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Warm Bodies: A Novel (The Warm Bodies Series) Hardcover – April 26, 2011
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“I never thought I could care so passionately for a zombie. Isaac Marion has created the most unexpected romantic lead I've ever encountered, and rewritten the entire concept of what it means to be a zombie in the process. This story stayed with me long after I was done reading it. I eagerly await the next book by Isaac Marion.” (Stephenie Meyer, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Twilight series)
“A mesmerising evolution of a classic contemporary myth.” (Simon Pegg, New York Times bestselling author of Nerd Do Well)
“Warm Bodies is a terrific book—a compelling literary fantasy which is also a strange and affecting pop-culture parable.” (Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away World)
“Isaac Marion has a great new voice that hooks you from page one and accomplishes the impossible: it makes you care about young zombie love. Warm Bodies is a terrific read.” (Josh Bazell, New York Times bestselling author of Beat the Reaper)
“Enormous fun.” (Marie Claire (UK))
“Wryly playful, cinematic, and ultimately moving.” (Time Out London)
“Has there been a more sympathetic monster since Frankenstein's?” (The Financial Times)
“It’s got the boarded-up strongholds and mob mentality of Night of the Living Dead—but also romance. As the evil thing resists its evil nature, the book neuters zombies in the same way Stephanie Meyer did vampires.” (Time Out NY)
“If you haven't caught on to Isaac Marion's writing yet, you're really missing out.” (About.com)
“In elegant, evocative prose, Marion has fashioned the world’s most unlikely romance in a story that is by turns harrowing, poignant, and tender. At the last, the reader is reminded that we are all ultimately human, whether living or dead. Utterly charming.” (Library Journal (starred review))
About the Author
Isaac Marion grew up in the mossy depths of the Pacific Northwest, where he worked as a heating installer, a security guard, and a visitation supervisor for foster children before publishing his debut novel in 2010. Warm Bodies became a #5 New York Times bestseller and inspired a major Hollywood film adaptation. It has been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide. Isaac lives in Seattle with his cat and a beloved cactus, writing fiction and music, and taking pictures of everything. Visit IsaacMarion.com for more on these endeavors.
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Top Customer Reviews
This one is kind of like Romeo & Juliet, except R is a zombie guy and Julie is still alive. We get the story through his eyes. R does not remember his name or his age, or anything really before he died. In a world where the dead walk and the living are trying to stay alive, R comes across Julie one day while out looking for food.
Julie is running with a group of others when they are overcome by zombies hunting. When R sees Julie he knows he cannot kill her so he saves her instead. He takes her home to his zombie community, an abandoned airport.
What happens to R is that he begins to change as he falls in love with Julie. He finds himself becoming more human-like and apparently, this change is contagious. Zombies and the living have never fallen in love with one another, so theirs is a one of a kind romance and one that really turns heads.
The storyline was unique, the writing flowed smoothly and I enjoyed the romance and humor. I did not find any dull spots. The characters are well written and likeable, R made me laugh throughout and he is a sweet hero.
I also liked Julie’s character. She is no damsel in distress. She is smart, sassy and she sticks up for what she believes in. I liked that these two share a love of good music, like Frank Sinatra.
Overall, a fun, quirky, sweet story about how love can change people for the better. All you need is love right?
Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my copy of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.
R is the zombie. He lives at the abandoned airport with all the other zombies. He's been lucky enough to make an airplane parked at a departure gate his own home. Periodically he and all the other zombies need to go out and feed on the living. They walk down roads overgrown with brush and littered with rusted out cars searching for their prey. Sounds appealing, doesn't it?
It's on one of these hunts, R and his companions ambush a group of the living. He's immediately smitten with Julie, and eats her boyfriend, Perry, instead. By doing so R lives Perry's memories and based on what he sees about Julie, he decides to take her home. As they spend more time together, the lines blur between the not quite dead and the living. The pair is falling in love which unbeknownst to them may have the power to change the desolate world they are living in.
Warm Bodies is a little gruesome mixed with a lot of charm. R and Julie are lovable characters even though they are not without faults. The plague has brought the apocalypse to Earth but the earthly emotion called love can't ever be destroyed.
Another thing to consider, the book is written in first person from a male zombie's perspective. I'm a 22y/o girl, and it wasn't as romantic as some other books written by female writers. Although it does have its "aww" moments, there won't be anything that will make you feel that you are living the story. Overall, not a bad book, but not amazing either.
Well, a lot of people I suppose. This isn't my first time reading this literary masterpiece and it won't be my last. "Warm Bodies" is incredible. I remember finding thIS book in a random store many years ago...I think it was a Target, not sure, but I found the synopsis very odd and because of that I read it. I loved it so much that I read it over and over again. I also read the "prequel" about a year ago as well and loved it too. Then, I found out Marion was writing a sequel and I was ecstatic.
R and Julie's characters are familiar yet utterly unique...does that make sense? We've all known someone who feels lost and always seems to be on the outside looking in and we also know a broken person who is just trying to survive all while having hope humming in their hearts. That is what they represent. HOPE.
This book, yes, it is about zombies, but it also about humanity as a whole. Warm Bodies breaks down humanity to it's molecular level and it tests it all while trying to save it. I love the humor in the book that accompanies the dark and stressful moments. R brings comedy, but a lot of what he experiences make you think. I think everyone should read this book. Even if you think it may be a bit corny, just do it.
Warm Bodies is unique and I have still failed to read anything like it. Isaac Marion has become an author that I highly respect and I am so excited to read more of his new work and continue reading his old.
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