find their classmates are rapidly turning into the undead. If that's not enough, a snowstorm is about to hit and their mobile phones can't find a signal.

Cast-wise we have Bobby (outcast), Smitty (rebel), Alice (prom queen), and Pete (nerd/brain). We're just missing a sports player and we could have had a full set. I wasn't expecting much, but it was an enjoyable read and it had moments of horror balanced out with moments of humou
Amy "the book-bat"
This book is like a mix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Resident Evil, and . It is non-stop action and peril and SO MUCH FUN! I am excited to move on to book 2. Weird thing is, book 1 doesn't seem to be available on audio, but book 2 is. I hope to listen to book 2 very soon.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Think Shaun of the Dead in the Scottish wilderness" - The Bookseller UK
They said it right! Read in 2 afternoons, this keeps you on your toes as you follow four unlikely heros on a class ski trip when a zombie outbreak takes place. It's fast-paced, comedic and horrific all rolled into one. The characters are believable and personable flaws and all.
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