Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

“But she knew what she was doing, deep down. Tommy Williams was in her head, his white, angular face, the ghost of a smile on his lips, and a pale light in his slate blue eyes.”

Zombies! All over the United States teenagers are coming back to life, many of them even continue to attend high school. Phoebe Kendall is her high school’s resident Goth, which is sort of ironic considering her school has a surprising number of dead heads, aka Zombie students. When Phoebe falls for Zombie leader and football player wannabe Tommy Williams things start to change. Her best friends don’t understand and students with a hate on for Zombies begin to find excuses to eliminate them and their human friends. It isn’t long before Phoebe, her best friends Adam and Margie and even Tommy find themselves on a hit list.

Side note before I review: last semester my teacher suggested that we examine the role of Zombies in teen literature and discuss them in the same way we talk about Vampires. I already posted how I thought the idea of Zombies as romantic partners was really strange, so reading this book was my attempt to understand this new genre…

Having said that, I’m very much converted to the zombies as boyfriends movement. Daniel Waters writes a surprisingly enjoyable book on what it would be like if zombie’s were an every day part of your life. I enjoyed the lightness and humor of the book, and the fact that Waters didn’t spend too much time world building. The way it is, he just asks the readers to go with the idea. If he had tried to prove and justify his zombie world I think it would have lost significant credibility. However, I think Generation Dead is a complete success; the characters are fun and the plot addicting. Some of the writing and plot elements were pretty cheesy, but for me that was part of the enjoyment. I also especially liked how the narration was shared between a bunch of characters, again making the book feel light and easy. Read this book, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

You might enjoy Generation Dead if you like books with: more of a focus on plot than character development, fantasy/paranormal love stories, fun and light writing, humour

Other books by Daniel Waters: Generation Dead: Kiss of Life

If you liked Generation Dead you might also enjoy: Prom Dates from Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore, Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley, The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong, Pride & Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, Zombie Blondes by Brian James and Never Slow Dance with a Zombie by Enrich Van Lowe

Author Website found here.

Tommy Williams blog found here.

Additional Info: the third book in the series, Passing Strange, is set to be released June 1st 2010

 Rating: W3/4   C3/4   P3/4   O4/4   PP3/4   CR4/4

 Grade: JS


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