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Generation Dead (Generation Dead Series #1)

Generation Dead (Generation Dead Series #1)

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by Daniel Waters

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Phoebe is just your typical goth girl with a crush. He�s strong and silent -- and dead.

All over the country, a strange phenomenon is happening. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. They are coming back to life, but they are no longer the same -- they stutter, and their reactions to everything are slower. Termed "living impaired" or "differently biotic,"


Phoebe is just your typical goth girl with a crush. He�s strong and silent -- and dead.

All over the country, a strange phenomenon is happening. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. They are coming back to life, but they are no longer the same -- they stutter, and their reactions to everything are slower. Termed "living impaired" or "differently biotic," they are doing their best to fit into a society that doesn�t want them.

Fitting in is hard enough when you don�t have the look or attitude, but when almost everyone else is alive and you�re not, it�s close to impossible. The kids at Oakvale High don�t want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn�t breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the differently biotic from the people who want them to disappear -- for good.

With her pale skin and Goth wardrobe, Phoebe has never run with the popular crowd. But no one can believe it when she falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids. Not her best friend, Margi, whose fear of the differently biotic is deeply rooted in guilt over the past. And especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has just realized his feelings for Phoebe run much deeper than just friendship. He would do anything for her, but what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?

Generation Dead is a sharp, funny, and breathtakingly original novel from an exciting new talent.

Editorial Reviews

Regina Marler
Witty and well written, Generation Dead is a classic desegregation story that also skewers adult attempts to make teenagers play nice. An unctuous father-daughter research team enlists a handful of students at Oakvale High for its work-study program on the differently biotic, but the most effective adult in the book is the coach who wants to arrange a hit on a zombie who's tried out for football ("case of beer to whoever puts him out"). Motivational speakers, politically correct speech and encounter groups come in for special ridicule.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Waters's strong first novel introduces a cast of memorable characters—both dead and alive. For unknown reasons, American teenagers who die are coming back to life. Known as the "living impaired" or "differently biotic," these teens walk among the living and even attend school, but face massive prejudice. Phoebe Kendall, a junior at Oakvale High in Connecticut, is alive and well, but shockingly, she has a crush on Tommy Williams, who's dead. Her best friend, Margi, thinks she's crazy, and her friend and neighbor Adam, who has a secret thing for Phoebe, can't understand what she sees in the dead kid. The situation gets worse when school bully Pete Martinsburg's hatred of the undead leads him to lash out violently. The dialogue can be stiff and Waters leaves many questions unanswered (Do the dead teens age? Can they be hurt and then heal? Why do they go to school?). In balance, however, the creepy premise is solid enough, and will easily capture the reader's imagination. Ages 12-up. (May)

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Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Zombies are not the monsters in Daniel Waters's novel; the prejudiced living are. For an unexplained reason, American teens who have died tragically are coming back to life, sort of. They are the living dead and many are abandoned by family in fear and are hassled at school. Tommy Williams, one of the "living impaired," wants to play football. But his playing does not meet with the approval of many people in town, including the coach and several players. Star football player Adam, though, is willing to give Tommy a chance. And living classmate Phoebe is willing to go even further in accepting the undead; she dates Tommy. These students become part of a study of the phenomenon that puts both living and undead together in a study group, helping to build acceptance and camaraderie. The study is funded through an ambiguous research group that promises to investigate the zombie occurrences at Oakvale High School. All of this attention to the undead doesn't sit well with Pete Martensburg, who is the real villain, a living teen with issues of his own, plotting the destruction of the zombies who seem to be gaining acceptance in the high school. Waters's novel is a fascinating, haunting tale of prejudice and fear. It is the first of what promises to be a compelling series of novels that look at death from a fantastic, yet honest, perspective. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Dante, aka Danny Gray, is half-vamp and half-wulf, and in his world, this means disaster. There are only three distinct and very separate classes. The elite are the vampyres-rich, powerful, and beautiful. In between are the humans, tolerated because they admire vampires and acknowledge their dominance. Then there are the werewolves, who are poor, ugly, despised. They must register themselves and during the time of the "Change" are forced to live in prisonlike compounds. Danny and his sister had genetic treatments when they were young to suppress their wulven genes and allow their vampyre side to take control. The treatments worked for his sister, but Danny became sick and was unable to finish them. As a result he has vamp-blue eyes but the darker coloring and the stockier build of a werewolf. Everyone in his almost all-vamp high school assumes that he is half-vamp and half human; only a few close friends know the truth. When he starts exhibiting wulf behavior, Danny is terrified but realizes that he must accept who he is before time runs out. Red Moon Rising is a well-written coming-of-age story with a diverse cast of characters. Moore tackles important issues such as self-esteem, prejudice/discrimination, loyalty, and acceptance, all woven into a teen paranormal adventure drama. The ending leaves some unanswered questions that hopefully will be addressed in a sequel. Fans of the genre will enjoy this different spin on the supernatural.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Is it too many junk-food preservatives? Brain patterns rewired by first-person shooter games? Or simply a sign of the Apocalypse? No one knows why deceased American teenagers are returning as zombies (please, call them "living impaired"), but it's happening. At progressive Oakvale High, Phoebe, who was Goth long before this phenomenon, wonders why she is attracted to differently biotic Tommy. Along with best friend Margi and childhood buddy Adam (who can't express his love for her), Phoebe joins Undead Studies, so she can understand what it's like to be dead in a living world and reconcile the recent death and return of another good friend. Not everyone, however, is so accepting of this dawn of the dead. Someone's kidnapping zombies, and one popular student, obsessed with a dead girlfriend who never returned, wants the dead to stay that way. Stephenie Meyer meets John Green in debut author Waters's wry, original supernatural romance, which blends sensitivity and deadpan humor to reflect a culture clash on both sides of the living spectrum. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

Publication date:
A Generation Dead Novel Series, #1
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

This is Daniel Waters's first young adult novel. He lives with his family in Connecticut. You can visit his Web site at and find Tommy at

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