Generation Dead Review & Awards + Failteaser

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I'd originally planned to do my normal Tuesday Teaser, but you'll have to forgive me for deviating from my so-called "schedule" this week. Let's just say my writing simply isn't up to par with all the other work I have! Next week...or maybe later this week...we shall see!

First off, I have yet another award to give away!!! The adorable Kirthi gave this to me over at Pages, so now it's my turn to pass it along.

The Humane Award is the award that goes to the amazing bloggers that comment and continue following my blog. You make my day with your lovely comments, and I truly appreciate it! I'm going to cap the number at 10 blogs (though I'm thankful for ALL of you!)

1. Justine & Steff at A Bookful of Thoughts
2. Nikki at Wicked Awesome Books
3. Lisa & Laura at Lisa and Laura Write
4. Jenn at Books At Midnight
5. Sasha at The Sweet Bonjour
6. Adriana at Loves to Read
7. Lucy at Delightful Reviews
8. Maire at Monster of Books
9. Book Snob at Elegantly Bound Books
10. Juju at Tales of Whimsy

Ok, now for the review! I recently finished Generation Dead by Daniel Waters.

"All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occuring. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. Termed "Living impaired" or "differently biotic", they are doing their best to fit into a society that doesn't want them.
Fitting in 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 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, Margi, 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. Recently, Adam has realized that his feelings for Phoebe run much deeper than friendship. He would do anything for her, but what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?"

Hmmmmm...where to begin with this one? Well, Generation Dead follows Phoebe, a stereotypical goth student, her best friend Margi, and her friend Adam, as they explore high school with the living dead, or should I say "differently biotic." Phoebe and Margi's best friend, Colette, died about a year ago, then suddenly came back to "life," now roaming the halls with other DB kids like Tommy and Karen. The story follows the prejudice of the student body against the DB/zombies/living dead, and explores the relationship that Phoebe develops with Tommy, the attractive dead guy, even though Adam has clearly been pining for Phoebe forever.

That's basically the gist of the entire story if I don't want to give anything away. To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about this book. I love the cover, Daniel Waters is amazingly talented, and the voice of this book is really great. And truly, he brings his characters to life (no pun intended) within the story. That said, I think maybe it's the material of the book that kind of throws me off.

Generation Dead almost romanticizes the concept of the dead. And yet, I find it hard to consider a living dead guy really hot...especially when he's stumbling around and has difficulty forming a coherent sentence. I don't know. I think it's that undercurrent of necrophilia that gets me. Mehhhh, I just don't think this book is for me. I'll give it a 3 out of 5.

The sequel, Kiss of Life is available now. I'm not sure whether I'm into this series enough to read it.


  1. Thank you for the award :) I still have to read this one x

  2. LOL
    I have the same problem ("hard to consider the living dead hot")!
    Great review.
    Thank you for the lovely award!
    SO thoughtful!

  3. Yup ... I'm with you on having difficulty considering dead guys "hot." But hey, if it works for vampires, why not zombies? :-D

  4. A hot dead guy... that's interesting. Yea, zombies aren't really for me. I think I'll pass on this one.
    Oh... and thank you for the award!

  5. I've never actually heard about this book or author. I do agree, I'd find it hard to find a living dead guy hot as well! I'm sorry you didn't like it, but thanks for posting the review so now I know to stay away from the book!

  6. I've been wanting to read this one. It sounds kind of interesting.

  7. Lol, I've been reading so many short stories for English concerning necrophilia it's not even bothering me anymore... Maybe that's weird. *o*
    And great review! I'm sort of iffy about this one too, especially pitting hot best friend to "gorgeous" dead guy? Hm...

  8. Awww, thank you for the award (again!) !! :D You're so kind. I've been getting my awards mostly from you. Thank you!! :)

    I think I'm going to read this one, actually. First, the cover appeals to me. The colours are just so vibrant :P And the romance interests me...I'd like to find out if anything sparks in me when I read it. But yeah, I admit it's hard to picture a hot zombie. Haha.

    And the cover for the sequel looks so cool!

  9. i love the covers on these books... but yes necrophilia indeed!!

  10. I love the cover of those books :) They're are very attractive to the eyes!!

    Thanks so much for the award :)

  11. Great, honest review!! Hmmm, now I'm reconsidering this one a little. I'm next up on the list on Paperbackswap so I will probably still read it, but now I'm warned!! Thanks!

  12. Oh wow! An award for me? Thanks so much :)

    Great review, by the way! Also, I sent you the email for Friday. Sorry for being late. I'm a lousy late person -.-"

  13. Great review Melissa - I had really mixed feelings about this one. On one hand I loved the way it dealt with discrimination but the whole Phoebe / Tommy thing gave me the creeps. If she'd known him as a friend / boyfriend before he died or if they'd spent more time talking I could have probably got over that but as it was it made me cringe LOL

  14. It really was the whole concept. I couldn't figure out the attraction. But, I kind of kept jibing myself, saying well you think romances with vampires are romantic...why not this? So, I don't even know if it was the dead thing. I think it was the fact that some were slow and couldn't talk well. It was just weird. Thanks for the review and linking it up with

  15. The comparison to romanticizing vampires and the acknowledgment of finding certain elements weird add an interesting layer to your experience. The uniqueness of some beings being slow and having difficulty speaking might have contributed to the peculiar charm or discomfort. Your self-reflection adds an intriguing perspective to your review. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for linking it up with


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