Monday, December 24, 2012

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1) by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)

R is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead and the blurry line in between.

“I am Dead, but it's not so bad. I've learned to live with it.”
Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies

I am actually surprised I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I am not really a fan of zombies; I have read one zombie novel previous to this one and hated it, and 'The Walking Dead' both bores/disturbs me, so I have no interest in watching it, unlike, it seems, everyone else I know. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because I felt like the last part of the book should have spent more time elaborating and explaining why exactly the changes going on are happening. In my opinion, it just sort of ended, and I feel as though there could have been more there especially since the book was not relatively long at all.

The main character, R, is of course, our lead zombie. R is not his real name, however. In fact, he has no idea what his name was, or anything about his life previous to becoming a zombie.

As previously stated, this book caught me by surprise. I never expected it to be such a heart-warming story, with a quite loveable hero. But can you really blame me? A zombie-romance? I have read my share of paranormal romances so it really shouldn't have made me cringe as much as it first did. However, I am glad I picked this up; I was able to finish it in less than a day.
The story line was definitely intriguing. I found myself fascinated with the world Marion created. What I found most interesting was how everytime R takes a bite of his meal's brain, he is hit by a rush of his victim's memories and glimpses of their lives. This plays a major role in the story, as R keeps seeing into Julie's (the love interest) boyfriend's memories throughout the story because he had, unfortunately, killed him.

With my aversion to zombie tales, I was quite relieved to see that the book wasn't filled with shuffling zombies, crying out "Brainsss!"

As I said, I really enjoyed this novel except for the ending. You're never really told what specifically is going on to the zombies to make them change. You know that it was all triggered by Julie and R, but the whole situation is never really elaborated upon.

Overall, it was a great and quick read. Did it change my views on zombies? Eh, probably not so much. However, I do know I will be eagerly awaiting the release of the movie adaptation in February.

Below, I am going to post the book trailer, along with the movie trailer. Enjoy! :D



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