Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: Unfed by Kirsty McKay

Title: Unfed (Undead #2)
Author: Kirsty McKay
Format: egalley
Pub. Date: August 27th 2013
Source: Netgalley/Scholastic


Four stars.

Unfed is the sequel to the novel Undead. In this story, Bobby has survived her trip.... But her best (totally not boy-) friend Smitty is missing. She wakes up in a quarantined Scotland, and is told that four survived, her mother not among them. But something doesn't add up. When she finds a clue, she gets new hope, and knows that she has got to find Smitty and fast. It becomes a race against time, the undead, and a few other nasties to solve this unraveling puzzle, and to save the living.


I have to admit, Unfed has impressed me. Initially, I was drawn in by the cover. I mean, look at it. That's pretty cool. I was prepared for the spot of disappointment that normally fills me up after I read a zombie book. But this one exceeded expectations, and is honestly the first zombie book I've read so far that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Another problem I thought I might encounter was the fact that this is book two, when I haven't read book one. This didn't make a difference on my reading experience at all. I never felt that I was missing out on previous story or wondering what had previously happened to cause this. Everything is well explained or reintroduced in this sequel.

I love Bobby. She reminds me a little bit of Buffy, in that she knows that she has butts to kick and isn't afraid to do so if it means saving the people that she loves (or humanity. You know, whichever comes first). She's sassy and hilarious. I laughed out loud more than once while reading, and part of this is due to the dark British humor.

There is gore in this book, but that's kind of to be expected in a zombie book- especially one with a girl holding a bloody chainsaw on the cover. I found it to be dark but not overly so, and often times this ew-factor was amplified by some humor. It's a great mix of brain eating and wit.

I definitely recommend this for fans of zombies and especially to young adult readers. This was a refreshing change for me, and I hope you enjoy it too. If you prefer more horror movie type mature zombies, or contrarily, dislike any amount of gore, be warned.

Thanks to Netgalley and Scholastic for my copy in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I'm SO HAPPY that you found a zombie book you enjoyed! And this sounds right up my alley too, I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for it, and the first one too!

    1. It reminded me of the good ole days of book fairs at school.... I think because it's Scholastic haha

    2. Oh my god I miss book fairs! Scholastic books will always remind me of the good ole days lol

    3. Right? We get them here on occasion since there's a child development program on campus.

  2. I don't read a lot of zombie or horror books, but I do enjoy them occasionally. I am glad you liked this. Great review.

    1. Nor do I, because I'm usually disappointed. Except Fear Street books. I'm a sucker for those.

  3. So glad you liked this too! And completely agree about the brain eating AND wit part. :)

    Jess @ bookrookreviews

    1. I was happily surprised. For some reason, zombies and I don't normally get along.