GENERATION DEAD by Daniel Waters
This story is set in America in and around Oakvale High. Phoebe is a Goth who, against her judgement, falls in love with a zombie. All over the country, teenagers are coming back from the dead. Tommy Williams, the boy she falls in love with, joins the football team, along with living students, Adam Layman, Pete Martinsburg and T.C Stavis. Adam is a friend of Phoebe’s and is secretly in love with her. Tommy takes Phoebe to the Haunted House, where some of the zombies live. There they meet Karen, Evan, Sylvia, Takayuki and Mall, who are all “living impaired”, or dead. Phoebe also sees an old friend, Collette, who drowned in the local pond.
Soon afterwards an assembly is held to tell people about the Hunter Foundation, a place that hopes to understand “differently biotic people” or the living dead. Phoebe, Adam and Margi sign up to help at the foundation. They discover many interesting things about the lives of the dead. Phoebe discovers a blog written by Tommy and shows it to the people at the foundation.
A few weeks later, Pete Martinsburg gives into his hatred of the “dead kids”, and kills Evan with a shovel. Pete and T.C go on a rampage, planning to kill all the zombies. Tommy asks Phoebe to go to the Homecoming dance, even though some of the living people disagree with their relationship. Adam almost reveals his true feelings for Phoebe.
After the dance, they all go to the Haunted House for a party. Pete shows up, planning to kill all the zombies. He aims to shoot Tommy, but accidentally kills Adam. While Adam is lying in Phoebe’s arms, she tells him that she loves him. Now, because he is loved, he comes back as a zombie.
I think the scariest part of the story is where you discover that Takayuki only has half a face. It wasn’t really that scary, it was just surprising.
The writer could have made it scarier by describing the gory details of the characters more and there could have been more tension in the build up to important events, such as Evan’s death.
This is by far the best book I have read for a very long time. It is exactly my sort of book because it contains humour, tragedy and fear.
By Charley S
The story continues in THE KISS OF LIFE by Daniel Waters.
VAMPIRE MOUNTAIN by Darren Shan
Vampire Mountain is a very descriptive book set in the mountain of the vampires, Vampire Mountain. Mr. Crespley and his young assistant Darren Shan (along with two little people) are heading to an annual ceremony in the private sanctuary of the vampires. Little do they know that they have company – the evil cold-blooded, Vampaneze. When they arrive at Vampire Mountain they make many new friends but there is trouble ahead. Harkat Mulds (one of the little people or Lefty) has a message for the Princes: the Vampaneze Lord is coming. He is the one who threatens to destroy the whole Vampire race. But there is more. Mr. Crespley needs to go to the Princes to give a reason for blooding Darren but there is none. Darren then has to go through the trials. Can he do it? Read the book to find out.
By Josh G
Darren’s adventures begin in CIRQUE DU FREAK by Darren Shan.
THE STUFF OF NIGHTMARES by Malorie Blackman
The stuff of nightmares is one of the scariest books I’ve read.
The story is about a boy named Kyle who pops in and out of people’s heads to see their worst nightmares.
Kyle himself has a troubled life. His mother has left him and his dad because of the way his dad treats her. Kyle is going on a school trip to see a play in the city when the train his class is taking crashes. Most of his friends are hurt and need urgent help but no one is coming and the train is dangling off the edge of a cliff. Somehow Kyle is able to pop into people’s heads and see their nightmares. First he sees his best friend Steve’s nightmare which freaks him out. Is it real? Will this happen to him? The other nightmares that follow include ones of his other friends and also strangers on the train.
The scary nightmares feature death, the devil, a civil war with acid rain and of being alone in the world forever.
Are these nightmares real? Have they happened already? Or will they happen?
In the end everything becomes clear to Kyle. He used to believe that he was the only person to have scary nightmares and that every one else had a normal life, but was he wrong!
By Kate S