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!