Generation Dead

Generation Dead

by Daniel Waters

Feared and misunderstood, they are doing their best to blend into a society that doesnt want them.

And there are no laws that exist to protect the living impaired from the people who want them to disappearfor 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?

  • Series: Generation Dead
  • Language: English
  • Category: Young Adult
  • Rating: 3.59
  • Pages: 392
  • Publish Date: May 1st 2008 by Hyperion Books for Children
  • Isbn10: 142310921X
  • Isbn13: 9781423109211

What People Think about "Generation Dead"

To wit: Meet Phoebe. We know this because author Daniel Waters assures us every fifteen pages that he is an expert on his goth rock. Phoebe also writes poetry! She's Phoebe's BFF, too! But she's, like, not as open-minded as Phoebe. She's perfectly fine with it (because she's goth!!!) and she ropes Margi and Adam into joining an outreach program to help understand the 'differently biotic'. Also, Phoebe is totes crushing on Tommy! Instead it is delivered in absurd statements like, "Senator Mallory from Idaho introduced The Undead Citizens Act: by comparing differently biotic people to illegal immigrants." (Waters follows this observation up with... I would like to bathe that reviewer in the rivers of projectile vomiting I spewed after reading the treacly, sappy ending to this godawful book (and thinking about all the 390 pages of garbage that came before it).

Board of Education decision of 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that separate schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. On September 3, 1957, nine black students were barred from entry into Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. By September 23, after another court decision ruled that Arkansas governor could not keep them out, the Little Rock Nine were able to begin their school year in the white high school. Fifty years later, Daniel Waters debut novel Generation Dead offers a new take on integration and the fight for civil rights. Unfortunately, some (living) people would prefer to have the zombies stay dead. In Generation Dead integration doesnt start with a court decision detailing undead rights. Phoebe Kendall, a traditionally biotic (albeit pale) student, realizes that better than anyone as she begins to observe Tommy and the other living impaired students at her school including Tommy and Karen (the girl featured on the novels cover and possibly this reviewers favorite character). The more Phoebe sees of zombies like Tommy and Karen, the more they seem like any normal teenager, well mostly.

What sets her apart from the crowd is that she is in love with a dead boy, named Tommy Williams. Tommy Williams likes to play football and is also a great writer - and somehow Phoebe is attracted to him. I also liked how Waters made a seemingly terrifying story (dead teenagers coming back to life and being hunted) almost humorous in a way.

Throughout this book, I wanted to kill Pete! Then he killed Adam. Plus, I need to find out if Pete got away with killing Adam. I mean, you can't just let him get away with killing him.

There is startling zombie violence throughout the book.

Generation Dead being known for its, well, undead. Known to the living as differently biotic or the living impaired. These zombie teenagers try to "live" their undead lives, but as with any group of people that vary from the norm, there are always prejudices. Of course it doesnt make the situation any easier when he discovers Phoebe is crushing on the dead kid. Phoebe talks Margi and Adam into joining a work study at the Hunter Foundation, which is centered around the undead phenomenon.

I especially don't like the POV changes.

Phoebe is a Goth, and seems to be developing an attraction to one of the zombies called Tommy. There were a few events in this book that Im guessing where supposed to be exciting, but I cant say I was really excited, and at times I really couldnt believe how long it took these kids to work out what was going on, as I seemed to know way ahead of them! Tommy was less zombie-like than expected I suppose, and I could see how Phoebe might be attracted to him, but still; necrophilia. I suppose I should be grateful that I already have the next book ready to read, but those next 400 pages are looking quite long right about now.

When the focus finally returns to the story ( in the last dozen pages) the author hurredly whaps a bow on the ending saying that the reason some zombies are more capable than others is .....

if you haven't read the book then that won't make much sense but I'm not really wanting to get into it because trust me... I found it a bit too middle school for me. I can't really remember having GANGS and CREWS like that back in high school. But I can totally remember that kind of stuff in Middle School. I just wonder what sixteen year old would love this book. I really didn't know what to expect when reading this book. I felt that it was either going to be like DARK MOON DIARY or maybe some form of MONSTER HIGH. I think I probably would have liked it better if it had been. And all the girls were basically like MONSTER HIGH DOLLS but with huge vocabularies. Even a chibi kind of cute ToykoPop comic book. Well, I think a 12 or 13 year old would love this book. Well, like I said, it was based around a school and I thought it was going to be more fun.