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The New Hunger: A Warm Bodies Novella (The Warm Bodies Series) Paperback – October 6, 2015
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Bestseller Marion's prequel to his 2012 zombie love story, Warm Bodies, is much less ambitious and more successful than the longer book. He doesn't break any new groundâa daunting challenge given the growth of this horror subgenreâbut does manage to effectively convey the despair of those who have, for now, survived the zombie apocalypse that has devastated Earth. The narrative alternates among three perspectives on life after the calamity. R is newly undead and struggling to understand his situation. Young siblings Nora and Addis, abandoned by their parents, struggle to stave off starvation and to avoid being eaten in a deserted Seattle. Twelve-year-old Julie Grigio and her parents travel the northwest United States in an SUV, hoping for refuge in Canada, only to find it a false hope. Their paths all eventually cross, but the story lines and the ethical challenges (does one stop to help a suffering stranger, who may turn out to be a threat?) are largely familiar. (Oct.) \n
“Readers will immediately fall victim to this fascinating world of the walking corpse. Marion’s ability to develop characters with real meat on their bones leaves a lasting impression. In sum, this is Night of the Living Dead good.” (Electric Review)
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R has just wakened to his unlife as a zombie. He's fairly confused and can remember snatches of his old life, but it's fleeting. There's a monster in the back of his mind who mocks him and won't tell him what will sate this horrible, insatiable hunger inside of him. His story shows that he was never a normal zombie. Even when the inner monster was screaming at him, he would sometimes save whatever human victim was in front of him. He also meets M, sees the Boneys' creation, and has small but meaningful encounters with Julie.
Julie is 12 years old, but she's adept in combat training and weapons as is necessary to live in this post-apocalyptic world. Although young, she already has a jaded, adult air about her. She's never experienced anything that a normal teen should: first kiss, awkward dates, school, and no real worries. She has starved for days, killed people in defense, killed zombies, set piles of bodies a fire, and tries to take care of her family however she can while they look for a permanent home. Her parents try to shield her as much as they can, but she can't be protected from a shattered world where most are dead and they can't find a safe haven.
Nora is 16 years old and the guardian of her 7 year old brother Addis. She can't succumb to her own sadness or hopelessness because she would take her brother with her. She keeps strong and pushes forward to find food and shelter each night. I found her story the most compelling because she was presented with the hardest choices. Should she help a random stranger or leave them to die for the safety of herself and her brother? So many of us would say it's an easy choice. However the crux of the novel is that without humanity, it isn't really living. You wouldn't really be any different than the zombies. Her story was also the most emotional for me.
The New Hunger had one small flaw. Marion describes R and M very similarly and it wasn't clear at times who it was. The novella is also so short. It makes me want to read Warm Bodies again to have a different view of R, Julie, and Nora. Other than that, I absolutely loved The New Hunger. It has gotten me more eager for the sequel to Warm Bodies called The Burning World.
In this prequel we learn more about the main characters. Julie is a 12-year-old girl taking a trip with her parents. The world has changed and she has seen her nightmares come alive. Her parents are trying to find a safe place for them to settle.
Nora is only sixteen. She and her brother Addis have one purpose in life: to stay alive. Finding food and refuge is a priority. Nothing else matters.
And of course we get some R. He has just become one of them. He's trying to understand this new world he has woken up to. He knows he's different. He can feel it but he can also feel the hunger calling.
Great way to introduce these characters. I liked how their lives intertwined years before.
The horror of the new world is there but also the hope. Hope like a lingering spark...
If I had to pick a favorite character in this novella it has to be Nora. She was a survivor but she was just a teen, doing the best she could to keep the only family she has alive. Her love for her brother was deep. She would do anything for him. She also recognized that not all zombies were the same and just maybe not everything was lost. Did she make a mistake?
As a side note, I'm super excited for the sequel!