Title: Warm Bodies | Author: Isaac Marion | Publisher: Atria Books | Pub. Date: 2011-4-26 | Pages: 256 | ISBN13: 9781439192337 | Genre: Post-apocalyptic romance | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Library
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. R 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. – Goodreads
Warm Bodies Review
Warm Bodies is not my normal type of book. I prefer my zombies to be all grr-aargh-braiiiins and had never really even considered picking this book up. Especially when the movie adaptation came out and it was glaringly obvious that this was even gooshier than what I had first thought. But then the publisher randomly sent me a beautiful hardback of the second book. After glancing through the first chapter, it was obvious I needed to read Warm Bodies first. So I summoned the small sliver of heart that remains and got it.
And my overall feeling now, after having read it, is… This book is weird. Warm Bodies is really weird. I mean, I’m not easily squicked, but a romance forming between a zombie and a living human doesn’t make me go aww. I mean, I love Beauty and the Beast and other fairytales, but… Just nope. I mean, living person under magical curse that generally gets broken with a kiss is one thing . A girl wanting to kiss a smelly, rotting corpse is another. Yes, yes, R is a great guy and all that. But the whole thing started when he ATE HER BOYFRIEND’S BRAINS and got all gushy over her from his memories.
And really? What made her so special? Or him for that matter. Was he the only zombie who ever ate the brains of a dead dude with a hot girlfriend? I know, I know. These were the two the author picked to be the hero and heroine, but there was nothing that stood out as special about either of them. And by special I mean even faintly memorable. Maybe if I could have connected with or cared about any of them my reaction would be a bit different. So, yeah, I don’t really get it. I think I would have been much more interested in Nora’s story.
However, Warm Bodies was a nice, easy read. It flowed well, had some interesting visuals written in, and didn’t require the use of any already over-taxed brain cells or emotions. It’s floof with an unexpected squick factor, but it was entertaining enough. I’ll be attempting to read the second book. The author set up enough in the last part of Warm Bodies that I want to see where he goes with it.