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Today for Day 23 of Something Wicked Comes I have something a bit different. I was unable to get Kirsty McKay to do a guest post today, so instead I will share with you my own list of tips for surviving the zombie apocalypse. Followed by my review of Undead by Kirsty McKay and a giveaway.
Ten Helpful Tips for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
1. Be prepared....Even the government has a list of things to do in the event of a zombie apocalypse on the CDC website (they even have cool posters so download). Stockpile weapons, water and food as well as chocolate, you don't want to be without chocolate at the end of the world, in worst case situations gorge yourself...ever hear of death by chocolate, well the zombie apocalypse might be a good time to try it! Never hurts to have extra supplies stashed for a rainy day either.
2. The holidays are coming....add blow guns, flamethrowers, machetes and guns to your Christmas wish list. Even if the zombie apocalypse doesn't pan out, I am sure you can have lots of fun ridding your yard of weeds and starting camp fires with your new flamethrower, and imagine the hours of entertainment you will have with a blow gun!
3. If someone who smells bad, covered with red or black fluids, starts shambling toward you, don't stand there with your thumb up your butt staring, run like hell, even if that person is just limping due to an injury and the stains on their clothes are from food spills. Better to look stupid than be zombie chow! Oh and don't draw extra attention by screaming while you run away, it could attract more zombies or make you look like a lunatic, and neither zombie food or lunatic is particularly attractive.
4. If someone suddenly tries to take a bite out of you, either they are a certifiable wack job, they have rabies or they are a zombie. Think fast, stab them in the eye with your finger, a pen, or anything sharp and go!
5. Make friends with the crazed, paranoid weirdo who has a underground bunker or bomb shelter in your area, a smile and friendly wave along with a fruit cake during the holidays could be your ticket to safety.
6. Remember that everyday items can double as weapons. Stilettos can poke out an eye. Picture frames can bash in a head. Ice picks, knives and forks can stab an eye. Even that rock hard fruit cake could clobber a zombie over the head.
7. When looking for a get away car, consider a bus, steamroller or monster truck. A heavy duty vehicle that can mow down zombies will greatly improve your chances of survival. Besides you know squishing stuff with a steam roller would be awesome!
8. Don't be stupid and decide to pull over and use the bathroom somewhere. Zombies are always lurking in dark bathrooms, even in the middle of nowhere. Opt for the bushes and remember that long sleeves can be torn off and used as toilet paper in a pinch.
9. That pile of laundry in the corner that smells like the walking dead could save your life. Put on the smelliest socks and clothes you can find, perhaps the foul stench will throw them off, also it never hurts to act like a zombie....stagger around and moan. The worse you smell, the better you stagger and moan and drag your limbs, the more likely you are to pass as a zombie. You may even want to start practicing this now, just in case.
10. Do your research! Be sure to watch zombie movies and tv shows and read up on them by reading all the great zombie books you can find such as Undead by Kirsty McKay!
Which brings me to the end of the zombie survival tip list! Be sure to leave me a comment and tell me your own survival ideas. Now for the giveaway. As I mentioned, research is helpful in knowing what to expect when dealing with the undead. So to make sure you are informed, I am excited to offer you a chance to win a copy of Undead by Kirsty McKay. Thanks to the wonderful folks over at Scholastic I have two copies up for grabs. This is for U.S. residents only. See contest policies for details and fill out the rafflecopter to enter. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here is my review:
Undead (Undead #1) by Kirsty McKay
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!
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by The Chicken House
Four Stars: The Breakfast Club meets the Undead!
Bobby sinks lower in her seat, her cheek pressed against the frosty bus window. She is hiding out, watching her classmates trudging through the thick snow into the Cheery Chomper,(love that name!) a small cafe in the middle of nowhere arctic tundra known as Scotland. This is the last leg of what Bobby can only describe as the school trip from Hell. She wants nothing more than to lay low, avoid her classmates and get home. On board the bus with her is, Mr. Taylor a teacher, the driver and Smitty. Smitty is the rebel of the class who got caught drinking. Mr. Taylor leaves the bus to get some food for Smitty. Bobby sees her classmates crowding inside the cafe after the stopped and sampled the carrot juice offered by some poor schmuck dressed in a giant carrot costume. She breathes a sigh of relief, now to relieve her bladder. Suddenly, a bloody hand smacks the windshield. The driver gets off the bus to investigate, leaving just Bobby and Smitty. Then a terrified cheerleader, Alice, is pounding and screaming at the bus doors. Smitty lets her in and she tells a strange tale. When she emerged from the bathroom, everyone was lying in the cafe dead.....until they began getting up. Unfortunately, they are now the Undead.....and the school trip from Hell is about to get even worse! Can Bobby and Smitty survive the zombie hoard?
What I Liked:
- I thoroughly enjoyed that this was a slapstick zombie book. The Breakfast Club meets the zombies. It is full of hilarious, snarky humor that will have you snorting and chuckling throughout. It is not over the top gory and gross and not very scary. If you are not a big fan of gross out zombie books that will cause you sleepless nights, never fear Undead is here. This is a light, humorous zombie book that is perfect for those squeamish readers. Feel free to eat and snack freely during this one!
- I loved that this book paid homage to The Breakfast Club. It features a quartet of students: Smitty the rebellious bad boy who shows there is so much more to him than his tough guy persona, Bobby the shy, misfit who learns to come out of her shell, Pete the computer geek, asthmatic albino brainiac, and Alice, or Malice as Smitty calls her, the dreaded stuck up, cheerleader who manages to find time to put on lip gloss and freshen up her mascara in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. I enjoyed comparing these characters to The Breakfast Club cast.
- I always enjoy books where characters surprise me with depth and growth. This is definitely one of those books. Smitty with his charming sarcastic commentary won me over instantly, but as the book progressed there is so much more to him than meets the eye. As the books goes on, his inner layers are slowly exposed and you see a whole new side of him that made me love him even more. Bobby, too, showed tremendous growth as she goes from the girl hiding in the shadows to someone who is willing to take charge as she ends up risking her own neck for the sake of the group countless times. By the conclusion, she has evolved and become strong and courageous. Pete also undergoes his own metamorphosis. The first glimpse of him is not flattering as Bobby encounters him sucking on his inhaler while hiding in the bathroom stall. Thankfully, he has some mad skills and he even drives the bus! If you enjoy books where your lead characters grow and change, you will love this one.
- I liked that this book provides an explanation for the zombie hoard that is simple, somewhat believable and not overly complex, especially since the quartet is able to go back and piece together where the infection comes from.
- On top of the humor and sarcasm, this book is also action packed. There are some nail biting scenes, including the harrowing bus escape that mows down some zombies. Again, I appreciated that this one was not extremely bloody or gory. If you have a weak stomach, this one should be okay for you.
- I enjoyed the little romance that develops. It is slow and subtle and it takes a back seat to all the mayhem, but it is there carefully building and just waiting to unfurl. I loved that this was a slow bloomer, and so sweet as well.
And The Not So Much:
- I wished that the zombies had a little more depth.....yeah I know they are zombies how can they be complex? This book adopts the typical moaning, groaning, mindless shambling zombie. I just wish there was a bit more; something a bit more creative instead of the standard cookie cutter zombie.
- I discussed earlier how much I enjoyed seeing the growth of Bobbie, Smitty and Pete, but alas Alice the snotty cheerleader does not evolve. For the majority of the book, she remains the stuck up girl, who is unwilling to do anything to help. She is a pain in the ass! I hoped that by the end she would redeem herself, and in the final scenes there was a brief flicker of change, but not enough to satisfy me. I am holding out hope for her, though.
- I wish I had a little more of the back story on Bobby and her relationship with her mother and her deceased father. At the end of the story, her mother comes into the story and there are some surprising revelations surrounding her. I think just a touch more detail on the relationship would have enhanced the book. I also would have liked just a touch more insight into why she felt like such a misfit and how she was treated by her classmates on the trip before the invasion. This would give me a better measurement of her evolution.
- The main story of a sudden zombie infection and the subsequent chapters of the characters repeatedly dodging the undead and fighting for their lives is not at all original. This falls into your typical zombie read, so if you are looking for something different, this may be a disappointment. What it does have, though, is plenty of humor. I cannot stress enough how much I loved the overall snarky tone of this one. There are so many witty lines that will make you laugh. If nothing else read this for the humor.
- After a thrilling and dangerous escape, the quarter finally gets some answers and it seems that the book is going to draw to a comfortable close, but then Ms. Mckay punches you right in the gut with a jaw dropping conclusion that will leave you screaming for the next book, Unfed.
Undead is a slapstick zombie book for those who can't stomach heavy blood and gore and vivid descriptions of brain munching. It is a zany, comical read that has throwbacks to The Breakfast Club. If you are looking for a lighter fare zombie book that will make you laugh pick this one up! I had a lot of fun with this one. I only wish that the bus had gone on a mad zombie smash 'em run! Hey maybe in book two they can get a steamroller!
"Do you really think I would bother to speak to you two unless everyone else was dead?"
"Maybe we don't let him in, huh?" Beside me, Alice starts to whine, not unlike one of those little handbag dogs that she probably aspires to own."
"I peer through the windshield. Carefully. This is when they come back. In the movies, this is when they jump out at you and smash through the window. It always happens. If you look through a keyhole, you get your eye poked out; if you look in a mirror, the killer's behind you. It's like the law or something."
"Let me in so I can chew on your arm! Would you like fries with that?"
"A battle cry sounds from under the counter and the man springs up and swipes at Smitty's feet with a bat. Who knew they had baseball in Scotland?"
"Together they make me think of LEGO figures. "Here's LEGO Zombie Chef! Here's LEGO Zombie Builder! See their grasping hands and posable limbs!"
A big thanks to Scholastic for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.