Saturday, 25 August 2012

Dead Rules was a really fun book to read, it was cute and morbid at the same time. Instead of being serious and painful, Randy Russell plays up the more joking side of ghosts and death. Even in Dead School, there are rules (I mean seriously so many rules, my own head was spinning) and there are cliques: Jana and her friends are Risers aka the good kids. They perished accidentally. Then there are the Grays, the ones who committed suicide. Angels are the beautiful virgins and then there are the bad kids: the Sliders. The ones who died doing bad things. Here enters Mars Dreamcote (pulse quickening...everybody get ready to swoon). Mars is the bad boy with a good soul and though Jana is repeatedly told to stay away from him, really, who can resist that kind of temptation? She feels a strong pull towards Mars and the warmth of his touch but she tries to turn it off, thinking only of Michael. She knows she must become a Slider to regain a connection to Earth so she can carry out her plans. I also liked that the author used a third-person narrative, so you get to know how her other classmates died and follow Mars around when he's not with Jana. You also get to see what Michael is up to on Earth, which is very important to the story...