The Undead Haze by Eloise J. Knapp is the sequel to The Undead Situation, and the crazy thing is that I actually liked Cyrus this time around, but the storyline was still extremely frustrating. Cyrus would get out of one mess, only to find himself in another, and, after a while, it just seemed like the same old thing over and over. Doesn’t anyone ever learn from their mistakes in an apocalypse?!
However, Knapp still knows exactly how to keep her readers hooked. For instance, Gabe makes an appearance…and that’s all I can say without spoiling the surprise. There was also a part that ripped my heart out, and made me cry so much, I had to stop reading for a while. Knapp included just enough plot twists to keep me interested in this series, but I hope there are major changes with the characters in the next book because I don’t think I can take any more of the survivors’ negative attitudes. I’d like to see them stop blaming each other for everything that goes wrong, and take some personal responsibility. (I can’t believe I’m saying this, but they all punch each other in the face waaay too much.)
To her credit, Knapp has some excellent zombie action – if the scenes were put on the big screen, I would be jumping up & spilling shit everywhere every time someone is attacked by the undead. I did like the description of the human meat pile…the details of the prisoners’ living conditions were terrifying and grotesque.
As much as I’ve complained about the first two books, this series is addicting, albeit exhausting at times. I also liked the way Knapp ended the book; the epilogue was much better than a cliff-hanger.
I have to admit, I’m looking forward to the confrontation between three of the main characters in the next book.