Books in Film Review: Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1) by Isaac Marion
Series: Warm Bodies #1
Published by: Atria Books on January 1, 2010
Genres: Horror, Post Apocalyptic, YA, Zombies
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About the Book:
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, no identity, and no pulse. Just dreams.
After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. 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.
A little known fact about me is that I am a huge “book to film” geek. All this means is that I am constantly comparing films to the books they’re based on. So after I saw Warm Bodies, I had to read the book. Now normally, I am too chicken to watch zombie films let alone read the books, but there was something about this story that drew me in.
Now if you’re interested in the back story of Warm Bodies, just think every other mainstream zombie story you’ve ever heard. Mass plague engulfs the planet, or government experiment gone wrong then zombie apocalypse ensues. For the most part, this is where the stereotypes end. “R”, the story’s main character, is defiantly not your typical zombie. Even among other zombies he is an outcast. While he can’t help what he is, he wishes to be human and has found ways to feel human. His airplane home is filled with trinkets and records he has become obsessed with. He’s also found ways to cope with eating human flesh and allows himself to dream. This act in particular is how he is introduced to Julie. While hunting in the city, “R” comes across Julie’s retrieval party and saves her. Deciding to keep her safe, he takes her back to his home. After getting over the initial shock of the wacky situation, the two bond and eventually fall in love.
Ok, so apart from my original reasons that I fell for this story, I love the narration. I love that “R” was the narrator. In most stories the “damsel in distress’ is the person to narrate the story. And in some ways “R” is the damsel and Julie is his knight, but it was very refreshing to hear a man’s romantic point of view. I highly suggest this book, rather you’ve seen the film or not, Isaac Marion has written a unique love story that anyone, including a person like me with an irrational fear of zombies, can enjoy.
5 out of 5 Controllers
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