Book Review Friday: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

R doesn’t know his name. He doesn’t know how he became a zombie. He doesn’t know how long he’s been wandering the empty concourses of the airport. R only knows that he gets hungry and his only respite from this never-ending life is the few stolen memories he gains from eating brains.

Until he meets Julie.

Suddenly, R isn’t hungry. He can think. He can speak. He wants to learn. He wants to be alive. And he might change everything.

Warm Bodies: A Novel by Isaac Marion is a story filled with equal parts romance and action with a tiny smattering of gore.

The classification of a zombie love story and a ringing endorsement by Stephanie Meyer on the front cover might scare off the more hardcore zombie aficionados and while the main story is in fact a love story, Warm Bodies is deeper than that. It’s a story about acceptance and belonging.

The zombies and the living are eking out half a life in the name of survival  The zombies are trying to form connections through marriage and friendship but unable to speak to each other or even feel love or companionship. The living are fenced into stadiums, crammed together and facing extinction. Losing hope, they live day by day, expecting the end.

Through meeting Julie, R begins to see a way towards something like life.

Frankly, this is the most heartfelt book we at ZERO have read since Raising Stony Mayhall. Appropriate for teens and adults alike, Warm Bodies: A Novel is a book about hope and evolution.

Not so coincidentally, Warm Bodies is also coming to theaters tonight. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, and the extremely talented John Malcovich, we can’t wait to see this imaginative novel up on the big screen.

 

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