Thursday, October 2, 2008

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters - ADVISABLE

Waters, Daniel Generation Dead, 392 p. Hyperion, 2008.

Language: PG-13, Violence: PG-13, Sexual content: PG.


Phoebe has always been her school's resident goth girl, but now the dead have been coming back to life, so her look seems a little redundant. One of the dead, Tommy, intrigues Phoebe, especially when he makes the bold move to try out for the school football team. As Phoebe gets to know Tommy, and through him other dead kids, she realizes that there is something more to all of them. Around her however, opinions vary widely, with too many people antagonistic towards these kids, and not enough people sympathetic.

This book is much less a zombie book and so much more a commentary on how society reacts towards any one who is deviates from the norm. Replaces the zombies with any fringe group or minority and it becomes historical fiction instead. I loved this look within ourselves; the title will catch many eyes and may get kids thinking.

Cindy: Library-Teacher

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