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Warm Bodies Hardcover – 26 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (26 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439192316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439192313
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (374 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,714,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In elegant, evocative prose, Marion has fashioned the world's most unlikely romance in a story that is by turns harrowing, poignant, and tender. At the last, the reader is reminded that we are all ultimately human, whether living or dead. Utterly charming." - "Library Journal", starred review

"Has there been a more sympathetic monster since Frankenstein's?" -"The Financial Times"""

"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 was done reading it. I eagerly await the next book by Isaac Marion." - Stephenie Meyer, #1 "New York Times" Bestselling author of the "Twilight "series

""Warm Bodies" is a strange and unexpected treat. This is a wonderful book, elegantly written, touching and fun, as delightful as a mouthful of fresh brains."

-Audrey Niffenegger, #1 "New York Times" Bestselling author of "The Time Traveler's Wife"

"Isaac Marion has a great new voice that hooks you from page one and accomplishes the impossible: it makes you care about young zombie love. "Warm Bodies" is a terrific read." --Josh Bazell, author of "New York Times" bestseller "Beat the Reaper"

"The words Marion uses to describe his grim near-future are silken smooth. They slip through the mind's grasp easily, pleasurably, leaving hardly a hint of themselves in the images they evoke." --"The Seattle Times"

"Dark and funny."

-- "Wired"

"Elegantly written, touching, and fun."

-- Audrey Niffenegger, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Time Traveler's Wife"

"Elegantly written, touching, and fun."

"Dark and funny."

""Warm Bodies" is a terrific zombook. Whether you're warm-bodied or cold-bodied, snuggle up to it with the lights low and enjoy a dead-lightful combination of horror and romance."

"Elegantly written, touching, and fun."--Audrey Niffenegger, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife

"The writing is lively, the characters intriguing, and the creative reinvention of popular themes is thought-provoking."

"Compulsively readable."

"A masterfully crafted retelling of "Romeo & Juliet"."

"Remarkable. From the very first page you are hooked on protagonist R's story. You actually care about R. Yes, you find yourself really caring about a zombie."

"Fun and entertaining."

"Marion's novel is even better [than the movie], digging deep into sardonic observations about humanity, comic takes on zombie behavior and stirring reflections on what it really means to be alive or dead."


Elegantly written, touching, and fun. --Audrey Niffenegger, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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Warm Bodies was my first experience of a zombie book. I don’t know why, but I’ve always put it off, not really thinking it was my sort of thing. Since starting book blogging, I’ve discovered I do actually a lot more genres than I thought so I decided to give Warm Bodies a go. I thought it was an addictive, quick read.

Warm Bodies centres around R who is a zombie. He finds his world repetitive with only breaks for feeding. That is until he meets Julie. A human. R decides to capture and protect her rather than feed on her. However, the consequence of being around a human for a long period of time starts to affect R. He becomes completely different to the other zombies.

I liked R and enjoyed reading the story from his perspective. R was a very memorable character with some great witty moments. I was surprised at how well Isaac Marion made a zombie a romantic hero. I thought Julie was likeable too. The romance was incredibly sweet (some might find it too sweet and a tad cheesy) It was some how very believable.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to make of Warm Bodies when I first started it, but so many people spoke so highly of it, I knew it had to be my first zombie book. Warm Bodies does have humorous moments. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and that’s what I liked about it. As for the zombies themselves, I’m not sure how credible it is compared to other zombie books, but it was an enjoyable experience for me, and that’s the main thing!
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(Contains spoilers.)

What exactly happens to a person's mind when they're bitten by a zombie? R knows he has lost a huge part of himself to the virus, including his name, but that doesn't mean he stops thinking - or dreaming. He spends his days wandering the airport he and his fellow zombies have overrun, losing himself in routine of walking in circles, as he tries to remember. He even has a friend he can talk to (albeit very slowly).

Despite this R is still a zombie: a monster that craves human blood. Until he meets Julie, a human girl, and find he has to save her life or reasons even he doesn't know. Can R still be human in some way? Is it possible he's falling in love?

Warm Bodies starts off beautifully. Through R's first person narrative, we are shown the inner workings of a man who has become a monster, still clinging onto the last few pieces of his humanity. He wonders who he is, as "R" is all he can remember from his name, and tries to forge relationships with other zombies. He understandably becomes obsessed with human creations, like music, to try and feel connected to humanity again. This novel also uses the interesting idea that the reason zombies eat human brains is because they can relive a person's memories through this. This leads to a hilarious scene between R and his friend M, sharing a brain like two teenagers sharing a joint.

If the book had continued in this fashion it would have been five stars. Then along come the love interest, Julie.
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