Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

The basics

Title: Generation Dead


Series: Generation Dead #1

- Generation Dead (2008)
- Kiss of Life (2009)
- Passing Strange (2010)
- My Best Friends Are Dead (2016)

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

The administration at Oakvale High attempts to be more welcoming of the “differently biotic." But the students 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 “living impaired” from the people who want them to disappear—for good.

When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids, no one can believe it; not her best friend, Margi, and especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has feelings for Phoebe that 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?

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What happened in Generation Dead?

  • Teenagers have been coming back to life as undead zombies. Phoebe’s school has a few zombie students, and she’s interested in this new guy called Tommy.
  • Phoebe is friends with Margi and Adam, and was friends with Collette until she died and became a zombie.
  • Tommy wants to try out for the football team and this causes an uproar. He’s very good though and makes the team.
  • Phoebe starts talking to Tommy more and learns that zombies are quite normal, just quite slow and, well, undead.
  • The Pain Gang, a group of zombie hating students, gang up on Tommy and keep picking on him.
  • Phoebe writes Tommy a poem because she’s a goth and that’s what goths do. Tommy likes this and they get together.
  • Tommy introduces Phoebe to his mother, and shows Phoebe his blog about being undead.
  • There’s a new class at school about the undead.
  • Tommy shows Phoebe a refuge area for zombies in the woods.
  • Tommy and Phoebe go to the school dance together and afterwards they head to the Haunted House (the zombie refuge) for a party.
  • The Pain Gang follows them and there’s a fight. One of the guys, Pete, points a gun at Phoebe and threatens her. Adam jumps in front of a bullet for Phoebe because he’s loved her all along. He becomes a zombie.

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