Author: Isaac Marion
Series: Warm Bodies #2
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
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!