Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Review: Generation Dead

Generation Dead
by Daniel Waters
May 6th 2008
400 pages
I enjoyed it:
Description: Phoebe Kendall is just your typical Goth girl with a crush. He'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?

My Thoughts: "Generation Dead" really wasn't what I was expecting. I was expecting more action, suspense, and maybe a few faces being ripped off occasionally... I mean, it is a zombie book after all. However it was not like any zombie tale that has been told before. The zombies in this book are not violent, it's the living that proved to be the violent beings in this story.

For some reason, teens are not staying dead. They are getting back up soon after they've died, and try to go back to "living" the lives they had before their death. Some families welcome the "living impaired" teens back into their lives, while other families abandon them. The living impaired struggle to fit into society. While a few people have an open mind, most are still closed minded and unwilling to accept the living impaired. The undead are discriminated against and are victims of hate crimes.

I often forgot that there were even zombies in this book, because it lacked that supernatural element that I had hoped that it would contain when I originally picked it up. Instead I picked up a story that contained struggle, racism (er, bioism?), and the need for acceptance towards those that are different.

I look forward to picking up the next book in this series, because I am interested in seeing where the story goes from here. I feel like the story was just getting started!


  1. I agree with your rating. This book dragged in areas for me although I do really like the premise. Also, I love love love this cover. It's perfect.

  2. :) I enjoyed this book, it really was a different feeling for me with Zombies (and honestly I've read/seen/heard so many different types of Zombies...) and it worked for me quite well.

    It did drag, but in the end I enjoyed it so I let that pass XD

  3. I think, now thinking about it, that this book is more character driven then plot. That probably would explain the slowness of it. I think that this a beautiful story, with a great message. But it's not really a supernatural story.

  4. I saw that you reviewed this book and I have this for a while now on my tbr list. I am curious how I will find it, but I do expected it to be all about zombies. Mmmmm..
    Great review!

  5. I read this one a bit back. Enjoyed it too - but like you, it wasn't what I expected. I'll be reading the rest of the series mainly because there were many things hinted at in this one, that I need to find the full story to!

  6. Great review. I have this one in my TBR pile and I'm looking forward to reading it. It's interesting to have a zombie books that centers more around the characters than the action.