Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Unfed by Kirsty McKay
Two things I like to see in YA literature or any genre really: British authors (they just somehow do it better… Am I wrong? I also like Aussie authors as well) and Zombies. Books about Zombies are my thing right now, I even have an “I heart (with a picture of a real heart) Zombies” t-shirt. I know I’m old but really… you don’t have to be young to love the undead. Unfed by Kirsty McKay has both things. It is the second book of her Undead series.
It is time for some British YA literature, Veggie Juice, and Zombies. Bobby is back and has landed in the clutches of the “big bad” Xanthro Industries, the same company that created the Osiris [zombie juice] and is also her mother’s employer. Bobby, Pete, Alice, and new addition Russ are in an underground hospital, following the end of the last book. If you don’t remember, we left our heroes [Bobby, Pete, Alice and Smitty] on a school bus full of kids. Apparently those kids had consumed the Osiris virus and became infected. After crashing, only 4 people survived from the crash, but wait! It has been six weeks since the crash and the first outbreak. This underground hospital is most likely connected to Xanthro Industries. Smitty and Bobby’s mother are missing, even though she was told neither survived, Bobby has found three new contacts saved on her phone. Each contact has a number sequence, which Bobby must crack, and the first message says to find Smitty. These are all the clues that her mother has left her. Bobby and crew begin to fight both zombies and Xanthro Industries in search for more clues and a way out of Scotland, because it has been quarantined; left to destruction.
What I like about this series is that there are clues everywhere but it is so hard to see the overall picture, due to double crossing, hidden agendas and finally basic human paranoia brought on by an irrational traumatic situation. Malice is still awful and hilarious, Pete is still the brains, Bobby is still trying to figure out her mother, and Smitty, well, he’s just Smitty. Good second book and I look forward to the next installment, especially with an ending like the one I just read.