Our Generation Dead Top Review is from Sarah's Book Reviews:
All over the country, teenagers who die aren't staying dead.
Against her better judgement, Phoebe finds herself drawn to Tommy Williams. He's gorgeous, funny, on the football team. And dead.
But not everybody is as accepting as Phoebe. There are those who would like to rid the community of this sinister phenomenon, and they'll stop at nothing to achieve it...
Generation Dead Series:
The Kiss of Life
Passing Strange (July 2010)
For more information visit the Daniel Waters' Blog
All over America teenagers who have died are coming back from the dead but not as your traditional zombies. They have very slow speach and aren't very fast at moving but other than that they are basically able to carry on as normal - even attending school. No one knows how or why some teenagers are coming back but it is happening more often and the living-dead community is growing larger. Some people are very understanding but the majority aren't happy - some even think that it's a sign of the end of the world.
I have really mixed feelings about this book, I thought the premise was brilliant and I really thought I was going to love the story but unfortunately I was disappointed. To start with the positives I thought the way Daniel Waters dealt with the relationship between the living and the not quite dead was very well done. I'm sure if teenagers ever do start coming back as zombies then the reaction from society in general (and teenagers in particular) would probably be very similar to how it was described in the book. The book tackles important issues regarding discrimination and prejudice and it did make me think a lot about racism. I love a book that can make me think so I really enjoyed this aspect of the story - especially as we are able to get inside the heads of both the people who are prejudiced and those who are being discriminated against.
On the other hand I found it really difficult to relate to Phoebe who was the main character. Even half way through the book I was feeling that I hardly knew anything about her & I still have no idea why she was interested in Tommy. I think if she'd known Tommy from before he died then it would have been a lot easier to believe her attraction to him. I actually found the fact that she had a crush on a dead guy that she'd never even spoken to & knew absolutely nothing about really creepy. I was also really unimpressed by Tommy - as a friend or a minor character he would have been fine but he just didn't strike me as main love interest material and I spent most of the book thinking "please don't go there Phoebe".
My favorite character by far was Adam who is Phoebe's best friend. I thought he was great - at first he doesn't seem like the nicest guy, he's got anger issues who gets in fights and hangs out with a rough crowd but it soon becomes clear that he is changing. He isn't happy with his old crowd and although he isn't keen on the living dead characters to start with he doesn't like the way his old friends bully them. Throughout the book you really get to see him grow up and come into his own and I loved him for that.
It took quite a long time for the story to suck me in but once it did I was curious to find out what was going to happen. I'm don't want to give any spoilers so I'll just say I was gutted by the ending! I'm going to have to read the second book just to find out what happens next.