The Burning World by Isaac Marion

Posted March 19, 2017 | 39 Comments

The Burning World by Isaac MarionThe Burning World
Author: Isaac Marion
Series: Warm Bodies #2
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Format: eARC
Pages: 512
Source: Publisher

Being alive is hard. Being human is harder. But since his recent recovery from death, R is making progress. He’s learning how to read, how to speak, maybe even how to love, and the city’s undead population is showing signs of life. R can almost imagine a future with Julie, this girl who restarted his heart—building a new world from the ashes of the old one.

And then helicopters appear on the horizon. Someone is coming to restore order. To silence all this noise. To return things to the way they were, the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak. The plague is ancient and ambitious, and the Dead were never its only weapon.

How do you fight an enemy that’s in everyone? Can the world ever really change? With their home overrun by madmen, R, Julie, and their ragged group of refugees plunge into the otherworldly wastelands of America in search of answers. But there are some answers R doesn’t want to find. A past life, an old shadow, crawling up from the basement.

I think most people have heard of Warm Bodies by now, right? It’s a novel that was turned into a movie. It’s a nice spin on zombies regaining their humanity with a mixture of action, romance, and humor. I loved both formats, so I was excited when a sequel was announced. Whoa, I wasn’t expecting just how freaking good The Burning World would be! I don’t want to diminish how good Warm Bodies is, but TBW is almost a different beast. The writing, the plot, and even the characters are better.

Warm Bodies left us with a nice HEA feeling, but oh boy, it was only the beginning of something huge. We’re taken on a thrilling ride with Julie, R, and a few friends as they find themselves embroiled with a sinister organization. What they uncover is craaaaazy! All the while, R’s memories are beginning to surface, and they aren’t exactly welcome. Oh, but are they ever mind-blowing!

I remember loving the characters in WB, but it’s grown even more with this book. Julie still has a temper and is quick to react (which I love), but there’s something deeper to her now that made me empathize more with her. And I absolutely adore the friendship between Julie and Nora! M, too!

Seriously, the author does a superb job weaving this completely engrossing tale. I’m truly impressed! At first I was a little disappointed about not getting the full conclusion in this book, but understand that something of this magnitude can’t be condensed and rushed. I’m so damn eager to see how everything turns out!


39 responses to “The Burning World by Isaac Marion

    • Christy

      Joy mentioned that it has the vibe of The Passage by Justin Cornin, and I agree. It’s really good.

  1. Ahhh! I totally forgot about the sequel! I haven’t read WB but I saw the movie. I’ve been wanting to read WB but always forget! >.< I definitely have to pick it up now if this book is even better. Lovely review!

    • Christy

      You should read both. This is the type of zombie book that shouldn’t be considered a true zombie book, ya know? It’s more.

  2. Nathan

    I haven’t read Warm Bodies, since I am not normally into zombies. Still, The Burning World sounds like a good read.

    • Christy

      You should, Nathan! It’s one of those zombie books that aren’t the normal zombie type books, ya know? It’s much more than that, especially this one.

    • Christy

      Yeah, quite a few years ago. Luckily the 3rd will be out this year too. You should totally give it a try, because this isn’t the typical zombie type story.

  3. Gahhhhhh I have wanted to read Warm Bodies for like years now but have been trying to see if my library would get it. Your review of this one has just made me so much more eager though! I’m going to have to request they get it if I haven’t already and maybe just buy the book if they don’t. Great review!

  4. Oh yay! I’m glad to hear it! I loved Warm Bodies (the movie was cute, but the book had so many social commentary moments- I just loved it). I can’t wait to read this one!

  5. I absolutely loved Warm Bodies and read it a few years ago. Luckily I read it before seeing the movie, the film didn’t make me feel like the book did. I’m so excited to read this one Christy, we knew basically nothing about R in the original and I can’t wait to learn his backstory, it sounds a bit sinister. Brilliant review Christy, I’m super excited!

  6. I always thought that Warm Bodies was something that I wouldn’t enjoy but I’m am intrigued now. I never knew that zombie was my thing until Anita Blake, Resident Evil, and The Walking Dead so hopefully I’ll give this series a try and see if I could broaden my horizons.

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