Title: Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)
Author: Isaac Marion
Rating: 5/5 stars
“‘R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.
Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.
This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight…” (description from Goodreads)
I was initially hesitant to read this book, mainly due to seeing the movie trailer and thinking “oh, another teen romantic comedy…this time with zombies.” I’m glad a friend talked me into reading the book though. It turns out that the book was a great choice for me, and wasn’t at all like the movie trailer made the storyline seem.
Being that I made an assumption about this book based on a movie, something I am ashamed to admit, it will play into my reaction to the book to a certain extent. Luckily for this book, I think that, in finding the assumption was wrong, it turned into a positive and increased my enjoyment of Warm Bodies.
Yes, there’s a romance of sorts in this book. R and Julie have some sort of attraction, but it’s more of a friendship. The driving force in this book, for me, was the commentary of human nature and the state of the world we live in. The author played this nicely through many elements of the story and characters. His take on a zombie virus and “cure” for it was different than most that are written, as well.
I think what helped deliver the over book was that it was from R’s point of view. The reader is inside of a zombie’s head as he roams around, thinking, retelling events, “living” his life. This is a unique (to me) look at the zombie genre. I think it was great to see an outsider looking on at the humans who are trying to survive instead of a survivor’s point of view.
So what was my overall feeling toward this book? I think it’s a great book to check out, especially for a reader who wants to see the zombie genre shaken up a bit, instead of seeing romances set in a zombie world, or just a set of people trying to survive. There’s a larger world picture offered up in Warm Bodies. I’m happy I gave it a chance.
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About the Author:
Isaac Marion was born near Seattle in 1981 and has lived in and around that city ever since. He began writing in high school and self-published three novels before finally breaking through with Warm Bodies. He currently splits his time between writing more novels, playing obscure instruments in obscure bands, and exploring the country in his 1977 GMC motorhome.
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