Something is happening to teenagers in America. Not all teenagers who die are staying dead. Some come back; they’re almost like they were when they were alive. Almost. And everything is changing as a result. So much for death being the undiscovered country from which no traveller returns.
In one high school, the students are both alive and dead. Various people are dealing with this in different ways. Phoebe is drawn to the late Tommy. Margi cannot deal with the return of her deceased friend Colette. Adam finds himself playing football alongside Tommy. And school bully the disturbed Pete plans to make a violent statement about what he sees as a sinister phenomenon.
This is very good. It’s superior to ‘The Forest of Hands and Teeth’. This is a compelling tale of prejudice, love and a society desperately trying to deal with momentous events. But what of the dead themselves? Why are some coming back? Do they have abilities? What is their agenda? Maybe some questions will be answered in the sequel ‘The Kiss of Life’.
However the novel has some flaws. Captain Eden comes across as petty and paranoid. Seven of Nine is the Mary-Sue to end all Mary-Sue’s as everyone loves her and moonbeams and magical particles fly out of her ass. And don’t even get me started on the ridiculous Meegan character and the idiot set-up of what seems to be an ongoing new enemy.
Still the good outweighs the bad and if there are any more Voyager novels, I would read them.