Thursday, November 19, 2009

Generation Dead 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-they stutter, and their reactions to everything are slower. 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 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, 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. 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? Generation Dead is a sharp, funny, and breathtakingly original novel from an exciting new talent.

I've wanted to read this book for a while now, but could never get my hands on it. Now that I have, I can tell you I read it in one day and couldn't put it down. I was surprised by this book, and what happened, you would root for Tommy, but then Adam. Phoebe just wants to be herself, and stick to what she thinks is right, not caring about what others will think. When this starts fights and having an attempt on her life, Phoebe has to turn to her friends for their support. She wants to hope that the "differently biotic" people still can feel and are alive in their hearts. You can relate to Phoebe with wanting to fit in, but being your own person and doing what you think is right, and not base it on another person; doing whats right for herself. x.


Anonymous said...

Great review! I loved this book. Sadly, I did like this one better than the sequel but that's okay, it was still a good read too. Daniel did a wonderful job bringing the dead to life.