Friday, June 28, 2013

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion [Review]

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: April 26, 2011
Hardcover: 239 Pages
Publisher: Atria
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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. Just 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 burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. 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.

Shannon's Thoughts:
Warm Bodies was very different than I expected it to be.  Admittedly, I had seen the movie prior to reading the book.  I really liked the movie, but found the book had a very different feeling than the movie.  Not that I was necessarily comparing the two, but I did expect Warm Bodies to be funnier than it was. 

But that aside, Warm Bodies manages to accomplish something very rare.  It manages to make me forget it is a Zombie Book (one of my least favorite genres).  But I think that is the point.  Warm Bodies goes out of its way to be more than an average Zombie novel.  It is actually very philosophical.  A thinking man's Zombie book, perhaps?  It also doesn't really read like Young Adult.  There are some disturbing scenes and a fair share of foul language.  There is also a Romeo and Juliet motif that runs through the story, complete with a balcony scene.  Watching R and Julie begin a tentative and tenuous relationship is the highlight of this book.  I don't think Warm Bodies is for everyone, but I do think it would be good for anyone who likes books that are willing to take on philosophical musings on life and what it means to be alive.

1 comment :

  1. Warm Bodies has such a sweet and quirky spirit that it's a shame the movie isn't better. Unfortunately, Jonathan Levine fails to sustain the story's premise and the narrative pace gets stuck at a zombie shuffle.

    Grace Crawford



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