Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

ISBN-13: 9781439192313
ISBN-10: 1439192316
Publisher: Atria Books
Date: April 2011
Page Count: 256

Advance copy received from publisher for honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Overview:  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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:  When I got an email request asking if I’d like to review Warm Bodies, I have to admit I was very skeptical. The synopsis sounded interesting and even though there was the mention of ‘eating brains’, I was still intrigued. Since I’ve never read a ‘zombie’ book before and not being sure if I’d like it or not, I decided that I’d give it a try. I didn’t want to say, “No, zombies aren’t for me.” before I even gave the story a chance.

So I started the first page, and then the second, and the third, and before I knew it I was 50 pages in. I couldn’t put this book down and when I wasn’t reading I was constantly thinking about it. Isaac Marion blew me away with this story. He was able to describe this crazy world so vividly. To the point that I could almost feel myself standing in the abandoned airport, roaming around with the zombies and riding the escalator back and forth just to pass the time away. Details, it’s all in the details and Marion knows just how to get you ‘in’ the story.

I also loved reading this from “R’s” point of view. He’s the main character and a zombie. He’s different than the other zombies. There’s a little spark of reasoning that’s inside of him, telling him he doesn’t want to live this way. But also throw in the fact that the last brain R eats keeps giving him flashes of past memories of their life, which are cherished by R. As he tries to learn from them, he connects with the victim’s girlfriend and together they work at changing the course of everyone’s existence.

I never knew one could grow an attachment for a zombie, but I sure did. I was rooting for R the whole way, even when he “accidently” rips someone’s throat out. Weird, yes… Did I care? Not so much, and I think that has to do with Marion, and his wonderful way of writing. He makes all these feelings and emotion seep out of the page and makes you feel the same emotions.

I was fascinated by this story, and the ending was about as perfect as its chaotic world would allow. Warm Bodies will be a book that stays in my thoughts for a long time.

I absolutely 100 percent recommend this book to everyone. Even if zombies aren’t for you, give it a shot. It’s definitely worth the effort!!

Warm Bodies comes out April 26th and you buy a copy at the following stores:

13 Responses to Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

  1. Huge zombie fan here so I a wouldn’t be the hardest person in the world to convince to read this. However…sometimes zombies are not dealt with in an emotional sense so this makes this title even more compelling to this particular reader. Thanks for the heads up!

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  3. Wow! I’ve never read a zombie book & never thought I would want to. But this sounds great, very unique. I will be very curious to read how a zombie & human fall in love!

  4. I’ve never read a book about zombie before. But from the overview and your review, I think it’s an interesting story. A zombie who enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. It’s sound like fun book for me. I think I would give it a try.

  5. I have never seen this book but in your blog.
    Not a fierce Zombie, It’s hard for me to imagine. Since I watched many zombie movie and all of them are frightening and no mercy. What I kept in my mind, there’s nothing in their brain but munching flesh of human. But this book seems gave something different. Book which tells the reader with a zombie’s point of view is rarely found. I’d love to read the books

  6. I love Zombie movies but like you I have never read a Zombie book. Warm bodies sounds like a good book and a good first Zombie book to read. I also like when the writer makes me feel like am in the world, am in the story and from your review its seems Isaac Marion does this. Thanks for review!

  7. Thanks a lot for your review! A time ago I read a review of Warm Bodies and although it was positive aswell, it didn’t convince me to read it, yours does. I think I am going to give zombies a try, dish on the brains! ;)

  8. Oh, good! I saw a WoW for this recently and it sounded really interesting. I’m not normally big on zombies (I think the Carrie Ryan series is the only one I’ve read) but this one sounds very unique! Thanks for the great review – I will definitely be checking this one out :)

  9. Well, I accidentally hit “Post Comment” before I finished… I’ve never read a zombie book before (although I do own Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth series, I have yet to read) this one sounds incredibly intriguing in that although R does not have a “heart” he still has some semblance of a soul.

  10. I’ve wanted to read this ever since I read Maggie Stiefvater’s review. Glad to see it worked well for you even though you were skeptical of reading a zombie book.
    That’s an interesting twist that the zombie R gets flashes of memories from his victims. It sounds like a zombie with a soul kind of story. I was already intrigued with the premise and now I’m really dying to read it!

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