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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Generation Dead #1 - by Daniel Waters


Phoebe is just your typical goth girl with a crush. He's strong and silent...and dead. All over the country, a strange phenomenon is happening. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. They are coming back to life, but they are no longer the same- "differently biotic," they are doing their best to fit into a society that doesn't want them. Fitting is hard enough when you don't have the look or attitude, but when almost everyone else is alive and you're not, it's close to impossible. The kids at Oakvale High don't want to take  classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn't breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the differently biotic from the people who want them to disappear-for good.

With her pale skin and Goth wardrobe, Phoebe has never run with the popular crowd. But no one can believe it when she falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids. Not her best friend Margie, whose fear of the differently biotic is deeply rooted in guilt over the past. And especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has just realized his feelings for Phoebe 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?

I was pleasantly surprised. I am quite a zombiphobe when it comes down to it. But this book was a horse of a different color. I am shocked to say I not only read the entire book without freaking out at the idea of zombies, but I also thoroughly enjoyed it. This book touches on actual issues in modern day racism and was intended to do so by its author. Nicely done Daniel Waters!

All five stars go to this book for being not only riveting, but also inspiring and non-put-downable.

Thanks for listening to my opinion!

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