Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses by Ty Drago

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publish Date:  April 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-1402247859
Pages: 480
Cover Art:  Illustration by Ryan Pancoast, Design by Christian Fuenfhausen

I have to say that I really really really love when an author takes a subject that has become popular and makes it his/her own.  Yep, as you can see by the cover, this is a novel about zombies.  But not like any zombies you've read about before or any situation you've read about before.  Mr. Drago has taken a new road for these zombies.

Will Ritter, the main character, is 12 years old.  One day he gets up and as he heads for school finds that suddenly his neighbor, his principal and even some of his teachers are zombies!  Apparently this isn't a new scenario, but not everyone can see the zombies.  Will is special and is about to join a special team - The Undertakers. This means leaving everything and everyone behind. Oh yeah, the Undertakers are all kids.

This is going to be an excellent book for reluctant readers, the chapters are short enough to keep your attention, the story moves along very quickly and the character's 'lingo' rings true.  Ty Drago does credit his son with helping him with keeping the kids' sound right.  Kudo's to him and his son - the lingo is excellent and the characters sounded like they were described.  I really love this one and think it will go over huge with boys as well as girls.  I'm hoping that we'll see much much more of Ty Drago in the coming years.

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