Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Posted December 26th, 2012 by in *Review / 10 comments

Title: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
Publisher: Atria
Publication Date: Nov 2011
Classification: Adult Novel

Summary from Goodreads:

R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, noidentity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.

My Thoughts:

Here at Pages of Forbidden Love, we embrace love. We are not the sappy sort of people, but we do love ourselves a lil romance here and there. Yes, sometimes that romance is a bit gratuitious and can be borderline erotic, but we do try to keep ourselves classy. We can’t maintain a loyal viewership if its all about smut. In keeping with the spirit of the blog itself and romance in general, I am pleased to say I have fallen in love with a romance novel.

…………. (waits for the initial shock to wear off).

Alright well I am glad you all kept your composure after such a revelation but its true; romance has now taken over me. I have to give thanks to my lovely girlfriend, my best friend in all the world, Alexa. She has been my main source of inspiration for such a long time and I have to give her credit in helping me realize that I too can fall in love with a romance novel.

This book has it all folks. Love, passion, a fiery storyline complete with twists, turns, intricate plot details, smoochy smoochy action, relatable characters and zombies.

Wait what?

Yes you read that right; zombies. This book is a zombie romance novel and I do indeed love it. It was such a fun read and I am chomping at the bits to reveal all the fleshy details about the book but since the movie is coming out in two months (in time for my 26th birthday –February 1st is the movie, the 27th is my birthday. MAKE NOTE), I am relegated to just providing my feelings for this heartfelt and touching book.

Since I am such a conversationalist, a great conversation and overall free forming dialogue in a book is important to me. I cannot stand when an excellent premise to a book is ruined by stilted dialogue and equally stiff characters (notice the puns ladies and those with external plumbing). This book seemed to take me to a new place that books have never really been to, at least the ones I have read. Since the main character, R, is a zombie and has difficulty forming cohesive sentences, a vast majority of his dialogue is internal. He grunts, groans, and attempts to construct full sentences, with an oddly hilarious result. It is not until he meets up with Julie and spends quite a bit of time with her that he begins to form full sentences instead of just fragments. This satisfied most of the things I look for in a good book; character progression and fascinating dialogue.

The love story aspect of this book was perhaps the thing which frightened me the most and also seemed to impress me the most by the time I had completed the book. It made a zombie falling in love with a human seem like something plausable and passable to the common book reader. I enjoyed how it was not over the top in any sense and it faced its fair share of doubt and high’s and lows, just like any ‘regular’ romance novel. The fact that a zombie was the male lead made this even more of a thrill and a delight.

This is Isaac Marion’s debut novel and as such, I was initially skeptical, especially considering the plot itself. A zombie love story? How could such a thing work? Well I now have to retract any negative thing I had ever said about this book as I was impressed by the sheer fun this book was read. Kudos to Mr. Marion and his wondrous efforts. I look forward to reading his future work.

I wholeheartedly stand behind this book as a fun book to read for those looking for an escape from the normal lively romance novel.

Warm Bodies will be out in theatres February 1st, 2013.

 

Alexa

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10 Responses to “Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion”

  1. Bianca

    Oh damn the movie comes out soon. I didn’t realize. I haven’t read the book but I want to so I’m glad to see you liked it 🙂

    • Johnny

      B! What do you mean you havent read the book? It was a fun read and a welcome reprieve from the typical romance book.

  2. ~MoonStar~

    I so look forward to the movie. The trailer looked so funny 😛

    Liked your review.. Heard great stuff about this book.. So think I need to read it aswell 🙂

    • Johnny

      Thats the thing…you would be under the impression that humor does not necessarily belong in a zombie romance book but the subtle bits of dark humor were a welcome addition to the book. I have high expectations for the movie and I do hope I am not disappointed. When you see the flick in February, contact me and let me know what you thought of it 🙂

  3. candace

    I actually saw the author on a panel last year. Prior to that I had zero interest in the book but the stuff he talked about made it seem much more interesting. You saying the dialogue is good has me more interested because dialogue so often makes or breaks a novel for me. I will have to read this before I see the movie.
    So glad you found a romance you liked!

    • Johnny

      You and Alexa are both glad I found a romance novel I enjoyed. I am much the same way about dialogue; it can make or break a book. I am jealous you got to meet the author at a panel. I have so many questions! Movie comes out February 1st, just an FYI

  4. Pragya

    Johnny, coming from you…good things about a romance book, never mind, a zombie one, wow! Ok this one has been on my TBR since the beginning of this year but now that you have reminded me the movie is coming up, I need to start and finish this asap.

    • Johnny

      It is not a long read by any stretch so getting it done after the first of the year should be no problem. Thank you for reading my review. I greatly appreciate it

  5. Alexa

    Wow Johnny, my boyfriend reads a romance novel! call me shocked!

    This isn’t romance the way I like it but I’ll take it!

    So glad you enjoyed this book

    • Johnny

      Well thanks lovely. I did enjoy the book and I will enjoy when you take me to see this movie for my birthday. And I still think you should read this. Just saying.

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