Thursday, January 10, 2013

Must Read: Warm Bodies

Wow. Just wow. I'm not a big fan of zombie books. I think people's fascination with human-destroying diseases is pretty freaky.

Then, I'm not a big fan of a horror.

But Isaac Marion may change my mind.

Let me introduce you to R. He's a zombie who doesn't remember his name, how old he is, what he used to do before the world collapsed, how the world collapsed, how to read, or anything that might actually help him be human. What he does know: he has to eat humans to stay alive, and it makes him feel undeniably guilty. (Trust me, he moans about it.)

R is different; his brain surges with eloquent words, with a need to feel, with a longing to regain the life he lost. Yes, he's still a zombie—there's brain-eating, loss of limbs, shotguns to the head—but he's the sweetest zombie you'll ever meet.

Then R discovers Julie, a human who he now feels the need to protect. "Keep . . . you safe."

Julie makes him feel. She reminds him what it's like to be a human. She gives him hope, because Julie has it. A lot. There's a fantastic message to be found in this book, a message to enjoy what you have, live life to the fullest, never give up.

It's a message I truly believe in.

But there are bigger forces at play here. In this sci-fi future, the humans are dwindling and will shoot anything that walks the wrong way, and the Boneys (these are the skeletal versions of zombies, the ones who have been this way for quite a while—and even seem to like it—who make me think of aliens) don't like threats to their survival.

As R and Julie grow closer, everyone around them changes. R's best friend M wants to help "Keep. Her. Safe." and he even gathers an army of "changing" zombies to help.

An epic battle between Boneys, humans, and R-like zombies rages, and when R and Julie think they're going to die, true love proves them wrong.

Seriously. You have to read this book. True love. Epic battles. A lesson in appreciation and hope. A little comedy. Zombie brain-eating. A happy ending!

Oh, and it's a short read. I devoured this in a few hours.

5 stars and THANK YOU to Isaac Marion for sharing his words with us.


  1. I probably won't have a chance to read it (since I have way too many books on my iPad waiting) but the preview for the movie caught my attention. Hope it's as good as the book.

    1. That's how I first found out about Warm Bodies. A friend of mine posted the trailer on Facebook, then I discovered it was a book adaptation, so I read it. I think the movie looks a bit more comical (and teen) than the book read, but I think it's going to be great!

  2. Can't wait! Cruise comes this weekend - should I start the book Saturday or read it mid-cruising? Decisions, decisions.

    1. Read it Saturday! Though you may not be able to break away from the book to enjoy your cruise!

  3. Hmm...sounds like an interesting and different take on the whole zombie apocalypse thing. Might have to check it out. Thanks for sharing! Best:)

    1. You're welcome. Definitely a different take, and a good one at that!

  4. Anonymous1/11/2013

    I haven't read the book, but I'm really looking forward to the movie. It looks like fun. Like Alex, the trailer really caught my attention. I used to watch a lot of zombie movies with my high school boyfriend. I haven't been into them since. This one is clearly different.

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