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The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses Paperback – April 1, 2011
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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
""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
""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
""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
""...as 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
""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
""I like zombies, I like YA horror, and I like secret underground societies of kids doing awesome things. This book, I thought, should be a total win. Well it IS a total win... scary without being over-the-top horrifying, it's got action as well as emotional stuff, and it's never boring." - Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog" - Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog
""Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Harry Potter, with bug-filled corpses. Fans of comic-book heroes and video games will not be disappointed, and will be eager for further adventures. Fast paced and surprisingly moving." School Library Journal" - School Library Journal
""Score: 4.75 / 5 - Reviewer Top Pick
This is not your traditional zombie book, but is instead a high-octane read, with a great new take on the zombie story. Ty Drago has created what promises to be a great series, filled with adventure, undead beings, aliens, teenage guerrillas, and lots and lots of intrigue." - Night Owl Reviews" - Night Owl Reviews
""Plenty of action, gruesome descriptions, and hand-to-hand combat will draw mostly middle-grade boys, but there are lots of strong girl characters as well. A satisfying ending hints at a sequel. Recommended." - Library Media Connection" - Library Media Connection
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The Undertakers are a group of teenagers that have formed an Underground Resistance to fight a serious threat that only they can See. The Corpses have invaded Earth and are taking it over with no one to fight them but this group of kids. The Undertakers are outnumbered and out gunned but they can't give up the fight because this is their home and families we're talking about.
Will Ritter as the main character discovers one day that his eyes have been opened to the Sight. He Sees that his neighbor and many of his teachers at school are dead. Dead and rotted. He doesn't understand why no one else can see this. When the Corpses realize he can See him they go after him. With the help of another young girl, Helene he escapes. Helene tells him of the Undertakers and the Corpses. She takes him to the Undertakers base where he learns that his own father,could also See the Corpses. The Undertakers have discovered some of the Corpses weaknesses and have created clever weapons to fight them.
Although the main character is a teen age boy my daughter and her friends all enjoyed it. I even enjoyed it and I'm 47. It's a fun fast read and I can't wait for the next one. I definitely reccomend this book.
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