Warm Bodies, by Isaac Marion
Genre: Horror, Romance
Rating: 4 stars
This is the story of R. He doesn't remember his name anymore, but he's pretty sure it starts with an R. R is a zombie, but considering he's a walking corpse, he's in pretty good shape - still in the early stages of decomposition. He lives in the airport with other zombies and "boneys", which are skeletons who seem to rule the zombies. The zombies have families (of a sort), friends (if they can remember them), and a training area to teach children how to attack the living. One day, while out looking for some living to eat, R comes across Julie, a living girl, and he starts to feel and to change. He wants to keep Julie safe. He brings her back to the airport and the two become friends. Together they have to find a way to help the zombies heal themselves, and convince the living and the boneys that they can find a cure.
In preparation for the Warm Bodies movie coming out, I picked this up to read while I was on my vacation. The movie looks hilarious (see trailer below) but the book was less so, it was more sweet. It's a fun love story of people from two different walks of life trying to mesh their worlds together. But one of those people eats brains. :) Despite its love story undertones, don't think that this won't have blood, guts, gore and brain eating, because it will. It's about zombies, after all.
Warm Bodies is a quick read and a fun one. You root for R and for Julie and their friends and the ending is satisfying, but you're left with so many questions. Who are the Boneys? Why did they stop fighting? Why were people turned into zombies? What happened with her father at the end? Because even after rereading that, I still don't totally get it. But hopefully all this will be answered in upcoming books, since this is labeled "Warm Bodies #1".
And here's the movie trailer - it's coming out February 1!
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