Series: Undead #2
Published by Scholastic on August 27, 2013
Genres: science fiction
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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.