Friday, May 6, 2011

Review of The Undertakers : Rise of the Corpses

4.5 Fangs for The Undertakers

Book Description:

"On a sunny Wednesday morning in October, a day that would mark the end of one life and the beginning of another, I found out my next door neighbor was the walking dead."

With these words, middle school student Will Ritter introduces us to his life as a fugitive. Ripped from his family, this son of a murdered Philadelphia police detective finds himself hunted by an invasion of the walking dead. But these aren't the slow stupid zombies of George Romero movies. Nor are they the fast, stupid zombies of 28 Days Later and Zombieland.

These Corpses are smart, organized and utterly ruthless. If they find him, they'll kill him. If he goes home, they'll kill his family. Will's only hope is to join up with a rag tag children's army, led by the wise and charismatic Tom Jefferson:


Hidden away in their secret Philadelphia lair, the Undertakers have set themselves against an enemy that's faster, stronger and far deadlier than they are. Worse, they're badly outnumbered ... and totally alone.

Yet they fight because, if they don't the world itself may be forfeit.


THE UNDERTAKERS: RISE OF THE CORPSES is the first book in a new middle grade adventure series, written by Ty Drago, and published by Sourcebooks under their Jabberwocky imprint.

To know more about THE UNDERTAKERS, visit

My Review:

Zombies have been done to death but Ty Drago has breathed new life into them making them smart and brutal. A whole world of organized, brutal, walking dead who want to take over everything.

Only kids (and teens) can see the zombies- the adults can't see them but risk becoming them. The Youth Squad, known as The Undertakers, fight the zombies that want to take over.

The main character Will, has to battle his own fear, not let it take over and decide to be a part of something bigger, something that can put a stop zombie world domination.

This is a fast paced read that'll keep you turning pages- and wondering how do you kill something that's already dead?

Geared towards the younger version of the male species that loves action, adventure and zombies I think girl's who like paranormal books will still enjoy this as well, unless they are strictly into the sparkly vampire stuff.

There's nothing sparkly here, gritty, dark and adventurous yes, sparkly and romantic no.

This is a great book for mid grade readers.


Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

My elder son is nine and a half and he is obsessed with zombies. I bet he would love this book. Great review!

Jen B. said...

This sounds like a book I must get. I am always looking for new material for my kids to read. Great review.

Midnyte Reader said...

This sounds SO awesome. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.