My Rating: 4/5
Author: Warm Bodies
Title: Isaac Marion
Genre: Science Fiction
” R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.
And then he meets a girl.
First as his captive, then his reluctant house guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.”
I won this book through Goodreads First-Read Giveaway. (Thank you to Goodreads and the author!)
First off, this is the second zombie book that I have ever read. I have not seen the movie, and the only zombie movie I have seen was Dawn of the Dead. Therefore, prepare yourself for a zombie book reader newbie.
Warm Bodies is a book about a world gone wrong—where zombies plague the earth. Humans as well as zombies fight for their existence against each other, even with themselves. R (the first person narrator) is a zombie who loves music and is slightly different than his dead counterparts. He ends up saving a human girl, Julie, which sparks a forbidden relationship. (Maybe not quite as romantic as Romeo and Juliet—although you’ll notice similar scenes between the two stories.) As the story progresses, R begins to change (for the better in human eyes), which causes a stir in the zombie and human worlds.
Good parts? Well, I loved the climax the best. There were some definite twists and turns that I didn’t expect. I also found some amusing parts. For example:
“I grab my stomach again. ‘Feel empty. Feel…dead.’
He nods. ‘Marr…iage.’
I glare at him.” (p. 14, paperback)
This was the first line that made me laugh. I also liked the fact that the “romance” of the book was not heavily done. It made it seem more realistic. Because, seriously, who would fall in love with a dead, decaying corpse who smelled right away? (Perhaps, this is just me.)
The bad parts? Actually not too many. Zombie speech could get annoying. There are…so many…pauses. But, not too many zombies have speaking roles (besides grunting). The beginning was a little slow as the reader got to learn about R’s life, but the later parts of the book picked up on action.
The book has a fair amount of cursing (although realistic) that could have been cut down a little and not taken away from the story. There were references to sexual content but nothing descriptive. This is just a friendly heads up if things like this bother you.
The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed the book. Now I can go watch the movie! As I have said at the beginning, zombie books are not my forte, so I can’t compare it against other zombie stories out there. It was an easy, enjoyable read. If you like paranormal-type, post-apocalypse books, you should give this book a try.