Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My Take On Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

 Yet another take on zombies; American teens spontaneously reanimating after death. It doesn't happen anywhere else in the world or to any other demographic. Just American teens. No one knows why or how1. But everyone does know they don't want them around. Upon dying, they are no longer citizens, and no one appears to be moving toward acceptance. Zombies are attacked and destroyed in heinous ways; burned alive, torn apart, and hacked to pieces in a hushed up, nationwide series of hate crimes.
 The best part of this book was definitely the subtext of acceptance and various isms2. The characters were a little... cliché. You had Jerky Jock, Bubble-Headed Cheerleader, Golden Heart Jock, and Goth Girl Next Door. At least they seemed that way for the first five chapters or so. It wasn't until chapter six that they to started show their true colors and step out of the box of preconception.
 The ending was a little predictable, but still left me wanting more. The sequel has its work cut out for it; there are zombies to rehabilitate, mysterious "augmentations" to investigate, and white vans popping up all over. I can't wait to see what happens between Adam and Phoebe in Kiss of Life!
 I give Generation Dead...
...Three and a half Zombies.
Happy reading!
Zombie Girrrl
Footnotes_________________________________________________________
1  Many theories abound, fast food preservatives being my favorite followed closely by parasites.
2  To quote Ferris Bueler, "I quote The Walrus, 'I don't believe in 'isms', I just be believe in me.'").

8 comments:

Michelle said...

This book is so great and I love the cover.

vvb32 reads said...

i liked this one too. but wait, the author does say something about american fast food and junk food being a possible contributing factor to zombification in american teens. so beware ;-D

vvb32 reads said...

oops, just saw your footnotes. so you are aware. parasites? hmmm.

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

Great review, I liked this book very much but the sequel to me wasn't that great...so I look forward to seeing what you think about it :)

-Eleni

Taschima Cullen said...

Hmm I dont think ill read this one...

Thanx for the review ZG

Zombie Girrrl said...

Yeah, the cover is a really good representation of the book, even though the featured girl isn't a cheerleader.

Jake Kirk@Teens Read and Write said...

Catchy title and cover. Haven't heard of this one. Thanks for the review.

Zombie Girrrl said...

You're welcome for the review. :)

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