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, no identity, 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 strangely 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.
You would never have guessed that this is Isaac Marion’s first novel! Though his writing style is very basic, and at times it feels like he took a thesaurus and threw in big words that didn’t necessarily follow the rest of his basic writing style, I still enjoyed this book. I’ll admit, this was not one of those omgicantputthisdown books, but I did find myself wanting to find out what happens next. It’s small size of only 239 pages made the book seem very short – it felt like only a couple chapters worth of events – which seemed to me like a novella. But the short seeming story was perfectly fine with me, considering I was not wonder-struck by it.
I did however love how Marion managed to tell the story for the point of view of a zombie, and actually managed to make me sympathetic for R. I mean, it was kind of tacky how love cured the “zombie disease” and how there really was no explanation for that phenomenon…but the love story was strangely cute and interesting, and I’ve definitely never read anything like it before.
This was a perfect little book to read in between all of those long series I have on my bookshelf.
***This novel is very different from it’s movie. This book definitely doesn’t have a rom-com vibe****