Monday, January 12, 2009
Kiss of Life-- Daniel Waters
So, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you might remember my review of Daniel Water's Generation Dead. Kiss of Life is its sequel, and I was lucky enough to stumble upon an Advanced Reader's Copy of the book! Oh, the perks of being a librarian! The publication date on Kiss of Life is May 2009.
Kiss of Life features our same cast of characters: Phoebe the goth chic who dates zombies, Margi her sex obsessed friend, Collette the differently biotic gal who lives with Margi after her parents disown her, etc. This book picks up right where Generation Dead leaves off... and I won't go into it that much because I don't want to spoil Generation Dead for those who haven't read it yet!
This book mostly focuses on the emotional pull Phoebe feels between her exboyfriend Tommy and her best friend Adam. It also still deals with the way society reacts to the differently biotic (zombies), zombie culture and activities.
As a sequel, this book succeeds because I wanted to read more about these differently biotic folks. The idea that teenagers are raising from the dead and becoming zombies is just too fun for one lonely old book. However, I wish Waters had done something more with this book. Generation Dead was funny as well as touching, and Kiss of Life lacks the light-hearted humor the first book had down so well. Also, Kiss of Life relys on the fact that you have read the first book too much. All the character development that went into the first novel didn't find it's way into this book. The characters felt sort-of flat to me, and because of this I didn't have as much sympathy for their plight as I should have.
Still... if you liked Generation Dead, read this one too. I have a feeling a third book might be in the stars, and you know I'll be reading that one too!