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Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, Bk 1)
Warm Bodies - Warm Bodies, Bk 1
Author: Isaac Marion
R is a young man with an existential crisis -- he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories,...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781439192320
ISBN-10: 1439192324
Publication Date: 12/13/2011
Pages: 256
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 36 ratings
Publisher: Atria Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, Bk 1) on + 2527 more book reviews
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This was an excellent book. I had read some reviews on it that said it was really good, and they were all right! I was very impressed.

R is a zombie and has been for a while. He lives in a rundown airport with other zombies. Every once in a while they go hunting or a couple of them gets married or something; but for the most part it's a lot of lost time and shuffling around. Unlike other zombies R can still talk pretty well. During a hunting raid he kills and eats a young man's brain and starts living out that young man's memories. Because of this he is drawn to a live girl named Julie, who was the young man's girlfriend. He brings Julie back to the airport to live with him. Then things start to happen and he starts to change.

There are parts of this book that are very, very funny. Especially in the beginning, hearing the whole zombie thing from the viewpoint of a zombie is humorous and thought-provoking all at the same time.

While the book starts out with zombies being your pretty typical mindless brain-eaters, it quickly turns into something more complex. You can see that the zombies have a sort of society and continue to try and mimic the lives they had when they were living.

R's romance with Julie is a bit creepy and strange at first; but it quickly develops into something heartwarming and literally lifechanging. There are a lot of really great characters in this book. By the end you will be reconsidering who the monsters are in this book; the living, the zombies, or the leaders that drive them into conflict.

What starts out as a funny, endearing zombie tale ends up as a story that delves into some really deep questions about societal norms and how some things are true because we have decided they are true, not because they really are. This book isn't as dirty or gritty as a lot of zombie tales out there, it is more thought-provoking.

The book ends well, I am not sure if there will be a sequel...if there was a sequel I would definitely read it!

Overall this was just an excellent zombie novel. Definitely a zombie novel with heart. It was funny and heartwarming. It was a story that pondered some big questions yet remained engaging, easy to read, and accessible. I would definitely recommend this novel for anyone young adult or older. There is something here for everyone...zombies, romance, action, and politics. One of my favorite zombie reads this year. A couple other great zombie reads are The Newsflesh series by Mira Grant and The Angels are the Reapers by Alden Bell.
reviewed Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, Bk 1) on + 158 more book reviews
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Simply put - wow. I enjoyed this more than most of the books I've read in the last year. I see why it garnered the interest of movie studios and I'm glad I read the book before I saw the film. I only hope the movie is able to capture the best part of the book, in my opinion -- the soulful and surprising inner thoughts, dreams and stream of consciousness of R, the most endearing zombie in fiction. Zombie books, as a rule, as not "my thing" but I will eagerly make an exception when Marion's series continues.
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This was an amusing, poetic story about a zombie who falls in love and begins changing into something not so zombie-like. I especially enjoyed the narration as well as the banter between characters.
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reviewed Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, Bk 1) on + 1551 more book reviews
R is a zombie. He has no memory of his past. He doesnt remember his parents. He doesnt remember his name. R doesnt even remember how he became a zombie. He lives with his fellow dead at an abandoned airport, spending his time riding the escalators and wondering through the world with no emotions. But when he and his zombie friends go looking for food, R eats the brain of a boy named Perry and gets Perrys memories including his time with his girlfriend, Julie. R is fascinated by Julie. When he sees her during a skirmish, he saves her from his friends. He doesnt want to eat herhe wants to keep her for himself. R takes her back to the abandoned airplane he calls home and tells her he will keep her safe.

This is a love story told from a zombies point-of-view. R is not like the other zombies. He is lonely and knows his life is lacking. He craves love and contact with humans. There is some humor in this book, and some parts that just totally creeped me out. I liked reading his thoughts on different subjects, and I liked his stilted conversations with Julie once she lost her wariness of him. I was not crazy about all of the Perry flashbacks that were going through his brain throughout the book. I sometimes had to skim these sections. But overall this is a unique book I would recommend to anyone who isnt squeamish on the subject matter. My rating: 4 Stars.
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Warm Bodies is not what I expected it to be, in the best way possible. I expected the book to be hostile to zombie culture for the main character R to be very critical of himself and all his fellow zombies. However, I found the book to be sensitive, intelligent, and funny. There wasn't any hard core zombie slaying expect for a few isolated incidents that were justified. Most of the zombie killing was done by the R, which was amazing.

R is not like his peer zombies, he is conscious of himself as a once upon a time human being, a soul, and maybe more then what his outer shell is. His one problem is the hunger that drives him, driving his to his humanity's salvation Julie. The girl who's boyfriend he just ate could be the one to help come back to at least semi-human. As the story goes on we find out Julie has her own scars and regrets just as R does. And together these two misfits may be able to save the plague cast upon the world, with the love or force they will prevail.

At times the story slows down from its ability to make everything ponderable and takes a look at life inside of the stadium, one of humanity's last refuge areas. In these moments we see what we don't want to see, ourselves and what we would do in the situation and its so real its almost cringe worthy. There will defiantly be so squirming as you read these parts, where Perry, the boy R ate shows us what life is like now, from his memories that he and R now share.

A recommended read to any zombie fan, or any fan to anyone who wants a new perspective on the definition of humanity.