Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1) by Issac Marion

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)

Hardcover
USA Edition
239 pages
Published  April 26th 2011
by Atria (first published October 14th 2010)

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, no identity, and no pulse. Just dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead and the blurry line in between.

This Book Contains:  Violence, Death, Dismemberment, Flesh Eating and Romance.

My Thoughts:

Wow this book was, well wow!  I am very conflicted by this book. On one hand I am not a fan of Zombie books but this one was so original that it had me completely intrigued.  I usually find this subject to be on the gross side.   Dead people being reanimated is just really creepy  and the romance factor was just nasty to me because ewe he is dead!   Although Julie’s spirit and hope gave this book a whole new feel to me.  Even with the devastation surrounding these people there was still hope that they could find a cure.  I have to say that not all the people in this book had that hope because some were just kind of resigned to this as the end of the world so life was basically over.   None more so than Julie’s father.    Who I have to say was less likeable than the zombies.  I felt that Julie’s father was the disease that had infected the people at least he had become part of it.  He was the symbol of what we as humans had become, basically we were the monsters just with heart beats and flesh.  Every thing he was fighting against he became in the end and there is so much meaning behind that.  This book was so much more than a typical zombie book.

This book had me thinking about what it means to be human and the fight that is in us to survive at all costs.   Even the dead in this book wanted to be different and they wanted their humanity back.   I just found this to be almost amazing in the simplicity of it all, that even something that we think has no emotions possible just might.  Also, what it is to become the monster you are fighting.  Are you so blinded by you beliefs that you can’t see the truth when it is right in front of you.  That when confronted with that truth you just become defeated or do you stand up and fight for what is right.   I love that about this book it is just so much bigger than a zombie movie.

I also, saw the movie which I thought was even better than the book.  Although the disgusting factor is still there  in both the book and the movie I thought they were actually both good and that was a shock to me.  The things that were cut from the book weren’t missed at all, at least that is my opinion.  Also, the things they changed actually help to move the movie along and made it really good.  I do think you lose some of that underline meaning in the movie because of what wasn’t included in it.  Although, I personally wouldn’t have change a thing about the movie.  I think even if you read the book and didn’t like it give the movie a chance because I think it will surprise you.

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