Author: Isaac Marion
Source: Won from My Seryniti
Excerpt from Goodreads:
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.
I am a huge fan of the T.V. series The Walking Dead so I was excited to read my second Zombie novel. The first zombie novel I read was Generation Dead (you can read my review here) and I had a lot of recommendations to read Warm Bodies.
I won this book right around the same time the movie trailers where coming out so I thought I knew what to expect. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but let’s just say I seriously misjudged the trailers.
So we all know zombies are…well, gross. I was not prepared, however, for Marion’s extremely vivid and explicit descriptions of the way the zombies looked and how or what they ate. It was masterfully done and I was sufficiently grossed out. I had to make sure I didn’t eat too soon before or after reading because I apparently have a weak stomach.
The thing that stood out to me the most about this novel, besides the unique story line, was the writing itself. It was elegant, thoughtful, and beautiful, all the adjectives I never expected to associate with a zombie novel. I was very taken aback, surprised, as well as pleased to come across a novel that was so well written that I really took my time and savored reading it.
I also found the story line to be very moving. In normal zombie shows or books, you root for the humans…most of the time. This novel however focused primarily on team zombie and later mixing in team human until the conclusion when both teams are bound together. The way R, the protagonist, is guided by those he’s eaten was so touching and necessary for the story to progress.
I think Marion did a wonderful job describing everything, but especially describing the stadium and the run down city surrounding it. I was able to picture the dismantled and disheveled areas as if I had experienced it firsthand. I also loved the reoccurring theme and emphasis on the airplanes. Marion would add subtle details that to us as humans living in a pre-dystopian world we take for granted on a daily basis, but for his characters they were symbols and beacons of hope.
The message of this book was thought provoking and very interesting. I think it forces the readers to be introspective and think about how we can apply that message to our daily lives, before any fictional dystopian worlds seemingly come to life.
If you couldn’t tell from the above section, I loved this book. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did and I was fascinated by Marion’s absolutely brilliant writing. My first thought when finishing this book was that I can’t wait to read it again. I know the more times I read it, the more meaning I will gather from it.
I cannot thank Nova (My Seryniti blog) enough for holding this contest and for allowing me to win such an incredible book. I recommend this book even to people who aren’t particularly fans of zombies, because the message is so universal and versatile.
If you’ve read the book AND seen the movie, please leave a comment below: What did you think of the movie? Did it do the book justice or am I better off just relishing in Marion’s wonderful words and writing?