Friday, November 25, 2011

Book Review: Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies
by Isaac Marion

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Why I Picked this Book:  I had seen this book floating around, but hadn't thought to give it a try once.  Then I met Isaac Marion at Wordstock... and I knew I wanted to read it.

My Thoughts:
What a book.  Yes, that is how I am going to begin this review.  I didn't know what to expect from this book.  To be honest, I am still very new to the whole Zombie genre.  Only a few seconds into Warm Bodies... and I was more than hooked.

R is a zombie.  Yes, a zombie.  He shuffles, he groans, he can't remember who he is.  He goes into the city with his buddy M and other fellow zombies and eats humans.  Yes, eats.  As in brains and all.

And that is where the story really gets going.  R always seemed a bit different than the other zombies.  Then one day on a hunting trip, while snacking on a man's brains, he experiences the man's memories.  Now he is intent on protecting the dead man's girlfriend, Julie.  R is changing.  For good or bad, he will stop at nothing to keep Julie safe.

First... I love this idea.  The thought that something of the human survives.
Second... I LOVED the writing.  Marion has a poetic justice with his words, and I wanted more.
Third... Zombie in love?  Heck yes.  Zombie changing?  Even more heck yes.

I didn't know what to expect with this book.  I had no idea where each chapter was going to take me.  And I honestly enjoyed every step of the way.  Though it did have its weaker moments, its patchy spots, I barely noticed.  The characters were full of personality, even the ones who barely spoke because they were too busy being... well... zombies.

Note: Julie has a very strong love for the F-word.  It appears much more than once in this book.

This zombie book is a fresh new take on a very old tale.  Do not expect the typical "mindless zombie take over and doomsday is here" book.  Marion twisted and reformed zombies and I have to say: I want more.  I highly look forward to what he has up his sleeve next.  Looking for a new zombie novel full of action, humor, love and guts?  Give Warm Bodies a read!

Now I just wish I had my copy of this book when I met Marion....

My Rating:
(5 out of 5 stars)


Chey said...

I absolutely loved this book. Great review! I hope Isaac comes out with more like it, because I was hooked. I'm also kind of excited to see the movie although I don't agree with some of the actors that were chosen.

Anonymous said...

I LOVED this book! It was the first one I bought on my e-reader when I got it. The description made me kind of 'eh' but after reading the free sample, I was hooked. Great review. :)


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