Saturday, March 20, 2010

Review: Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

Summary from Amazon:
Phoebe is just your typical goth girl with a crush. He’s strong and silent…and dead.

All over the country, a strange phenomenon is happening. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. They are coming back to life, but they are no longer the same—they stutter, and their reactions to everything are slower. Termed "living impaired" or "differently biotic," they are doing their best to fit into a society that doesn’t want them.

Fitting in is hard enough when you don’t have the look or attitude, but when almost everyone else is alive and you’re not, it’s close to impossible. The kids at Oakvale High 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 differently biotic from the people who want them to disappear—for good.

With her pale skin and Goth wardrobe, Phoebe 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, whose fear of the differently biotic is deeply rooted in guilt over the past. And especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has just realized 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?


The zombies in Generation Dead are like no other. Daniel Waters did an amazing job writing an original zombie story. It is definitely a clever story, and I am intrigued to see where Daniel Waters takes it. The main character, Phoebe, is a very interesting individual who is surprisingly open minded for a teenager. I could not imagine crushing on a zombie, but she somehow manages it. Adam was definitely my favorite character because he cares for Phoebe so much that it hurts him in the end. I look forward to reading the sequel, Kiss of Life.

Generation Dead is by no means only a love story between a zombie and a girl. In fact, it barely touches that subject. It explores issues of hatred towards the "differently biotic."

Overall, Generation Dead, is a fun and witty story with a serious undertone. The ending left me a bit sad, but there is always Kiss of Life to look forward to.

Rating: 4/5

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  1. Hopped over via the Sat Network. Interesting sounding book. Like your review. After reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I am laying off the zombies for a while though.

    Hope you will check out my interview with Sharon Draper.

    Have a great weekend

  2. Interesting. I've heard mixed things about the themes in this book... I'll have to check it out though. It sounds unique enough for me to like.

  3. Nice review. This sounds interesting, it's in my TBR so I hope to get to it soon :)