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Generation Dead

(Generation Dead #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  12,665 ratings  ·  1,177 reviews
Phoebe Kendall is just your typical Goth girl with a crush. He's strong and silent... and dead.

All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occurring. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. But when they come back to life, they are no longer the same. Feared and misunderstood, they are doing their best to blend into a society that doesn’t want them.

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Hardcover, First Edition, 392 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Hyperion Books for Children
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Nov 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like to be bored to death (HA!)
Oh, my. How can I put this lightly?

Generation Dead is Twilight, but with zombies instead of vampires. And it's just as terrible.

To wit:

Meet Phoebe. She's a goth girl! (How 1999!) Phoebe listens to so many cool bands, like This Mortal Coil and Bronx Casket Company. We know this because author Daniel Waters assures us every fifteen pages that he is an expert on his goth rock. Phoebe also writes poetry! It's really, really terrible poetry, too!

Meet Adam. Phoebe lives next door to him. He's a footb
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
In its Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that separate schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. The schools for whites were often superior to their counterparts for black students and consequently the separate schools offered very different educational opportunities. This ruling was key to the civil rights movement and efforts to end segregation.

On September 3, 1957, nine black students were barred from entry into Little Rock Central High Sc
Sep 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Phoebe Kendall is your typical goth girl - she wears dark clothes, applies pale makeup, and paints her nails black. What sets her apart from the crowd is that she is in love with a dead boy, named Tommy Williams. All around the nation dead teenagers have been rising from their graves and practically rebooting their souls. They are also called zombies, living impaired, differently biotic, etc. Although most of them have to wait a few minutes before forming a sentence, a special few can function a ...more
A Filthy Youth groupie
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone!
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Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
You’ve heard of Generation "X" and Generation "Y." Get ready for Generation Dead. Generation Dead being known for its, well, undead. Science can’t explain it, and no one really knows why it happens, but American teenagers are coming back to life. Known to the living as differently biotic or the living impaired. These zombie teenagers try to "live" their undead lives, but as with any group of people that vary from the norm, there are always prejudices.

Phoebe, a Goth. girl, finds herself unexpecte
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Some teenagers in America are dying, and then becoming reanimated. The description the government is using is ‘living impaired’ but the other kids just call them Zombies.
Phoebe is a Goth, and seems to be developing an attraction to one of the zombies called Tommy.
Can a norm and a zombie be together though? And what will everyone else say if they do start a relationship?

This was an okay story, but it was a bit dull at times.

Phoebe was a bit of an odd character.
May 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
2.5 - I really wanted to like this book. YA, zombies, cool cover - how could I not love it? I expected a funny story judging by all of the reviews and I think that is where the let down happened. This book is quite serious. It's really about intolerance and how people hate. There is startling zombie violence throughout the book. There are funny parts but overall this is not a lighthearted read. This is not a bad book but it wasn't what I was expecting. After the abrupt ending, I'm left feeling s ...more
Oct 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
Possible one of the worst books I have ever forced myself to finish. It starts out as a typical teen sci-fi book about american teens who have started to rise from the grave. It merges into the authors barely disguised soap box rant about society and racism (for which the story falters and becomes a very distant second priority). When the focus finally returns to the story ( in the last dozen pages) the author hurredly whaps a bow on the ending saying that the reason some zombies are more capabl ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
I expected a light zombie book.

Instead I got a pretty deep look into prejudice and "social acceptable terms" and all kinds of political soapbox discussions about accepting kids who've died and how to change society to accept them.

Near the end, it finally became more about the character and I enjoyed that more.

I especially don't like the POV changes. They are mid-chpater and mid-paragraph sometimes. It's jarring and complete distracts from the story. A simple break squiggly, change in chapter,
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked it, even though it could be a bit *dead* at times. Some scenes just seemed to drag on forever. Otherwise, I really liked how realistic the story was. Of course, that is exactly how you would expect your typical person to react to a "living impaired" person. They aren't just going to open their arms and welcome them into the fold. Even the teenagers own parents would turn them away the majority of the time.

I did find it weird that the author decided to confine the living dead to
More of a 1.5 score. I'm being generous.

Well, I'm glad that's over. Let's see. What was the worst part? The completely uneventful plot? The lifeless characters that, ironically, were not the zombies? The lackluster romance? The completely ridiculous bad guy that in several occasions told our brilliant protagonists that he planned to kill everyone yet they still scratched their heads wondering who was hurting their friends or simply ignored the threats in favor of parties? One thing is clear, I a
Greta is Erikasbuddy

Welps! I finally did it! I read Generation Dead ! And while most of you have reviewed this book I relly won't go into too much detail.

If you are a teenager and you die you can come back to life. Small Town school is now over-populated with zombies and it's a regular Civil Rights Movement for equal equlity. Parents and kids aren't too thrilled about the new students but there is a group of kids that is willing to chain arms and go all "Occupy Wall Street" with them.

It's pretty much a
Sarah Marie
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah Marie by: My best friend and my neighbor
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

First in the Generation Dead series

4 stars

Phoebe Kendall is your typical high school Goth girl. She wears the clothes, the makeup, listens to “Goth” music, and loves black. She and her BFF, Margi, have a common bond when it comes to all things black and combat boots. Her best guy friend is Adam (who is finally realizing that he is in love with her and of course Phoebe is completely oblivious to this). Now she has mixed feelings toward a guy… but he’s not just any

Devon Munn
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: zombies, young-adult
3.1 stars

Decently written. It had somewhat of a campy and early 2000's feel (since this book did come out in 2008) that i appreciated. I'm also interested to see if we will get any chapters from the third person perspective of Tommy or the other zombie teens. So while i can't say i enjoyed this book it still was a decent read
This isn't a bad read. It's certainly not spectacular either though. I've read reviews where they have compared this novel with 'Twilight' but with zombies instead of vampires; it's not, it's better written than that, and nowhere near as annoying or cringe-worthy.

The concept of the novel was good - I'm a big zombie fan and this is the first time I've read anything where the undead do not go shuffling around eating brains, but instead, try to incorporate themselves into living society as much as
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
OK I FINALLY finished this. It took forever because this book is way longer than it needs to be. Where was your editor, Daniel Waters?

Anyways, good concept, mediocre execution. The prose is often awkward, talking about feelings instead of just feeeeeling them. Also not sure why there are three POVs; I think Phoebe's alone would have sufficed.

Also a lot of loose ends! The white van? The foundation? Is the love thing true? Why DID kids start coming back? Why just US teens? Way more doors opened t
Brigid ✩
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Okay, I admit: I hated it for the first fifty-or-so pages. But it got better as it went along, and somewhere in the middle I found myself getting hooked. It wasn't as shallow as I expected it to be; in fact, parts of it were pretty sad and even powerful. I felt like it wasn't quite as good as it had the potential to be, though. It would've been REALLY good if the plot and characters had just been developed a LITTLE bit more. For most of the book, I kept asking, "Wait, WHY are these kids coming b ...more
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I bought this because I thought the idea of teenagers dying and coming back dead quite original but I was very dissappointed. There were some moments that I thought that it might be going somewhere but a lot of it was predictable-girl falls for the new guy but has a boy bestfriend who gets jelous. Nevertheless, I stuck with the story and it was ok so I decided to get the next book, knowing that sometimes the second book is much better than the first. It was, but not enough for me to carry on and ...more
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Get ready for the next sensation: waking up after you’ve died.

It started with one strange case, and now it’s happening to more and more American teens. But having a second chance doesn’t make living, or whatever their existence is called, any easier for these “living impaired” or “differently biotic” teens. They face much discrimination, fear, and hatred, and they don’t have any legal rights either. That means anyone who hates them enough can destroy them – and the differently biotic won’t be a
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Generation Dead is an amazing new YA series.
I was instantly hooked. I love that it has action and it's paced, but it's really interesting. Yo learn a whole new life and the story behind the 'living impared'(or zombies) which the zombies rather be called(by those who mean no harm in the word).
The characters are easy to get attached too, Daniel Waters really grasped teenagers(male and female). I like Phoebe and Adams humor towards eachother and how they can trust eachother with stuff that they
Fangs for the Fantasy
Dec 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters was recommended to us by one of our readers, and after enduring this book, I have no idea what this person was thinking. As you may have guessed by the title, Generation Dead is a zombie story. In the movies the zombie is usually the antagonist, who spends most of its time trying to eat living humans; however, in Generation Dead, the zombies are trying to integrate into society. At this point the only zombies are teenagers, who come back after dying. Science cann ...more
Nov 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
I was actually expecting something more from this book. A bit more POW and excitement. While the general concept was interesting the execution failed for me. Every once in awhile there will be scenes which I enjoyed and thought was humorous. For example there’s a scene where a “celebrity” gives the group a pep talk. It was funny break from all the drama and nonsense.

It was whole stereotypical characters were what mostly turned me off though. The hot, goth girl who is technically the social outca
The concept behind Generation Dead is incredibly clever and executed well by Daniel Waters. I was expecting a book about teenage zombies - what I didn't expect was a well-written and complex young adult novel dealing with the universal themes of discrimination and acceptance. Daniel Waters blew me away with this fantastic debut!

The compelling characters leapt shuffled off the page and into my heart. Waters never stopped developing each of his characters - they constantly evolved throughout the s
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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📗 The Living Impaired (aka Zombie) kids are being killed off by various gangs and a mysterious white van that we don't discover about just yet, dying (again) in horrible ways. Legally, too, as there is no law that states that a 'Zombie' has rights. They cannot vote, they can legally be killed, they can't even have a library card (cries in books).

📕 I didn't expect to find much substance to this zombie story, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this sto
Jul 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book about the teenage Zombie's (differently biotic) trying to fit in at school and with society, the Zombies were mostly all very likable, I especially liked Karen who I think is featured on the front cover.
The ending was good and also a bit of a cliff hanger leaving you wanting to pick up the next book in the series straight away.
Jan 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Not really a horror/sci-fi story... More of a heavy handed moralist tome. Prejudice is bad! Ugh, we get it already!!!!

I got over 200 pages into this 366 page nightmare and just gave up. There are only so many times you can think it will get better before you just hate yourself for trying.
Sep 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
I realllllllllllly wanted to like The Generation Dead and the Kiss of Life books!! I really, really did. :( But sadly I found the writing to be flat and to long described.
The writing style and plot just couldn't hold me I guess...
Apr 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Some are fans, others are not. Afraid I'm not. ...more
Maggie Salomon
Jan 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was very bored. Cool cover, but a bit too long to get to the point.
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