Warm Bodies - Review

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Publication date: 26 April 2011 by Atria 
ISBN 10/13: 1439192316 | 9781439192313

Category: Adult Speculative/Science Fiction
Keywords: Zombies, Futuristic, Dystopian, Romance? ;D
Format: Hardcover, audiobook, eBook

From goodreads:

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, noidentity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.

Alethea's review:

This novel from Isaac Marion floored me. No, not with a shovel to the head or some buckshot to the knees--though there's some of the going on in the book, what with all the zombies running around. This novel had poetry, humor, romance, and imagination. That's saying something in this era of books which is reaching the choke point where the undead are concerned.

It was scary, too--in the old-fashioned blood-and-guts sense, as well as the OMG-we-might-actually-be-headed-for-this-kind-of-social-collapse-in-the-real-world way. Somehow there's nothing unbelieveable about a zombie's affection and desire to protect Julie, the girlfriend of the boy whose brain has somehow stimulated R's capacity for love--and his will to live. I ate it up quicker than you could say "BRAINS!"

I know this book was originally intended for adults, and there are a couple of things more conservative parents might object to, but all in all I thought the references to sex, drugs, and alcohol pretty tame--and usually very funny. I definitely see it appealing to a certain type of YA reader, the kind who can appreciate playful language and pathos in the midst of absurdity. I hope someone nominates it for the 2012 Alex Awards. And I really, really hope our real world doesn't come to this. Humanity can learn some pretty solid lessons from R about life, liberty, and the pursuit of--more brains...

Check out the author's website for music--written and performed by him--that goes with the book.

Yep. You just read that sentence.

I purchased this book because Maggie Stiefvater said it was awesome, and she was right!

Visit the author online at burningbuilding.blogspot.com and follow @IsaacInSpace on Twitter