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Kiss of Life

(Generation Dead #2)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  4,844 ratings  ·  338 reviews

The phenomenon that's been sweeping the country seems to be here to stay. Not only are the teenagers who have come back from their graves still here, but newlydeads are being unearthed all the time. While scientists look for answers and politicians take their stands, the undead population of Oakville have banded together in a group they're calling the Sons of Romero, hopin
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Hyperion Book CH (first published January 1st 2009)
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Feb 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
WARNING: If you have not read Generation Dead, this review will contain SPOILERS. DO NOT CONTINUE if you haven't read it!

Welcome back to the world of zombies. Teenagers in America are continuing to rise from the dead and return to a semblance of life. Not everyone returns as a zombie and not everyone is happy about all the people that do return as zombies.

At the end of Generation Dead, Adam took a bullet to save Phoebe's life. As a result, he died and returned as a zombie, but without most of hi
Mar 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copy
*sighs* Sadly this might turn out to be a very short review. I was really looking forward to reading Kiss of Life because I loved the first book Generation Dead. Generation Dead was action packed and thought provoking. The cliff hanger ending had me really eager to start reading Kiss of Life. Unfortunately, Kiss of Life was lacking in everything that made Generation Dead such a zombielicious book.
Kiss of Life starts off right where Generation Dead left off, but instead of being an exciting cont
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to a world were some teenagers rise up from the dead and walk among us. A world were science still hasn’t figured out why some teens come back and some remain dead. Not everyone is happy these “zombies” are walking around. That these differently biotic teens are going to school and mixing with the living. It is a dangerous world for the living impaired.

At the end of the first novel in this series, GENERATION DEAD, Adam took a bullet for Phoebe. Adam loved Phoebe from afar, but stepp
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Jun 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned
I was so disappointed by this book, to be perfectly honest. I read the first book maybe 3 years ago, and it was okay if I remember correctly. I quite enjoyed it.
However this book did not meet my expectations. I struggled to get through the entire book, and I got so bored of it right from the start. I felt that nothing exciting happened in the story until maybe the last 40-50 pages. But by that stage I was so over it that my opinion of the book was far from being improved.
I won't be continuing th
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jan 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
The Generation Dead series is about what happens to teenagers who die and come back to life as zombies. At the end of Generation Dead, Adam had been shot and killed saving Phoebe's life from his former friend Pete the night of the prom. In the aftermath Phoebe must deal with her feelings for both Tommy and Adam as she and her differently biotic friends negotiate a world that is increasingly more hostile towards them.

Waters work continues to over written and angst riddled. There are certain allow
Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Jun 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
Sorry, but life's too short. (See what I did there?)

I keep choosing to WORK THROUGH MY LUNCH over picking this up again. It's just as overwritten as the last one, with the same awkward prose and the dialogue I can't imagine many teenagers actually saying.

God, this premise is so, so, so good. I want to be in this universe. I want to know everything about it. But I just cannot force myself through another one of these. I tried; it's not happening.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So, I finish Generation Dead, and I'm thinking I can't wait to read the next book and find out what happens next. Well, what happens next is, the writer falls in love with his bigot antagonist, and decides that he should be the main character for the second book.

Let's start with the "trial" of Pete Martinsburg, in which there is no prosecution's case, no testimony from Phoebe about who Pete was aiming at, no testimony from the police about Pete's blood alcohol level or his illegal possession of
Evolet Belova
Nota: 10/10

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Esta segunda parte de Generación dead ha sido IMPRESIONANTE, MAGNIFICA, PERFECTA...
Waters, con su pluma, te hipnotiza, te sumerge y con sus palabras te engulle y sin darte cuenta ya estas metida en la historia. Su escritura es tan fresca, y la novela esta tan bien escrita, que no quieres que sus palabras te suelten.

En este "Beso de Vida" vemos a unos personajes más maduros.

Adam, ahora es un zombi, salvo la vida de su amor Phoebe; recibió un balazo,
Paula Navarro
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tras una primera parte, que me gustó mucho aunque no me volvió loca, con un final tan abrupto e intrigante, no podía quedarme sin leer su segunda parte, que es, sin lugar a dudas, mejor que la anterior entrega. Waters consigue captar mejor al lector, transmite mejor los sentimientos de los personajes, sus preocupaciones, sus tribulaciones, sus problemas, en definitiva, hay un salto de estilo. Generación Dead no consiguió transmitirme tanto como Beso de vida.
Ante todo, hay que decir que la histor
It is impossible to review Kiss of Life without giving away at least one major spoiler for Generation Dead so if you're new to this series I'd really recommend you don't read any further. It would be much better to read the reviews for Generation Dead which is the first book in the series.

Kiss of Life continues the story not long after the end of Generation Dead, Adam died trying to save Phoebe's life and has now come back as a zombie but he is struggling to regain his speech and movement. His
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
When Phoebe’s best friend Adam takes a bullet for her, she finally understands that he loves her. And when Adam comes back as a differently biotic, Phoebe vows she’ll do all she can to bring him to a higher level of functionality. The theory goes that love is what helps zombies function more normally, but in order to devote himself to Adam, Phoebe must break up with her differently biotic boyfriend and zombie leader, Tommy Williams. Matters are made even more complicated by Tommy’s crusade for z ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
El primer libro me gustó más de lo que imaginé. La verdad no sabía qué esperar. Éste, por otro lado, me dejó bastante fría. Las 447 páginas biennse pueden resumir en unas 200 o 250 páginas. La mayor parte del libro fue aburrido, la acción ocurrió en las últimas 50 páginas. Con ese final sabemos que los zombies la pasarán bien y me gustaría saber qué ocurrirá con ellos.
Sep 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Kiss of Life is the second novel in the Generation Dead series. Waters once again uses zombies, or the differently biotic, as a metaphor for any civil rights movement. Two plot threads tangle together in this installment- the love triangle from the first book between Adam, Phoebe, and Tommy continues, and the zombie rights movement heats up as a group of local zombies clashes with those who oppose them.

You may remember Adam being shot at the end of the first book. Never fear- in a world where te
Sep 19, 2009 rated it liked it
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I don't really judge books by their covers but I'm kind of disappointed with this cover. Basically, for Generation Dead I got the UK version of the cover which is plain and simple with just a flower on it. To me the cover above makes the book seem kind of silly, I don't know it just seems like this cover isn't really serious. I found the mood of the book to be quite a serious and sad one and there just seems to be something lacking from this cover. But however, this didn't affect my opinions of ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Phoebe feels responsible for Adam's death because he died to save her life when Pete was going to shoot her for dating Tommy. Story is partly told from the thoughts in Adam's mind which is interesting as he tries to come back to who he was before death. Phoebe "breaks up" with Tommy as she feels obligated to try to bring Adam back, understanding that love helps return a zombie faster to normal life. Adam has been in love with Phoebe always anyway. Her friend Margi reconnects with their good frie ...more
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really like how i cannot stop thinking about the characters when i put the book down. The "exciting" content is a step below hungar games series, mortal instruments series, and twilight saga, but i love it like i love those. It can be a bit slow because it pushes the idea of "racism" a bit too strong. (hence the four and a half stars, even though you can't see the hlaf). The writing is good, the characters mostly good (the main girl can make some decisions i don't quite buy), the love story so ...more
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-2010, zombies
In the Generation Dead series, we are introduced to a strange world. Strange; but in a good way.

Now I've read a lot of paranormal romance books, and the majority of them have vampires. Sometimes even werewolves. But zombies? That's new.

The zombies are described somewhat similarly to Twilight's vampires. They're incredibly pale, cold, and rock hard. Just like the vampires, only with no fangs or blood sucking. They also don't sparkle.

Anyway, while I liked the first book, I think I liked this one e
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“I guess the message in the songs is that is shouldn't matter if someone moves differently, or looks differently, or talks differently. Is biotic differently. What matters is that we're all thinking beings, and if we are thinking beings we ought to be able to find common ground somewhere.”
― Daniel Waters, Kiss of Life

Kiss of life is the sequel to Generation Dead, continuing the story straight on from the events that concluded Generation Dead we explore the moments after Adam is fatally shot, sa
Rocio Molina
Bueno, me costo terminarlo pero no queria DNF principalmente porque tengo el tercer libro en mi estante aun por leer. La trama básica es interesante, el shock social con el surgimiento de los chicos con diferente factor biotico, los plots contra ellos, el papel de Tommy como vocero, etc. Pero odie todo lo demás, que seria un 95% del libro. No conecte con ningún personaje, Phoebe me parece patética con eso de "estoy sola, ninguno de mis dos chicos me quiere", es un triangulo de lo mas insufrible ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book much better than the first. It has a lot more action against prejudice and it was inspiring seeing the zombies continue to fight against it, even though evidence and laws were continually building up to make them look like monsters.

Phoebe's gradual love for Adam was very sweet to read, (view spoiler)

Some of Adam's chapters were very hard to read though. It was lik
Mike Foley
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Nazish Ahmed (Nazish Reads)
I just reviewed this on my blog.
To view the full review and other reviews, click here Generation Dead: Book 2 Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters

Gore: No (at least not that I remember).
Magic: kind of (teenagers coming back from the dead is not normal, so I consider it a bit like magic, even though other people probably don't.
Romance: Yes

Action: 2.5 stars
Pacing: 3 stars
Plot: 3.5 stars

Phoebe Kendall lives in a world (so far it's only happening in America in that world) where teenagers rise from the dea
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

My true rating for the book is a 2.5 solely because nothing seemed well-connected. While I did enjoy the book itself, more so towards the end than throughout the beginning and middle, I felt as though the characters were more superficial and less real than they had been in the first book. I also don't think the events in the book itself were as connected as they could have been. To me, at times, it seemed like the author just threw some things into the book to create as much of a "shocking" p
Addi Baker
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this in high school, and I remember loving it. The story was fun, but also intense. I was drawn in to the action, and felt the emotions of the characters.
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Emma (Miss Print)
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Life is always about choices. It's about Phoebe Kendall befriending Karen DeSonne, the "differently biotic" girl next door and choosing to go to homecoming with Tommy Williams, the "differently biotic" boy next door. It's about Tommy standing immobile when Pete Martinsburg pointed a gun at Phoebe's head. It's about Adam taking a bullet to save Phoebe. And, even though his "traditionally biotic" life might be over, it's about Adam coming back--maybe for himself but probably for Phoebe, the girl h ...more
Matthew smith.
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
the setting of this book is in okvale connectinet
the protagonist is a young phoebe kenball. i like this girl she well stand by her friends.
the antagonist is a jack ass named pete martinburg and as you can tell i really don't like this guy.
warning:plot spoilers and discussion follow below.

At the end of Generation Dead, Adam has taken a bullet meant for Phoebe, and he has died….and come back again. Wracked with guilt, Phoebe makes it her top priority to take care of Adam, and to show him how loved
Oh, the cover. I don't know why but back when I had finished Generation Dead and was waiting for the next two, I was most anxious to see what the covers were going to look like. I was pleased with it, but I'm curious, on Generation Dead, who is that supposed to be?

In Kiss of Life, Daniel Waters stretched the plot to lead into a third book. Why were the kids still coming back? What happens with Phoebe and Tommy? Phoebe and Adam? Does Colette ever find her brother and parents? What is going to hap
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“I guess the message in the songs is that is shouldn't matter if someone moves differently, or looks differently, or talks differently. Is biotic differently. What matters is that we're all thinking beings, and if we are thinking beings we ought to be able to find common ground somewhere.” 18 likes
“Love, she thought, he'd typed "love" just as she had. A multifacedted word, love, there probably wasn't another word in this or any other language that had so many shades and degrees. She knew that he loved her and she loved him, just as she loved Adam and Adam loved her. But with love, theirs or his, it was always a question of degree, and what one was willing to do to express that degree.” 2 likes
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