Warm Bodies is a book I’ve had on my shelf for a while and for whatever reason (the zombie factor?) have been putting off reading. But, now I’m going to see a screening of the movie and I like to read the book first so Warm Bodies jumped to the top of my TBR pile. Also, the movie trailer totally sold me.
Warm Bodies is about a zombie named R, who gets some of his humanity back when he connects with a living girl named Julie. (Like the famous star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, but with a zombie twist!) R has no memory of his human life but gets to experience the memories of his victims as he ingests their brains (ewww). Julie is the ex of R’s latest victim, so that gives him a whole other level of connection. R and Julie team up to try to save the world from the zombie virus.
Admittedly I haven’t read a lot of zombie novels, but I found Warm Bodies to be compulsively readable. It has a witty and accessible tone that quickly drew me in. And R is very sweet and root-worthy as far as zombies go. Isaac Marion does make you care about the zombies and hope for their cure and the fate of the world.
The zombie hive lives in an abandoned airport and they form into family units. R makes his home in a jet with his few possessions including his record player and Frank Sinatra records. He rides the elevator and grunts to his friend M to pass the time at the airport. R is an eccentric protagonist and I loved his inner voice, and experiencing his hopes and yearnings. I didn’t warm to Julie as much, but wanted her to fall for R just the same since he was so taken with her. Julie’s friend Nora and R’s friend M are also standout characters.
Warm Bodies explores what it means to live and gets pretty deep for a zombie book. The book wraps up with a satisfying ending, but it’s a nice surprise that Isaac Marion is currently writing a sequel. I’d like to hear more of R’s back-story personally. Marion is a really talented writer and I’m definitely on board with the sequel whenever it comes out.
Check back soon for a Movie Date review of Warm Bodies! And I’ll also be writing about the e-book prequel novella The New Hunger. It’s turning into Warm Bodies week!