(Warning: This review contains spoilers of the first book. If you haven't read Generation Dead, do not read this review.)
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH.
The phenomenon that's been sweeping the country seems to be here to stay. Not only are the teenagers who have come back from their graves still here, but newlydeads are being unearthed all the time. While scientists look for answers and politicians take their stands, the undead population of Oakville have banded together in a group they're calling the Sons of Romero, hoping to find solidarity in segregation.
Phoebe Kendall may be alive, but she feels just as lost and alone as her dead friends. Just when she reconciled herself to having feelings for a zombie -- her Homecoming date Tommy Williams -- her friend Adam is murdered taking a bullet that was meant for her. Things get even more confusing when Adam comes back from the grave. Now she has romantic interest in two dead boys; one who saved her life, and one she can't seem to live without.
While I didn’t enjoy Kiss Of Life nearly as much as I did Generation Dead, I did think it was a fantastic follow-up. The story is more gripping, more action-packed and more zombie-filled and it definitely left me impatiently craving the next book in the series.
One thing I really loved about Kiss Of Life was Adam’s zombie progression throughout the chapters. At first, it kind of irked me; the chapters. Stopping. Periods and sentences. Not complete. Like this. But as the story went on, you could see how he was developing and I actually looked forward to his chapters to see his progress.
One thing I really hated was Phoebe’s wishy-washy, back and forth attitude between Adam and Tommy. I’m team Tommy, all the way. She spent the entire first book harboring strong feelings for him, and it was only until Adam took a bullet for her that she decided she was in love with him. Maybe that’s intense gratitude and adoration, but I didn’t like that THAT’S what stemmed her feelings. Her feelings changed so much through this one. One minute she like Adam, the next she was pining for Tommy. It was too much and too confusing.
But overall, Kiss Of Life is an exciting and enticing sequel, featuring the characters we had grown to love and hate, with a small number of new additions to the cast. The ending is gasp-worthy and will have you craving the third book in the series, Passing Strange, which tells the story of the eccentric and lively zombie, Karen. If you’re a fan of the first book, Generation Dead, I definitely suggest picking this one up!