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Undertakers: The Rise of the Corpses by [Drago, Ty]
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"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... 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... 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." - Absolute Forest of Words (Absolute Forrest of Words 20110425)

"I think the author did a wonderful job though in creating a world for younger boys to dive into. A fun read to spark the interest of reluctant readers and hopefully give them the push they need to start reading!" - My Overstuffed Bookshelf (My Overstuffed Bookshelf 20110517)

"With elements reminiscent of works by Rowling, Riordan, and Stine, Drago unveils the plot through many short chapters, calling into action a cast of distinctive characters with authentic voices and behaviors... Will's breathless adventures as he faces his destiny of becoming an Undertaker are thoughtful and exciting, and the descriptions of decaying flesh will likely both disgust and delight readers... who will be clamoring for the continuation of the story." - Booklist (Booklist 20110505)

"The Undertakers is one of the best books I have ever read." - Review by Ashley- 6th grade reader/reviewer, approved and given highest marks by teacher6th (Spot to Read 20110520)

" thought provoking as Night of the Living Dead and as entertaining as the likes of Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead... In my opinion though this books tale of Corpses and leaving a normal life behind easily beats the Saga of Darren Shan... All in all 'The Undertakers – Rise of the Corpses' is a fantastic book and is also both interesting and fun to read. Brilliantly written by Ty Drago, with great characters, an edgy story and many grim twists, this is a highly recommendable novel and one of the best I've read in a long time." - Necropunk (Necropunk 20110517)

"Drago takes a dash of "They Live", stirs in a handful of zombie mythology from Brian Keene's "The Rising", and finishes it off with the young adult appeal of "Percy Jackson"... It is a story and cast of characters that is both familiar and, at the same time, utterly original... Drago writes with an age appropriate tone, but one that is not condescending to older readers – the story is still, after all, a robust exploration of the genesis of a zombie invasion of our world. The drama is real, the action is real, and the plot holds up whether you are 15 or 45 or 105." - The Word Zombie (The Word Zombie )

About the Author

Ty Drago is a computer programmer, husband, father, and a born Quaker who lives in New Jersey. He is the editor/publisher of Allegory, an online magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror. He has also had short fiction Fortress Publishing's Yesterday I Will anthology in addition to his two previously published novels Phobos and The Franklin Affair. Many years ago Ty attended a book signing by Isaac Asimov. When Dr. Asimov learned Drago was struggling young SFG write, he penned the following: "To Ty: Please keep trying. Isaac Asimov." And he did.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1664 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (April 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q9TXFY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've read an underground bunker full of zombie books in my day: some of them good - many of them dreadful. Many of them have blindly followed the path set down by George Romero in "Night of the Living Dead" - slow shambling zombies intent on eating brains - without even attempting to advance the genre. Many of them have been nothing more than poorly written scenes of blood and gore strung together by tenuous plotlines and cardboard thin characters. Nary a one of them has been for young adult readers. I'm happy to say, "The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses" is none of those things.

I challenge you to walk the aisles of your favorite bookstore today without tripping over the mountains of young adult vampire books that have flooded the market. Good vampires, bad vampires, teenaged vampires, tragically misunderstood vampires - it's all a bit much. What has been missing is a serious (and seriously good) young adult zombie novel to even the odds a bit. Ty Drago has delivered just that with "The Undertakers".

Drago takes a dash of "They Live", stirs in a handful of zombie mythology from Brian Keene's "The Rising", and finishes it off with the young adult appeal of "Percy Jackson". The end result is a zombie story for the whole family. (Well, most of the family - I don't think my 10 year-old son will be reading it this year. These are zombies after all - decaying flesh tends to fall off of them at inopportune moments. It is a story and cast of characters that is both familiar and, at the same time, utterly original.

Will Ritter is a normal 12 year-old living just outside of Philadelphia. At least he thinks he's normal. All that changes one day when he realizes some of the people around him are not what they appear to be.
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I have always said that there are special gems that can be found in Young Adult books, and The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses is one of those special gems.

It seems that Will isn't have a very good day. He sees his neighbor, but in a different light. This neighbor is dead, and Will can see him for who he really is, dead. Not dead as in, he's killed. Oh no, that would be to easy. Dead, as in a zombie. But not a normal slow lurching zombie, but a zombie that can move just as easy as you or I. Will makes it to school, but only to have other zombies try to get Will. Will gets help from a girl in his class, but she isn't who she seems to be. She knows about the zombies, and she's not alone. Will finds out that he's a Seer. A child who can see who and what the zombies really are. Soon the girl leads Will to a group of kids who are fighting the zombies. Soon Will joins them in being a zombie slayer, but little does Will know, the zombies have a big surprise and even bigger plans.

This book is amazing. The characters are fantastic. In some books, the character are flat. That's not the case for this book. The characters leap off the page at you, in that they seem so real. Each character has their own personality traits, strengths and weaknesses. I had such a fantastic time getting to know each one of them, and loved how they turned out. I wasn't prepared to feel as attached to the characters as I was. I read the book in one sitting, and for me, that's very very rare. I honestly lost sleep because I was up till the wee hours of the morning reading this, just to see what happens to them. Honestly, it was that good.

Drago has a wonderful writing style. It flowed at an even pace, and not once did I feel that a scene was wasted, or just added to make the book longer.
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By heather on January 28, 2015
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I really wanted to like this book. I thought the premise was great, and the reviews were fairly all positive. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations.
It started out promising and took off running, but then it stalled multiple times, and I kept checking to see how much more of the book I had to read, which isn't a good sign.
The characters are fairly standard, nothing that makes them distinguishable or extremely likeable.
I got confused when they tried explaining how the Corpses work, but I think that may have just been me.
Otherwise, it's probably a good read for anybody who likes a different take on zombies.
Unfortunately, I will not be continuing with the series.
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When I was a kid I belonged to a gang called the Team of Bikes. I was the leader, of course, and my best friend Allan was second-in-command. To the best of my recollection, there were no other members. In fact, I'm not even sure Allan knew he was a member--I might have simply enrolled him without telling him. Anyway, me and Allan and the "Team of Bikes" had many adventures around my home town of Norco, California, even if most of them were make believe. Reading Ty Drago's first book in the Undertaker series reminded me of what it was like to be a kid, to ride a bike with my friends, to get into squirt-gun and dirt-clod fights, and to dream of fighting evil within the safe confines of our minds. This is an entertaining and well-written book that will appeal to kids of all ages, even the adult ones.
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