Review: Undead by Kirsty McKay

Title: Undead (Undead #1)

Author: Kirsty McKay

Release Date/Publisher: September 1st 2012 by The Chicken House

Finished: November 29th 2012

Pages: 272-Hardcover-Library


  1. Undead
  2. Unfed


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!

What I thought:

The first thing that drew me in was the cover. I heard it was about zombies, but the whole cheerleader with an ax in winter was definitely interesting! This book was lots of fun too. Of course it has the creepy zombies chasing people for dinner, but it’s wasn’t over the top or gruesome either, so I think even those who aren’t too fond of the genre may like this. There were funny/comedic moments too so that it wasn’t an intense drama-kind of zombie book, but there’s also some mystery involved and of course survival. The mystery actually talks about who may have done it, who started the thing that made the zombies appear.

The main character is Bobby, a girl who was born in England, moved to the US, then just moved back to England shortly before this book. She goes on a trip before school starts, and on the way back things completely change. People die and come back to life and it starts with her classmates.

The teens that are stuck together for this book are completely different in personality too so you’ll never see a dull moment in this. There’s the cheerleader who’s kind of a snob, Pete the geeky guy who also seems to be a know-it-all, and Smitty who is the bad boy who seems to have another side to him. They do meet others on their journey eventually too, but they’re not the main focus points as much.

The survival part I mentioned before in this book was really good too. They aren’t in one place for long and have to constantly move because of the zombies, so this keeps the action going and you’ll just want to keep reading and find out what happens to them next. I was really busy the week I read this (new job) so I had to put it down a lot unfortunately. The mystery of who might have been involved and what was going on came together well too in this, and the ending was awesome because you can tell it’s going to pick up right away into the action.

I’m really looking forward to when the next book is out!  If you’re a zombie fan or wanting something fun to read go pick this up!



One comment on “Review: Undead by Kirsty McKay

  1. I do love that cover, too! I still don’t feel completely on the zombie bandwagon, BUT I’m still giving it my all! I might have to check this one out — it sounds good!

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