WARM BODIES By Isaac Marion [Review]
A zombie love story? Now how are they going to make that work?
That was pretty much my first thought when I read the pitch for WARM BODIES by Isaac Marion and ultimately what made me curious to check it out… that and the fact that Stephanie Meyer said about the book: “I never thought I could care so passionately for a zombie”(yes I’m that easy!)
Turns out, Isaac Marion does make it work, he does make it work really well.
Warm Bodies follows R (he can’t remember his full name) who is… a zombie.
Now I don’t want to say much about the story because I think the synopsis on the book cover gives way too much away, but I will tell you this:
Warm Bodies is about zombies.
Warm Bodies is about a love story between that zombie and a human girl.
Warm Bodies is probably one of the most original books I have ever read.
Yep, who knew that one day I would read a book that made me care about a zombie, especially after reading The Walking Dead. Anyone who can achieve that and create a wonderful story around it has achieved quite a lot.
Now don’t get me wrong, Isaac Marion doesn’t turn this into a sweet romance and forget the core of who his character is. Oh no, R is a zombie, a brain eating zombie, whose flesh is rotting. I think that’s why this novel is so fascinating, because I had never thought about what it would feel like to be a zombie. But now I know and trust me I won’t ever read or watch something
about zombies in the same light.
Warm Bodies is a really well-rounded story that takes you on a journey with R, as he deals with his nature and new feelings.
Overall, I would recommend this even to people who don’t like zombies. It’s a fast and fun read and I can pretty much guarantee that you haven’t read something like this before.
Oh and in other fun news, the book is actually being adapted to a movie starring Nicholas Hoult (Skins, X-Men First Class) as R and Teresa Palmer as Julie, the girl R falls in love with.
Finally, I want to leave you with the opening sentence for Warm Bodies:
“I am dead, but it’s not so bad.”
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Atria Books | Pages: 256 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon