Unfed: review

October 23, 2013 4 star books, Kate, Kirsty McKay, sci fi or futuristic, zombies 43 ★★★★

Unfed: reviewUnfed by Kirsty McKay
Series: Undead #2
Published by Scholastic on August 27, 2013
Genres: science fiction
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Fresh meat! From a hospital of horrors to a runaway zombie train, it's an all-new onslaught of the slavering undead in the sequel to Kirsty McKay's killer debut!

In Undead, fifteen-year-old Bobby Brook and her mother moved back to Scotland from the US, where they’d lived for six years, following the death of Bobby’s father. Before the school year started, Bobby’s mother insisted that she go on a class trip to a ski lodge.  While Bobby was out in the wilds of Scotland with her classmates, there was a zombie outbreak, and all but a handful of the students fell victim to it.  The survivors—Smitty (the bad boy), Pete (the nerd), and Alice (the mean girl)—fought their way through a countryside teeming with zombies, forming a sort of weird, dysfunctional family, the center of which was Bobby and Smitty’s friendship/fledgling romance

When last we saw Bobby and her friends, they were in a school bus, fleeing the disgusting zombie hordes, and that’s where we pick up at the beginning of Unfed: We’re in a school bus.  Which is rolling down a hill mid-crash.  Bobby loses consciousness and wakes up (with a shaved head) six weeks later in a secret underground military hospital.

When the inevitable occurs and the hospital is overrun by zombies, Bobby again teams up with Alice and Pete, and they’re joined by a new hot boy named Russ.  Smitty is missing, as is Bobby’s mother, but she has left cryptic notes as to where they are hiding on Bobby’s phone, so the four teenagers take off (pursued by mad scientists and sharpshooter commandoes) across Scotland once again on a quest to find their missing friend and find a way out of the country, which has been placed under quarantine.

Unfedis, like Undead, genuinely laugh-out-loud funny.  I couldn’t read it at night because my guffaws woke my husband up.  The kids in this series interact with each other like normal, bratty, sarcastic teenagers, but it’s saved from being just a series of hilarious sketches by the genuine heroism and selflessness of the characters as they risk their own lives to save each other time and time again.

It’s so good, you guys.  There are zombie children.  There are zombie cows.  There is a zombie-infested train.  There is every possible type of zombie in this book, and they are all of them absolutely revolting.  And through it all, there’s the overarching mystery of what caused the outbreak, what Bobby’s mother (not to mention her former employer, Xanthro Industries) has to do with all of it, and why Smitty has disappeared.

I cannot say enough about how much fun this series is.  If you’re looking for a light, funny, kind of disgusting read, give Undead and Unfed a try.  You will not be disappointed.



43 Responses to “Unfed: review”

  1. Rachel

    I think the zombified goat was the grossest, but you are right there is just about every species of zombie. I laughed at the “we’re on safari with Zombie Simba, Timon, and Pumba,” comment. Well, honestly, I laughed through most of this. Glad to see it had the same effect on you, Kate. Wonderful review! :)

  2. Larissa

    never read any of the books in this series yet! however your review has me quite tempted to do so haha (:

  3. Pabkins

    Ok I need some genuinely laugh out loud funny stuff. This just reminded me that I really wanted to read Undead!

  4. Melanie

    Woah…what’s up with the cover? Creepy but odd much–which I guess just sums up this novel perfectly. Going to check this one out more on Goodreads.

    Brilliant review, Kate! <33

    • Kate Bond

      Mel, the series is fantastic. And in a way that, other than the gore, is safe for middle grade, too, which is rare with good this type of book. Like, it’s a big deal that the girl and boy might kiss…but it didn’t feel like a dumb kid book to me.

  5. Kim

    That cover alone makes me want this! I’d not heard of this series at all before this review. Thanks, Kate! These two are going right to the top of my to-read list for some seasonal fun :)

    • Kate Bond

      Oh, didn’t they do a good job with the cover? It’s really tonally appropriate. I cannot wait to hear what you think of these, Kim.

  6. Nikki

    You had me at “zombie cow.” Seriously, as much as I love hard-core zombie fiction, I do appreciate a good and humourous zombie book every now and again. I will DEFINITELY be adding this series to my list.

  7. Nikki Vanderhoof

    I just went and added both of these to read! A) because that cover is awesome! B) I’ve loved zombie themed anything since the 80s C) You can’t snuff a review like that. Thanks Kate!

  8. Bailee

    The cover for this book is pretty intense! I love it. Zombies have become so hugely popular and last year my friends and I went to a zombie prom, which was so much fun. That truly started my interest in zombies and now it has become even more publicized and unique than before. The book sounds really cool, honestly! I can’t wait to get a chance to read it. :D

  9. Joyous Reads

    Dang. I’ve been ignoring these books every time I go on a bookstore jaunt. I’m apparently missing a whole lot of zombie fun.

    Thanks, Kate. I’ll be picking this one up. I always, always need humour to go with the gore. :)

  10. Steph F.

    Had me hooked with zombie cows, lol. Sounds like a great read. I’ve recently gotten into the zombie genre and have been enjoying it. I’ll definitely have to add to my to read list.

    • Kate Bond

      I think this book would be a good entry point for people who are new to zombie horror because of the comedic elements. It’s kind of Sean of the Dead-ish.

  11. Karen

    Sounds fantastic. I love all kinds of zombie books – funny, scary. It doesn’t matter. I think I have the first one lying around somewhere.

  12. Keertana

    I haven’t read a zombie book in a few months, I think, and I am totally in the mood for a FUN book, so I’m going to have to check out this series for sure. Lovely review, Kate!(:

    • Kate Bond

      Thank you! I am not a big zombie fangirl–I love the Mira Grant stuff, and I love this, and that’s about it. But I LOVE the zombie stuff I like, you know?

      Oh, I hope you enjoy it!

  13. Sam (Realm of Fiction)

    Zombie cows?! Now I’m curious… I actually haven’t picked up a zombie book in a while, so I think I could probably enjoy this one. Plus it’s funny, which is always a plus point for me. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Kate! Lovely review. :)

    • Kate Bond

      Thank you! There’s also a great sequence with a runaway train/zombie conductor…I mean, it’s all so good, but the big set pieces are especially fun. And it’s incredibly funny.

    • Kate Bond

      Yeah, I’m not a super zombie lover, either. I really like Mira Grant’s zombie stuff, and I really like this series, and…that’s about it.

      This series is excellent.

  14. Mary @ BookSwarm

    I like how over-the-top this is. I mean, if you’re going to go zombies, you may as well hit those poor cows, too. They’ll be mooooing for brains and stampeding through your heart. It’s a fact.

  15. Becky LeJeune

    I just read UNDEAD over the weekend. I’m planning to read UNFED… um… before Friday. Just realized it’s now Wednesday so I guess that means I’ll be reading it today :)

    • Kate Bond

      Isn’t this series addictive? I’m kind of bummed that there’s no word on when book three will come out, though. That seems…crucial.

  16. Wendy Darling

    Zombie cows?! Holy hell, why have I waited so long to read the sequel? Must rectify this soon. I LOVED the first book, and am excited that the second one is just as fun.

    • Kate Bond

      I have nothing negative to say about it. Absolutely nothing. Well, one thing: I wish there had been more Smitty in this one. But you’re gonna love it.

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