Friday, 29 May 2009

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

From Amazon: All over the tri-state area, something strange is happening. Teenagers who die aren't staying dead. When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, her best friend and star of the football team, Adam, has conflicting emotions. And when Tommy decides to try out for the football team, it sets off a chain of events that escalates into deadly violence.

Generation Dead is my first foray into the world of zombies, and I'll never look back. Why I hadn't read this before, I don't know.

The plot is original, and the characters are all engaging and authentic. I love how the zombies functioned slower than humans, as it really sets them aside from the rest of the world. Referring to them as 'corpsicles' made me laugh out loud, and I would quite like to meet a zombie so I can use that nickname.

The story develops well, and I especially like the use of Tommy's blog excerpts. I would have liked to have seen more of these, as it was a great way to get to know the dead characters more, and get an insight into their minds. My favourite character was Faith, Tommy's Mum. She's so understanding and tolerant of the zombies, even though the majority of the population think they're something to be feared or avoided. Although she was only a secondary character, she really made an impression on me, and I hope she appears in the sequel.

I like that the romance between Tommy and Phoebe is innocent and new, and isn't rushed or unrealistically portrayed. Tommy's shyness is representative of a lot of teenage boys, and I think it made me like his character more than I would have done had he been a typical jock. Adam is also a favourite of mine, and I look forward to finding out what happens to him in Kiss of Life.

I think Generation Dead is about accepting diversity and individuality, and it sends an important message to readers. Whether dead or alive, everyone has feelings, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect and kindness. It's a fun, addictive read, and I can't wait to get back to Oakvale High School!

11 comments:

Chicklish said...

Brilliant review! I loved this too and I'm really looking forward to Kiss of Life.

Karen Mahoney said...

This was one of my top reads of 2008. Can't wait for Kiss of Life! :)

Kate said...

Great review. I wasn't a fan of the ending of Generation Dead but I still want to read Kiss of Life :)

cupcakewitch said...

I LOVED this book too! I can't wait for Kiss of Life!!

Fantastic Book Review said...

Great review! I loved this book too!

Thao said...

I really have to read zombie books. They grow on me more and more these days.

Laina said...

For some reason this cover reminds me of Twilight. Okay, I may (read: do) have Twilight on the brain, but this one, and especially the UK cover of the sequel remind me of it.

Jo said...

I am so looking forward to reading this at some point! Great review, Jenny! :)

Steph Su said...

Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! And I think the UK cover for this is so cool. Very interesting and different from the US ones, but in a good way!

I also like the "Cover of the Week" feature you're doing over on the left-hand column. Especially since it's Genesis! Have you read it yet?

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I loved this book too. I can't wait to get my hands on Kiss of Life!

21 said...

A friend of mine said this book was slow and unrealistic, but I think I'll give it a shot anyway after this possitive review. You should also check our Max Brooks' stuff, he's great. :)