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Generation Dead: Kiss of Life (A Generation Dead Novel) Hardcover – May 12, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 8–10—As this sequel to Generation Dead (Hyperion, 2008) opens, Adam is just beginning to "regenerate" after diving in front of Phoebe, the girl he always loved, when she was going to take a bullet aimed at her currently undead boyfriend. He is having a difficult time gaining control of his speech and movements, while Phoebe is under the impression that a kiss from a "beating heart" who truly loves him can help speed the process. The story then reveals a whole zombie activist movement, as well as an anti-zombie conspiracy. Taken on a superficial level, the story is an action-packed romp through the zombie subculture, including such products as "Z, the body spray for the active undead male." Taken at a more cerebral level, the novel comments on societal attitudes toward race, disability, and sexual orientation. It could also spark conversation about the afterlife as it raises a disturbing question: If there really is a God, has he turned the zombie kids away? The book is supported by an amazingly well-maintained Web site, but its downfall is that it bites off more than readers can chew. There are too many characters, too many subplots, and too many switches in perspective. Kiss of Life clearly screams for a sequel—if not two or three. With so much going on, it is easy to lose track of which character is which, never mind who is dead or undead. That being said, it's a must-buy if the first title is popular.—Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL END
Praise for Generation Dead:
"Witty and well-written." -The New York Times
"Stephanie Meyer meets John Green in debut author Waters's wry, original supernatural romance."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for Generation Dead Book 2: Kiss of Life:
"An action-packed romp through the zombie subculture."--School Library Journal
Praise for Generation Dead Book 3: Passing Strange
"I really enjoyed Passing Strange. This series isn't showing any signs of flagging yet."--The Bookbag
"Passing Strange is an engrossing read...in an ever-growing world of zombie titles, the Generation Dead series stands out, with great storytelling and interesting characters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
In this round Phoebe is trying to reanimate Adam who seems to be 'waking up' slower than other bionically different. She's still trying to reconcile feelings between Adam and Tommy when Tommy decides to go on a mission to help bridge the gap between zombies and the bleeders. Pete, who you remember killed Adam in the first place, is working at the Hunter's Center to undergo community service and therapy, is being recruited for the Anti Zombie movement. Meanwhile the Hunter Center gets exposed for what it really is doing to the zombies, and more and more zombies are being killed, massacred, burned, crucified, with the law not behind them, but certainly not stopping them.
This book was brilliant Daniel Waters is an amazing break out author and his light 'teenage' tone masks the deeper uglier issues that are seen in today's society still. I recommend this with two thumbs up and 5 stars all the way!
We don't get to see Tommy in this book, but we do get to hear from him through emails that he sends to Phoebe. We learn that Tommy is okay and still traveling, but we also find out that he has found someone else to love as well. We get to see a lot more of the other zombies that were introduced in the first book. The ending was nice, but led you to believe that there will be a third book, which I cannot wait for! I can't wait to see what will happen to the zombies now and how the love will grow for Adam and Phoebe.
The two books were extremely different, but both equally good. This one seemed a little more on the emotional side, with me hoping that Adam would come around faster. I fell in love with him right alongside Phoebe.
I found myself a little bored with Pete's chapters, but I read them anyway, figuring they'd be important to the plot. They were, but I still just wanted to skip ahead to Phoebe and Adam's chapters.
I look forward to another in this series, and I figure I won't be disappointed - the story was wrapped up, but there were several loose ends, character wise - Colette, Karen, Tak, Pete, etc.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and definitely will watch for another book in the series in the future.