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Thursday, April 21, 2011

ARC Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Can the undead ever start living again? Zombie attacks, though still far-fetched in our minds are a possibility. What happens to the Living when the world just dies? Warm Bodies offers a great story that discusses all these things and more.

Title: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Pages: 256
Release Date: April 26th 2011
Published by: Atria
Source: Publicist (thanks, Regal Literary!)
Buy: Amazon | Book Depository

Summary (from Goodreads):

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.
R is a zombie, and thus he eats people in order to survive. Strangely enough, he hates doing it. The world has died along with countless people and became like R. He doesn't remember much about his past, or his name, just that he's there, a zombie. The moment R ate a boy named Perry's brain, everything started changing. Suddenly he was saving Perry's girlfriend and he was starting to... feel. For Julie. It was like he's starting to live again.

This book is definitely out of my reading comfort zone, and I had reservations when I started, but I came to love it as I flip through page after page. R is a character I have not encountered before. Highly unusual and very intriguing, he's a character I'd love to read about over and over. How is it that Isaac Marion was able to create an undead who felt more human than those still living? R's journey back to humanity is a ride filled with emotions, interesting characters and chilling moments, but I loved every moment of it.

Isaac Marrion painted an undead world not much different from those of the Living. R had a "life" in the airport. He was "married", had a wife and kids to look after. They have elders. Zombies were still trying to copulate, undead children are being taught how to "live". R had a best friend named "M". Readers get a glimpse of a new, yet familiar world through R's life as a zombie. A lot of trivial, yet highly amusing things still happen even to those devoid of life, yet R still craves the one thing he doesn't have. Humanity. Life. And he was slowly gaining it back through Julie, with an occasional kick and pat from Perry and his memories. If anything, it was Perry's memories and thoughts that helped R understand what was happening to him.

Warm Bodies is highly addictive and fascinating. Seeing the world in the point of view of the undead like R puts a new perspective on how the readers view zombies. In Warm Bodies, they are not merely flesh eating undead. They are changing, and this new and very fresh portrayal of the undead we fear is something I've never seen before. I have not read much zombie books, and I might not have enough knowledge about it, but Warm Bodies tops my list of the best zombie book for this year effortlessly. Emotions were put into R, and I can't help but sympathize with him. And though I care for the surviving humans, it's the zombies that I loved in this book. Sometimes I even forget that R is undead. Sometimes I think what really the difference is between the dead and the living? Is it just the state of being? A state of mind? R challenges a lot of ideals and concepts just by being who he is.

Julie's story arc provided the piece of the puzzle that will complete this terror filled future world. Through her point of view we then see what it's like for the surviving humans to live, all secluded in a dome, fighting to stay alive by ridding the world of the undead. But Julie starts to question all of the efforts the remaining survivors were doing once her paths crossed with R. She was realizing a lot of things the more time she's spent with R. I just love how her character seems to fit perfectly with R's, and despite the obvious and glaring difference between them (one was dead, the other was living), the unlikely bond they have and their love for each other is so touching.

Dark yet enjoyable, Warm Bodies paints a familiar and scary world readers couldn't help but be curious about. Hats off to Isaac Marrion for creating such a great novel. Moving and hopeful, Warm Bodies is definitely not another zombie novel. Though Isaac Marion's story is not without fault, it's a very entertaining read with a gripping storyline that a lot of readers will enjoy. This book stays with you long after you have finished reading it.

Warm Bodies is definitely a recommended read!

Content (plot, story flow, character):

Stunning: Worthy of a Goddess' Praise!

Book Cover:
Like the cover, it is stunning!

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. OMG! I can't wait to read Warm Bodies! Waiting for the arrival of this book at my local bookstore! Thanks for the review! The thing the I loved the most of this book is that at the beginning of the chapters Isaac Marion include anatomy images of the human body! That is AWESOME!

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