| Quote #1
I am dead, but it's not so bad. I've learned to live with it. (1.1.1)
The first line of the book sets up the dilemma R is going through. The subtext is "death kinda sucks, but I'm dealing with it." Sounds like every other living young adult protagonist. Death, like life, is something you have to survive.
| Quote #2
We like having the walls and roofs over our heads. Otherwise we'd just be wandering in an open field of dust somewhere. [...] I imagine that's what being full-dead is like. An emptiness vast and absolute. (1.1.8)
A zombie thinking about death? How existential. We thought death would finally be a break from all these unanswered questions. But maybe wondering never ceases.
| Quote #3
It disquieted me at first but it's against etiquette to notice when one of us dies. I distracted myself with some groaning. (1.1.15)
It's a little strange that the Dead have no grieving process for the Dead who die. Perhaps they're just used to being on the other end of things—doing the killing instead of the dying.