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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Beautiful, August 22, 2011
This review is from: Warm Bodies: A Novel (The Warm Bodies Series) (Hardcover)
Don't let Stephenie Meyer's endorsement turn you away from this deep, dark, and entertaining book. I almost made that mistake, imagining it to be a trite teenage romance or a shallow rendition of the zombie genre. After glowing remarks from two trusted friends, though, I gave "Warm Bodies" a chance and discovered my favorite novel of the year.

Isaac Marion introduces us to a world overrun by zombies, both the Deads and the Boneys. We don't know what started this apocalypse, though we suspect it was a plague of some sort. We don't know the exact year or how long this situation has been the new reality. We only know that a zombie named "R" is falling in love with one of the Living, and as he does so, he discovers he is more alive than he thought possible. When he eats the brain of the girl's boyfriend, he taps into memories that haunt and guide him as he grunts and moans and lurches down a road toward becoming human again. To his surprise, the girl sees something likable in him, and she joins him on this quest of discovery. But her father is a military leader for the Living, who are grouped together in a stadium, and he will no doubt kill "R" and others like him as soon as he tracks them down.

The writing and dialogue reminded me at times of "World War Z" and "Fight Club," and there is just as much social satire, black humor, and violence here. But there is also a pulse of warmth that grows stronger and stronger. As "Warm Bodies" heats up, as "R" and Julie learn more about themselves and each other, the author jolts this story to life and we the readers are challenged and inspired. Beneath the gray skin and half-eaten brains, a heart beats. This is an apocalyptic warning, and at the same time it is a bloody, beautiful road map of hope.
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