Title: Passing Strange
Written by: Daniel Waters
Release date: June, 2010
Source: (http://www.non-fiction-books.co.uk/) Leanee Briggs
Karen DeSonne always passed as a normal (if pale) teenager; with her friends, with her family, and at school. Passing cost her the love of her life. And now that Karen’s dead, she’s still passing—this time, as alive. Karen DeSonne just happens to be an extremely human-like zombie. Meanwhile, Karen’s dead friends have been fingered in a high-profile murder, causing a new round of antizombie regulations that have forced them into hiding. Karen soon learns that the “murder” that destroyed their non-life was a hoax, staged by Pete Martinsburg and his bioist zealots. Obtaining enough evidence to expose the fraud and prove her friends’ innocence means doing the unthinkable: becoming Pete’s girlfriend. Karen’s only hope is that the enemy never realizes who she really is—because the consequences would be worse than death.
When Leanee Briggs asked me to review Passing Strange I wondered if I should do this. I hadn’t read the first two books in the Generation Dead series and I wondered if I would get lost without the knowledge of them. I read a couple reviews that said that they read it without reading the first two books and that’s why I took the chance. I’m glad I did, because I found out that I loved Passing Strange.
Generation Dead and Kiss of Life are momentarily on my wish list, but I will be ordering them very soon.
Passing Strange is all about Karen. Karen has died, come back again, well not as a human being, but as a zombie. Karen was the best character that I have read about in while. She made me truly believe that zombies weren’t that scary and that they had a good side. Zombies should have no trouble living on earth next to people with a beating heart. I know, huh? She was a strong, confident character who wanted to do something good for her friends and zombies all around town. I love her strength and that she wasn’t afraid of doing the right thing, even if that mend risking her own well being.
The characters in the book are not all very well described. But believe me, I think this is just because it’s the third book in the series. Therefore you need to read one and two to know who they are. From the beginning I didn’t like Pete. He had a sick mind and just loathed zombies. I don’t even know if he truly changed in the end. Tak is one of the hero’s in this book. I want to know more about him. I love this character. Something about him makes me want to hug him and tell him that everything is going to be alright. Hopefully in the next book he get to know a happy ending.
There was not a lot of action going on, but the parts that where had my fullest attention.
I love the unique story that Daniel Waters brings us about zombies. I haven’t read a book where zombies should be accepted, even though they are not living people and where they don’t want to feed on humans. Do you have a special fondness of zombies? Then I highly recommend Passing Strange.
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Title: Passing Strange