The good news: Bobby survived her Undead school trip. Bad news: her best mate, Smitty, is missing. Bobby knows she's got to find him even if it means risking it all and going out into the starving-zombie-infested wastelands again. Even if it means taking fellow survivors including a couple of old frenemies along for the ride. And even if the zombies are not the only ones who are chasing them this time.
I enjoy a good zombie fest and was highly impressed with Undead by Kirsty McKay for not only being an ace plot and fun writing but for *actually* being scary. The gore level was high and didn't shy away from the details which made me shake the book around in the air screaming 'THANK YOU'. Personally I love a good gore fest and hate when I get a watered down version of something that could have been awesome on so many more levels! Undead kicked off this nightmare of a life for Bobby, Smitty and the gang and now in Unfed we find Bobby waking up in a hospital, head shaven and totally unaware of where her fellow survivors are and where she is herself.
Unfed takes Bobby and the rest of those that survived Undead in a journey following clues from Bobby's absent mother (or they hope it's her leaving the clues) and trying to make it out of the containment area that is Scotland. They've survived this long and they want to make it a bit further than being trapped in a mystery hospital and munched on by yet more zombies.
I think for me I preferred the story of Undead over Unfed but the gore and horror element felt more real and raw in Unfed. Last time there seemed to be more of a clear story and mystery and it had some really good gasp moments. Unfed did have an enjoyable adventure to it but for me after Undead it wasn't quite as up there. It was by no means a bad story and I'm looking forward to what comes next in the series but it felt more like it was focused on just Bobby and I wanted to learn more about the other characters like Peter and Alice. Perhaps there is more from them to come.
I'd say that if you like the blood and gore, gross horror the likes of 28 Days Later and Evil Dead movies then you're in the good books with this series but if you're a bit squeamish then maybe don't read it late at night alone in the house.
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