The Low Down: Clever, thought provoking and vividly written, Warm Bodies shows the reawakening of humanity and what it means to be alive.
Not exactly sure how long he’s been a zombie (or how he became one in the first place), R shuffles along with his fellow Dead, “living” out his existence at an airport. It’s a city of sorts, where every day is pretty much like the last, the pattern only broken up by the occasional hunting party, riding the escalators when the power blinks on or being married in the “church” by the de facto leaders, the Boneys. They don’t remember much about their previous existence, but what R misses most is knowing his name.
So what happens exactly, that day that R decides to save the girl instead of eating her? All he knows is that he wants to keep Julie safe. Most of the zombies express either confusion or curiosity at R’s choice of a new friend. But the Boneys sense rebellion, and they don’t like it.
So is there a way to unite the human race, to convince those with the guns that there’s a solution?
Best Thang ‘Bout It: THE WRITING. Man oh man is it delicious.
The future is as blurry to me as the past. I can’t seem to make myself care about anything to the right or left of the present, and the present isn’t exactly urgent. You might say death has relaxed me.
Let’s face it: most zombie books/movies/TV shows focus on killing the zombies, eradicating the disease by putting a bullet in its head. The zombies are the bad guys. Well, what if they aren’t any more good or bad than the living? This book asks: What if we can destroy the disease in a different way? What if the cause of the disease wasn’t exactly a virus, but the loss of morality, empathy, identity?
This book is so fabulously dark and light at the same time. I love how Perry, Julie’s *cough* former boyfriend lives on in R’s mind and gives R an insight to Perry’s life, thoughts and feelings about Julie, death and life.
It’s Romeo and Juliet for the technology age.
I’m Cranky Because: I didn’t know about this book sooner. I saw a trailer for the movie that is coming out February 1st. It looks awesome. Then I read somewhere that it was a book first. I love to read the book first, so at least I accomplished that.
To Read or Not To Read: A thousand times yes; sink your teeth into this one.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion was published April 26, 2011 by Atria Books.
Genre: New Adult Science Fiction Romance Zombies
Ages: 14 and up
You Might Want to Know: Of course it’s a little gory in places. There’s some profanity, drinking and drug use, sexual discussions.
Warm Bodies Movie Trailer
Opens February 1, 2013