WARNING: This review, even just the summary, WILL contain spoilers for the previous book in this series, Generation Dead. I suggest skipping this one if you haven't read Generation Dead. The summary will pretty much TELL you the end of Generation Dead so don't read it if, again, you haven't read GD. And I'm taking up as much space above the review as possible to give you guys lots and lots and lots of time to stop reading and close the page so you won't be spoiled.
You're not still reading this if you haven't read GD, right? Good. Let's get to the review. :)
Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters (Generation Dead Book 2)
Published: May 12th, 2009 by Hyperion
Genre: YA science fiction / fantasy
Page Count: 410 in my copy
Part of a series? Yes, it's the second book, the sequel to Generation Dead.
Summary (from goodreads): 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.
Review: While I had my issues with Generation Dead, the ending had me grabbing the next one right away and I was not disappointed. I really, really enjoyed this one, even more than Generation Dead.
Plot (in my words): *Laina breaks down sobbing.* My head hurts and I'm tired and I don't wanna talk about plot. Another day, okay?
Characters: In Kiss of Life, the alternating viewpoints include Adam's, who is a member of the newlydead. His thoughts, at first, are disjointed, chaotic, sometimes confusing... but fascinating. As much as his thoughts could be hard to read and sometimes hard to follow, I loved reading in his POV. He was just an awesome character.
I still wasn't sure how much I liked Phoebe, though. I feel like I should love her. I mean, she loves music that isn't the Top 40, she dresses awesomely... but something about her just didn't jive with me all the way. It was weird.
As for other characters, I hated Pete. Murdering pig. But I still loved Karen! She has more face time in this one and I loved it. She is my absolutely favourite character in this book, with Adam being my second favourite character.
Cons, complaints, bad stuff, etc.: Sometimes, the romances didn't seem completely believable and they sometimes confused me, but it's not that big of a deal. The romance isn't really the main plot.
PG-13 stuff: If I remember correctly, there was very little language, just some mature content (you know, because it is a zombie book).
Cover comments: I love this cover (and it was the one I have). Like Generation Dead, the image stretches all the way around to the back cover, and I think the cover is so brightly morbid, you know? Again, I don't much love the UK cover. It's pretty, but it doesn't do the book justice, in my opinion.
Conclusion: I found Kiss of Life to be a great sequel that I liked even better than the first book. It gets a solid four out of five roses from me.
Other notes (keep in mind I was sick):
- "I is sad"
- "And snotty"
- "I feel like a zombie now"
- I had apparently read a bunch of ARC's recently and flipped over the book to look for the publication date (especially looking for the month). Obviously, the paperback I got from the library didn't have one :P
- The book is quite heavy, which I like. Not enough to hurt your hands, but enough to feel like a nice solid read.
Alright, that's everything!
Peace and cookies,
(Look for my Passing Strange review soon!)