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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Kiss of Life - Generation Dead #2


Author: Daniel Waters
The phenomenon that's been sweeping the country seems to be here to stay. Not only are the teenagers who have come back from their graves still here, but newlydeads are being unearthed all the time. While scientists look for answers and politicians take their stands, the undead population of Oakville have banded together in a group they're calling the Sons of Romero, hoping to find solidarity in segregation.

Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie-her Homecoming date Tommy Williams-her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for her. Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can't seem to live without.

I was shocked to see the changes that ensued in this installment of Generation Dead. Then again, as I reviewed things going on in our current economy and how reactions might actually run plus our history of attacking anything we know nothing about this really fit the bill of human behaviors.

The normal teen angst is a wonderful thing to write on, but Waters did more than just that. He brought to life a whole now aspect of racism, or rather, livingism? Not quite sure what to call it but I have to say I was impressed with the choice of correctly "wording" the risen dead teenagers. Just like you no longer call someone disabled, but rather learning impaired, you don't call them zombies, you call them living impaired. This was quite a concept in itself. It brought the readers into the shoes of both sides of the argument, how one might view themselves as only living impaired, but still able to do most functions, and the other might just view them as zombies and want to kill them. This is quite a controversial book, but a good read no matter which side of the fence you stand on.

Thanks for listening to my opinion!

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