Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses

Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses

by Ty Drago

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Overview

"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 grouchy next door neighbor was the walking dead. When you turn around expecting to see something familiar, and instead see something else altogether, it takes a little while for your brain to catch up with your eyes. I call it the 'Holy Crap Factor.'"

Forced to flee his home and family, twelve-year-old Will Ritter falls in with the Undertakers-a rag-tag army of teenage resistance fighters who've banded together to battle the Corpses.

Praise for Ty Drago:

"...The author hardly sets a foot or a word wrong."
-Publishers Weekly

"More, if you please, Mr. Drago."
-Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402247859
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 781,207
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

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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Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The undertakers is a finley written book. It has action and adventure it great details that ties the books together. The dialog is good the book never runs on and never goes on a tangent. The Undertakers is a book that I would reccomend to anyone that like action and adventure books.
jcmontgomery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not your typical zombie story. In fact, they aren¿t zombies at all. They are re-animated corpses, taken over by. . . well, you¿ll have to find out for yourself. I insist.Just when you think you¿ve seen every angle to a theme or plot, you learn you haven¿t. The author succeeds in finding a unique one.Thanks to the contribution of the author¿s son (made note of in a very touching dedication by his father), the voice of Will Ritter and the rest of the Undertakers remain true to their age and experience. It never felt too juvenile, nor too mature.I can¿t imagine adults facing what these kids do, yet it is made believable and very much a page turner.Perhaps more detail could be provided in some instances, but it would take away from the story¿s momentum and the character building. Plus this is youth fiction and it¿s the kind of storytelling that helps keep kids reading ¿ and wanting more.I was surprised to learn this is Ty Drago¿s first foray into youth fiction. And a heck of a trip it is. Not only that, it¿s the first in a projected series. Seeing as I read this in nearly one sitting, it¿s a no-brainer that I will be waiting eagerly for the next release.Its uniqueness will not only attract the kids, but their parents too. It sure worked for me.This book gets a high rating and a strong recommendation. It is a horror story, but none of the violence is gratuitous or too gory. Characters do die, and they do kill. Bear this in mind when considering this for your child. Also, I feel The Undertakers is appropriate for any gender even though the protagonist is male. Both boys and girls should love this book.
SevsOnlyGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
***Possible spoilers. You¿ve been warned***This book stood out for me. Unlike most zombie books I¿ve read, where zombies have run amok and the world breaks down, here in this book, the zombies are quite different. They¿re portrayed as what seems like a race from another dimension, and infiltrating Earth for their own purposes. It¿s still unclear on where they came from, but I really did like this part of the book. It¿s different, and it¿s what sets itself apart from the usual zombie plot. It¿s an interesting combination of zombies and The Body Snatchers which makes it all the more different and fun to read.The action starts off with a bang in this book, and it¿s continuous, with several pauses in between for a breather (and to read up on more information). The Undertakers, are really just a bunch of children who help other children who are called ¿Seers¿ because they can see through the façade in which the corpses are hiding behind. Again, this is a different idea that I have not read before, and could be compared to the Lost Boys from Peter Pan. They¿re all split into different groups, each child sent to do important tasks for The Undertakers to thrive and survive. It¿s well organized, and yet they¿re still just kids, so obviously there¿s a childish aspect to their organization as well. The plot is fast paced, and the pauses in between don¿t drag or carry on for long. I had a love and a hate for Will. I liked him because he had attitude and courage, yet at the same time, it¿s that same attitude which annoyed me. There were just times when I wished he would shut up but Helene helped out with that (she got him good too). Yet I did like his ingenuity and his quick thinking helped a lot during the course of the book. The one character I did not care for, and thankfully, she did not make much of an appearance was Maria. Oh my, she was useless. All she did was cry, whine, or scream. Argh. I am just glad she wasn¿t featured much in the book. The other characters are good and well written but are rather two dimensional since Will is really the center of the book.The ending was great! and naturally there¿s still a few unanswered questions in the book. I¿m guessing this is going to be a series judging by the ending, so I am hoping it¿ll come out soon, as I¿m really looking forward to it.This book audience inteded for this book does lean towards boys, younger girls might like this because of strong female characters like Helene and Sharyn but I think it¿s a perfect read for all ages. It¿s an interesting and different take on zombies and body snatchers. I say pick this up for a great action packed read!
missyreadsreviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yep, another zombie book. And yes, it's another zombie book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I know what you're thinking: "Missy, you say you hate zombies.. but every time you review a book about them, you sing their praises. What gives?" Well, I'll tell you what gives. I don't exactly hate zombies. I was a huge fan of the Romero movies when I was younger. I've just never really liked zombie books because I need more than just those zombies that run around and eat brains. I found it in Daniel Waters' Generation Dead series, then again with Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies... and now The Undertakers.Taking it one step further, The Undertakers has something that the others doesn't.. the IT-factor that made my husband read it. It was literally like a wish come true. Nick told me he's never seen a zombie book where zombies were smart and calculating. A few days later, the offer to read this one came in. After I read it, I gave it to Nick. He just finished, which is why I'm posting now... I wanted his opinion, too. Fortunately for me, I married someone who is literally my other half - so, our feelings are pretty mutual when it comes to this book. It's everything we wanted in a zombie book and, unexpectedly, then some. But then I guess I should say that you don't call them "zombies" really.. they're "Corpses" - smarter and stronger than your average zombie. This was part of that IT-factor I told you about.This book is more geared toward Middle Grade than Young Adult, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The main character, Will, was indeed middle grade and acted like it - though every once in a while there would be a slip up where he acted more mature. Or was it a slip up? Maybe Will was just maturing, considering his special circumstances of the world that he lives in and the fact that he has to give up everything to fight the Corpses with the other Undertakers. There was lots of adventure and many moments where I was on the edge of my seat. And like I said before, this story took a cliche and made it engagingly original, which is the most refreshing part of all.Overall, The Undertakers was a fast-paced thrill-ride that will spark the interest of the most reluctant readers - just like my husband. I'd recommend this book to everyone, from adults to middle graders and everything in between. It's just that good.
DisneyMomVA More than 1 year ago
My 8th grade son loved this book- now he's found a new series to dive into.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me on the edge of my seat every second amazing Well writen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love a good scare read this book!!!!!!!!! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like a good thriller read this book titled: The Undertakers
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This book was amazing and well written.
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Brad122 More than 1 year ago
With heart stopping moments everywhere you turn this book catches your attention on page...*picks up book* 3.
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Liam Brown More than 1 year ago
Great book. This is a really exciting action-packed book.
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grumpydan More than 1 year ago
This book is intended for young boys who like the zombie genre. But I am not a young boy and this is not quite your ordinary zombie story and I loved it! Will Ritter at first sees his neighbor looks like the undead, then his teacher. Soon he is running for his life and to protect his family, hiding with a group of others that 'see' these zombies. They call themselves the Undertakers and he soon learns that they 'people' aren't dead but their corpses have been taken over by aliens. And only kids can see them for what they really are. This is an interesting approach to this type of horror. Ty Drago writes for the young boy and the adolescent will certainly enjoy this story, but so will the older crowd (like me). It is fast paced, not too gory and a fresh idea for what seems to be the beginning of a series of Undertaker stories.
Ladystorm More than 1 year ago
One day everything was normal for Will Ritter, then he went outside to meet the bus for school and noticed that his neighbor looked like a zombie. He had just received what the others call the sight. He runs off from his neighbor, but soon finds out he can run from the walking dead. Will is then helped by another girl with the sight and is taken to a place called Haven. It's at Haven were he meets the leader of The Undertakers. They are a group of kids who can see what nobody else can see, that people all over the city are dead, they call them corpses. Zombies are slow and dumb, corpses are aliens who have taken over a dead body. As far as they know there has been only one adult who could see them and that was Will's father. As will learns more about the secrets his father kept from him, he learns to be a soldier in the Undertakers. A group of kids who are doing their best to stay alive and try and find away to kill the corpses. Will Ritter is a great main character. He is twelve years old and acts it. When he is dragged away from his mom and little sister he whines about it. He is head strong and tough, but he often thinks about his mom.When he doesn't think the Undertakers are doing anything to get rid of the corpses he tries to do something about it, often not using rationalized thoughts. Because he is a twelve year old kid trying to be a soldier and save people from something that most of them can not see, and in doing so he screws up some. He think irrationally because he is angry and young. He is stubborn, strong and flawed, which to me makes him a great hero. The other characters in the book are great too, each of them has a purpose and I am sure we will learn more about the secondary characters as the series continues. Tom Jefferson is the Chief of the Undertakers and to Will's frustrations he has only lead them on a defensive strategy. Sharyn Jefferson is Tom's sister and she is in charge of the group called Angels, she is one tough girl. Though she doesn't always agree with her brother she is fiercely loyal to him. Helene, is in the group called Schoolers, they infiltrate the school and look for other kids who can see the corpses. This is how Will and Helene meet, she was going to his school waiting for the day he got the sight. Helene is not really Will's love interest since he is only twelve, but his crush. There are a lot more I could name but these are some of the main ones. I could really tell that Ty Drago enlisted the help of his child to make it feel more real. The characters definitely had a preteen to teen feel about them. They were doing grown up things but deep down they were still children. They had many flaws and they acted like kids. It is one of the things that made this book so great. This is the first in the series so I can't wait for the next one to come out and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes zombie type books.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After getting over the shock of observing his walking rotting neighbor Ernie "Dead Man" Pratt and John Towers Middle School Assistant Principal Titlebaum and some teachers turn into zombies, twelve years old Will Ritter struggles with controlling his instinct for flight and fright instead of fight. Kids like him recruit Will as a member of The Undertakers, a dedicated unit of non-adults whose mission is to fight zombies. Joining the youth squad means your previous way of life no longer exists as adults do not have the ability to see zombies. The teen and preadolescent Undertakers like Will vow to clean the world of the Zombie manifestation starting with their home town. This is an engaging fast-paced tale from the moment the talking smelly Pratt puts his hand on Will and never slows down as the young warriors learn the key questions in life is not can I have Pop Tarts for breakfast or how to comb one's hair, but can you see the living dead and how do you kill a dead person? With nods to Wild in the Streets (zombie style) and Zombieland, middle school students will enjoy Will and the Undertakers mission to save the world as readers will agree with the book's quoting an anonymous person that "Children make the best heroes." Harriet Klausner
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
***Possible spoilers. You've been warned*** This book stood out for me. Unlike most zombie books I've read, where zombies have run amok and the world breaks down, here in this book, the zombies are quite different. They're portrayed as what seems like a race from another dimension, and infiltrating Earth for their own purposes. It's still unclear on where they came from, but I really did like this part of the book. It's different, and it's what sets itself apart from the usual zombie plot. It's an interesting combination of zombies and The Body Snatchers which makes it all the more different and fun to read. The action starts off with a bang in this book, and it's continuous, with several pauses in between for a breather (and to read up on more information). The Undertakers, are really just a bunch of children who help other children who are called "Seers" because they can see through the façade in which the corpses are hiding behind. Again, this is a different idea that I have not read before, and could be compared to the Lost Boys from Peter Pan. They're all split into different groups, each child sent to do important tasks for The Undertakers to thrive and survive. It's well organized, and yet they're still just kids, so obviously there's a childish aspect to their organization as well. The plot is fast paced, and the pauses in between don't drag or carry on for long. I had a love and a hate for Will. I liked him because he had attitude and courage, yet at the same time, it's that same attitude which annoyed me. There were just times when I wished he would shut up but Helene helped out with that (she got him good too). Yet I did like his ingenuity and his quick thinking helped a lot during the course of the book. The one character I did not care for, and thankfully, she did not make much of an appearance was Maria. Oh my, she was useless. All she did was cry, whine, or scream. Argh. I am just glad she wasn't featured much in the book. The other characters are good and well written but are rather two dimensional since Will is really the center of the book. The ending was great! and naturally there's still a few unanswered questions in the book. I'm guessing this is going to be a series judging by the ending, so I am hoping it'll come out soon, as I'm really looking forward to it. This book audience inteded for this book does lean towards boys, younger girls might like this because of strong female characters like Helene and Sharyn but I think it's a perfect read for all ages. It's an interesting and different take on zombies and body snatchers. I say pick this up for a great action packed read!