Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Rating: 5/5

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Dear friends,

I just wanted to start off by saying: PLEASE, PLEASE READ THE BOOK FIRST BEFORE YOU WATCH THE MOVIE! (and the zombie theme is nothing like the usual groaning and walking-with-your-hands-sticking-up)
You’ll regret it if you don’t.

I’ve been putting off Warm Bodies for a long time, mostly because I was caught up in other series and didn’t want to start something new, and then because I just really couldn’t fathom putting ‘zombie’ and ‘romance’ in the same sentence without conjuring up a sappy looking Frankenstein in my head. But then a trailer starring a make-up clad Nicholas Hoult and non-Six-looking Teresa Palmer came up and I figured that Frankenstein really wasn’t going to be a problem.

Because rotting or not, R is looking pretty neat.
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Dead sexy zombies aside (oh, pun!), Warm Bodies actually turned out to be pretty funny. You’ve got a zombie who makes fun of himself (I’m not sure if that was intended, or it just came out that way) by saying things like “My friend ‘M’ says the irony of being a zombie is that everything is funny, but you can’t smile, because your lips have rotted off.” Sure, there were some putrid brain-chomping scenes that were a little gross but hey, what’s a quality zombie book without all the blood and the gore?

Just a warning though, R does in fact eat a guy’s brains and then proceeds to fall in love with his victim’s girlfriend by experiencing memories from the very brain now being dissolved in his stomach. The victim, named Perry, continues to show R memories of Julie (the love interest and Perry’s ex-girlfriend) and towards the end of the book warns him of what’s to come.

The confusing part is though, that sometimes I wasn’t sure whether I was reading R’s POV or Perry’s memories, and there were some parts in the plot where I didn’t really understand what was going on. At first, I was a little grossed out about Perry’s brains and Julie, and then everything got a little weirder when the dead Perry proceeded to encourage R to fall in love with Julie. What’s interesting though, is that as the plot complicates, Perry develops as well- even though he’s technically ‘dead’, and it’s clear why Perry’s so chilled about R and Julie. By the end, I kind of miss Perry doing his ‘god’ thing (which is what it sounds/reads like when he’s talking to R) and I’m really hoping to somehow see more of Perry in the second book.

There are times where I find Julie a little rude (especially with M, but I’m probably just biased because I love that guy) but she’s definitely not a quitter and she can handle her own. Then you’ve got R who’s quirky, cute, witty- just about everything that could light up a zombie apocalypse book.

The complicated plot proves not to be a problem by the ending, because everything (well, mostly) gets explained so that all of the reader’s questions are resolved, and it’s a surprisingly deep “apocalypse” book (it got me really thinking on how us humans react with each other). The ending wasn’t a cliffhanger, so don’t worry, but it really left me with a serious hankering for a ticket to the Warm Bodies movie, because I could seriously see how the whole post-apocalypse world could go to glory on the big screen.

So, does it read like a paranormal romance read?
Yes and no. The book is mostly focused on dark humor and the zombie apocalypse, but I’d say about 45% of the book’s got a little heart-thumping in it.
Will I puke if I read it?
Not really, unless you have extremely vivid imagination.
Is it just a remake of Twilight?
NO. If it was, it’d be a little like Bella with a gun, and a ludicrous Edward with a little more normal human qualities.
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I was never really into the whole zombies thing, mostly because I just couldn’t stand the endless eating-of-bodies and the pointless walking. Now R takes the infamous groaning to the whole a new level, but it’s insanely funny to hear because I mean, we’re talking about a zombie who listens to Frank Sinatra and rides escalators in his spare time!

It’s approximately 8 hours after I finished Warm Bodies, and I’m really missing R’s witty voice.

Love always,
The Permanent Monday

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