All over the country, teenagers who die aren't staying dead.
And Phoebe is finding that love doesn't always stop when someone's heart does - she's falling for a dead guy.
But not all people are as accepting as Phoebe, and some of them will stop at nothing to make sure that death really is the end for all the zombies, and anyone who stands alongside them.
It's probably important to note that this book has been on my to-read pile for years. The premise has been intriguing me for all that time but I've only just felt motivated enough to pick it up. I have no idea what that says about the book but I'm glad that I picked it up. It worked for its attention and at last I gave it a read. After all, zombies right? What could be better.
Except these aren't really zombies. Well they are zombies, but they don't want to eat your brains. In my opinion, Waters balanced perfectly between grossing me out and fascinating me all at once. That's what he was going for and he achieved it perfectly.
As you've probably already gathered, this wasn't your typical teen romance story. There wasn't a swoon-worthy male - unless you count Adam, one of Phoebe's best friends. The love interest was Tommy, a zombie, and that made me feel more bizarre than I imagined. After all, I've written about zombies myself, but mine were nothing like this. After a while I got used to him being dead and everything but I still wasn't sure how much I liked him and that had me struggling a little, especially when he started to creep me out half way through. Though, thinking about it, I think I was just feeling what Phoebe, our protagonist, was feeling.
The first half of the book was very American Football heavy for me. I know it's a huge deal and a very popular sport, but that doesn't mean I want to read about it in detail. I don't like sport I know the rules to, let alone American Football. I'm British, I don't know the rules! It got far too detailed and technical in places so I had to skim for a while.
My favourite character was Karen, a zombie girl. It was odd that she was my favourite because if you had to name the five main characters, she wouldn't make the cut. She wasn't secondary, but she wasn't one of the 'main main' characters. I liked her edge. I don't know whether her being my favourite is because she's awesome or because I didn't get on with the others. Saying that though, I did grow to love Adam more and more with each chapter.
I enjoyed Generation Dead but once I put it down I never felt like picking it up again. When I did I got into it, but I had to pick it up first. Yep, it was one of those. Also, it was long at 400 pages. I don't mind long books but this one felt dragged out. It didn't have to be 400 pages if you ask me.
Would I recommend it? Yes. It was different and yet similar to books I've read before and I found that an interesting balance to fall into.
Would I look up the author? No. I didn't get on well enough with the way it was written but I will read the rest of the trilogy. I need to know what happens next!
Generation Dead was an interesting read and I'm looking forward to the other installments.
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