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The Undead Road (My Zombie Summer Book 1) by [King, David Powers]
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Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse …

Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Barnes would rather watch a zombie movie than shoot a real one, but he has no choice if his family wants to survive the end of the world. Their plan? Drive across the infected United States to a cabin in the Colorado Rockies without a scratch, but their trip takes a complicated detour in the middle of Nebraska when they find Kaylynn, a girl who can handle a baseball bat better than Jeremy can hold a .45 Beretta. And when they stumble into a sanctuary, Jeremy soon learns that Kaylynn is stronger than she looks—a deadly secret lies inside her.

After the radio picks up a distress call from Kansas City about a possible cure, Jeremy’s parents go with a team to investigate. They never return. The only way to find their parents is for Jeremy and his sister Jewel to rely on a dangerous girl who might just turn on them at any moment.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3267 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0997130806
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  • Publisher: Dashboard Books (2 January 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019EV4NW6
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 3 January 2016
By Elana Johnson - Published on
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I love a good zombie story and this one is FANTASTIC! Jeremy is a fun and likeable character living in an un-fun and unlikeable world. His devotion to his family is admirable, and his quick thinking saves the day quite often. Just as often, he finds himself in difficult predicaments -- you would too if you lived in a world completely infected with Vectors (zombies).

When Jeremy meets Kaylynn, he knows she's different. But it's about more than her intoxicating eyes. She's been infected, but she can control it. She's not one of the thousands of Undead walking around looking for their next snack. And both Jeremy and Kaylynn want to know why.

When Jeremy and his little sister, Jewel, get separated from their parents, they're hoping to stay safe in David City. No such luck. A Vector horde converges, forcing the kids to take the family Explorer and follow the map left by Jeremy's dad. Jeremy's parents went to get the cure that had been radioed in, and Jeremy wants it for Kaylynn. At the very least they'll get some answers.

There are tons of problems between David City and Kansas City, however, and none of them are the kind you write home about. The pacing of the novel is swift, causing readers to flip pages as fast as they can devour them. I couldn't wait to see what Kaylynn could do, and why. I wanted Jeremy and Jewel to be reunited with their parents. And most of all, I can't wait to read the next installment in the Zombie Summer series! This is a great first book of a great new series.
4.0 out of 5 stars a new twist on the zompoc - and, afterwards, you may be craving beef jerky 27 July 2016
By H. Bala - Published on
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First the carrot, then the stick. Voracious enthusiasts of zombie lit that we are, you and I crave original material. David Powers King, mighty smug after having co-penned the YA fantasy read, Woven, has risen to the challenge. The Undead Road (My Zombie Summer: Part One) is a cumbersome title, but it treats us to a fresh zombie origin. I can say with concrete certainty that I'd never before read of an inception of zombie infestation as having these same roots.

The tale's presented in first person narration, courtesy of Jeremy Barnes, a 15-year-old who's got a head on his shoulders, that is, when it's not getting scrambled by notions of the fairer sex. It's been about a week since the zompoc dropped - here referred to as the Vector Pandemic - and the Barnes fam has decided to amscray for the Colorado Rockies where awaits Jeremy's grandfather's secluded cabin. There, the Barnes plan to wait out what they hope is a temporary global crisis. The Barnes are my favorite bits of the story. I love how tight-knit and supportive they are, and how resourceful and, yes, badass. Jeremy's dad is a gun dealer, his mom is a registered nurse, both vocations maximizing anyone's chances of surviving an extinction-level catastrophe. Even Jeremy's 12-year-old sister, Jewel, is a deadeye pistolera when she's not jamming to her iPod. Jeremy, he fancies his .45 Beretta. He also fancies beef jerky. But who doesn't?

As someone quotable once quoted, "Man plans, God laughs." Enroute to the Rockies, while driving thru Nebraska, Jeremy sights an RV by the roadside with an abandoned golden retriever trapped inside, and there's nothing for it but to see to the dog. And that's how Jeremy meets Kaylynn, a strange 16-year-old girl whose bloody baseball bat, in her hands, makes an epic zombie skull-crusher, good for bashing in zombies of varying dispositions ranging from crawlers to shamblers to oh-crap-it's-runners!

The Barnes, now accompanied by Kaylynn and her dog, Chloe, arrive at David City where they think they've found safe haven, never mind that Jeremy vibes something off about the community. Jeremy's anxiety is boosted even more when a radio receives a broadcast from Kansas City regarding a potential cure, and off his parents go with a team to look into the thing. And, naturally, while the 'rents are gone, Jeremy, Jewel, and Kaylynn have a boring stay of it, right? Wrong, so wrong.

So there you have it. The story really takes off once the parental units get gone and the kids are left to fend for themselves. It's when the shady characters come out of the woodwork. Gratifyingly, these kids are the sort who don't collapse in quivering heaps when the sh-- goes down. I can't say that King is able to get into a kid's head, because I'm so far removed from childhood now, I can't even tell how kids behave or think nowadays. But King writes the kids as likable - and Jewel as really likable - and Mr. And Mrs. Barnes as the type of awesome parents you'd want by your side, no matter what. For those with no stomach for graphic zombie kills, those are pretty toned down here. Having said that, it's still a zompoc read, so there are gruesome moments. They just won't curdle your stomach. The plot moves along at a nice clip. The third act's action sequences and shocking reveals are smartly orchestrated, and maybe you noticed the author's tricky device of making each successive chapter shorter and shorter, this serving to amp up the tension. Obviously, King plans on writing a sequel, so I don't mind that we don't get the what's what on the mystery behind Kaylynn.

So that was the carrot, now the stick. I guess I'm too old and can't relate anymore with a 15-year-old kid. As much as I liked Jeremy's perspective, I was put off with several over-the-top moments that find him distracted by the pretty Kaylynn. Reading stuff like "Kaylynn glared at him. I liked it when she glared at someone else." just made me impatient. Not to mention, the writing, besides in that area, would occasionally hit an off-note with me ("These monsters would never give up, and neither would we."). But, listen, these are my minor snits. This is a good zombie read with a different sort of zombie and a different zombie origin, and there's a clever dog. I read one post where one reviewer said he wouldn't be surprised if there's a superhero-ish flavor introduced into the sequel. That's awesome sauce.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Clever & Not too Freaky Zombie Book! 22 January 2016
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THE UNDEAD ROAD is a wonderful story of family, courage, friendship and loyalty, set against a backdrop of a post-apocalyptic zombie world. Well written, strong characters, believable plot—if you like speculative YA, you’ll like this—even if you don’t like zombies. The dialog is clever, funny at times, always spot on. The plot was fast paced and moved smoothly from point to point. I had trouble putting the book down because I really wanted to know what happened next. The mood was not despairing—even though things looked hopeless from time to time. Part of the ending was sad, because sometimes your love for others demands huge sacrifices. But the characters never gave up. If I ever end up in a situation where I’m running from zombies, I want Jeremy and his family on my side! Read my full review at:
5.0 out of 5 stars but "The Undead Road" was pretty awesome. David is the co-author of a nationally-published ... 28 January 2016
By Matt Hayes - Published on
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This book was written by a friend of mine, so I might be a little biased, but "The Undead Road" was pretty awesome.

David is the co-author of a nationally-published book called "Woven", which I recently reviewed. If you've read "Woven", you'll see that while his works are generally geared toward older YA audiences, the writing is smooth and easy to read. I found myself reading a page and a half or two pages per minute. Granted, I read pretty fast anyway, but I digress.

"The Undead Road" had a neat take on zombies that I hadn't ever seen people in any type of medium that features zombies. DISCLAIMER: My zombie experience is limited to having read World War Z and watching The Walking Dead and Night of the Living Dead. Still, the elements introduced in "The Undead Road" are new to me.

First off, the word "zombie" is only used a handful of times. Rather, they're called "Vectors", and there are three categories of them: Runners (Stage 1), Stalkers (Stage 2), and Crawlers (Stage 3). Also, in most zombie stories we are pulled into an alternate world that has never seen or heard of zombies (i.e. The Walking Dead). That's not the case with "The Undead Road". Instead, the main character, Jeremy Barnes, is trapped in a world where the nightmare comes to life around him.

This book also had a ton of foreshadowing that leads to a really momentous twist.

Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed "The Undead Road" and will definitely be reading the next installment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 24 January 2016
By Peggy Eddleman - Published on
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This book had it all! Plenty of action (just when you thought things might be okay for a moment, the conflict was ratcheted up), tons of humor (kept me laughing from the very first page), some surprisingly sweet romance (yet not mushy at all-- very world appropriate), some wonderful family moments (loved that they were dealing with this zombie-apocalypic world as a family, and looked out for each other so much), and fantastic character development with characters that I was rooting for every second of the way. Would recommend to anyone who loves a good action adventure story, and especially to all those who are a fan of zombies. Very well done.