Saturday 28 May 2011

WARM BODIES by 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, 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.

It's no secret that I'm a zombie fan, so I'm always on the lookout for zombie books to add to my TBR pile. And when I read about this book at The Book Smugglers, I went out of my way to buy a copy.

Wow. This is an amazing story. Not only is it a fresh approach to the zombie genre--it's told in the POV of an actual zombie--but it's amazingly heartwarming, well written, and a total page-turner. As soon as I got started, I didn't want to put it down. 

R is a zombie. He lives in a community of the Dead, and acts the same way as every other zombie. Well, until he feeds on a teenage boy's brain, and meets the human girl, Julie. After that, he becomes fascinated by her and does everything he can to protect her. Together, they decide to change the world...

I absolutely loved this book! It's an amazing ride. Sharing R's thoughts and dreams, as well as watching how he changes, is truly magical. No longer satisfied with a life that forces him to eat people, he actually does something about becoming more. Everything about this story fascinated me. It's beautiful, and memorable.

Ultimately, this book is a story about hope in a hopeless world.

OMG, this book trailer is fantastic:

WARM BODIES book trailer (Official) from Isaac Marion on Vimeo.

H&UFRC books read: 24/24

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