Dec 22, 2011

Generation Dead

Generation Dead is one of those books that catches your eye as your browsing books in the book store but it takes you centuries to actually buy the book and then once you buy it you fall in love and go "What the heck took me so long?". The cover for Generation Dead is to say the least eye catching its what got me wanting to read it in the first place. I really didn't know what to expect when I read this a couple years ago and when I read it back then it totally caught me off guard how totally awesome it was. I have been wanting to reread Generation for some time and I felt this was a good time. I could reread it write up a review and finally read books 2 & 3. Let me just say I am glad I did reread it because the second time around it was still as unique and oddly good.

Summary From Goodreads:

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?

I am going to try to keep this review relatively spoiler free as best I can. Sometimes that is hard but if or when I do get into spoiler territory do not worry I will warn you and you can skip down to the safe zone. I want to start this review off by talking about the concept of this story which for me was originally not something I would have read but I am so glad I did. Daniel Waters created this strange and oddly interesting world where when someone dies, those people usually being teens, they may or may not come back as a Zombie or in Generation Dead better known as living impaired. I'm not one that gets excited about Zombie books and this one was so different than all the other concepts of books about Zombies. Instead of them being sickly and missing body parts their skin is like white marble. In short I think this was a really unique concept on Zombies that I really enjoyed.

The Characters in this book are all really well developed and each is there own person. Like there are some books where it seems the characters all blend together into one personality, in Generation Dead that isn't the case. Though I will say that when I was reading it this time around I often found it hard to really tell who's thoughts I was reading. That totally goes against what I just said above but it wasn't that they were blending together because they weren't at all. It was more that he jumped from Adam and Pete so quickly sometimes it confused me. But put that aside this book was enjoyable and the story was really unique. 

Generation Dead is getting 4 out of 5 stars from me. Anyone who is into Zombie books or even anyone who isn't will enjoy this book. I'm not much into Zombies and I really found to like this story and even cried towards the ending when a certain something happens. I remember bawling reading it the first time to totally shocked that what happened actually happened. Daniel Waters totally messed with my emotions with what he did towards the ending. That's all I will say before I start to get into spoiler territory. Now that I have reread Generation Dead can't wait to go out and buy Kiss of Life and finally see what happens.

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