Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies
by Isaac Marion
Series: Warm Bodies #1
Publisher: Vintage
Publication date: October 28, 2010
Genre: Zombies
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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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.

Warm Bodies is one of the best novels, of any genre, I have had the pleasure to read. Isaac Marion is a gifted writer. It’s almost as if the “book gods” had read my previous review, where I stated that it takes a brilliant person to write a present tense, first person story, and guided me toward this novel. This is exactly how it’s done. There are some authors that, when I read their books, make me feel like it would be simple to write my own book. Not Isaac Marion. His writing is so incredibly scintillating I feel that it would take me years to conjure up a story worth putting on paper, for fear that he might actually read it. When I first saw the previews for the movie adaptation I thought, “There’s no way I’m going to watch that movie. What a silly idea.” After reading the book and savoring every last delicious morsel, I can’t wait to seeing how they pulled it off.

R, the protagonist and narrator of this story, is a zombie. He is called “R” because he can’t remember his entire name. He’s not like any zombie you’ve seen on the big screen or read in any other book. He is truly unique in this post-apocalyptic world. He can speak, to some extent, which is something you don’t see every day coming from a zombie.

In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.

― Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies

He can also think and daydream and do his best to protect Julie, the living girl he has made the decision to rescue from the rest of the Dead he was out hunting with. He wants nothing more than to keep her safe. Throughout this story R realizes that he is starting to change… but what is he changing into?

I highly recommend this cleverly written zombie novel to anyone that loves zombies and would like to be deeply moved by a new kind of zombie tale. I would give it six stars out of five if I could! Technically I can because it’s my blog, right? Well there you go. What are you waiting for? Pick up your copy today!

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