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The Lazarus Serum can bring you back from the dead - but when you come back you've changed - you're a Pale, an outcast. It's the last thing Jed wants, but an accident changes everything and Jed's forced to discover the true cost of living forever.
Paperback, Dyslexia Friendly, 72 pages
Published September 10th 2012 by Stoke Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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4 Nov '12
Not a Young Adult nor Dystopia nor Zombie novel. So Goodreads shelves, up yours.

Let me rephrase. It's set in a distant future where our scientists have discovered a serum that has the ability to bring people back to life. Dystopian themes may or may not be present in this distant future of ours, but it was never the point of this short story.

So the "zombies" are not actually zombies. They're just ... humans that have been brought back to life. And not everyone is compatible with this
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Pale by Chris Wooding is a novella about Jed, a bully, who antagonizes the Pales-- people who have taken the Lazarus Serum after dying and have been resurrected into someone who vaguely looks like the person they were before but now have pale skin, eyes, and hair. Jed has it all-- a best friend who is a huger bully than he is, a beautiful girlfriend, and popularity. Then in one moment all of that changes.

This book was written f
Adalira Morningstar
This review will also appear on Read Between the Lines.

I got a copy of this one as an ARC through NetGalley.

Jed seems to have it all. He's got a loyal group of friends, a hot girlfriend and a powerful lawyer father, but that all changes when he shoves his girlfriend out of the path of a moving car. His girlfriend makes a split second decision to have him injected with something known as Lazarus Serum. The Serum will bring him back to life, but will also make him one of The Returned. The Returne
Kristine Hansen
It's funny that I would read this now, as it has to do with the living dead and well, given my current shuffling gait and the moans with which I wander in search of brains..I mean food...I get hungry when I'm sick. Food. Not brains. I don't eat brains...

Anyway, as a quick review, "Pale" is a High-Low book (something I am DELIGHTED by as there aren't enough books written at a low reading level for teens to enjoy. Especially in topics that they're interested in. So for anyone liking dystopic or zo
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: english
Wow it really is a short book kira :p.
Sometimes even though a book is so short you can't even finish a paragraph , it wasn't the case at all in this one.
Once you start reading Pale you'll be hooked by it, the story is so intriguing , it's not one of the best, but still it is a good one.
People always talked about serums that could bring people back from death, but no one ever thought about the consequences, we would usually see how people are weird, changed and even losing completely there humani
pale got my attention from the
beginning till the end .

at first i thought when i first saw this.
it is vampires or something else .
but god when i start reading this
im impressed it not about vampires or something else .

jed is a normal living human that beat's
a pale(from being dead they lived again and becomes
what a zombie ?nope they just regenerate i guess)
one day jed and his girlfriend sadie goes for a movie
and that is the day when he chage
for a normal human to being a pale .

i feel betrayal and lo
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
-For Itching for Books:

First of all, I had no idea this author wrote so many novels. That's cool. And the genres in which he writes in are some of my favorite so that's a plus as well.
Now, with that aside, let's talk about the awesomeness of this great but short lived story.

Pale was interesting from beginning to end, no matter how quick. I know I'm stressing on its lightness but that's only because it was so entertaining that it should have gone on long
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this title from NetGalley and was intrigued by their header that the book was written for an older audience but written at a level for much younger readers. The book is probably written at a third or fourth grade level, but the content is intended for teenagers. The basis of the novella is that certain blood types are able to be brought back to life by an injection commonly called the Lazarus Serum. The people brought back are physically different: their skin becomes pale as does thei ...more
I read this in about half an hour sitting in the pub waiting for my boyfriend to turn up from work (I was very early).

Interesting and very easy read. The main protagonist though, Jed, is fairly unlikeable throughout the short story/novella. The story opens up with he and his friends beating up a 'Pale' - someone who is dead but not dead dead. Not necessarily a zombie or vampire either though, the Lazurus Serum allows those with the correct blood type to be brought back from the dead provided it
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a book written in very simple prose, I believe aimed at teens who are struggling with reading. It's a short story, and has a somewhat interesting premise. However, possibly in the interest of keeping it short, there is a lot that is not explored thoroughly enough for my tastes. It opens with the main character, Jed, and his best friend beating up a kid known as a "Pale". Pale is the derogatory nickname given to the "Returned", or people who died and were brought back to life with the Laz ...more
Debbie at Snuggling on the Sofa
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‘Pale‘ by Chris Wooding is part of a series aimed at children with dyslexia, or have trouble or lack of enthusiasm with reading. Thus, it is quite a short book. I thought the ideas behind the book were good. Its nice to see a book in this category with fantasy elements.

The premise is that when someone dies, if they are injected straight away with a serum then they can come back to life as a Pale. However, they look different. As
Richard Cardenas
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this in an hour which I think is awesome. The book is only 72 pages but feels like a full novel. Note that this is not a SHORT STORY people need to research what a short story is before they say something. This is a NOVELLA. I hated the main character, but in a good way. He was supposed to come off as a mean kid and his friends were worse. To me, this story was very unique and I enjoyed it. It was interesting to see the Pales treated like most Gay and Black citizens are treated, segregati ...more
Nov 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Pale is a dystopian novel about a world where dying does not necessarily has to mean the end of one's life, but as always in these type of settings the cure (aptly titled Lazarus Serum) comes with unwanted side effects.

Instead of focusing on the Serum and providing the reader with information as to how it effects (or doesn't effect) the body this book focuses on friendship and bullying and ticks all the age appropriate boxes (in other words, when you're a big bully karma will come and bite you
Merin Joy
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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This book is intended for reluctant or struggling readers or children with dyslexia.

Pale is too short to really get meaty, but what was here had a good twist on ya paranormal stories about being brought back to life and its downfalls.

A young boy, who enjoyed bullying the 'pales' who were once live children, but had died and been brought back to life with a miracle drug learns what its like to be treated so badly by small-minded peers.

A good, solid short read, with an appeal to a larger-than-tar
Lizzy Lessard
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This whole novella can be summed up in one word. KARMA. In fact, Jed’s teacher uses just that word when the unthinkable happens to Jed. Jed used to think he was better than the Pales. He used to think that they were below scum. That changed – when he became one. I was thoroughly entertained by this story but I wish that the narration was a bit more advanced. It’s written at a MG level and I think that this story could of been even more awesome as a YA…and as a novel. I could of easily read anoth ...more
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This was a novella, so a quick read. The premise was intriguing, and I liked the whole plot about the Lazarus Serum. Jed, the main character, goes through some real changes, and has to make tough moral decisions. The book moves fast, sometimes too fast, skipping over the consequences of some of Jed’s decisions. It would’ve worked better if the plot had been expanded upon more, and turned into a full-length novel.
Dotti Enderle
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: print
I was highly impressed with Pale. This book is a hi-lo, high interest, low reading level for struggling and reluctant readers. There are so few hi-lo books published with this type of YA appeal. Teachers are begging for them. Which is why I was saddened to see so many poor reviews here. I wonder if the reviewers understood the intent of this book.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’m pretty sure that from now on, I should be more careful before choosing the next books I’m going to read. I was eager to start reading Pale, expecting, of course, a novel. And when I began reading, I discovered a novella instead ^_^ Even so, reading Pale was a real pleasure and I don’t regret a second the time I spent. Especially that I only needed about an hour to finish it.. The only thing I feel sorry about is the fact that such an interesting idea was presented somehow superficial, in onl ...more
Jax Holt
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pale by Chris Wooding.

In a world were you can come back after you're dead things are about to turn very horrible for Jed. Jed is a normal person, he isn't a Pale or a Returned, he is a normal living person. When he and his girlfriend, Sadie are crossing the road, a car is coming but neither of them see it. Is it too late? Which one got hit?

Jed pushed Sadie out the way and saves her only to die but he has the right blood type to be able to turn into a Pale. What will Sadie do? Let her love one
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
In the Chris Wooding's world, when people die, or they're hurt so badly, they get Lazarus Serum. This Serum can bring them back to life. But just in they're "freshly" dead. Serum can't bring to life people, who are dead for a long time. But when you get Lazarus Serum, you're going to change into a Pale. A Pale is a person, who got a white skin, white hair, even white and terrifying eyes. Pales needn't breath, and their heart doesn't beat. People are saying, that Pales, can live forever.

But every
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I got an eGalley of this book to review through It was a super quick read that addressed an interesting concept in a simple way. This definitely wasn’t my favorite read by Chris Wooding; I much preferred his Malice series or some of his stand alone books like Poison and Storm Thief.

Jed is friends with a bunch of boys who hate and bully Pales. Pales are people who are given a serum after dying that brings them back to life, after being brought to life they are very Pale in color. W
Ea Solinas
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
If you have the right blood type and the damage to your body isn't too great, the Lazarus Serum can bring you back to life... as a Pale.

And since we humans are always searching for differences to hate people over, this causes a lot of problems in "Pale." Christopher Wooding's sci-fi novella feels like it should be expanded into a full-length novel, but it's a pretty entertaining short story on its own.

Jed has always detested the Pales, and even declares to his friends that he would rather die th
Paula  from Reading Lark
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 for me. Review appears on

There are several important issues integrated into this novella.

The issue of ethics in biotechnology runs in the background, since the premise of the book is dependent upon a medical treatment known as the Lazarus serum, which is capable of revitalizing some people after they have died. It doesn't work on everyone- some people are just not biological matches, and those whose bodies are severely damaged cannot be brought back. Though it's n
Teno Q.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
This novella is a quick and easy read that doesn't take a lot to process. As it states in the description, Pale is a story about a zombie-state-inducing serum called the Lazarus; but really, you could replace the word "Pale" with "gay," "chav," "nerd," or "slut," take away the science-fiction factor, and you'll have a story to pretty much the same effect. Pale is less of a story about zombies and more of one about discrimination, bullying, and what true friendship is.

That being said, it also du
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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What would you feel like to come back to life, after you've died? That's what this book, Pale, by Chris Wooding is about. It tells the tale of Jed, who has recently died and come back to life using the Lazarus Serum. It was a really interesting idea for me to read, with Wooding's take on the living dead.

This story can be rather controversial, with the idea of someone coming back to life. I feel that Wooding has done a good job of
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Pale is a cautionary tale of what happens when the persecutor becomes the persecuted. In this short story, there is a technology called The Lazarus Serum that brings people back from the dead. Mainly it can only be used in emergency cases right after someone has died. When these people come back, of course, they're spurned as outcasts and are referred to in a derogatory sense as "Pales". The main character, a boy named Jed, is one of the people who are disgusted by the Pales until he's in a fata ...more
Lori Spier
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pale is an intense, action-filled novella, specifically designed for teen readers who either read below grade level or who are reluctant to read at all. It succeeds on all fronts. (Other reviewers have said that they felt the book was too short. However as a parent of a reluctant reader, I feel it is a great length. It's long enough to get the story across, but not so long that the reader may feel intimidated by all those pages.)

Jed is as a bully; someone who hates "pales" and wants only to beat
Jenna Scribbles
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A High-Low Book for Students in High School

This title is offered by Stoke Books and was written specially for readers in high school who need lower leveled books. I feel this story will give readers much to talk about.

I'd like to thank NetGalley and Stoke Books for the complimentary review copy of this title.

Teachers and librarians looking for a story that may interest readers in higher grades should take a peek at Pale. Things I liked about this book - the storyline contains lots to talk about
I loved Pale! I loved the cover! Mostly I loved the message this short novella carried within its pages.

Pales are dead people who have been injected with the Lazarus Serum and brought back to life. They are different in appearance. One of the side effects of the serum is that they wake up totally devoid of any color, hence the name Pale. The fact that they are the dead and look like the dead pretty much gives everyone else reasons enough to isolate them.

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Chris Wooding grew up in a small town in Leicestershire, where not much of anything happened. So he started to write novels. He was sixteen when he completed his first. He had an agent by eighteen. By nineteen he had signed his first book deal. When he left university he began to write full-time, and he has been doing it professionally all his adult life.

Now thirty-nine, Chris has written over twe