#808: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm BodiesR is having a no-life crisis–he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilisation.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl–although she looks delicious–he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

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Review

I love the zombies in Warm Bodies. There’s so many things I adore about the story and the edition I have. I’ve mentioned previously, more than once, how zombies freak me out. I will read zombie fiction, but this is definitely the first time when I can say these are zombies I love.

The first thing to catch my eye about the book itself are the anatomy drawings at the beginning of each chapter. I love anatomy drawings. I have a print of a cranium one on my wall. So naturally, when I first open the book, I’m thinking, ‘well, isn’t this lovely?’

R’s story is sad at times, cute, and uplifting all at once. Not something you’d expect from a zombie. The inner drive he has, which separates him from his fellow dead, is partly what makes him so likeable. Of course, you need to humanise a zombie in order to be able to relate to him, but it’s done really well. His humanisation is plumped out by his interactions with the other zombies and his eventual interaction with Julie. I enjoyed Julie. I love a dreamer who fits the accepted norm, but it’s R that grabbed my attention and held it.

R has a love for life, although at first he doesn’t realise this and is only going about his daily existence. The combination of R’s drive and the enjoyment of the narrative is, I found, something great to read when you are battling depression. I personally am struggling with the will for life so being able to become absorbed in Warm Bodies gave me an uplifting feeling once I had finished.

I finished it very quickly. I just, I wanted to know everything and I could not get enough. What are these zombies? I wanted to know where they came from and how the world ended up in this predicament, but what I really wanted to know was how were they going to overcome their current state.

I loved the progression of R’s awakening, his influencing other zombies, and the zombie culture. Their deep cellular need to perform societal activities and routines which was then mirrored within the living’s society was entertaining. I love the world-building. The descriptions were vivid and the zombie culture was finely constructed.

I could go on some more about how I love Warm Bodies, but I’ll feel like I’m just saying love way too much. So I’ll leave it there and admit I can’t wait to be able to read the sequel (as well as the prequel).

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