Will Ritter is an average twelve-year-old boy who started off for school expecting that day to be like any other. Little did he expect that his next door neighbor would be a walking corpse. The next thing Will knows, is that he's being attacked at school by undead teachers and staff. A fellow student, Helene, leads him to safety. Will discovers that he is a Seer, able to see the true face of these undead creatures, inhabiting the bodies of the corpses. Only children, and only a few, are able to see them, and for their safety, most join the Undertakers, a band devoted to fighting the Corpses. Will learns that there was a lot about his father that he didn't know, and a lot that Will needs to learn if he wants to stay alive. The Corpses are out to kill the Seers, all except Will, because they have special plans for him.
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. Watching Will deal with losing the safety of his home and family, letting go of his childhood, and growing up way too fast was heartbreaking at times, but always a good read. How do you fight an enemy that is already dead and no grownup can see?
"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.