Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review: Generation Dead, by Daniel Waters

Title: Generation Dead (Generation Dead, Book 1)
Author: Daniel Waters
Pages: 392
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: May 6, 2008

Genre: Young Adult
Keywords/Themes: being different, crush, high school, social acceptance, zombies

All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occurring. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. They are coming back to life, but they are no longer the same. Termed "living impaired" or "differently biotic," they are doing their best to blend into society again.

But the kids at Oakvale High don't want to take classes or ear in the cafeteria next to someone who isn't breathing. And there are no laws to protect the differently biotic from the people who want them to disappear-- for good.

With her pale skin and goth wardrobe, Phoebe Kendall has never run with the popular crowd. But no one can believe it when she falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids: not her best friend, Margi, and especially not her neighbor Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has realized that his feelings for Phoebe run much deeper than just friendship. He would do anything for her-- but what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?

Additional Info: If you like Generation Dead, then I strongly suggest checking out Tommy Williams' blog on being a zombie @

My Review: When it comes to paranormal, I think the furthest thing down on my list of interests would be zombies. I like them, especially in Romero's movies, but reading about them has never been something that I've caught on to. Then why, oh why, did I pick up this book? Easy ... the cover. I seriously think it was the boots the cheerleader was wearing - I kind of have a fetish for boots that look like that. Guilty pleasure.

Phoebe and her friends held their breath as the dead girl in the plaid skirt walked past their table in the lunchroom. Her motion kicked up a cool trail breeze that seemed to settle on the skin and catch in their hair. As they watched her go by, Phoebe could almost tell what everyone was thinking. Everyone, that is, except for the dead girl.

From that first paragraph, I was absolutely hooked. There were a few slow places, but it always managed to pick back up and hold your interest. I was absolutely enthralled by the characters. They were developed brilliantly -- especially Adam, who you could see changing practically right before your eyes. He was an absolute delight. But Adam's not the only one ... I like that Phoebe was not concerned about what people thought and actually gave the zombies (or "differently biotic") a chance. Karen was also a great character, evolving as the story went. She made a true effort to become more like the living than some of the other characters. Tommy was the unofficial spokesperson of the living impaired, and he really had a way of teaching you about them, as well as gaining your empathy. The character that I didn't think developed enough was the token bad guy, Pete, but I think that's just because we don't really know enough about his past ... so, his actions seem a little extreme. I'm not a huge fan of the ending. I know there's a reason for it and it just seemed inevitable when you read closer to the ending, but I didn't want it to happen.

Overall, this is a wonderful read. I'm really glad that I picked it up at the library and I look forward to reading the sequel ... which looks like I'll have to purchase since our library system doesn't have a copy. The writing is wonderful, the plot is good -- except for the ending -- and it's a pretty decent read. Not the quickest read out there, being almost 400 pages, but it honestly doesn't seem like it's that long.

Rating: - There were slow parts, and I don't know if all of the dialogue was essentially necessary ... but, this is definitely a great read for YA bookers.

More Books By Author: The sequel to Generation Dead, Kiss of Life, was published May 12 of last year and I'm desperately looking forward to picking it up. The third book in the Generation Dead series, Passing Strange, is set to come out June 1, 2010.

Source: Library


Anonymous said...

I love Generation Dead. Daniel Waters is one of my favs!

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