Title: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
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.
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.
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.