Author: Daniel Waters
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; Library Binding edition (May 6, 2008)
From the back of the book:
Phoebe is just your typical goth girl with a crush. He’s strong and silent — and dead.
All over the country, a strange phenomenon is happening. Some teenagers who die aren’t staying dead. They are coming back to life, but they are no longer the same — they stutter, and their reactions to everything are slower. Termed “living impaired” or “differently biotic,” they are doing their best to fit into a society that doesn’t want them.
Fitting in is hard enough when you don’t have the look or attitude, but when almost everyone else is alive and you’re not, it’s close to impossible. The kids at Oakvale High don’t want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn’t breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the differently biotic from the people who want them to disappear — for good.
With her pale skin and Goth wardrobe, Phoebe has never run with the popular crowd. But no one can believe it when she falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids. Not her best friend, Margi, whose fear of the differently biotic is deeply rooted in guilt over the past. And especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has just realized his feelings for Phoebe run much deeper than just friendship. He would do anything for her, but what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?
When Phoebe did the unthinkable and fell for a zombie it was her making a stand. Her best friends couldn’t stand it, and her other best friend was a DB (Differently Biotic) person as well. This book really touches on how people react to things they don’t understand, and how they react to people who are different from them. The author had an amazing grip on how the average teen would react to certain situations. This book was fast paced and the ending really threw me for a loop. I’m hoping that there is a sequel written, because there is a lot left to be explained. For example, what’s going to happen with the DB’s who made their own pack, and what’s going to happen with the Hunter Foundation. All in all though, a great read!
Rating: 3 out of 5