Generation Dead

June 11, 2008 at 10:53 am 4 comments

Sometimes a book can really suprise you.   This was true with Generation Dead by Daniel Waters. 

When it first crossed my desk and I read the dust jacket I thought “what the…”  and thought I really wasn’t going to enjoy this novel.  Then I started reading.  And I will admit it, I got hooked.

The story is about a high school in Connecticut.  It seems that American teenagers are suddenly coming back from the dead.  There really doesn’t seem to be a reason, just that it is only happening in America and it is only happening to teenagers.   They are not acting much differently then they were  before, so they just seem to want to continue to go to classes and still be typical teenagers.

Many of them don’t like the term “zombie”, so in the age of political correctness, you can call them living impaired or “differerently biotic”.   Quite amusing.

The story centers around Phoebe, a goth girl,  who becomes fascinated with a fellow named Tommy, one of the differently biotic students.  Tommy really wants to go out for the football team and meets with much resistance.  No one else on the team, including the coach, wants a zombie playing football.  Tommy eventually realizes that his presence there is futile and quits the team.   But he and Phoebe have become fast friends and it makes the reader wonder if something more is in the works.

There is also an after school program forming to help students study and connect with the differently biotic. Unfortunately, only 13 students signed up for the program, including Phoebe, her friend Margi and Adam, a football player that has a crush on Phoebe but can’t seem to tell her.   The study seems to focus on socialization and the fact that some of the differently biotic students are more higher functioning than others, and everyone seems to wonder why that is so.

Anyway, things become tense when you throw a football player named Pete into the mix, and I don’t want to tell you what happens but he is intent on destroying the zombies and getting them out of the school. Not a nice character.

And it is the characters that make this such an enjoyable novel.  You begin to feel for them and their plight. Waters is a good writer and manages to pull you in and make you really care for these people, living and undead alike.    I don’t want to reveal the ending, but it did make me really sad and hope there is a sequel in the works.   I am “dying” to know what will happen to everybody!

So, in the end I give this novel high marks.  I think teens might really like this one.  Even though the differences are in undeath, the novel does a nice job showing what it is like not to fit in.  

Now I just have to get it into some of the teens hands.   Word of mouth should do the rest.  Give it a try, if you want a good read that is a little different!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. arkano18  |  June 11, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Sounds like fun, I’m gonna get it and after I read it I’ll let you know.

    BTW, I’m hooked with Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight.

    Awesome!

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  • 2. tigeryogiji  |  June 11, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    I like the idea of you doing reviews of “non-murder mysteries”! Keep it up! 🙂

    Reply
  • 3. urspo  |  June 12, 2008 at 4:39 am

    aren’t all teen girls from the dead?

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  • 4. javabear  |  June 12, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Ha! I love “differently biotic.” Priceless.

    Urspo is right; all teen girls are from the dead. Pre-teens, too.

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