Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

Generation Dead

Written by Daniel Waters

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A deeply compelling, sparklingly original supernatural romance about discrimination, prejudice, the power of love and of life and death. A brilliant debut and yet the quality of the writing, both sharp and quirky and the original plot line makes it hard to believe it’s not written by a much more established author. So get in there now if you’re a teenager and want a truly compelling read that’s also a bit different.

Highly Commended for the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2009.


Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

Phoebe is just your typical goth girl with a crush. The only problem is, it's on a dead guy. All over the tri-state area, something strange is happening. Teenagers who die aren't staying dead. They are coming back to life, but they come back different - they stutter and their reactions to everything are slower. Termed 'living impaired' or 'differently biotic', there are lots of conspiracy theories to explain this new phenomenon. But as their numbers keep on growing, so does the discomfort of the living people in the community. When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, her best friend and star of the football team, Adam, has conflicting emotions. And when Tommy decides to try out for the football team, it sets off a chain of events that escalates into deadly violence.


'Stephanie Meyer meets John Green in Debut author Water's wry, orginial supernatural romance, which blends sensitivity and deadpan humor reflect a culture clash on both sides of the living spectrum.' Fiction, YA

About the Author

Daniel Waters

Q+A with Daniel Water

What made you first want to become a writer?

I had a major epiphany regarding writing when I was in the fourth grade. We had to write sentences using our weekly spelling words, and the teacher would pick the best of these to read to the class. One day (probably when I was supposed to be paying attention in another class) I was looking at the words of the week and they seemed to fit together in a story, so instead of sentences I wrote a story.. The teacher ended up reading the whole thing to the class even thought it was a horror story, which I thought was pretty cool. The following week I started the first chapter of a serial, which the teacher again read. Soon after, other kids in the class started doing stories, and it could get quite competitive. I always managed to get the serial read, though, for the rest of the school year.

I promise I will try to only use my powers for good.

Generation Dead is actually the thirteenth novel I've written (the others are locked safely away for the time being). None of them, GD included, were consciously written as YA.

That being said, I'm happy to be classified as being an author of YA books, because I think that's where a great deal of enthusiasm is in the book world right now, both among publishers and readers--there really is a surfeit of good books and good authors to be found in the YA section of your local book store.

Do you think zombies are the new vampires?

If you could be alive or dead (as a zombie), which would you choose and why?

Do you have a favorite character?

Other people's characters: Holden Caulfield.

Arrrrggggh. I feel like a little kid that has been told they can only have one stuffed animal on their bed at a time, while all the others have to sit on the floor in a big heap, watching with their sad glass eyes.

What about a favorite cliche?

Do you have any other books planned?

I have whole libraries planned.

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320 pages


Daniel Waters
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Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

7th July 2008




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