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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 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, hoping to find solidarity in segregation. Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie -- her Homecoming date Tommy Williams -- her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for "her." Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can't seem to live without.


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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 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, hoping to find solidarity in segregation. Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie -- her Homecoming date Tommy Williams -- her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for "her." Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can't seem to live without.

30 review for Kiss of Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    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 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 his regular functions. He can barely walk, talk, or do anything without the help of somebody. Surprisingly, his family has taken him in more than they did when he was alive. Phoebe has also started to take more of an interest in Adam now that she realizes his feelings for her. Adam had always loved Phoebe, but always from afar, and it seemed like his chance was gone when Tommy and Phoebe started dating but when Adam saved her life, she saw how much he truly meant to her. Since he has been back, Phoebe has been spending all her time with Adam but things don't seem to be going anywhere. She knows that it is all her fault that he is now dead but she still can't seem to decide whether or not she loves him or Tommy. Tommy never really seemed to love her, but the idea of her, and Adam doesn't seem to love her at all anymore. Meanwhile, some a group of renegade zombies has decided that they need to take action against the crimes that are being committed against zombies all over the nation. Most of their actions are just stupid pranks but when things go wrong and people start going missing, the zombies are always the first to blame. And there group has only made them seem more like the guilty party. Will Adam and Phoebe ever truly be together or will Tommy always stand in their way? Will the nation ever find out the truth about the crimes committed to frame the zombies? Who will live and who will die, for good? Kiss of Life was a fantastic sequel to Generation Dead. Daniel Waters continues to do an amazing job of revealing the true nature of the zombies' thoughts and feelings, along with showing the continuing discrimination against them. These are definitely not the flesh-eating zombies of the past, but a new kind, one that only wants to live in peace with the living. To find out more, you can actually visit the main character, Tommy's, blog at mysocalledundeath.com.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    *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 *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 continuation to an exciting cliff hanger, it was actually kind of slow moving and dull. Phoebe and the gang do not really do much of anything for most of the first 300 pages or so. The only really interesting parts for me were the chapters which were shown viewed from the newly undead Adam. It was pretty cool to see the whole story viewed from Adam especially because he was alive in the first book. The rest of the characters just fell flat for me this time around. Even the super villain Peter was really boring. Speaking of villains, I really wanted something more exciting to happen with the villains in Kiss of Life. Most of the villainous action occurs in the last 50 pages of the book. There should have been more of it and much sooner in the book. The pace of Kiss of Life was just way too sluggish for me. Despite my dissatisfaction with Kiss of Life, I will still read the next book in the Generation Dead series. The ending was strong enough to leave me wondering what was going to happen next. I probably won’t rush out to get a copy though.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Caz (littlebookowl)

    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 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 this series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karin

    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 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 stepped aside when she showed an interest in Tommy, a differently biotic boy. Adam didn’t give a second thought to giving his life to protect Phoebe and he didn’t think about coming back from the dead. Since Adam has been back, Phoebe spends all the time she can with him. She knows he wouldn’t be in the situation he is in if it weren’t for her. She feels confused though. She can’t decide if she loves Tommy or Adam. She doesn’t know if Tommy’s feelings for her are genuine or if he just wants to be with her because she is living and he wants to make a statement. There isn’t time for her to focus on her own problems though. Trouble is brewing with Pete all over again, Reverend Nathan Mather is continuing to gather followers and making life difficult for all the differently biotic, and politicians are considering laws to take away what little freedom they have. Times are changing and it isn’t for the better. KISS OF LIFE is a great follow up to GENERATION DEAD. Daniel Waters does a great job of showing us a differently biotic’s thought process through Adam’s character. We get to witness Adam’s improvement through chapters from his point of view. Readers will sympathize with Adam and come to love him even if they didn’t before. A few new characters are introduced - some of them will pull at your heart strings while the others will make your skin crawl. The way this book ends, readers will be clamoring for the third in this series. People that can’t get enough of Tommy and the other differently biotics can visit Tommy’s blog at: http://www.mysocalledundeath.com.

  5. 5 out of 5

    laaaaames

    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. 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fangs for the Fantasy

    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 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 allowances that one often makes for a YA novel simply because working with teenagers as characters means that maturity of thought and or behaviour at times is extremely immature; however Waters quickly pushes through that tolerance with an angst level that is enough to drive adults to throw themselves on a bed and cry about not being understood. As with Generation Dead Waters seeks to tackle oppression of zombies by using the oppression faced by historically marginalized bodies as a framework. This of course amounts to appropriation and belittling of what marginalized people face on an everyday basis. In Generation Dead Waters dealt with the word zombie as a slur and specifically discussed reclaiming this word. In Kiss of Life Waters ups the anti by having a traditionally biotic person complaining about the inability to say the word zombie without facing retribution. "I got a detention yesterday for saying the word zombie. Everyone in the room, even Tommy who Phoebe hadn't seen crack a smile since homecoming, seemed to think that was pretty funny. Alish laughed out loud, unmindful of his daughter's warning glare." (pg 28) Of course they laughed. It's not like slurs hurt or stem from a historical method of dehumanizing minorities or anything right? This is specifically why the word zombie regardless of Waters intent should never be considered a slur even in a fictional sense. Then Waters decided to double down on his error by having the character complain about losing his girlfriend because of his relationships with differently biotic people (pg28), and in response the zombies only laughed. This is not a realistic response to this sort of appropriation and anyone who had any experience dealing with a slur would know that. For the first time, we have the introduction of a gay character. Popeye is artistic and the mastermind behind the zombies social protest, though he does at time play second to Tak. We first learn that Popeye is gay when he makes a comment about how short Karen's skirt is and Tak wonders, "if Popeye got away with his innuendos because he was gay." (page 147) We quickly learn that not only is Popeye gay but he is in love with Tak who has hinted that he has no hope. "Popeye, he knew, wasn't really deterred. That was one curse that didn't leave when you died. The curse of hope". (149) I don't know about you but I am pretty sick of the trope that involves a gay character mooning over a straight character. There is no reason why Popeye could not have been given his own love interest. Read More

  7. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Kiss of Life is the second book in the Generation Dead series by Daniel Waters and I've got to say I loved it!I was super happy I picked this up. I really enjoyed the first book but I wasn't happy that they were only in hardcover(for so long). But I did buy both in hardcover and was NOT disappointed. I found these books and fresh new take on YA reading. Although I love my vampires and werewolves, I found it a fun change to read about Zombies(or as they like the be called 'Differently Biotic'). I Kiss of Life is the second book in the Generation Dead series by Daniel Waters and I've got to say I loved it!I was super happy I picked this up. I really enjoyed the first book but I wasn't happy that they were only in hardcover(for so long). But I did buy both in hardcover and was NOT disappointed. I found these books and fresh new take on YA reading. Although I love my vampires and werewolves, I found it a fun change to read about Zombies(or as they like the be called 'Differently Biotic'). If you haven't read Generation Dead(book 1), it's a good idea to start there. Kiss of Life takes up shortly after the events from the end of Book 1. I think I can safely say that Kiss of Life was in my opinion, even better than Generation Dead. I didn't think I would like the second installment as much, but he really out did himself! This sequel dealt with how the world views the zombies/differently biotic and not just the few that we've been introduced to in the first book. This book had a bit more twists and and even better plot. Although I was saddened by Tommy's departure, I found I like how you tried to expand his horizons, and reach out to those like himself who need help. That is want Tommy is all about, helping other different biotic and traditionally biotic alike. Tommy is caring and strong and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment, Passing Strange. Even though I loved Tommy and hated to see him leave, I also really connected with Adam. He was a regular guy that loves a girl but ends up losing his chance for a while because of his death and recent rise into different biotic living. I know this is sexiest to think, but at first I was hesitant to think that Waters could write how female teens are really thinking, but I am happy to say I was wrong. He was right on the ball with Phoebe and I was easily emotionally attached to her character. I cannot wait for book 3(Passing Strange), I won't be hesitant to pick up the Hardcover this time! Summary: 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, hoping to find solidarity in segregation. Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie — her Homecoming date Tommy Williams — her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for her. Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can't seem to live without.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    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 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 zombie rights and recognition. While there are some people who are open to the differently biotic and want to help them, still others are convinced the teens risen from the dead are evil and need to be exterminated. Will the zombies’ uphill battle for the right to exist be successful—or will their efforts only bring them in harm’s way? Kiss of Life is a fantastic sequel to Waters’ awesome debut Generation Dead. The writing and characterization were great and the plot satisfactory, but what stood out most to me was the unmistakable, if possible unintended, social commentary. Although America prides itself on being an advanced and modern nation, it is still capable of quite heinous crimes against minority groups and the unfamiliar in the spirit of fear and intolerance; the evidence is stacked through history, which Waters may or may now have been discreetly referring to throughout the novel. I saw so many parallels between the zombies’ struggle in this story to the civil rights era, to name a historical example. What it all boils down to is acceptance and tolerance; it’s frightening how some people can lose sight of those qualities so quickly. I also really liked how this novel didn’t automatically assign the religious to the intolerant list, because while there are the zealots, the religious can also be some of the most generous and kind people. Aside from the fact that this novel is mostly about zombies, the situations it presents are scarily realistic. Kiss of Life is just a great read both for the story and the simple truths about life and love it presents. This novel will be eagerly enjoyed by fans of its prequel Generation Dead as well as by those who liked Night Road by A.M. Jenkins and Peeps by Scott Westerfeld. reposted from http://thebookmuncher.blogspot.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    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 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 teenagers routinely rise from the dead, Adam is no exception. However, the former football star and martial artist finds himself struggling to regain the grace and intelligence that once came naturally to him. Complicating things is Pheobe's new found knowledge of Adam's feelings for her, and Adam's confusion as to whether she loves him, or simply feels guilty for what's become of him. Meanwhile, Tommy, the charismatic face of the differently biotic movement, leaves on a journey to Washington, DC, advocating for his people. While he is gone, things heat up back home as Tak, the somewhat menacing "old-school" zombie, leads a growing group of dissenters, into pranks designed to force the "trads" to recognize their existence. When another group starts serious trouble, Tak and his friends are blamed, and the mainstreaming DB kids face a crackdown at school, becoming more and more segregated. KoL was an excellent follow-up to Generation Dead. My quibbles with Phoebe in the first book seemed way toned down here. I really liked getting the zombie perspective, as well, from Tak and Adam- especially Adam's recovery from newly dead to more fully functioning. I also appreciate the clarity with which Waters presents the struggle this group faces to be treated fairly, and how easily the rights they do have are stripped away. It's a disquieting mirror held up to our own society.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    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 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 sweet because of the "hero's" POV. The first book left me NEEDING the second right away, but the second gives enough closure for the wait to the third. While i was in the real world thinking i was reading the book, i used to try and distinguish who the zombies and who the humans were... i was in a little bit of a zombie fog, and i loved every minute. :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    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 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 he loves. Adam isn't alone. All over the country, dead teenagers are waking up and rejoining the living with varying degrees of success. No one knows why some teenagers come back and some don’t. The only certainty is that everything changed the moment these zombies began trying to reconnect with the world of the living. Adam's death and return have rocked the city of Oakvale, Connecticut to its core. What really happened that night? Is it murder if the the victim can get up and walk away? Does a dead person deserve the same rights as a living person? Wouldn't things be simpler if all of the zombies would just go away? Vandalism and social protest abound as some of the zombies try to remind Oakvale that they aren't going anywhere. But instead of raising awareness, the Sons of Romero might just be putting a bigger target on their differently biotic backs. While Phoebe struggles to bring Adam back as much as she can, Tommy and Karen try to act as voices of reason among the zombie community. But the time for reason might be over in Kiss of Life (2009) by Daniel Waters. This sequel picks up shortly after the disastragic conclusion of Generation Dead leaving all of the characters to deal with the fallout, and the grief, in their own ways. Don't let the blurb or excerpt fool you. Both try to play up the Dramatic Love Triangle angle to lethal effect* but Kiss of Life is smarter than that. Waters continues to use the dichotomy between traditionally and differently biotic people to examine matters of tolerance and equality in a clever, original way. In fact, even though this book is necessarily about Adam and his return, the book's main event is really the polarizing nature of the newly dead arriving in Oakvale (and the rest of the country) and their own attempts to raise awareness and get some rights. Social protest is a big part of the story but so is, for lack of a better term, the meaning of life as all of the differently biotic characters try to make sense of what their returns really mean for them and, in a greater context, for the world at large. I always said that Generation Dead was a really smart book. If possible, Kiss of Life is even more on point. It's exciting, it gets under your skin, and it's socially aware. Waters' characters are charming and terrifying as he shows events not only from the heroes' viewpoints but also from that of a villain. Nothing is black and white here. Add to that a dramatic finish and one of the most heart-wrenching love stories ever and you have something really exceptional. Possible Pairings: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, Peeps by Scott Westerfeld *I was so excited about this sequel, but when I saw the blurb and excerpt I was so angry because this was one of those moments where there was absolutely no contest (Adam all the way, always and no matter what) but it really seemed like there was. I put off reading this book for almost a year because I DID NOT need to watch Phoebe spend a whole book mulling over which zombie boy she really loved. But the book is not about that AT ALL as the story really continues in the same vein as the first book. And I wish I knew that a year ago.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    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 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 a firearm, WHILE TRESPASSING AND INTOXICATED, and only the slimmest fucking scene with the defense attorney asking if Adam thought Pete meant to kill anybody. Adam says no, so Pete gets off with...ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM??? WTF? The only reason this happens is because the writer had nothing else to do except use the same bigot, even if they should have gone to jail. If only the writer cared about anyone else in the story this much. Then the other characters might have had interesting stories that were also just as stupid and convenient as Pete's. Every other chapter is all Pete, all the time. His story is so...it's convenient bullshit, is what it is. And I might have forgiven that if the other characters were doing something interesting, but they're just stuck in a holding pattern, doing nothing while waiting for Pete's chapters. Tommy leaves town and emails in his role. Collette leaves town with an undead punk singer. (but not before spending an eternity telling jokes with Margi that are NEVER funny. Every scene with them is painfully stupid to read.) Tak and "the resistance" are making stupid flyers and vandalized art displays like that means anything useful for their cause. Karen is just so awesomely pretty and smart and perfect and...God I want to vomit. Any scene with Adam is put into this god-awful first-person stream of consciousness that no other zombie uses, resulting in brutally painful passages to read whenever the focus turns to him. And even then, the vast majority of his scenes are him practicing martial arts in the most vague terms possible. Phoebe become so unlikeable that by the middle of the book I didn't care if she and Adam got together. Even after they did resolve their dull problems conveniently, she still found new ways to vaporize the last of my sympathy for her. The ONLY person I can say I still liked by the end was Margi, and that's only because she's a bit character whose only role is to act as backup to Phoebe or Collette. Beyond that, she has no life, and barely any personality. And then the bigots unleash their plan, and it's fucking stupid. Even the derpy cops in The Powerpuff Girls could have solved this case with minimal effort, but the cops here don't because the writer loves Pete so much, they become the star of the series. Everyone else is a bit character, and Pete is the person who gets the most scene time. You would think a book series about the undead would explore their problems from their side, but NO. Instead we're stuck following a stupid jock with a hard-on for the undead because his girlfriend didn't come back as a zombie, and boohoo, life is so unfair that he has to destroy all the zombies. There's a third book to this series, and it's all about Pete and Pete's plots against the undead. Well fuck it, I'm done. This makes yet another series where I really loved the first book, only to have the writer decide to veer off in a direction that makes me feel cheated for caring in the first place. One star, and if I could give negative stars, this would be one of the few books this year I'd give it to.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Matthew smith.

    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 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 he is in order for him to come back more fully, in accordance to Tommy’s theory – he believes that the difference between highly functioning zombies and those who are less recovered is because of the acceptance and even love they are shown by their families and friends. Adam struggles with his inability to speak and move, as well as with his own feelings of guilt for “trapping” Phoebe into being his constant babysitter. Adam has always loved Phoebe, though she has only ever seen him as a friend and was oblivious to his feelings for her, and now as one of the differently biotic, Adam does not want his Pheeble’s pity. Things have changed in this small town – Pete, Adam’s killer, faces trial but finds support from a mysterious group, and at the same time someone has been framing the local zombies with malicious and dangerous crimes. The Hunter Foundation’s enrollment drops, and the high school participants begin to question its methods and motivations. The lines between the living and the undead are being drawn, and a bitter conflict awaits – and Phoebe, Adam and their friends are caught in the middle. I was taken completely by surprise with Generation Dead. The kitschy cover put me in the mind of a silly, lighthearted ZomCom, but that impression could not be farther from the truth – Generation Dead dealt with some hefty issues, and ends in tragedy. As such, I was prepared this time for Kiss of Life; stupid cover (sorry, this cover has absolutely NOTHING to do with the story and in fact has the situation backwards – if anyone is in the coffin, it should be football player Adam) aside, I knew that these pages would tackle issues of tolerance and discrimination, the struggle for self-discovery and awareness, and of course, relationships. Even knowing this and having mentally prepared myself ahead of time, I still could not believe how well-written and thought-provoking Kiss of Life was. The issues of discrimination and acceptance that are explored on a small scale in Generation Dead are brought to even larger proportions in this second novel, with zombies as a metaphor for the very human fear of that which is different. As with the very best works in the zombie genre, as the master George Romero’s films have always done, Daniel Waters uses his “differently biotic” teens to explore social issues – hate crimes & the oppressed response; racial/sexual/sexual-orientation prejudice & discrimination; the role of the legal system and legal precedents in these situations; the questionable nature of non-profit organizations; the role of the media – especially online media – in dispersing information. That’s not to say Kiss of Life is some dry moral parable; on the contrary, Mr. Waters manages to weave these larger social (and even political) issues seamlessly into an immensely readable, entertaining, and thought-provoking story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    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 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 happen with Sylvia? Tak? George? Popeye? Karen? There were some questions answered also. So, who does Phoebe end up choosing in the end? Well, this didn't turn out like I wanted it to. I'm not sure it did for anyone for that matter, yet I wasn't upset by her choice at all and infact, I was happier about it. What happens with Adam? Clearly, he is a struggling Zombie whom was killed by Pete Martinsberg in the previous book. Pete was aiming to kill Tommy, Phoebe was in the way, Pete fired, Adam jumped in front. What happens with Colette and Margi? Well, you'll have to find out, I guess. I loved the ending result although, Phoebe seems to be "lost" (Metaphorically) through this whole book. In this book, a whole new problem arises. Pete doesn't go to jail for his murder because Adam came back, so it wasn't really murder. Martinsberg has to go to therapy and do community service at the place for Undead Studies where he meets Duke. Throughout the book, Phoebe struggles to bring Adam "back". Love is why Karen and Tommy were such functional zombies and that's what Phoebe is giving Adam. Tak, Popeye, and George: The Sons of Romero, are pulling pranks trying to demonstrate that the differently biotic are not goin' anywhere while there are brutal crimes happening all over Oakville, in which they're being blamed on. Tommy leaves town to spread what has happened to the differently biotic to other states. There are many more twists and many more tumbles. But if you're looking for a book where Tommy is your favorite character: Don't get too excited, he's barely in the book at all. Seems like, in a series, someone (Usually the Knight in shing armor) leaves which causes huge uproar (Ea: New Moon, City of Fallen Angels ). I guess it just seems cliche and annoying. One thing I LOVED about this book was purely Phoebe. In another review, I said I just wanted to find a character who wasn't conceited but still thought she was pretty. I'm just so tired of the complaining. Phoebe admitted she was pretty! But she didn't flip a shit when Adam called her beautiful, "OMG. He called me beautiful. BUT IM NOT, IM JUST NOT, IM BUTT ASS UGLY". I hate that so much. Phoebe didn't talk about it and it wasn't her main focus. This book is kinda boring and I felt like more should have happened. Most of it was just Phoebe trying to help Adam and not a lot of conflicts were solved but new ones had arised. The series is a good read but not something I'd obsess over. I'm happy to say that this book didn't have the kind of zombies with a limp leg and ate everyones brains. They were cold, rock hard, pale, glassy eyed, almost beautiful. Depending on how you looked when you died. Time for the very last book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    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 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 killer is facing trial but as there are no laws protecting zombies or giving them any rights things are very complicated. The defense are going to argue that it couldn't be murder when the victim can walk into court as a witness and it looks like the Adam's killer could literally get away with murder. But that isn't the only thing Phoebe and her friends have to worry about. The prejudice against the zombies is getting worse - with the help of an unknown group who are stirring trouble - and things are going to get even more complicated than they were before. I had mixed feelings about Generation Dead and I had a similar experience with Kiss of Life. It was interesting to have some of the story told from Adam's perspective but that did make for frustrating reading, particularly at the beginning when he is really struggling with his speach and his thoughts are very disjointed. Adam was by far my favorite character in the first book so I wasn't happy about the change in him but I'm glad to say this does improve by the end. I also found that this gave Colette and Margi a chance to shine and their humor added a lighter note that I enjoyed. The themes of discrimination and prejudice are continued and again handled very realistically by Daniel Waters. I really like this side to the series and think we can all learn something by reading it. I'm very curious to see how this will be handled in Passing Strange which I believe is the last book in the series. We see less of Tommy in this story which I didn't mind - he was never my favorite character anyway and I didn't have the same icky feeling about Adam & Phoebe that I did when she was dating Tommy. I think this was because they already had a strong relationship before his death so it didn't come across as quite so creepy. As much as I liked the above points I did find that I struggled to get into the story. The first half of the book in particular was very slow with not much happening and I found myself wanting to give up. I'm glad that I persisted though as the action levels do pick up and it has left me wanting to read Passing Strange so I can find out how the series ends.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Darkfallen

    Oh the land of the not-so-dead, how I have come to heart you so.... This is one of those series where the 2nd book is actually better than the first. Whereas the second book in most series is what I call a "bridger" this was not. It was SOOOOOOO much more than I thought it was going to be. In fact this series has completely suprised me in the most fantastic way. I picked Generation Dead up in the clearance section at my local book store for 1 reason, the cover was ironic and cool. I didn't expect Oh the land of the not-so-dead, how I have come to heart you so.... This is one of those series where the 2nd book is actually better than the first. Whereas the second book in most series is what I call a "bridger" this was not. It was SOOOOOOO much more than I thought it was going to be. In fact this series has completely suprised me in the most fantastic way. I picked Generation Dead up in the clearance section at my local book store for 1 reason, the cover was ironic and cool. I didn't expect much out of it however. Just a little light reading to break up the heart renching series that I've been reading. Boy I couldn't have been more wrong. Daniel Waters has not only introduce my into the world of zombies, he has left my in love with them. Phoebe is lost as usual in this book. Not knowing which way to go or what she is supposed to do. But who can blame her? Poor Phoebe almost dies because of her living impaired boyfriend Tommy, but instead Adam steps up to the plate and saves the day. The price Adam payed was his life....well his "living" one that his. Since Adam has come back Phoebe is trying to help him find is way all the way "back". He like so many living impared kids has trouble talking, walking, and just about everything else we "living" people take for granted. She doesn't know how to juggle both Tommy and Adam so she pushes Tommy away. I loved how the point of views switched back and forth giving us an inside look into Adam. Seeing inside Adam's head, hearing the world as he perceives it, well it broke my heart. I spent the majority of this book feeling like I couldn't breath, especially when reading Adam's thoughts. It literally felt like someone had put my heart in a vice. With every thought he had for Phoebe the vice squeezed tighter. This isn't just your typical love story. There is alot of twists and turns and I still HATE Pete. I locked him in a cage and threw away the key in the first book and I assure you that I set his cage on fire during this one, but he wasn't the only one in that cage if you know what I'm saying;) Now that you have heard what I had to say I will leave you with this.... Buy it, borrow it, rent it, steal it if you have too, but you need to READ this book!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tina (Fantastic Book Review)

    I thoroughly enjoyed Kiss of Life. I finally got to see inside the differently biotic’s head and the struggles that they endured. Through their point of view you see the frustrations of how it is just to function normally – movement and language was a test of wills. It was through love and commitment that they were able to bring some normality to their lives. I know some readers didn’t care too much for Kiss of Life but I’m not really sure of the reasons. I can only suspect that one of the reason I thoroughly enjoyed Kiss of Life. I finally got to see inside the differently biotic’s head and the struggles that they endured. Through their point of view you see the frustrations of how it is just to function normally – movement and language was a test of wills. It was through love and commitment that they were able to bring some normality to their lives. I know some readers didn’t care too much for Kiss of Life but I’m not really sure of the reasons. I can only suspect that one of the reasons was probably the differently biotic’s point of view. If this was the case, in a way I can understand that but I look at it as the glass being half full or half empty so to say. Although it may have been frustrating reading their point of view because you’re not use the writing style, I acknowledged the frustration of reading the zombies POV as understanding exactly the thought processes and what they’re feeling in trying to function in the world and not having to be so dependent on others. So, imagine if you had broken you legs or fingers or if you knew someone who had a stroke and was paralyzed due to it, they would have to relearn how to walk and talk again through physical therapy and the support of loved ones. I can totally relate to this and how frustrating it would be. They want to matter and not feel irrelevant and codependent and it’s through their struggles that I can respect what Daniel Waters was trying to accomplish by taking a different route in this book. That’s just my opinion. In this installment the crew is continuing to fight for the rights of the living impaired and point out the monstrosities that were committed against them. This is a story of Hope, Love, Friendship and Fairness and Justice for all. I enjoyed seeing the friendships build between the trads and differently biotic and how it impacted them in positive ways. What can I say Love conquers all! I’m highly anticipating the next installment due to the events that took place at the end of the book. I have to know what’s going to happen next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Allisa White

    I loved this book! It was so good! It did take me a little bit to get into the story because I read Generation Dead last year, so I had some catching up to do. Daniel Waters is a fantastic writer and I can't wait to read Passing Strange. Phoebe is still not the same goth girl everyone remembers. She's confused and convinced that Tommy never did love her and isn't sure if what she feels for Adam is right. Adam is newlydead and isn't coping well. She's by his side every moment and wants to heal him I loved this book! It was so good! It did take me a little bit to get into the story because I read Generation Dead last year, so I had some catching up to do. Daniel Waters is a fantastic writer and I can't wait to read Passing Strange. Phoebe is still not the same goth girl everyone remembers. She's confused and convinced that Tommy never did love her and isn't sure if what she feels for Adam is right. Adam is newlydead and isn't coping well. She's by his side every moment and wants to heal him, but what if her love isn't enough? The same themes from the last book are addressed. The segregation of zombies and their eventual demise. They have no rights. There are some bad people who would do anything to destroy the zombies. Then there are the ones like Tommy who has made the website mysocalledundeath.com and is trying to reach out to both differently biotic and beating hearts alike. The way it is written is exciting, terrifying, and utterly mind opening. It's exactly what would happen if something like this happened in real life. Phoebe is an amazing protagonist. She's smart and sweet and very realistic (though I couldn't help but wince at the love triangle.) I loved her loyalty to Adam. I love Adam. His POV is shown in this book and did everyone else notice that he never thought the words 'I' or 'me'? He's selfless. She's strong and wonderful. Tommy is good too. Of course he's handsome, but he's also outgoing and I couldn't believe what he did in this book. What a great guy. Most every minor character in this story (Margi, Colette, DeCayce, even George) I loved. They had a great part in the story that can't be explained unless read. On the other side of the spectrum, I hate Pete Martinsburg. I hate him. I can't stand the way he thinks (and yes, we get his POV in this book) and I just. Can't. Stand. Him. Ugh, I don't even want to go into it, because I'll spoil the story. So yeah, this book brings many feelings out of me. It addresses many issues and wonderful themes that I can't help but love to read about. I cannot wait to see how this series will end.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    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 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 the story. I really love reading Kiss of Life. It was quite sad at the same time though. I found myself feeling really sad at certain parts and I kind of had tears in my eyes a little in some places. Daniel Waters definitely captured emotions well in this book. The direction that this book headed was definitely very sad and very sombre. I still liked it though. I had my suspicions about some characters and bits and pieces from Generation Dead and I have to say that my suspicions were definitely confirmed in this book. Which was quite sad. There were some humourous parts which I laughed at and thought were good because in a serious mood you need a few laughs. The ending definitely left and opening for another book. At least I hope that there will be another book because I am dying to know what happens next as I did with Generation Dead. I would just like to say that Daniel Waters did an excellent job with this book. It was well-written, the beginning was perfect, it really set the mood for the rest of the book and the ending is definitely a good one. Overall, I loved this book. I am really wishing that there is a sequel and that it comes out soon because I am dying to know what happens. Excuse the pun. I'd recommend this and the first book to everyone. A lot of people think that sequels are often not as great as the original but I have to say that Kiss of Life is definitely better than Generation Dead.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This was a solid sequel to Generation Dead (Daniel Waters' first book dealing with undead teenagers). Waters handles the concept of zombie or "living impaired" teens in an original and refreshing style that satisfies my zombie lust and my reader's need for cohesion and sense in a story. The romantic element, while definatly present in this sequel, took a back seat to social development of the characters and allowed this reader to understand the complex underpinnings of the differently biotic as This was a solid sequel to Generation Dead (Daniel Waters' first book dealing with undead teenagers). Waters handles the concept of zombie or "living impaired" teens in an original and refreshing style that satisfies my zombie lust and my reader's need for cohesion and sense in a story. The romantic element, while definatly present in this sequel, took a back seat to social development of the characters and allowed this reader to understand the complex underpinnings of the differently biotic as well as answered a few questions that were raised in Generation Dead. Underneath the whole "I'm a teenaged zombie" dance, there was something deep and real about this novel that might have been missed if done by another author. To read about the death experiences of the "differently biotic" teens made me ponder the afterlife like no other teen book has asked me to before. To be "living impaired" might seems like a grand second chance for some, for others it is a living hell. To not be able to feel, taste, smell...to miss the variety of experiences offered by this world. Waters addresses the zombie's struggle with the undead expereince and actually makes you feel for these "differently biotic" teens in a way that you couldn't in Generation Dead. Waters has definitely set himself up for a long line of reader pleasing books. The most appealing facet of his writing is that he convinces you to forget all of your previoulsy held notions about what zombies should act, look, and even feel like. I almost felt bad for having held those zombie stereotypes in the first place. Are zombies the new vampires? This book could prove the answer to that question to be a "Yes!"

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    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 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 friend Collete who is a zombie. Pete is not sent to jail because Adam didn't "die". He has to do community service at the Harper Academy were the kids are meeting to discuss zombies and the like. Turns out the janitor there is part of a zombie killing rebellion and draws Pete in further. It ends with the zombies going underground because Janitor and his crew are committing heinous crimes and pinning them on the zombies. Tommy had already left to fight for the cause. Is he okay? Collete had left with a zombie singer, is she okay? Karen, the strong pretty zombie who can pass for human is missing. Adam stays visible and will continue to fight her the zombie rights with Phoebe by his side.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve

    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)[going from her idea of loving him because of guilt to her actually appreciating him for who he is (hide spoiler)] Some of Adam's chapters were very hard to read though. It was li 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)[going from her idea of loving him because of guilt to her actually appreciating him for who he is (hide spoiler)] Some of Adam's chapters were very hard to read though. It was like Joseph in"Wuthering Heights", very hard to understand. As purposeful as it was to the story (view spoiler)[showing that Adam was thinking more coherently towards the end (hide spoiler)] it was putting me off reading it and that's why this book lost a star. The humour was still present in this book, which i was happy to see! But despite all that humour, the horrific scenes were still very horrific. I admire the strength of the characters after all of their experiences. I hope to get my hands on the next book soon!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dara

    I cried for Adam. Poor lovable Adam who was so strong physical as well as mentally. He was the solid rock, the one you could count on. Oh but how the strong fall. He used to be so amazing, but now he could barely do the simplest of things. It was thrilling to watch him grow through the book. As he improved step by step. Every achievement was worthy of celebration. From "slug" to "snail" to "turtle" and onward. When he said a sentence without major problems I was thrilled. Kiss of Life was beauti I cried for Adam. Poor lovable Adam who was so strong physical as well as mentally. He was the solid rock, the one you could count on. Oh but how the strong fall. He used to be so amazing, but now he could barely do the simplest of things. It was thrilling to watch him grow through the book. As he improved step by step. Every achievement was worthy of celebration. From "slug" to "snail" to "turtle" and onward. When he said a sentence without major problems I was thrilled. Kiss of Life was beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. Adam just kept getting better and better and it was magical. I wanted to cry when he kissed Phoebe, but instead I just thought "Finally." Takayuki is such a jerk, but I couldn't help but like him and hope that he would end up with Karen. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. Because of it I actually thought of changing the rating from 5 stars to 3, but I thought that would be unfair since I loved the rest of the book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    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 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 even better. I like Tommy just fine, but I've always rooted for Adam. I was surprised when I read about the little development between Karen and Tak- but I was even more surprised when I found that I liked it. I hope there's more about it in the next book. Also, you can visit mysocalledundeath.com if you want to read Tommy's blog, and learn more about the characters.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lexy Bentzinger

    This book was sooo goood!! It had me thinking and wondering about pete and Duke and what they were up to. I was inlove with Adam and Pheobe and their relationship and enthralled wanting to know where it was going to go. My emotions were all over with Pheobes. I was very in to this book. I can not wait to read Passing Strange and find out what has happened to Karen. The writing is very good and really keeps you guessing. I kept going back and forth on Tak and how I felt about him and his gang unt This book was sooo goood!! It had me thinking and wondering about pete and Duke and what they were up to. I was inlove with Adam and Pheobe and their relationship and enthralled wanting to know where it was going to go. My emotions were all over with Pheobes. I was very in to this book. I can not wait to read Passing Strange and find out what has happened to Karen. The writing is very good and really keeps you guessing. I kept going back and forth on Tak and how I felt about him and his gang until they got caught during one of their pranks and I began to see the real Tak and how he felt. This book is vvery very good.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I liked the book i thought i was better than the first book generation dead. I really don't like pete......Adam is right for phoebe he was always what she needed dead and alive. But will that be strong enough to hold then together for the third book when being dead a illegal when you don't have a parent and your band from school. what happened to tommy and karen? is karen really dead know???? love Adam and Phoebe I liked the book i thought i was better than the first book generation dead. I really don't like pete......Adam is right for phoebe he was always what she needed dead and alive. But will that be strong enough to hold then together for the third book when being dead a illegal when you don't have a parent and your band from school. what happened to tommy and karen? is karen really dead know???? love Adam and Phoebe

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved that Adam and Phoebe finally got together, everything about the love triangle was heart-breaking. You can't help but fall in love with Karen as well which is good considering how the third book is in Karen's perspective. Love it. I loved that Adam and Phoebe finally got together, everything about the love triangle was heart-breaking. You can't help but fall in love with Karen as well which is good considering how the third book is in Karen's perspective. Love it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carl

    “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 “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, sacrificing his life for Phoebe only for him to rise moments later as one of the "Differently Biotic". Kiss Of Life explores the direct effects of someone, so full of life returning from the dead with huge physical impairments. Barely able to walk, talk or function without assistance we follow Adam who was always so confident and sure of himself in the first book, always being a huge presence both physically and emotionally as he works to question who he is now in this undead body and his feelings towards others and their safety being around him as Phoebe continues to question and explore her feelings for Adam. Kiss of Life also takes the time to explore other aspects of the effects of Zombies, the political and legal system around those who no longer legally exist. Overall, the Kiss of Life is an enjoyable continuation of the story allowing us to continue exploring with our characters and seeing how they adapt to their new situations. Not quite as engrossing as the first one, Kiss of Life takes much longer to reach the actual story and seems to ignore several previous minor plot points but brings much more attention to others offering an exciting conclusion that makes you want to immediately jump into the next book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Your Common House Bat

    I think that I was more into this book than the first in the series. Though there were still moments there was a lot less of that cringey I'm so goth stuff. I did appricate the shout out to 45 Grave and the fact that my favorite song by them was mentioned. I like Karen and Colette well enough but Pheobe and Pete are unbearable to me. The main thing that bugged me about this one was Adam's POV it was just so slow and hard to trade that I usually skipped those chapters. I get what the author was try I think that I was more into this book than the first in the series. Though there were still moments there was a lot less of that cringey I'm so goth stuff. I did appricate the shout out to 45 Grave and the fact that my favorite song by them was mentioned. I like Karen and Colette well enough but Pheobe and Pete are unbearable to me. The main thing that bugged me about this one was Adam's POV it was just so slow and hard to trade that I usually skipped those chapters. I get what the author was trying to do and my dislike isn't probably a thing of tastes. But I just could t get into it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    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 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 dead and walk among us. Science still hasn't figured out why some people and why only teens come back. Although, not everyone is happy about the zombies, many people just want to destroy them, just because their different and they think that it's not right that this happens. It is already an unpleasant and kind of dangerous world for the differently biotic teenagers, but in this book, it becomes much much worse. At the end of the first novel in this series, which is called Generation Dead, Phoebe was about to be shot and Adam saved her from it, so instead he got shot. Adan didn't hesitate to giving his life to protect Phoebe and he didn't expect that he would come back from the dead. Since Adam's "resurrection," Phoebe spends most of her time with him, since she believes that he wouldn't be in this situation if it wasn't for her, yet she still can't decide if she loves Tommy or Adam more. She still doesn't know if Tommy's feelings for her are real feelings or if he just wants to be with her because she is a living girl. If you thought that the laws and people weren't fair to the zombies before, then think again, because their even worse in this book, a lot worse. This book has three of the same point of views as the first one, only this time we don't experience Tommy's POV anymore, instead we get Tak's. I read the first book in the series two years ago. You're probably wondering why I didn't read this one sooner, that's because I heard of many interesting books over those years and I got more interested in those, but then a few moths ago, I saw someone rereading the series and reviewing them, which reminded me that I didn't finish reading this series, so I requested the book from the library, I got it about two months ago (we're allowed to renew books two times maximum) and I finally decided to start reading this book I think it was either last week or the week before that. I love the typography of "Life" on the cover, it's so pretty. I like how this is different than other zombie stories, unique, these zombies are almost like vampires, only a bit different, some of the similarities to most vampires are: they don't eat, they can't feel physical pain, and they try to live like normal humans in society, etc. Some of the differences are: they're slower than humans, they walk slower, some of them can't smell stuff much, etc. I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one, the interesting stuff happened near the end of the book, most of the book was kind of dull and not much happens before the end besides Collette and Adam becoming faster and a little more human-like or as they would say in the book "becoming more like the living," Tak and his followers playing pranks, and a few new characters introduced, some who play a big part in the story and make me want to strangle at how unfair they're being, they never even though how they would feel if they were a zombie and if they were in these situations, doing those kinds of things is not something to be proud of. My biggest problem (although it's also my mistake) was that I read this book after a long gap between the first one, don't do that in between a series, because you will end up forgetting lots of important stuff that happened in the previous book, I think that's part of the reason why I didn't enjoy this book as much as some others have. I know that it sounds like I hated this book, I didn't, but I didn't love it either, it's average for me, the idea was really good, but the execution wasn't as good. This book reminds me of those times when there was so much racism in the world, there still is, but not as much and not as bad as it was many many years ago and how it wasn't fair for some people just because they're different and because of something can't control. I know that I'm not the only one who is thinking this or something similar to this. I liked the plot, a few things were revealed that shocked me, I love that there were some twists that I actually didn't think about. Even though this book ends with a cliff hanger, I'm still not in too much of hurry to request the next one, but I'm going to try to read it soon, so that I enjoy the next one a little more and so That I don't get so confused about who's who and what the did in the previous novel either. So far there are three books in this series, I don't know of there are going to be more or if thats it for this series: -Generation Dead (published 2008) -Kiss of Life (published 2009). -Passing Strange (2010)

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