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.


The Power of Love and Zombies

Everyone here at the Zombie Emergency Relief Organization is thrilled at the movie, Warm Bodies, that will be released February 2013.

This is no ordinary zombie movie. These are zombies with feelings, the ability to learn and the restraint to curtail their instinct to eat anything that is human and moves. It’s as if the author spent time at our haven and wrote about our orphaned zombie children.

The Christmas season reminds us to hope, dream and keep alive our childlike wonder. In many ways, that is also what we ask of people who wish to be involved with our organization. You must be flexible enough to hope for a medical treatment for zombification. You need to be able to dream of a day we can all live together without the need for muzzles, hobbles, and sturdy wire fences. Most of all, you have to accept that zombies are people, too, even though they don’t have a pulse, are in a state of decomposition, and preferentially eat raw meat.  When you suspend your disbelief at Christmas time concerning Santa, miracles, and the goodness of humanity, turn that same all-loving, all-accepting attitude to the zombie children who live among us. Our hope is that this movie will capture the full intensity and depth of the zombie experience.

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