Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1) by Isaac Marion

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Book:Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)

Author: Isaac Marion

Published: October 28, 2010

Paperback, 240 pages

 

B.O.S.SF Review:

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*****
From Goodreads: ‘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…

*****
What an original story!  The reason that I have rounded up my review is because it is so original, and Isaac Marion is a great writer.  I don’t think I’m a huge zombie book fan, but this book is intelligent, sweet, strange, and hilarious.  Not only does Warm Bodies deliver a clever love story between a zombie and a girl, it also gives several instances where you laugh out loud.  R is the main character (because he does not remember his real name), and he falls in love with a girl when he kills and eats her boyfriend’s brains.  After R eats his brains, he gets memories from the dead boyfriend.  The wave of memories is R’s favorite parts about eating brains.  Julie is the young girl who R falls for.  She is scared of him at first (for obvious reasons), but she sees that R is capable of caring about her.. and she in turn trusts him.  In this post apocalyptic world, Julie and R try to make it together.  It’s a difficult task since the humans want to kill all the zombies, and the zombies want to eat all the humans. The relationship between Julie and R changes how some of the zombies feel about people, and it suggests that there might be a cure from this disease.   On a greater scale, this book touches on what having significant, loving relationships can do for a person’s heart.  If people are able to get past the whole eating brains part… I think that people would enjoy this zombie love story.
In addition to enjoying the book, I also loved the movie!  R is one hot zombie, and I don’t blame Julie for giving him a chance.  My only complaint was that they changed the ending too much… but I laughed out loud several times, and I think they captured the book’s unique charm.
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