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Isaac Marion , Kevin Kenerly
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Book Description

17 May 2011

'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.

This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD: 7 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (17 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441788778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441788771
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,617,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I never thought I could care so passionately for a zombie. Isaac Marion has created the most unexpected romantic lead I've ever encountered, and rewritten the entire concept of what it means to be a zombie in the process. This story stayed with me long after I finished reading it. I eagerly await the next book by Isaac Marion" (STEPHENIE MEYER)

"A mesmerising evolution of a classic contemporary myth" (Simon Pegg)

"Warm Bodies is a strange and unexpected treat. R is the thinking woman's zombie - though somewhat grey-skinned and monosyllabic, he could be the perfect boyfriend, if he could manage to refrain from eating you. This is a wonderful book, elegantly written, touching and fun, as delightful as a mouthful of fresh brains" (AUDREY NIFFENEGGER)

"A disarming writer, ruefully humorous, knowingly cinematic in scope. This is a slacker-zombie novel with a heart" (Guardian)

"Warm Bodies is a terrific book - a compelling literary fantasy which is also a strange and affecting pop-culture parable" (Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away World) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Now a major motion picture starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning new take on an old favourite 25 Oct 2010
By PJ Rankine TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading MK Burton's excellent review above there isn't really much to say except that I agree completely. Zombies seem to be competing with vampires for book and film sales at the moment and it is much easier to make vampires more acceptable and romantic than it is to do it for a shambling corpse. Isaac Marion has skilfully taken the classic Romeo and Juliet love story, set it against the zombie apocalypse and made it relevant for today's reader. This book is so good that I read it in one sitting which is most unusual for me nowadays.

Mr Marion is a very skilled wordsmith as Burton has illustrated and if I can be forgiven for copying his method just read the author's description of sleep: 'Every time I go to sleep, I know I may never wake up. How could anyone expect to? You drop your tiny, helpless mind into a bottomless well, crossing your fingers and hoping that when you pull it out on its flimsy fishing wire it hasn't been gnawed to bones by nameless beasts below'. How profound and poetic is that? Remember it next time you wake from a bad dream.

This story is so complete that I suspect the author may not return to the wonderful but awful world that he created but I for one can't wait to read what he writes next.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising gem 8 Oct 2010
By M. K. Burton VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The world has been more or less overtaken by zombies, groaning swaying creatures who exist mainly to feast on the remaining humans' flesh. "R" is one such, but he occasionally has dreams about what it's like to be human, and he thinks about who he was even though he can't quite figure it out. On a raid one day, R sees a girl, Julie, and instead of eating her, decides to save her. He masks her with zombie blood and brings her back to the airport where the zombies live, somehow changed because of her brightness, vivacity, and humanness. Despite the fact that R is a zombie and Julie is a human, things begin to change between them, and R begins to wonder if there might be more to life than his zombie self realised.

I doubt my summary above conveyed this book properly, and I hope you haven't clicked away, because I loved this book. I mean well and truly loved it, was completely drawn in by it, found passages in it that I liked and actually marked to remember. If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you'll probably know by the lack of quotes around here that I simply don't take note of it very often. I'm rarely struck by a particular passage to such an extent that I'll specifically mark it out - I see them, but I generally just keep on reading. Not here.

What most struck me about the book was the fact that Marion used death in order to define life. It was somehow funny and profound at the exact same time - I knew that this guy was an arm-waving, moaning zombie, Marion cracks jokes regularly about how they try to recapture certain elements of their humanness - but at the same time he's reminding his readers, reminding me, how actually amazing it is to be alive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warm Bodies 3 Feb 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm kind of pleased I stumbled across this, following a recommendation from Simon Pegg via Twitter (If Pegg thinks a piece of zombie fiction is special, it's worth a look).

One reviewer said that this is overwritten, but that's certainly not the case. It does border on cheesy at times, as the romantic element is central to the story, but there's plenty of things happening to keep you interested. I do agree that the pacing doesn't improve towards the ending but this is not a long book and if you really can't hack 200 pages, you should probably just be reading Hello! or something.

This has been compared once or twice to Twilight, not helped by the embarassing Stephanie Meyer endorsement on the front cover. You could probably argue that it's Twilight for boys, being full of gruesome flesh-eating but with a love interest, but if you only read fiction that is sans love interest, you should probably just be reading Nuts or something.

It's definitely deeper than the first Twilight book (I couldn't bear to read the others) and infinitely better written, despite the minor niggles mentioned above. Story-wise, it's entertaining and has some interesting zombie ideas. I admit to being faintly disappointed by the ending, which was reminiscent of the god-awful Resident Evil 2 film and made me cringe. However the ideas carry the story, or else will infuriate you if you're a hardcore zombie afficionado and don't like anything other than your standard zombie template. This breaks the mould and even though these zombies seem far too eloquent in the beginning, with the unfeasably loquacious first-person narrative, overall you'll probably be pleasantly surprised.

Otherwise you should probably just be reading 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' instead.

A good 7 / 10

David Brookes
Author of 'Half Discovered Wings'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopes and expectations 16 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
With all the undeserved hype regarding supernatural beings falling in love with mortal women, I was actually expecting below that par for this novel. I could not see how it would be possible to make zombies romantic-i had images of them kissing and his lips falling apart or something ridiculous. I had pretty much delved into the first page laughing.
But the book laughed back at me.
This wasn't what i was expecting; it wasn't sugar-coated, but a fresh story that revolves around a smart plot. Especially since a few of its main characters can't grunt more than a few syllables of words!
I'm not going to give the plot away, but it sends a message of hope when there seems like no other possibility.
A good first novel :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies!
Yes! Romeo and Juliet with zombies!
I've wanted to read this since watching the film (and developing a little crush on Nicholas Hoult). Read more
Published 1 day ago by Rose P
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by Graham scoresby
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Zombie Novel
Warm Bodies is a really unique take on a post-apocalyptic zombie novel . Commonly with zombie
novels we are placed in a head of the survivor, we see the struggles and trials... Read more
Published 17 days ago by LaurenJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful descriptions but not as good as the film
How often can you say that a book isn't as good as the film based on it? (The only other one I can think of is The Princess Bride. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anna Buttimore
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it
Not the best piece but easy to read and gives you a new perspective if you like zombie stories. Recommend
Published 1 month ago by Maria Echeverria
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead or alive?
Zombies... dead, right? Using a zombie to explore what it means to be human, what it means to live shouldn't work, but it totally does! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zoe Bee
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story
It's a good story, I'd definitely recommend it. Good for holidays or/and teenage girls. Too predictable but still enjoyable to read.
Published 1 month ago by kirstin
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm Bodies
I love the description and almost poetical language that Isaac uses. Such a great story that makes me believe that the world can die - soon.
Published 1 month ago by Mr A C SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars Handsome Zombie is about to eat girl but loves her instead . . . What....
R is a Zombie. I slow-walking, man-eating, black-blooded Zombie who lives at an abandoned airport with over a dozen or so other Zombies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Grace Austen
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Absolute awesome read, have recently watched the film and fell in love with the quirky tale of zombie Romeo meetings his human Juliet. Read more
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