Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Posted January 22, 2013 | 26 Comments

Warm Bodies by Isaac MarionWarm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
Series: Warm Bodies #1
Publication Date: October 28, 2010
Format: eARC
Pages: 240
Source: Publisher

'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...

 

Warm Bodies has been on my wish list for awhile, and then I saw the trailer for the movie and knew I had to read as soon as possible. I have to read the book before seeing the movie, because I’ll never read it if I watch the movie first. So I immediately snapped it up when I saw the UK edition on Netgalley, that way I had even more of a motive to read it. I am so glad I did, because Warm Bodies was such a good book.

This isn’t your typical zombie story. I was expecting quirkiness when I started the book, and I wasn’t let down. The story is told from the perspective of R, a zombie who lives in an airport with a bunch of other zombies and some creepier creatures called Bones. He doesn’t remember his name or age, but he does like to ride the escalators when the electricity comes on. Oh, R, what a sweetie, and he’s pretty funny, too. Julie is a living girl who made me laugh many times with her feistiness and smart mouth; she’s definitely a character I liked. The chemistry between the two was great.

R’s undead life takes a huge turn when he saves Julie after he eats her boyfriend’s brain. How considerate, right? But something happens when he eats Perry (the boyfriend), something special. He and Julie spark something among the zombies, causing them to start changing. Their journey to stay safe and to figure everything out was mixed with excitement and fun, but it had it’s sweet and heartfelt moments, as well.  Seriously, this book has it all.

If you want something a little different, then you should give Warm Bodies a read. I was excited to find out there will be a sequel! Now I’m ready to see the movie.

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26 responses to “Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

  1. I just finally saw the movie trailer for this last night and I had to laugh! It actually looks cute. I am like you, I have to read the book first. I very rarely will pick up the book after seeing the movie.
    I am glad you liked this one, it sounds like a cute read.
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    • Christy

      I still haven’t watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, because I was so determined to read the books 1st. Yeah, don’t think that’s going to happen.

      It is cute, but it’s not fluffy. lol. It’s a dark kind of cute.

    • Christy

      Haha – yep. It’s… different. Ugh, I know. I hardly go to the movies anymore; not since my son is old enough to go with his friends. But I’m kind of looking forward to this one.

  2. Sam

    Oh I am the same way with movies and books. I rarely read a book once I’ve seen the movie, and in the rare case that I do, I nearly always struggle to enjoy it. Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed this! It seems to be a hit with most people, so I might just cave in and buy a copy. Lovely review!
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  3. I have debated reading this one for awhile because I saw the author speak at a panel and how he described it totally got my attention. I was just afraid that the world and stuff would be a bit dark and scary. I’m not sure cause it sounds like the romance and stuff lightens it up. Maybe I’ll read it one of these days. I’m not the biggest zombie fan, but I’ve found a few good ones.
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    • Christy

      It’s kind of hard to explain. I don’t think it’s scary or anything. It’s funny though, so that lightens it up. It’s just not a typical zombie story.

  4. Laura

    Everyone seems so excited about the trailer! I need to go and check it out now.
    The idea of zombies does not interest me but I’ll go and watch the trailer and see

  5. Thank you for your review. It is encouraging since I received this for review and was having some trouble reading it. It was good, but I have a more difficult time reading something gross than seeing it. I guess it is the description. The thin is, it wasn’t that gory. I am such a lightweight. Anyway, I will give it another try.
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    • Christy

      Reading scary/creepy/gory stuff gets to me a lot more than watching, too. But it takes a lot to get to me…. usually. 😀

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