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, but he has 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 blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. 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.
Book: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Literary Fiction
Rating: (5 Zombies)
Warm Bodies was a total impulse buy because I was in a bookstore and I had some spare cash, so I didn't really expect it to be very good. Most books that I buy based off the cover alone aren't. Surprisingly though, Warm Bodies was one of the best books I've read this year, if not the best period. I couldn't believe how amazing it was, and I haven't stopped recommending it to anyone who'll listen since I finished reading it.
R, the main character, is a zombie, which is pretty weird. At first, he really is a zombie in more ways than one, but when he meets Julie, he starts to act more human. R was sweet, adorable, and one of the most unforgettable characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading about, not to mention the sexiest zombie I've heard of. If nothing else, R really made the book sparkle. He didn't have to be a trash-talking badass to make me fall in love with him, and for once the nice guy didn't finish last.
The post-post-apocalyptic world that Warm Bodies was set in was a very effective social commentary on the world as it is today, and our ultra-consumerist culture, and it worked really well with the characters who were placed in this dark, depressing version of the USA. So many things were exactly the same even after everything that had happened; no one had woken up and decided that things weren't working the way they were. It was amazing how happy and hopeful the tone of the book was with such a bleak world, but it still pulled it off.
I would recommend Warm Bodies to absolutely anyone who can read, for the amazing characters, the beautiful writing, the literary value, and for what it says about humanity as a whole. If you listen to any of my recommendations, let this be the one, because this is a truly wonderful book that everyone should read.