'I never thought I could care so passionately for a zombie...the most unexpected romantic lead I've ever encountered' Stephanie Meyer, author of Twilight. 'A mesmerising evolution of a classic contemporary myth' Simon Pegg. 'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams.
He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl.
Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape.
For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.
This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave.
He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him.
But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/10/2010
- ISBN: 9780099549345
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Review by titania86
R is a zombie. He doesn’t remember his full name or what he used to do or anything about his life as a human. Like all the others in the zombie overrun world, he just shuffles around and mechanically goes through the motions in the barren post-apocalyptic world. Every day is basically the same and goes by in a bland gray blur except for the occasional dream he has. That is, until he goes with a pack of zombies to feed and eats a teenage boy’s brain. This in itself is nothing special, but he is suddenly flooded with the boy’s memories, something he never had himself. He looks at Julie, the boy’s girlfriend, and saves her from the other zombies after feeling the boy’s love for her. R’s decision to save Julie ultimately changes him in ways he never thought possible. After he takes her to the plane he lives in, they start their own awkward and strangely sweet relationship, much to the chagrin some of the other zombies. Can the living ever truly coexist with the living dead?This is the best zombie book I have ever read. Ever. Everything about this book is exceptional and goes above and beyond what other zombie novels have done. The novel starts off as many zombie novels do: with the world a barren wasteland covered in zombies whose only interest in humans is in their brains. None of them are really self aware or have any care for what happens except for R. At first, R is much like the rest of them. He has a zombie wife and zombie children, but they aren’t really a family. He is only able to communicate in sparse syllables and shrugs. After he meets Julie, everything changes. He learns to speak and move more fluidly and she even teaches him to drive a car. Besides the physical improvements, he has mental and emotional ones. He treats Julie like his girlfriend. He protects her from the other zombies and strives to make her happy. He feels love for her and eventually stops wanting to eat brains at all. Instead of being satisfied being a dead automaton, he strives to regain his lost humanity. R is the only zombie I can think of that is the hero of a novel and develops as a character more than most human characters I’ve read. Warm Bodies, beneath its zombies, is ultimately about us. The typical zombies are those that have forgotten how precious life is. They go around their daily lives mechanically and just care about mundane things like money and their jobs. The zombies in the novel go through what they would as humans, such as eating, being with their families, and having sex, but it’s a ghastly parody of actual human life. Even though it’s funny, it still shows us that we shouldn’t take our lives for granted and that we forget how important love really is.Warm Bodies is a book I would recommend to everyone I know and many that I don’t. The eloquent language, clear voice, and relatable themes make this book reach people beyond the zombie genre. The ending was absolutely perfect and I really hope that Isaac Marion keeps writing because I will definitely be reading whatever comes next.
Review by madcurrin
I've been devouring a number of novels lately, much like a ravenous zombie, and 'Warm Bodies' is by far the tastiest. Right from the first lines ("I am dead, but it's not so bad. I've learned to live with it,") this is one of those wonderful books that is easy to start and hard to stop. An amazing debut, not perfect but what novel ever is? It's lyrical, beautiful, action packed, philosophical and grotesque all in one package. Read it now so you can act all smug when the Hollywood version comes out.
Review by drachenbraut23
Review by PersephonesLibrary
It’s my pleasure to introduce “R” to you. This sympathetic zombie, who can only remember the first letter of his name, struggles with his way of life. He’d prefer not to kill humans, but only their meat gives him enough power to live… or to stay half-dead at least. On a hunting trip he meets Julie and he takes her to his home. There’s only one problem: She’s alive…When I first heard about this so-called “zombie romance”, I was afraid that the author made another Twilight, just with zombies. All-clear: It’s really not that bad. Although there are some similarities, the differences are decisive: We don’t have to follow the story of a self-conscious, whiny and obsequious narrator – “R” is sensitive and self-ironic and our loving couple meets at eye level. I like the dark humour, the puns and the light language. There were also some thoughts you could call “philosophical” in the broader sense (very broad!), e.g. the importance of having a name.What I didn’t like about the novel was especially the ending: It was very kitschy and honestly I didn’t understand totally what happened to the Boneys. (Another – more evil - kind of zombies, even worse than the Fleshies like “R”.) Also the “Romeo & Juliet”-factor was a little bit much – did Marion really have to reunite “R”(omeo?) and Julie(t) at a balcony?But as “R” is so amiable, I will keep that brain candy and read it again some times.
Review by tim_halpin
What a gem!This book has all the hallmarks of a cult classic. It's a great adventure story, really exciting, it plays on genres in fun and inventive ways, but crucially it does more than that, it speaks to our world too, it has a message, a warning, and lots of hope, but doesn't ram it down your throat.Having said that, I don't recommend this if you like to read whilst eating, if you have delicate sensibilities, dislike swearing, or are averse to the idea of meticulously described zombie sex.
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