Title: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
Length: 240 pages
Genre: Fantasy, horror, romance
Format: Paper back
Why I read it: Well… Why….not
What it’s About: R is a zombie. He has no idea what his name is, just that it may have started with an R, he doesn’t remember anything about himself from before he was a zombie. All he knows is that he and his fellow zombies fill their days eating people, and wandering aimlessly around the airport they call home. While on a hunting trip, he kills a boy named Perry, and because of Perry’s memories, He knows Julie. After saving Julie from being eaten, and holding her as a reluctant guest in his airplane home, He begins to notice he is changing.
The Good: For my first zombie book, this one was a great choice. There was humor, there was a tiny bit of gore, and of course, there were characters you couldn’t help but love. This book was not afraid to make fun of itself, which is always a plus to my twisted sense of humor. R was a very loveable zombie, and you couldn’t keep from rooting for him. As for the slight gore, well, it couldn’t be avoided, but it was done in such a way you could actually forget it was gore. Which again for me (the girl who is afraid of death) was good. And although there were some staggeringly obvious allusions to Romeo and Juliet (R and Julie, anyone? Not to mention M, Perry, and Nora…..) it made the story that much cuter.
The Bad: There wasn’t a lot of back story. I know R couldn’t remember anything from when he was Human, but even after meeting Julie and Nora, there was never any mention about how the zombies became zombies. There were allusions that zombieism is an infection, but no word on what happened to the world. And while there are snippets of Julie’s past, nothing that made me invested in her character. I would have loved a little more about the past to make the world so….desolate a place.
Final Thoughts: This was a fun, quick read. And The movie was possibly even better. I can’t wait to read the sequel, and hopefully the prequel novella in the near future.