Sunday, 4 March 2012
(Review) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Page count: 240
Genre(s): Young Adult/Zombies/Romance
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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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
I say a lot of books are great and amazing, but it takes more for me to class a book beautiful. This is definitely such a book. As soon as I started reading, I was sucked into this grim world of zombies. 'R' is the zombie who narrates the book and it's a melancholy yet humorous journey with him at the helm. I fell in love with R from the beginning. I didn't care that he was decaying. He was so sweet and his thoughts went from making me laugh to making me want to give him a big bear hug. I don't want to spoil too much but I loved seeing R develop throughout the story and it makes me feel all fuzzy now just remembering it. Julie, the love interest, was also great. I loved that she was strong and wouldn't take any crap, but as the story progresses she lets her walls down to R. The relationship between these two has instantly become one of my favourites in fiction. You might wonder how on Earth a romance between a human and a zombie can work, but trust me, it does. I defy you to read this book and not feel at least a little something in your heart as these two spend time together.
I loved the writing in this book. Really beautiful at times and also very witty. I also loved the use of different POVs in a not so conventional manner that I won't reveal. I went into this book very blind, just knowing zombie + girl + romance and I think this makes the book more enjoyable. I won't talk about the plot much either because of this, but I will say this book made me feel a lot of things. I made the mistake of reading half of this at quiet points at work. Poor customers, I must have been so pensive and sombre because this book really made me question life and humanity and love. That's not to say the book is slow. There's a nice balance of quiet moments and tense action, and as the book isn't too long, I sped through. I remember having about a 1/3 left and telling myself to go eat or something and then suddenly...I was finished.
Even if you're not a fan of zombies, I highly recommend this book. This has gone straight to my favourites. Fingers crossed the movie does the book justice! I give this 5/5.