Monday, 21 January 2013

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1) by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

My rating: 6.8 out of 10 stars

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Random House and Netgalley.)
R is a zombie. He doesn’t remember his real name, or what life was like when he was alive. He’s just busy finding enough human brains to eat so that he doesn’t die totally, because if he doesn’t eat brains, he loses the magic ‘life’ energy that is keeping him animated.

One day while on a hunt, R eats the brains of a boy called Perry, and as he eats them, he sees flashes of the boy’s life, and learns that the boy loves a girl called Julie. Julie is with the same group as Perry, and R makes sure that she is not harmed, rubs zombie blood on her so that the others don’t realise she is human, and takes her home with him.

R isn’t sure what’s going on, but the more of Perry’s brain he eats, and the more time he spends with Julie, he begins to feel different, and begins to develop feelings of his own for Julie.
Can R ever be anything but a zombie though? Can Julie ever see him as anything more than a zombie? And what will Julie say when she finds out that it was R who killed her boyfriend and ate his brains?

Let’s just say that this was one weird-ass zombie novel. Dystopian society – check, zombies – check, a zombie falling in love with a human – check, what?

Most zombie novels obviously focus on those running from the zombies, and zombies are obviously pretty gross. In this book, the story is told from the point of view of the zombie! And yes, these zombies are still gross – rotting, with nasty teeth, grey skin etc, and with the need to eat human brains regularly.
The author tries to get you to relate to the zombie, and even to feel sorry for him, but all the way through, I just could not get over the fact that R is a zombie! As ‘nice’ as R was, he was still a zombie! I mean, the story was enjoyable, and it was a totally different experience to see things from the zombie’s point of view, but I still couldn’t get over the fact that he was a zombie.
Julie does get past the fact that R is a zombie, and she even starts to like him, but the whole ‘eats human brains’ thing was just too much for me!

It was interesting to see the take on zombie’s in this book, although we never really find out what caused the end of the world as we know it, or why people turned into zombies. We learn that the humans refer to a type of plague, but that’s all. The zombies themselves must eat human muscle and brain to remain ‘alive’, and they can ‘die’ if they run out of the ‘life’ energy that they get from their meals. I thought that the idea of the zombie’s experiencing their victims memories as they ate their brains to be quite interesting and unusual, and hadn’t come across anything like that before (although I suppose most zombie books are not told from the point of view of the zombie).

I thought that the storyline was obviously very different, and quite a unique idea. I can’t say that I knew exactly where the book was going, but it was quite obvious that something would happen between R and Julie. Thankfully there wasn’t much physical romance in this book because kissing someone with rotting lips? Not a nice thought. With regards to the ending, I wasn’t really sure what to make of it. I mean, the ending was alright, but it felt a little strange to get a happy ending in a zombie book!

So what do I think overall? This was an enjoyable read, but I found it quite difficult to relate to a zombie, or to a girl who could learn to love a zombie! And the ending was probably a little too positive for a zombie book!
6.8 out of 10.


  1. And I still wonder is it a funny book like the movie seems to be?
    I do want to read this book, it sounds like a good book and I don't think I'd mind much but I am glad there wont be any zombie-human kisses lol, it'd be creepy and gross.

    Rivie @ Bookshelf

    1. I should have explained, I wouldn't mind much him being a zombie! I definitely don't want to think about kissing one.

    2. I know, creepy huh? No matter what he's dead! Would that classify as Necrophilia do you think?

    3. Now, that's another thing I hadn't thought of, maybe I shouldn't think too much of it or I don't think I'll enjoy it as much.

      I saw your post about the Divergent book, I hope you get it soon.

      Rive @ Bookshelf

  2. I feel the same - sounds like an interesting idea, but I just can't see zombies as love interests! Just gross.

    1. I know! Who wants to kiss a dead person?! I know he said that he didn't have much decomposition, but ick, ick ick!

  3. I'm about halfway through it and still not real sure how I feel about it. It doesn't have the humorous feel that I expected after seeing the movie clips but I do rather enjoy the zombie POV.

    1. It didn't really come across as funny to me at all. I think if it had been funnier it might have been better.

  4. Happy you enjoyed it mostly. I am over half way done and I really love it so far. But I agree, I still don't know where it's really going. I love R, so I find him being a zombie not too weird. Great review.

  5. Glad you enjoyed it but I doubt its for me. I have a thing with zombies :)

    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  6. I have heard some great things about this book especially since the movie is coming out, and even though it was head scratching at times, I am very curious. Hey I can do a HEA in a zombie book it is better than a cliffhanger!

  7. LOL @ Weird ass zombie novel. Honestly I saw the preview for the movie and I was laughing my ass off the whole time because of how stupid it looks. I'm not sure I could even read it I'ld get a headache from the eyerolling me thinks >.< Even if that's what the author is going for lol. Anyways, zombie love is just messed up IMO. Gross!! It definitely sounds unique if nothing else.

  8. I have been dying to read this book as I'm obsessed with zombies as of late. I think it's kind of cool that the zombie is a love interest and just something different. I really enjoyed Dearly Departed and that had a zombie love interest as well. Great review.

  9. Wait, this was the author who said YA fiction was "simple" and had no substance? Wow, I thought he wrote literary fiction or something. LOL!
    But I don't read zombie stuff either so whatever.

    Blog post on the whole thing here

  10. I've had this on my TBR list for a while, but I still haven't been able to pick up a zombie book yet. Well, I take that back--I've read a couple of books with zombies in them but they weren't the main focus of the story... I'm just not sure I can handle the graphic stuff that is inevitable in zombie stories. However, I have seen the trailer for this movie and it looks funny, but I had to avert my eyes at a couple points.

    Great review, and thanks for stopping by my blog lately! I'm now following you as well! :D

  11. No kissing zombies for me thankyou!