Sara Gundell, September 21, 2011 (view all comments by Sara Gundell)
When you hear “zombie book,” the next logical categorization isn’t usually “romance.” But that’s exactly what you’ll find within the pages of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion �" a heartwarming zombie romance. Really.
The book follows R, a zombie with no memory of his past life and a conscious that battles with his innate need to feed on human flesh. His shuffling existence is changed irrevocably, however, when he experiences the memory of young man while feasting on his brain �" and ends up rescuing the dead guy’s human girlfriend. This decision sparks a series of events that will change not only R and the girls’ life, but maybe the whole zombie-infested world.
Warm Bodies is an unbelievably sweet story, written beautifully. At times, it is equally charming, funny and sad.
The writing itself is impeccable, and at times, I found myself simply marveling over Marion’s gift for phrasing, with passages such as:
I am dead, but it’s not so bad. I’ve learned to live with it.
I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.
Likewise, Marion masterfully makes a character who feasts on human brains sympathetic and lovable. R is unlike any other hero I’ve encountered in fiction, and it’s delightful getting inside his head and following his determined steps towards something more. He’s not what you’d expect from a romantic lead or a hero, but that’s what makes his story all the more compelling.
Isaac Marion has shaken the foundation of what it means to write a story about love and a story about zombies. Warm Bodies is a genre all its own. Between the brilliant writing, characters with rooting for, unexpected twists and turns, and a heartwarming message, this book will have you cheering R along from start to finish.
Reader Eternal, August 8, 2011 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
I could never have imagined a zombie as a romantic lead before coming across this book. But this refreshing tale of an unconventional romance between a zombie and a human girl in a post-apocalyptic world made a man out of a monster. By turns funny, dark, horrific, and sweet, this is a story about what it means to be human, as told by a zombie who's as human as the rest of us.
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Michael Hockinson, April 26, 2011 (view all comments by Michael Hockinson)
"Warm Bodies" is the next "War War Z" - that's how big I predict this book will become. If you like zombie fiction, this is your next book. If you've never read the genre, I would put this book in your hand and tell you to read the first chapter - it's only ten pages, but I bet you'll be as hooked as I was. The reason is Marion's impressive prose, not simply descriptive, but emotionally resonant. Open this book and you are there.
Pre-production for a film version has already begun with Nicholas Hoult ("X-Men: First Class") tapped to play "R," the zombie with a heart - even if it's not beating. Read...
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Marion's debut, a less than successful attempt to surmount the inherent limitations of traditional zombie fiction, takes the premise that one of the walking dead, known only as R, has somehow retained a wide range of emotions in a postapocalyptic world where zombies hunt human prey. After eating the brain of a teenage boy, Perry Kelvin, and absorbing his memories, R rescues Kelvin's girlfriend, Julie Grigio, whom he takes to the airport, to the abandoned 747 commercial jet he calls home. A romance soon develops between the unlikely pair. Readers will struggle to figure out why R is different from his fellow zombies, while some of the living are oddly understanding and forgiving of R and his flesh-eating ways. R does possess a certain winsome charm and the upbeat ending will warm many hearts, but the great zombie-human love story has yet to be written. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Audrey Niffenegger, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife,
"Warm Bodies is a strange and unexpected treat. This is a wonderful book, elegantly written, touching and fun, as delightful as a mouthful of fresh brains."
by Stephenie Meyer, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Twilight series,
"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. I eagerly await the next book by Isaac Marion."
by Josh Bazell, author of New York Times-bestseller Beat the Reaper,
"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."
by The Financial Times,
"Has there been a more sympathetic monster since Frankenstein's?"
R is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, noidentity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.
After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.
Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.
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