Author: Isaac Marion
Series: Warm Bodies #0.5
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
The end of the world didn’t happen overnight. After years of war, societal breakdown, freak storms, and rising tides, humanity already hovered near the edge. Then came the most unexpected threat of all: the world’s corpses rising up to deliver the final blow.
Born into this bleak and bloody landscape, twelve-year-old Julie struggles to hold on to hope as she and her parents drive across the wastelands of America on a nightmarish road trip in search of a new home.
Hungry, lost, and terrified, sixteen-year-old Nora finds herself her brother’s sole guardian after her parents abandon them in the not-quite-empty ruins of Seattle.
And in the darkness of a forest, a dead man opens his eyes. Who is he? What is he? With no clues beyond a red tie and the letter “R,” he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence—right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the monster howling in his belly…
I read Warm Bodies a couple years ago and loved the quirky, yet touching zombie story, so I’m excited for The Living, the second book that will be released soon. In the meantime, The New Hunger had to tide me over. Apparently this is a new edition of The New Hunger that has more information that’s important for the next book. I can’t vouch for how accurate that is since I haven’t read The Living yet, but I will say it’s an interesting and enjoyable addition to the series.
This is basically a glimpses of Julie, Nora, and R years before Warm Bodies takes place. We see how paths are crossed and how certain things came to be. I found Nora and her brother’s story to be the most intriguing and was a lot more emotionally involved with them. I really liked seeing the different perspectives of that specific time though.
I have to say, the way certain situations played out, storyline wise, seemed a little off. Not a big deal, but I wondered how the hell so-and-so got to such-and-such place before someone else when it shouldn’t have been possible. Stuff like that.
There’s a prologue and epilogue that left me with total WTF feelings, so I’m extremely curious about where exactly Marion is going with the sequel. I have my theories, but it really does open it up to some fascinating possibilities.
So, I can’t say whether or not it’s a must read, but is interesting and has me excited for The Living.