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.
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....
(5 out of 5 stars)