Author: Isaac Marion
Series: Warm Bodies #1
Publication Date: October 28, 2010
'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.