Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 6th July 2009
Other Titles in This Series: Generation Dead
When Phoebe’s best friend Adam takes a bullet for her, it proves everyone right - Adam is in love with her. And now that he’s come back to life, Phoebe’s more important than ever. A zombie can come back from death faster if they’re loved - and kissed…which means Phoebe has to say goodbye to Tommy Williams, the other zombie in her life.
While coaxing Adam back to reality and fending off Tommy’s advances. Phoebe tries to carry on as normal. But what’s normal when teenagers are rising from the dead and scores of others want nothing more than to send them back to their graves? And does having a zombie boyfriend make Phoebe a target too?
Kiss of Life is the fabulous sequel to Generation Dead. I’d been waiting to read this for a long time, but it was definitely worth the wait.
We heard from more characters that just Phoebe in Kiss of Life. It was great to read from other perspectives, especially from the zombies - sorry, differently biotic. I loved how their thought processes reflected their physical state. This was especially nice in Adam’s case as I loved watching how he developed and slowly came back to life.
Whether you like the characters or not, they are all very vivid and realistic. Daniel Waters used the characters to convey an extreme and uncomfortable level of prejudice between the living and the dead. It was kind of shocking in the way that lots of people pretend that prejudice doesn’t exist. It kind of brought it home really. Some of the things that the living did to the zombies disgusted me and even made me feel slightly sick.
There was a very strong message behind Kiss of Life that Tommy wrote about in one of his blog posts for mysocalledundeath.com. I can’t remember the exact quote but it was along the lines of that tolerance is not enough and that complete acceptance will be the only thing that will make the zombies safe. It struck me just how true this is and how it resounds in our world.
I love this series and I think (and hope!) that there will be another book to carry on the stories o Adam, Phoebe and Tommy.