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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!

Just when you think you're out...it's the morning after the night of the return of the living dead. Or something like that. After running/bus-driving/snowboarding for her life alongside rebel Smitty, geeky Pete, and popular Alice, Bobby thought she'd found the antidote to the Carrot Man Veggie Juice that had turned the...

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Overview


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!

Just when you think you're out...it's the morning after the night of the return of the living dead. Or something like that. After running/bus-driving/snowboarding for her life alongside rebel Smitty, geeky Pete, and popular Alice, Bobby thought she'd found the antidote to the Carrot Man Veggie Juice that had turned the rest of their classmates into zombies. When Smitty (mmm...nom, nom) got chomped, Bobby pumped a syringe full of it into him herself.

But now Bobby's a prisoner in some hospital of horrors, with no clue how she got there. And Smitty is missing. What if he isn't cured after all? Bobby knows she's got to find him, even if it means facing Scotland's hungry hordes -- plus Alice's buckets of snark -- again. And this time, zombies aren't the only evil stressing her out. The brain-dead are bad enough, but how can Bobby stop the big pharma business behind the epidemic? Especially when her own mom works for the company?

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for UNDEAD

"Fast, furious, freaky, funny, and seriously sick." -- CHARLIE HIGSON, author of the ENEMY series

"A hilarious and lively mix of cunning, bravery, and tomfoolery...Bobby's narration is spiked with wit and perceptive snarkiness...First-rate fun." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"McKay plays her tale for maximum snark...humor and action keep the pages turning...Blood spurts; entrails drag; body parts shed; hearts (living ones) throb -- it's all good, gory fun." -- KIRKUS

"The typical school-centered zombie story is given a fabulous reboot in McKay's debut novel...The perfect balance of humor and horror...will have readers alternately biting their nails and snorting with laughter...A fun, pulse-pounding addition to the zombie genre." -- VOYA

"Fun to devour." -- BOOKLIST

"Loved the black humor. Think SHAUN OF THE DEAD in the Scottish wilderness." -- THE BOOKSELLER UK

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
This story is the sequel to Undead and it is also set in Scotland. As discovered in the previous book, undead means one is no longer living but supernaturally animated as a zombie. Zombies are key characters in Unfed. This book starts where the Undead ended. The Prologue describes the school ski bus crash, and sets the stage for the aftermath when Bobby sees a man crouching beside her after the crash. He wears a jacket with the insignia, X, of Xanthro Industries. This is a pharmaceutical company where her mother created a stimulant that turns normal people into "brain-hungry ghouls." After the bus accident, Bobby is confined to a military hospital where she remains unconscious for weeks. Although she survives the accident, she faces additional challenges. Her friend, Smitty, is missing. When he had contracted the virus earlier in Undead, she had given him what she hoped was an antidote, and needs to be sure that he is all right. The plot resolves two compelling questions: How does a big pharmaceutical business cause an epidemic that results in humans being turned into zombies? What can Bobby do to stop this horror in light of her mother's involvement with the company? The author answers these questions as the story develops with intriguing twists and turns that will captivate young adult readers. The touch of humor in the story tempers the gore related to the zombies. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
VOYA - Alicia Abdul
Picking up where Undead (Scholastic, 2012/Voya August 2012) left off, Roberta is in the throes of a zombie apocalypse. After narrowly escaping becoming undead herself and giving her boyfriend, Smitty, the only antidote, she is waking up in a hospital with minimal clues about how to get to safety. While scores of zombies, in their full bloody glory, want to take a bite of her, a ragtag team has assembled to decode the clues to find Roberta's mum and Smitty, and stop the company responsible for unleashing the zombie epidemic. They stand to profit as all of Scotland is quarantined, and no sooner have Roberta and her friends found them than they are again doubting whether a larger conspiracy is at play and they are still in danger. Full of the same teenage snarky and silly banter as the first book—and certainly the one to follow—the plot moves forward with ease. Each page is action-packed and full of dialogue, showcasing the characters' unique personalities and highlighting Roberta's crazy thoughts, endearing her to readers. Even amid the blood and guts, humor abounds, including zombie animals and fashion disasters. A cult following will enjoy these books as zombie thrillers spend time on the top shelves in libraries. Reviewer: Alicia Abdul
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 6 Up—This book picks up six weeks after the final events of Undead (Scholastic, 2012). Roberta, the 15-year-old reluctant but capable heroine, wakes up in a military hospital in Edinburgh, her head shaved and criss-crossed with scars. The hospital is teeming with zombies. In minutes, she is reunited with two of her classmates from the first novel: mean-girl Alice and geeky Pete. Together, they want to rescue their missing pal, Smitty. Told from Bobby's point of view, the story taps into the teen mind-set with acuity. In between fighting matches with hoards of the undead, she and her crew worry about crushes, personal appearances, and relationships. For instance, can Bobby trust the clues left by her mother, who may or may not be dead, and who may or may not be in cahoots with the pharmaceutical company that leaked the zombie virus? Grisly fight scenes, narrow escapes, and encrypted messages play off one another at a don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-it pace. In addition to fighting the zombies, the teens stay one step ahead of the government agents who are trying to capture Bobby so they can study her virus-resistant DNA. The intensely gory interactions between the kids and the zombies (including undead cows and one undead goat) are foiled by Bobby's touching and funny soliloquies. This book has it all-action, adventure, suspense, engaging characters, and a smidgen of romance. One whizbang of a read.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
The undead are shambling all over Scotland in this bitingly funny sequel to Undead (2012). The last thing Bobby remembers is fleeing the zombie apocalypse in a school bus full of nascent undead. She wakes up in a top-secret medical facility fairly teeming with zoms. With her are snotty Alice and geeky Pete, along with strong and capable Russ, the only survivor from that fateful school bus. Missing is Smitty, the maddening boy she lost her heart to in the first book. Following cryptic clues left in her cellphone by her scientist mother--the one who formulated the zombie-creating concoction in the first place and the person who may have the key to its cure--Bobby, Alice, Pete and Russ break out and flee, hoping to find Smitty and Bobby's mom and, possibly, safety. Punctuated by many zombie battles that have almost a Keystone Kops feel to them for all their undeniable menace, their escape is fueled by desperation and snark. The kids carp at one another constantly (the mutual hostility between Bobby and Alice is particularly fizzy), and Bobby's narration maintains the razor's-edge balance between humor and horror. "Oh, fudmukker," Bobby remarks, as they try to flee Edinburgh by rail. "Zoms on a Train." A gleefully revolting romp, it ends on a cliffhanger; here's hoping it'll be resolved soon. (Horror. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545536721
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 456,868
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


KIRSTY McKAY, born in the UK, now lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has written and acted in several children's plays for regional theater. UNFED is the sequel to her debut novel, UNDEAD. Visit her website at www.kirstymckay.com and follow her on Twitter @kirkybean.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    lI like it

    Best sequel to undead
    Lived up to its name

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    Best book ever

    Hope there is another one.

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  • Posted October 20, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Unfed is well written, fast paced and hilariously funny. This i

    Unfed is well written, fast paced and hilariously funny.

    This is Book II, but I jumped right in and was off and running on a wild adventure with Bobby and her gang.

    This young adult zombie novel is a bit different from the norm. It is funny and snarky in a sick way and I had a great time reading it.

    Zombie hordes and teenage heroes run AMOK in quarantined Scotland. How did the zombies come to be? Why are they so different from a normal zombie? (Is there such a thing?) They seem to be able to think and figure things out for themselves, albeit slowly.

    I loved when Bobby was running and jumping from pipe to pipe like a gymnast above the zombies head. Will she fall? What do you think? I can picture them all on the hospital gurney, barreling down the hospital corridor, plowing through the zombies as they fly right and left, not even bothering to try to get out of the way. There is plenty of blood, guts and body parts flying to satisfy zombie lovers everywhere.

    I love Bobby and hate Alice, the whiny pretty girl that never has a hair out of place. Bobby is more of a tomboy. She doesn’t need protecting, she’ll do it herself. Alice is quite the trip. She does nothing but complain. She is not like the innocent Alice in wonderland. But I do wonder about her. Sometimes the one you love to hate can surprise you. Zombinos – kid zombies. Lol

    Unfed is well written, fast paced and hilariously funny. Kirsty described the characters so well, I could picture them in my head. And the zombies, well, you will have to find out for yourself. Oh yeah, Kirsty. I hope you are rapidly writing the next book, because I have to know what the future has in store for our teenager heroes.

    I won this ARC paperback in a Box o Books giveaway on the Tiffany Loves Books blog. I love adding books to my collection. Thanks Tiffany and Kirsty.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    I enjoyed the first book in the series and was eagerly awaiting

    I enjoyed the first book in the series and was eagerly awaiting the second book to come to America. I thought that it was this hilarious out of control Zombie joke. You can see my review of the first book here. I really loved that this book broke the norms. I liked that Bobby wasn't a stereotypical girl, that she also wasn't perfect. We start this book shortly after the last book ended, only rather than being in the throws of yet another zombie encounter, they are in a hospital.

    Of course, Zombies aren't far behind as she tries to escape with both new and old friends. While the books were cute and witty, I found it a little too predictable and a little too close to Resident Evil including a scene on a boat where they think they are safe and then they aren't. I did like that the author made a reference to Resident Evil early on in the book.

    I wish that there had been a little more to the relationships. We learn some about Bobby's mom and a the other characters, but there really was a lack of true development where we got to truly know them, but I guess in a zombie book, that isn't really the point.

    Though it was witty and cute, it was predictable and plain outrageous at some points, but it was a fun read. Zombies are always a good time.I liked that the ending left it open for a possible third book, but at the moment, the author has indicated that there won't be another book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Good

    I love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Awesome

    Kristy, you are my favorite writer and I am hungrily awaiting the third book, definetly this book is just as good as the last and a pretty darn good follow up!

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