Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion


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.


I’ve had this book on the old TBR pile for a fair long while now and with the movie coming out I felt it was time to dust it off (literally *shame face*) and give it a go because it’s being tugging my coat tails for a while to pick it up but I’ve been reading other things.  Now I was recommended this book by a trusted blogger friend (waves at Krystal) and was very tempted by the movie clips and trailers that it would be my brand of humour but it’s not really a comedy at all.  Or a typical romance for that matter.  For those that have seen the trailer of the movie you’ll assume it’s a romance tale with a twist which it is but after reading it I can safely say that the romance between R and Julie is not the focus.  It’s the romance between R and humanity that really struck me.  

R is a zombie and yet he has a heart (non beating) and soul (kinda) and wants to be more than he is.  I loved being inside the head of a zombie cause you don’t get to see that if at all.  It’s like being inside the head of serial killer while he’s working.  It’s gruesomely wonderfully.  It’s bleak in some respects but beautiful in others.  I think I would have been more happy just staying inside R’s mind and viewing the world and it’s rise and falls etc and have had no romance with a girl but I understand it’s the trigger moment for him to change.  Plus his friendship with M is a real giggle because even though they’re both Dead they still seem to act like blokes!

I did find it hard to get into Warm Bodies at first but the writing really is gorgeous that I soon forgot about all the little things that didn’t click with me and wanted to see the world as R saw it.  It was dark and light and every shade in-between.   Warm Bodies isn’t a zombie book, horror or even romance; it’s a book about life and society wrapped up in a pretty undead love affair package.
It won’t be for everyone but I’d recommend giving it a go at the very least.

Published by Vintage and is available here and book shops now.  Warm Bodies is now a major motion picture in UK cinemas right now too!


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