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Playing Dead

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In the halls of Andrew Jackson High School, Jenaiya is a nobody. Less than a nobody. She's practically invisible. An awkward, shy freshman, she very rarely gets any attention at all, unless she's being harassed by the school's multitude of bullies. In short, she's not anyone's idea of a hero.

But in 'Age of Z,' a post-apocalyptic multiplayer zombie game, she's a gun-wieldin
Published November 7th 2017
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Adrienne Nairn
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From one who is addicted to candy crush and can hardly follow the grandchildren playing Mario games, I was a little dubious about this novel. However it is intriguing and absorbing. There are a couple of parallel story lines: Jenaiya playing the computer game, Age of Z, fighting to survive as she has for so long, and her real life at school and at home. At school she faces bullies and retaliates. This is a subject many can identify with and it is interesting how she deals with the situation. The ...more
Lynn Zagrod
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this audiobook free for an honest review. Even though I'm not a gamer and not a YA, I thought this book was awesome. It taught me a little bit about the "Age of Z" type of computer games. Although it is said a lot of these games teach kids how to be bullies and killers, there are lessons to be learned by the normal person. I makes you think and strategize. There is also a great story of relationships within and outside of the game. The author depicts a number of issues that are curren ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Playing Dead, by Bronson Palmer, is a young adult novel that chronicles the daily life of a teen gamer. It is also a hauntingly realistic look at American culture in the age of online, multi-player video games that are immersive and addictive. And along with the fantasy world of the game, there is also the real world that protagonist Jenaiya lives in. A story that will suck young readers in just as quickly as the lastest viral video, tweet or video-game craze will - this is a novel of that explo ...more
Becky Biggs
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Playing Dead is a story with multiple layers that explores complex emotions such as bullying, sexuality and relationships. Jenaiya, a teenage gamer, is a loner who is frequently bullied at her high school. In her favorite game, Age of Z, she is a fierce character who has garnered a lot of respect for her playing abilities. At school, unless she is being picked on, she is pretty much anonymous--at least until she meets Rory. Rory loops her into a falsified sense of heroism as together they try to ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I received audiobook version of this book for free from the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

This book is very relevant to the times we are currently living in. It delivers a important social msg without being too preachy. The protagonist Jenaiya is an African American teenager, who is awesome in her online gaming world. But then she faces the toxic sexism / racism there and decides to stand up to the online bullying. Her character is written with a whole lot of sensitivity and not as
G.J. Griffiths
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
When I started reading this book my first impression was that it was a teenager’s fantasy story – lots of fighting with zombies everywhere – and definitely not a genre that I would choose to read. However, I ploughed on to find it was actually a contemporary tale about high school bullies with a young teenage girl, Jenaiya, as the main character. So I was partially correct as it was definitely aimed at very young adults/teens. This meant that I had to rapid read through very many passages about ...more
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot, it was a good mix between entertaining and carrying a strong moral lesson about hat behavior is bulling and what it means when you cross that line.

I thought that the mix of real life and gaming was well done and it did a good job of showing how online behavior and treatment by others can affect you in real life.

Interesting and well written.

Then narration is well done, I liked the character voices and othe overall delivery is a good match for the story.

I received a free c
Kate B.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shows what teens really go through these days. Coming-of-age story featuring a diverse cast of characters. It was refreshing to read.
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