Ed Undead: The Chronicles of a Teenage Zombie

Rated 4.20/5 based on 6 reviews
I never believed that I would have to live through a zombie apocalypse. One day I was Ed Kirk, a normal sixteen-year-old boy with a loving family, a beautiful girlfriend, and a full life ahead of me.
Now I'm on the run from zombies, being hunted by a dark force that threatens my very existence, all the while trying to escape this town and find help. Oh, yeah, one more thing:
I'm a zombie too! More

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About Edward Kent

I grew up in a small town on Lake Ontario, pursued Theatre as a major at Niagara University, taught elementary school after receiving my Masters, worked as a trainer for a major Dialysis company, and am now writing children's books and have started my first novel. I am married and have three children, ages 5-7.

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Review by: Erika Benton on July 11, 2013 :
Great read. It keeps you guess and wanting to turn the page to see what happens next. Have to admit my guilty pleasure of recognizing some of the places mentioned.

I enjoyed the characters and am eager to find out what's next for Ed and answer some of the questions I have rolling around.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: lasaki Redbird on March 28, 2013 :
Zombies, hmm, when I first started reading the book, I expected nothing else that chasing, some action, one person who is very powerful, just chasing, killings and blah-blah. I thought there was nothing else that can be done with the topic like zombies and vampires which either have 1 variety or is used it the same way over and over again, or the other. My mind and outlook was so narrow about this topic, may be because the recent movies with different names and almost same story made it that way, my expectations were 0. So i started reading in that perspective. By as I kept on going further, i was surprised, shocked, and moved in every way possible. Unlike other “so much similar” movies, this book was very different. While reading I went through a mixture of emotions, first of all shock, then sad moments, romantic moments, and the moments when you have to make THE hardest choice in your entire life time and most importantly keep pushing even when there is very less hope.
I won’t deny the fact that there was no chasing, human flesh eating zombies, and a little(not so little) bloodshed, but the point that there are so many questions that would arise while reading the book overshadows all the other common stuff. Why is Ed still a half zombie? Who was this HE that wanted him? Mostly it showed how the life of a teenager would be affected when everything he knew around him was gone, which I think most people neglected. I would say it was “the best” zombie book I ever read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: lasaki Redbird on March 28, 2013 : (no rating)
Zombies, hmm, when I first started reading the book, I expected nothing else that chasing, some action, one person who is very powerful, just chasing, killings and blah-blah. I thought there was nothing else that can be done with the topic like zombies and vampires which either have 1 variety or is used it the same way over and over again, or the other. My mind and outlook was so narrow about this topic, may be because the recent movies with different names and almost same story made it that way, my expectations were 0. So i started reading in that perspective. By as I kept on going further, i was surprised, shocked, and moved in every way possible. Unlike other “so much similar” movies, this book was very different. While reading I went through a mixture of emotions, first of all shock, then sad moments, romantic moments, and the moments when you have to make THE hardest choice in your entire life time and most importantly keep pushing even when there is very less hope.
I won’t deny the fact that there was no chasing, human flesh eating zombies, and a little(not so little) bloodshed, but the point that there are so many questions that would arise while reading the book overshadows all the other common stuff. Why is Ed still a half zombie? Who was this HE that wanted him? Mostly it showed how the life of a teenager would be affected when everything he knew around him was gone, which I think most people neglected. I would say it was “the best” zombie book I ever read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Alexia Hart on March 14, 2013 :
Okay, I'll admit it. I am secretly in love with all things Zombie. I don't know why dead people wandering around, tearing people apart, intrigues me so; but it does! So, of course, I wanted to review Ed Undead when it was offered! I have to say, the only thing that disappointed me about this book was that the ending implies that this book is part of a series! And none of the other books are written yet?! What?! That was an evil move Mr. Kent. Evil. (it had better be a series, that's all I'm saying)

I completely enjoyed Ed Undead! You've got Ed, 16-years-old, soon-to-be-zombie being chased by other zombies (but not eaten)...for whatever reason, no one knows. He's on a list, someone wants him. The behavior of these zombies and the way the disease is affecting Ed is mystifying and made this book more than just another gory zombie book. I was drawn in by the interesting behavior of the undead and stayed to watch the relationships between the characters unfold. I really hope Mr. Kent gets busy, because I'm not a very patient fan ;) Go! Buy!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Celine Garcia on Oct. 08, 2012 :
What I liked about the book is that it seems very guy friendly. I could see this book grasping a teen boys interest as well as a girl. The story flows pretty well and the flashbacks that are within the book are never confusing. I did welcome the fact that when we are introduced to Ed he is already in a stable relationship with his girlfriend. This adds a magnificent white elephant to the story regarding Ed who is currently going through the transitions of turning into a zombie and what Lisa Jane may have to do when his time is up.


Ed is an average sixteen year-old teen who doesn’t pretend to be something he’s not. He treats people with respect because of his parents and is naturally kind hearted. So it makes Ed’s story more tragic because he’s a good guy who is now cursed to live life as a zombie. Edward Kent provides a lot of detail in Ed’s change such as resistance to pain or inability to remember things. I’m only going to give minor details of his change so I don’t spoil it for readers. Ed is also surprisingly resourceful in the midst of zombies taking over his town. It makes me curious of what type of teen he was before this and what his interests may have been. You are immediately put into his current state of the zombie invasion that you miss that. I’m not saying that the story is lacking because of it, only that I thought about the character, which is a good thing.

Lisa Jane is the girl in high school that all the boys want and Ed got her simply by being himself. Who wouldn’t like a girl like that standing beside the hero of the story? She shined the most for me when she is face to face with Ed who she realizes is changing, and in order to protect herself she ties him up but does not kill him. The moment is laced with a sweet memory of the couple before the town is taken over by zombies and gives a view into their untainted world. This makes their dialogue believable when times get rough, especially when Ed has to ask Lisa Jane to do the unthinkable if he gets worse.

Ed Undead is an excellent intro for any teen into the world of zombies. It’s graphic in the right areas but never takes it too far. It doesn’t have an intense amount of gore like more adult zombie books tend to have. It does have levels of drama that I think any teen can handle and appreciate. I say this because Edward Kent seems to tackle the topic of family in his zombie world. Ed has lost his and is desperate to find them, hoping they are still alive. The characters also come across another family that puts Ed in a difficult situation that had my own heart stop because I didn’t know what Ed would do.

So I strongly recommend this book for any teen, especially boys who find it difficult to find something amongst the teen selections. I found it entertaining and was even surprised that Edward Kent managed to squeeze in some humor in a dark situation. Some people shy away from zombie books but this is one that you probably shouldn’t because it’s a great intro into the genre. If you find you like it, then you can eventually branch off into the heavier stuff.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tahlia Newland on May 17, 2012 :
As expected, zombies populate this book, complete with rotting flesh, sunken eyes and mindless shuffling gait. They’re not my favourite characters, but if you like zombies, you’ll like Ed Undead. It’s a strong story that never bores, and Ed, the 16 year old almost Zombie, shows us what true courage is.

The story is set in a post apocalyptic world, where a plague has turned most of the population into zombies whose only concern is finding some living flesh to tear into to satiate their hunger. Ed has the virus but hasn’t turned into a zombie – yet. He hopes he never will and aims to find someone with a cure, if there is one, before the virus takes him over the edge. The living dead are after him and he and his girlfriend, Lisa Jane are running and fighting for their survival.

They team up with a mother and her child, and for a short while with Ed’s rival from school. Lisa sends him off when he shows himself too cowardly to help her out of a sticky situation. Throughout the story, Ed has flashbacks to life as it was and these are very well handled. He faces zombies that were once people he knew and the remains of others who became their food. It’s gruesome stuff, but the writing keeps a good balance between description of the details and not over doing the horror. His grief as he recalls what he has lost is real and moving.

The author called it a paranormal romance, but I’d call it urban fantasy. Ed and his girlfriend are in love, but that doesn’t make it a romance. This is more action based than character and relationship based, and the main issue is escaping the zombies and the strange ‘boss’ that some of them refer to, rather than overcoming obstacles to a relationship as in a romance.

Regardless of what genre you stick it in, it’s a good yarn and I think boys in particular would like it. The two main characters are strong, but I would have liked to have got to know the mother and daughter better, and Sam Ed’s little sister seemed a bit silly for a ten year old. I think her character could be developed further.

I give it 4 stars and a place in the Awesome Indies listing. Ed and Lisa are great characters to spend time with, even if it is in a zombie infested town.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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