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Meanwhile, Karen?s dead friends have been fingered in a high-profile murder, causing a new round of anti-zombie regulations that have forced nearly all of Oakvale?s undead into hiding. Karen soon ...
Meanwhile, Karen’s dead friends have been fingered in a high-profile murder, causing a new round of anti-zombie regulations that have forced nearly all of Oakvale’s undead into hiding. Karen soon learns that the “murder” was a hoax, staged by Pete Martinsburg and his bioist zealots. Obtaining enough evidence to expose the fraud and prove her friends’ innocence means doing the unthinkable: betraying her love by becoming Pete’s girlfriend. Karen’s only hope is that the enemy never realizes who she really is—because the consequences would be even worse than death.
Posted August 19, 2010
Let me start out by saying you'll want to read the first two books in this series - GENERATION DEAD and KISS OF LIFE - before picking up PASSING STRANGE. If you don't, you'll be lost on the ins and outs of the plots and characters.
The author, Daniel Waters, takes a different approach to the series with PASSING STRANGE. The first two books focus on Phoebe and her struggles as she braves high school in a world where some teens are coming back from the dead. Her heart is pulled in two different directions - she is fascinated with Tommy, a new differently-biotic boy who enrolls at school, but at the same time, has growing feelings for Adam, her long-time friend and next-door neighbor. PASSING STRANGE tells the story of an important but side character named Karen DeSonne.
Karen is one of the most advanced/high-functioning zombies anyone has ever seen. She moves with grace, speaks without hitches, and is the envy of even the traditionally-biotic girls at school. Since the events that took place in KISS OF LIFE that led to the laws preventing the differently-biotic from being in public without a legal guardian and attending school, Karen has been the only zombie out in the open. In fact, Karen isn't just out in the open as a zombie, but she is "passing" as a traditionally-biotic teenager. With the help of dyed hair and blue contacts, Karen got a job at the local mall and begins to use her ability to blend in to help the differently-biotic cause.
When Karen has the chance to infiltrate the enemy to gain information that could shine light on a conspiracy to make the zombies look guilty of crimes they didn't commit, she doesn't hesitate. She puts herself in many dangerous situations with one of the most active anti-zombie radicals to date. Knowing she can help allows her to keep meeting Pete - even when he wants to kiss her.
The reader learns a lot about Karen in this novel. Karen has always appeared happy-go-lucky in the previous books, so it was interesting to find out she isn't very happy after all. She has a lot to be sad about, and you'll sympathize with her as she explains everything going on in her life and eventually reveals a huge secret.
I've loved every one of the GENERATION DEAD books, and PASSING STRANGE is no different. It only took me a day to finish and I was extremely happy with the hopeful ending. I can't wait for the next installment to this wonderfully unique series. Thanks, Mr. Waters! Keep up the good work.
P.S. You can follow the fight for zombie rights by reading Tommy's blog.
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Posted February 6, 2013
SHUT UP SPOILERS!!!! All these people with the long comments tell the entire book!!!!!! Just shut up and let people read on their own!
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Karen has always been considered one of the "fast" zombies and the most caring and beautiful as well. She has dear friends who are both living-impaired and heart-beaters, but in the beginning of Passing Strange she learns something about herself that both fascinates and frightens her immensely. Thus, she decides to keep it a secret. Her world has also turned up-side-down, funny thinking that she's a rare zombie to begin with, but seriously . . . her fellow dead-walking friends are now in hiding on the bottom of the local frozen lake for a crime they didn't commit, her family is beginning to emotionally reach out to her in ways she never imagined since her suicide, the government has passed new strict laws where her kind are no longer allowed out without certain authorization, and she was able to pass as being "alive" long enough to get a job at the mall. Strange, right? Now she's taken it upon herself to help her friends, both living and dead, to overcome the injustice being dealt to them by falsely dating (ie. being an undercover agent) the main reason for most of their problems, Pete.
Like all readers following the Generation Dead series, Passing Strange created a twist for it's fans by getting new POVs. The previous two books where told from Tommy, Adam, and Phoebe's perspective, but now we're getting into the thoughts of Karen, Takuyaki, and Pete. Sadly, none of the new three narrators were my favorite in the series, but it was interesting to see the post-zombie world through their eyes. If you read the books, you know the whole concept of how everyone deals with these zombies is really one big metaphor for racism (aka "bioism" in the book). Some people deal with it a lot better than others, but overall it points out the ugliness of prejudices in society. Karen had some really touching moments throughout this book and even had me tearing up as times. Tak really learned about having to step up and take the spot of Tommy as the new leader of the local zombies. Pete was just as dark and evil throughout and didn't really convince me of his actions near the end when his conscious caught up with him, but could someone please explain what exactly was happening to him on page 369?
Also, Passing Strange ends in a why that has the reader really questioning just WHERE the series is headed. Karen's secret becomes even juicer at the end and the last sentence is a major turning point for Generation Dead, even though there seems to be a lot of foreshadowing hidden throughout the text. That's what I find so fasinating throughout these books, there's so many similarities to the past and it's a perfect example of the saying "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it".
Lastly, I'm so shocked this series hasn't become as popular as I would have liked it too. I was obsessed from book one and I know all these books will be a permanent fixture in my library. Yet, I would like more of the reading public to check them out as well since they're a delight and are definitely one of my favorites!!! Check out my reviews of Book 1 - Generation Dead and Book 2 - Kiss of Life
Likes: Tak and his gang (Popeye & Tayshawn) were really funny together.
Dislikes: I would have liked to see more of Tommy, but I know he's off doing better and brighter things right now and we'll be seeing more of him in the future of the series. Yet, if you think about who he's starting to become,
Posted February 28, 2012
Karen DeSonne is good at fooling people. She's passed as the normal girl, the responsible daughter, and even the happy girl. The was before she killed herself.
That was before she came back.
Now, Karen is making the most of her second chance at life--or whatever it is when the dead start walking around.
Things go horribly wrong when her dead friends' planned social protest turns into a shootout after the zombies are accused of murder. Karen makes it away, but many other zombies in Oakvale are forced into hiding when it becomes illegal to be dead and walking around.
Karen knows that zombies had nothing to do with this crime. And she knows where to go to clear their names. In order to get the proof and help her people, Karen is going to have to wear the ultimate disguise. She'll have to pretend to like Pete Martinsburg--a known zombie killer. But Karen's pretended to like people before. The hard part, the part that could land her in a whole world of trouble, will be pretending she's alive. Karen's fooled everyone close to her at least once, but will she be able to pull off the charade of a lifetime (or un-lifetime) in Passing Strange (2010) by Daniel Waters.
Passing Strange is the third installment in Daniel Water's quirky series about the walking dead in Oakvale (preceeded by the first book Generation Dead and Kiss of Life). This book is a departure from the first two in the series and would be a good place to start the series without missing a lot . . . except that this one is so much less than the first (and even the second) book.
Waters has abandoned his usual alternating perspectives and instead spends most of the book narrating in Karen's voice. Unfortunately that voice is vacuous and sadly under-developed, particularly when compared to the writing from the other books (or even the third person parts in Passing Strange). Karen has had a complete personality shift from earlier in the series with seemingly no reason except to titillate readers. A girl who had previously seemed strong and grounded, comes across as flighty and insipid.
The entire book was erratic and a shocking departure from its two tightly written and well-put-together predecessors. Sometimes Karen is talking in present tense, sometimes the past tense. Sometimes she addresses a mysterious "you" to no effect.* To make matters worse story threads that were raised in the earlier books are largely abandoned and sloppily set aside.
This book is a must read for anyone who has been following the series and wants to know what's happening with their favorite zombies and their traditionally biotic friends (unless that includes Tommy or Phoebe who are barely in this one) but it is also a vast disappointment after Waters' clever, sharp debut.
*The person is revealed by the end of the book but she isn't speaking directly to the person the way a character does in A Conspiracy of Kings so it really makes no sense at all.
Possible Pairings: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson, Tamar by Mal Peet, Pretties by Scott Westerfeld, A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
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I absolutely loved this book. Waters has written another intriguing, well-thought-out novel for young adults that is sure to grab a supernatural-lover's attention. The Generation Dead series is sure to capture the attention of older and younger generations alike, and its subject matter is thought-provoking. Pick this book up-- I doubt you'll regret it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Passing Strange is the last book to the generation dead series. This book is about a zombie named Karen DeSonne. She is the omly zombie of her kind who killed herself and came back alive. Now she is trying to find out who framed her friends about killing a lawyer and his family. But what Karen is doing is dangerous and might give her consequences that is worse than death.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2011
The whole collection of Generation Dead stories is absolutely amazing. The author portrays characters not as just story book novelties but as a you and me setting dictating a modern day fight into a world thats so hidden by seperation. My only question now is will there ever be a fourth book?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2011
Posted July 28, 2010
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Daniel Waters is a great writer. I enjoyed that this book was from Karen's point of view. He gave you enough information to make you want to read more. I cant wait for the next book, I really want to know why Karen is so different and maybe it will be from Pete's point of view, because lets face it he as alot going on inside of him. If you were a fan of the first two, this book will not disappoint.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2010
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I loved Passing Strange!
I was very excited to read this, since Kiss of Life was so amazing. What I didn't expect, was for the book to follow Karen rather than Phoebe.
Karen is an interesting character. In the previous two books we learn that Karen is one of the most "real-Zombies", she can move, talk, and think like a normal person. And what we also learn is that this can--could--be caused by one thing and one thing only: Love.
Passing Strange kept me flipping the pages through the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Each time something new happened with Karen or we learned more about the rest of "the gang" I was entertained. Karen gets herself in a few sticky situations in the book, and I had fun trying to figure out what may've happened.
If you've read Generation Dead, and the sequel, Kiss of Life, you have to read this! Don't skip it because it isn't focused on Phoebe/Adam, since we do hear about them in this book. (We also must deal with the a**hole Pete, but hey, what book is good without a crazy psycho teenager?) :)
Posted June 8, 2010
I have read all of the books so far except for this one. I cannot wait to read it - I've been waiting like 5 months - and I'm so excited to! The books are about how the living coexist with the undead. It's interesting and a little easy to read. I love all the characters especially the main one - Pheobe. All in all i love these books so much i would do anything just to read them once! I think it's a good book for teens about 13 and up (due to some language). Anyone who likes reading fiction books, books with juicy romance or zombies should totally think about reading this book it is soooo amazing and i promise you won't ever get bored with it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2010
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In this Generation Dead novel, you see through mostly the point of view of Karen. Karen, a zombie, committed suicide because of depression and is now trying to atone for that. She spies on Pete, a zombie-hating guy, as his normal girlfriend. She is hoping that she can find proof that he's the one who "killed" his lawyer and his family. But doing this is dangerous because a zombie isn't allowed to be by themselves out in the world anymore and if she gets caught she will be in big trouble. Seeing things in Karen's point of view was a nice change. Can't wait to see what happens next.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2010
I have got this book as a last choice..... and i loved it! I first started to read it on my way to a sleep-over and i couldnt put it down. I spent 7 hours reading the book the first time. I cried when when the book was over! Then i remembered that there was a second book. I called my sister and we went to go get the book....... I think that people will love this book because it shows the hatered that most have to go through everyday. Like the Differtly Biotic with Pete and Father Fitzpatrick.
This book is awesome and so is the author.This book will have you cry and read it over and over and over again!
Daniel Waters(this is coming from a 14 yr old) Rock On!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted February 23, 2010
It is defitnetly a great thriller. I love how the author doesn't base the book on just one person's feelings. There is not just one main character. There is like 3 main people telling the story: Phoebe, Adam, and Pete. I would personally like to read about Tommy's point of view too. I love the action and violence that goes on in the story. It really shows the hatred and disgust that most living have for the dead and Pete (out of all the whole school) has the most hatred and disgust for the living impaired and who ever associates with them. It was an awesome book. Teens all over will love this book. I honestly think this could be the new "Twilight" if there were more romance between Tommy and Phoebe or Adam or what ever. It's a very interesting "love trianle." KEEP WRITING!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 6, 2011
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