Undead by Kirsty McKay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Undead” is an engrossing YA story which thankfully will have a sequel this fall. Bobby (Roberta) is an adolescent under a lot of pressure, more so than most. Born in the UK, she and her parents moved to the States due to her mother’s career; then her father contracted a quick-moving cancer and passed away, and her mother’s career sent them back to the UK, to Scotland. On a school skiing trip, Bobby (who is an excellent skier) is continually made aware of her considered shortcomings, a pariah and a misfit. Mocked because of her time in the States, she is the “new girl” and doesn’t fit in, and doesn’t much want to. When almost the entire class and the teachers are stricken down at an isolated roadside café, it’s up to Bobby, two misfit boys (one wild, one geeky), and one popular girl, to save the bus driver, get away, and eventually, to solve the situation or perish trying.
Full of delightful characterization, intense setting, taut and convoluted plotting, and secrets and revelations, “Undead” is an unending joy. You don’t even have to love “zombies” to enjoy this-but if you do, so much the better. Highly recommended for YA and up (the publisher targets grades 8-12, but even this older adult was quite enthralled).
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