Generation Dead

Generation Dead

Book - 2008
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When dead teenagers who have come back to life start showing up at her high school, Phoebe, a goth girl, becomes interested in the phenomenon, and when she starts dating a "living impaired" boy, they encounter prejudice, fear, and hatred.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781423109211
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Waters Dan
Characteristics: 392 p. ;,22 cm.


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When dead teenagers who have come back to life start showing up at her high school, Phoebe, a goth girl, becomes interested in the phenomenon, and when she starts dating a "living impaired" boy, they encounter prejudice, fear, and hatred.

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violet_wolf_107 Jan 03, 2014

Saw this book at the libary thought it would be a nice horror read.
This is a very excellent book showing how society can turn on its own kind when they are consider diffrent from one anothe. Ending was very sad

Sidewinder88 Sep 19, 2012

Glad I found a book where zombies do something other than moan and try to eat brains. Loved the story and characters...even the undead ones :)

lindsay1998 Jul 12, 2012

really good book, but the idea of the living dead kind of scares me :/

Daniel Waters’ book about teenage zombies is nothing like what most people would expect from a zombie book. It’s not about monsters hungry for brains, or brainless youth who watch too much TV. This book is about prejudice, how fear and misconceptions about those who are different can make people do horrible things, and how the open minds of young people can gradually work towards positive change

Nov 11, 2010

Loved this story up to the end. The twist just about killed me, and I thought it would ruin the next couple of books but it actually really kept my attention.

May 09, 2010

This book is great. It takes stereotyping to a whole new level.

Mar 15, 2010

Oh my God, this book is more than amazing!!! Strongly recomended for someone in a bad mood 'cause it will help you cry which really help the situation :( I cried more than once while reading and specially whan Colette told her story after her death!!!!! Love this book :-*

Jan 25, 2010

While Generation dead does have the increasingly common quirky girl and supernatural boy combo, it doesn’t have the overblown prose, impossibly quick love and world consuming attracting that normally goes with it. The pace is decent, not rushing through things, and the characters, while they all fit into the common mould of young adult fantasy books, are solid, interesting and most importantly believable. There is none of the overblown dramatics that are usually found in a novel of this sort, which is a wildly refreshing change. As is the fact that the bad guys aren't wholly bad, and the parents aren't completely incompetent. Although the impetus behind it is a little hard to pin down, it's nice to see a relationship that is based on cerebral rather than visceral interest, at least in its primary stages. The ending is a bit of a twist, and caps the book off perfectly, making me hope that the library gets a copy of the sequel. Well worth reading!

Sep 18, 2009

Within the first few sentences I could tell that this was going to be a different sort of teen book. I actually found the whole idea/concept unique and so much different then others I'd read. I was intrigued with the idea that dead teens were waking up in the morgue (totally had a Heroes moment). They're called living impaired and this phenomenon is spreading, rapidly.

Unique right? It's not as those these living impaired are hidden in secrecy and our lone female discoveries them. So it's a fresh angle. Unfortunately Waters took a different turn. A turn that I wasn't overly thrilled with.

It sorta became a tale about being open minded and not judging those that are different. An excellent tale and something all age groups need reminding of. I just wish I had known that before I picked up the book. I went in expecting one thing and got something else and that something else wasn't even close to what I was looking for.

So, my review is biased. Had I known I may have loved this book but I didn't. It took me three times as long to finish this one. I found the POV switching frustrating because I could never get a full feel for any of the characters. I was constantly being pulled out and plopped into another place; and just when I was starting to feel comfy about that new place I was yanked out again. POV switching is a 50/50 thing. Some authors can do it smoothly and make it work and others don't. I didn't find Waters' transitions smooth but rather abrupt and again, distraction.

There were cute moments between Phoebe and Adam and the only reason I may pick up the second book is simply for the two of them. I'm sorta hoping those two get together and the ending left lots open. However, I don't think I'll pick it up right away as I'm not in love with the series.


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