I'm not sure what happened, but somehow this book just didn't quite live up to my expectations based off the first one. I loved book 1, Plagu3.5 stars
I'm not sure what happened, but somehow this book just didn't quite live up to my expectations based off the first one. I loved book 1, Plague Town. In fact I called it "one of my favorite finds of the year" in 2012. I bought this one almost as soon as it hit the shelves, but never got around to reading it 'til now.
In the first book we learned a flu vaccine and the deadly flu it was supposed to combat combined in an undeadly mix. People died, but came back as zombies. And with a few (very few) exceptions called Wildcards, the infection spread. Ash is one of the Wildcards, surviving a bite without turning. Instead she woke with heightened senses, superior strength and an accelerated healing ability. As the book progressed, another mutation with interesting possibilities came to light.
I admit to forgetting a few minor details in the interim, but I wasn't lost when I picked up this book and Fredsti did a wonderful job writing just enough to job my memory without making me feel as is she were treading over old ground. Ashley's use of attitude and sarcasm to deal with a difficult situation was just as enjoyable as in the first book. The pop-culture references were fun and I also enjoyed the occasional glimpses of life in other outbreak areas.
So, maybe where it went wrong for me is in the pacing. The blurb says, "The undead have been defeated in Redwood Grove, but reports of similar outbreaks are coming in." & "... Ashley and the other wild cards embark on a desperate mission to reach San Francisco." That may be true, however a big chunk of this book dealt with cleanup in Redwood Grove. It did provide a calmer backdrop for some other revelations, but I really felt as if we lost some forward momentum during this bit. That's not to say there weren't some great action scenes throughout the book, because there were. Dana Fredsti knows her swords, having worked/fought with them personally in a theatrical setting.
Despite feeling a little let down by my expectations, I do not feel as if I wasted the money I spent on this book. And I'll definitely be buying the next book in the trilogy. Especially since, I need to know what happens next; there is a cliffhanger ending. ...more
I really enjoyed this. Rather than being a retelling with zombies a la Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Showalter wrote a zombie novel with several noI really enjoyed this. Rather than being a retelling with zombies a la Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Showalter wrote a zombie novel with several nods and references to Alice in Wonderland. It was a fun book to read and I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for book 2....more
4.5 stars. Definitely one of my favorite finds of the year.
I really enjoyed Fredsti's writing style. Ashley's sarcasm and attitude didn't bother me a4.5 stars. Definitely one of my favorite finds of the year.
I really enjoyed Fredsti's writing style. Ashley's sarcasm and attitude didn't bother me a bit, in fact she made me laugh more than a few times. The pacing moved the story along well and the suspense kept me reading way past my bed time. The occasional glimpses into the zombie POV were just icing on the cake.
This book was well worth the time and money spent and I'm already eagerly anticipating books 2 and 3....more
The idea behind the story was great, but Edie was not a likeable character. I didn't believe she would have the strength to save herself let alone somThe idea behind the story was great, but Edie was not a likeable character. I didn't believe she would have the strength to save herself let alone someone else. In fact, based on her actions and thoughts early in the book, I still have trouble believing she even has enough empathy (ethics, concern ... something) for others to make the effort to save someone else....more
Generation Dead was a surprise. The cover and blurb lead me to expect an amusing piece of fluff. Fun to read, but with no real substance. Wro3.5 stars
Generation Dead was a surprise. The cover and blurb lead me to expect an amusing piece of fluff. Fun to read, but with no real substance. Wrong. In the end, this wasn't really even a book about zombies; it was a book about racism and our intolerance toward people who are "different". Some teenagers who come back from the dead are feared and abandoned by their own parents. Even the ones who still stay at home with loving parents have to face the world with no laws in place to protect them from hate and violence in others.
Waters used some stereotypical cast members (Goth/outsider, cute boy-next-door, bullying athlete, intelligent representative of the "others"), but they worked in the story and the characterizations grew as the book moved along. The alternating viewpoint really helped with this. Phoebe's acceptance of the "differently biotic" did not come easy. Adam's seemingly easygoing attitude hides a real struggle to control his temper. And hearing the story from Pete's side made him more than a mean-boy. I still didn't like him, but I gained insight into his mental state. The only viewpoint missing was Tommy's, a smart decision on Waters' part. You're never quite sure if he's doing something because he feels it or to make a statement on behalf of the zombies.
By the end of the book, I was emotionally involved and really cared about what would happen next. I intend to track down the second book sometime soon. ...more