Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 6th 2008
Source: Book Swim
Phoebe Kendall is just your typical Goth girl with a crush. She's strong and silent... and dead.
All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occurring. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. But when they come back to life, they are no longer the same. Feared and misunderstood, they are doing their best to blend into a society that doesn’t want them.
The administration at Oakvale High attempts to be more welcoming of the “differently biotic." But the students don’t want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn’t breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the “living impaired” from the people who want them to disappear—for good.
When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids, no one can believe it; not her best friend, Margi, and especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has feelings for Phoebe that 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?
First off, I love Zombies. I can’t wait until they start popping up out of the graves. It’s sad that I feel more prepared for a zombie invasion than a real emergency situation.
For me Generation Dead by Daniel Waters is a bit Zombie light. But it’s an intriguing book. The cover alone is reason enough to give the book a try. The zombies in question are all American teenagers, and only some teenagers that die come back to life, or non-life. The main character is Phoebe who is (caution, shocker coming up!) a goth girl. Because in recent years most YA books feature either rich, brand name wearing Upper East Sider girls or goth girls or both. Phoebe gets a bit of a crush on a dead boy who goes to her school Her best friends, another goth girl who is icked out by zombies and a hot football player harboring a secret crush of Phoebe, are of course surprised.
The zombies in Waters’s world are as different as any human, some have barely functioning speech and motor skills, while others could almost pass for living. Zombies have no real recognized rights in the story, and it shows the struggle of minorities through out the ages. Some of the impressions, the rumors, the gossip about zombies are similar ones used against different races in the past. That is where this book shines.
It’s not a perfect story, the narrative gets a bit clunky at time. But it’s got teenaged zombies, which rocks. It’s also the first in a series, and I love a series. I liked Generation Dead enough to read the second book, Generation Dead: Kiss of Life. I’m interested to see where this series is going.
Generation Dead gets a Midnight Book Rating of:
It may not be perfect, but it’s a good book to have on a long, cold, dark night. Happy reading, zombie lovers!
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