by Isabel G., guest reviewer
Title: The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses
Author: TY Drago
Page Count: 465 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 13+
Summary: Twelve year old Will Ritter is just an average boy…well, that’s how he was at the beginning of this story anyway. His life was only boring until he began seeing walking, talking corpses that are trying to kill him. Fortunately, it turns out he’s not crazy but the only other ones that believe him are also kids. A special group of kids who not only see the Corpses, but are also building a resistance against them. This group goes by the name of the Undertakers. Will reluctantly joins this movement but soon realizes he’s an important piece in a war that’s about to begin.
Why I started this book:
I was given a review copy.
Review: The story is very reminiscent of a movie I saw in my youth. It’s as though the author blended the idea of the film and changed the main characters to children. The idea worked beautifully and really helps the reader sympathize with the characters because they miss their families and are forced into growing up sooner than others kids their age.
The author peaks the reader’s curiosity and keeps them wanting more. He gives information as the plot develops instead of spoon feeding it to the reader all at once. This is the main reason it’s a great book for kids and adults to read because it keeps us guessing what comes next. Also, although there’s violence in this story, it’s still fiction. The fact that the author uses Corpses as bad guys makes it easier for young readers to learn about the horrible things happening and still keep them somewhat emotionally detached. In other words, kids who read the book might deal with the harsh realities in the story without feeling negatively impacted.
A word of caution: Once you begin reading you won’t want to put this book down! I recommend it to teen readers who like horror and sci-fi novels.
Rating: 4 Corpses
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Independent Reader
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