Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dead Rules by Randy Russell

Dead Rules by Randy Russell.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 384.
Till death

Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were in love. They were destined to be together forever.


But Jana's destiny was fatally flawed. And now she's in Dead School, where Mars Dreamcote lurks in the back of the classroom, with his beguiling blue eyes, mysterious smile, and irresistibly warm touch.


Michael and Jana were incomplete without each other. There was no room for Mars in Jana's life—or death—story. Jana was sure Michael would rush to her side soon.


But things aren't going according to Jana's plan. So Jana decides to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true—no matter what rules she has to break.
Dead Rules is dark and warped and kind of just … wrong. But in a really, really good way. Books about life in high school are released all the time, but a book about life being dead through high school? It’s a demented twist, but in its own way, it has a lot of charm.

Jana, who is new at the Dead School after dying in a freak bowling fall, is incredibly pathetic when we’re first introduced. She’s clingy to her boyfriend Michael, who she’s convinced is her soul mate, and has mapped out their entire lives together. That’s why I kind of pitied and hated her at the same time. She annoyed me so much that I wasn’t sure I even wanted to keep reading. Luckily, two things happened: Jana grew a backbone and Mars Dreamcote was introduced. Jana went through some major personality progression throughout the novel. And even though Mars Dreamcote is the story’s resident heartthrob, he helped Jana sort of find her independence.

Admittedly, I did find the plot sort of slow, but I didn’t mind it as much as I would’ve had it been any other novel. The deaths of Jana’s classmates are revealed and for some reason I found that so interesting. Even if most of the deaths were bizarre and extreme, it kind of momentarily distracted me from the pace.

Overall, Dead Rules is an edgy and creepy take on surviving high school that still manages to be light and comedic as well. With it’s unique plot, quirky characters and creepy elements, it reminded me of something taken right from the mind of Tim Burton and that is one of the best compliments I can give.

Other reviews for Dead Rules:
Presenting Lenore.
Novel Thoughts.
365 Days Of Reading.
Just Your Typical Book Blog.


  1. Freak bowling fall? What the what? Are all of the deaths that crazy? You've sparked my interest lol I need to know how she killed herself bowling and find out who Mars Dreamcote is.

  2. This one sounds incredibly unique and interesting. The whole concept of 'Dead School' is just hilarious in a really wrong and strange way. I'm definitely going to be picking this one up at some point. Thanks for the review. =)

  3. It definitely had a Tim Burton vibe to it. I loved all the unique ways everyone died, really added to the quirkiness that the book had. Glad you liked it!!

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