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Review: Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters

(Kiss of Life is the second book in the Generation Dead series. There will be some spoilers for book one)

In a sentence or so: Tensions are heating up to dangerous levels between the traditionally biotic (the living) and the differently biotic (the zombies).

Adam sacrificed himself to save Phoebe at the differently biotic (db) and returned almost immediately after dying. Despite his quick return to the land of the living, his return to a normal way of life has not been so quick. He can barely talk, move, or function – no matter how much time Phoebe spends with him. Phoebe wants Adam to return to as close of a version to his old self as possible and spends as much time as she can getting him to recover. Nothing seems to be working, however, and she feels as if she’s failing him. She knows he’s trying, but something is holding him back. Although she spends most of her waking time with Adam, she can’t help but feel Tommy creeping back into her thoughts.

Without Tommy there to rein them in, some of the other db kids in town start to unravel and get out of control. Between veiled threats against Phoebe and eating the neighborhood cats, the db are really widening the divide between the living and the dead.

Phoebe is faced with devoting her time to Adam’s recovery or taking on the db focused blog left behind by her ex-boyfriend Tommy. Both are incredibly important to her…but which will win out as the most important? Can she help Adam make a full recovery? Can she shoulder the responsibility left behind by Tommy? Can she reconcile her feelings for both db boys?

I really enjoyed Generation Dead and had high hopes for Kiss of Life. I was let down. Even after 200 pages into the book I was so bored I could barely make myself read onward to find out what happened next. I don’t know if this was a case of too many characters so the plot was spread too thin or if it is a case of middle book syndrome that essentially strings us along to a dramatic conclusion of the series. Regardless, I wanted so much to like this but I was too bored to enjoy any of it. I get that the author was posing some good questions about acceptance and discovering yourself and equality – but certainly that could have been done within a plot that moved along and held my interest.

If you’re looking for a fresh take on the zombie scene, this series may be for you. It presents the whole zombie issue in fresh light which I do enjoy. There were many peeps who enjoyed the book, if you’re looking for an alternate view.

Fave quote: "Speaking with the dead was always disconcerting, but speaking with Karen DeSonne was positively otherworldly." (pg 17)

Fix er up: Oh, I think you get it. I won’t rehash here.

Author: Daniel Waters
Publishing Info: May 2009, Hyperion
Genre: Zombie, Contemporary

[FTC Notice: I purchased a copy of this book. I was not compensated in any way for my review.]

I read this book as part of the Rewind and Review feature hosted by Ginger at GReads! and yours truly! Take that, TBR!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. OH. Oh noes! I'm so sorry to hear that it bored you! I hate it when that happens, especially when you have so many expectations for THE SEQUEL. :(


  2. My students love this series, and I appreciated that it really was more of a social problem novel than a zombie/horror novel.

  3. Sad day :[ I remembered liking this one, but not as much as the first. My opinion might be different now, though, as it seems I've become a little more picky since I started reviewing.

    1. I wonder about that as well for myself. Am I becoming picky? Perhaps even TOO picky?!


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