This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The protagonist of Warm Bodies is R, a zombie who cannot remember his name beyond that single letter He is verbose compared to other zombies, although his main recreation is still riding escalators around the airport in which he lives I kind of felt like the escalator riding was a shout out to Dawn of the Dead and it made me happy The first few chapters of the book are the strongest parts of the book I think they must have been polished over and over again and they contrast the rest of the b The protagonist of Warm Bodies is R, a zombie who cannot remember his name beyond that single letter He is verbose compared to other zombies, although his main recreation is still riding escalators around the airport in which he lives I kind of felt like the escalator riding was a shout out to Dawn of the Dead and it made me happy The first few chapters of the book are the strongest parts of the book I think they must have been polished over and over again and they contrast the rest of the book so sharply that it can only suffer in comparison Still, R s thoughts are a little too well connected for a zombie, which made me feel like it was a mistake to tell this first person The book would have beenof a success with me if his evolution from man eater to Romeo was a littlegradual instead of part way there Given the number of pages we go through before we meet R s love interest and the catalyst for all the changes he goes through, I think he ought to have beenzombie ish.The zombies didn t feel much like zombies to me They had the ability to form relationships, albeit very basic ones, and to have a somewhat structured community There was a church in which R is married and there is a school that his adopted children attend to learn how to be better zombies The logic behind this is that children lack the instincts to be good zombies, to know how to kill and where to bite Ummm I didn t really buy that too much If next to none of their personality and memories are retained wouldn t a child zombie just be so many infected cells directed by the virus This is one of those books where I had to buckle up and stop asking questions because I wasn t going to get any decent answers.After the intial zombie world establishing is out of the way the story is just a weird retelling of Romeo and Juliet If Bella constantly comparing herself to Juliet in New Moon annoyed you then this book will probably give you a rage blackout You d think after New Moon a book couldn t bein your face about retelling that story, but you d be wrong Sure, Bella and Edward watch the movie all cuddled up together and he repeats the play line for line in her ear at the beginning of New Moon, but at least Stephanie Meyer didn t give Bella the middle name Juliet to like seal the freaking deal.R omeo kills and eats Perry Paris who is trying to protect his girlfriend Julie t In Isaac Marion s world zombies enjoy brains because it gives them brief flashes of human memory R gets Perry s memories of Julie Essentially all he knows about Julie beyond that she s warm and delicious is from Perry Perry s memories and feelings for Julie motivate R to save her, even attacking his bestest zombie buddy M ercutio And since I want to get my effing Romeo and Juliet references out of the way now, I m just going to let you know Julie s best friend is named Nora Nora wants to be a nurse I thought all the Romeo and Juliet crap was done by the time I got to Nora and I almost had a seizure when I realized there wasBelieve me, I m sparing you by telling you in advance.There areRomeo and Juliet references sprinkled throughout the book with all the finesse of a two year old flower girl throwing balled up, crumpled hunks of flower petals on the floor as she stomps her little way toward the alter, but none of them bothered me as much as the repetitive transparency of the names.So, back to R and Julie He saves her from M who Julie calls a fat fuck for the rest of the book , smears dead blood all over her face to hide her from the zombies and takes her back to zombie HQ at the airport Julie goes along with this because her options are kind of limited to R or being devoured by a pack of zombies I don t really know how she managed it without hysterics, the story is toldor less from R s POV, but she was a little too levelheaded about the whole experience given that her boyfriend and most of her friends just became chow.R shoves Julie inside the airplane he lives in to keep her safe from the other zombies He goes off to hang out with M Together they eat the brain of another teenage boy who had been in the group with Julie and Perry The experience isn t anything extremely altering for R, but luckily he s still got some of Perry to gnaw on You see, he didn t eat all of Perry s brain in one sitting No, he carries the rest around with him to much on slowly so he can, um, savor the experience Sorry, bad Lucy.Again, R experiences Perry s memories of Julie and this is where the author fumbles I can forgive the cheesy quality of retelling Romeo and Juliet I can forgive a zombie society that actually is a society, but there comes a point when as an author you have to man up and deal with the circumstances of the story you re writing R is a zombie Zombies are monsters R is a monster He ate a teenage boy who loved Julie and he is IMMEDIATELY and CONSTANTLY absolved of any guilt.Perry s life force was either so vibrant that it changed R or his love for Julie such a unique experience that it changed R, who has eaten hundreds of other brains Something about Perry was that catalyst, but Perry and Julie s relationship is downplayed forever after as being almost over and his life as something he was pretty much ready to forfeit This is all done to forgive R I would have preferred R s story be about finding redemption for what he d done and learning to fight the virus and change his nature.By eating Perry s brain, R gets to steal his memories and experiences the grief after his mother s death, the world s upheaval, and most importantly meeting and falling in love with Julie He even experiences the first time Perry and Julie make love It was creepy and sad and if the author had owned it then the whole thing could have been awesome, but instead we got the constant downplaying and reduction of Perry s life and value as a person By downplaying Perry s love for Julie and Perry s death all the author did was downplay the catalyst for R s change and the story absolutely, without a fucking doubt, suffered for it.R is forgiven for Perry s death four or five times throughout this 239 page novel Oh yeah, I m quoting some of it baby.Page 55Anyway, she says, whoever killed Perry I just want you to know I don t blame them for it I tense again You don t No I mean, I think I get it You don t have a choice, right And tot be honest I d never say this to anyone, but She stirs her food It s kind of a relief that it finally happened I frown What To be able to finally stop dreading it Yep, don t worrying about eating the first boy she loved It s better to rip that bandaid off rips out hair Icing for that cake is that it s not long after he s dead Later in the memories dreams stirred by consuming Perry s brain the ghost lingering memory of the dead kid forgives him saying he was ready to go Later Nora echoes Julie s sentiments about it not really being R s fault since it s the virus Sometime after Nora absolves him of guilt he finally confesses to Julie and she forgives him for a second time You can t tell, but I m rolling my eyes.Look, Suzanne Collins owned the dark world of The Hunger Games when she brutally killed off view spoiler Rue hide spoiler right in front of us J.K Rowling pulled no punches when she threw view spoiler Dumbledore hide spoiler off that tower R was a monster and Marion should have owned it If he had let R evolve from being a monster he would have found redemption instead of being handed it on page 55.Beyond those complaints R and Julie s romance meant absolutely nothing to me You can ask what romance when you read it Julie, all in all, was a bad romantic lead view spoiler Since she basically ended a zombie apocalypse just by being lovable hide spoiler she should have beenHelen of Troy and less blah view spoiler Yeah, she changed R so much that it changed the other zombies and broke the virus which miraculously at that stage in the book got called a curse instead of a virus, ah the love of consistency hide spoiler For me this book failed as a zombie novel and it failed as a romance, which is what it s being marketed as.There were a few technical problems with the grammar They weren t rampant problems, but my eye is untrained and I did notice them Also, Isaac Marion portrays stilted zombie speech with ellipsis so get prepared to never want to see three dots in a row ever again Warm Bodies is an amazing looking book The cover is stunning and inside there are black and white anatomy shots beneath the start of each new chapter These small inked drawings of various bits of the human body are what you d find in a biology book, but for some reason they re all theinteresting inside a zombie book It s a pretty book, but it s also kind of thin to be marked up to 24.00 USD Most hardcover YA novels are marked on cover as 17.99 or 19.99 so that was a bit of a price jump for a book that is thinner than average.One star for me, but I can see how other people might like some of it, especially if you re a watered down monsters and classic romance retellings I finished this book awhile ago, but I ve been avoiding writing my review The only reason I can think of is that I really don t want my first read glow to go away You know that time after you read a really spectacular book when you re just sitting around, thinking about how wonderful it was and going over passages you loved I think I ve been doing that for two weeks now Every time I think about Warm Bodies, I wonder at how good it was.Warm Bodies follows R, a zombie unlike those we normally I finished this book awhile ago, but I ve been avoiding writing my review The only reason I can think of is that I really don t want my first read glow to go away You know that time after you read a really spectacular book when you re just sitting around, thinking about how wonderful it was and going over passages you loved I think I ve been doing that for two weeks now Every time I think about Warm Bodies, I wonder at how good it was.Warm Bodies follows R, a zombie unlike those we normally read about R thinks, deeply, about things, speaks five syllables in a row, and has real dreams He can t remember his life, but has a fascination with life longing to know who he was and what he did When R eats the brain of a teenage boy, he experiences flashbacks into the boy s life, mostly featuring his first love, Julie R becomes enthralled with Julie and they begin a tenuous relationship unlike any in this barren world before As Julie and R become closer, both experience impossible changes changes that could possibly affect the entire world.Words cannot explain how much I loved R and his voice From the first page, I knew his narration was different Because he can t speak but a word or two at a time, most of his narration comes straight from his thoughts There are pages filled with R simply talking about what he does all day, and it s riveting stuff My favorite descriptions come when he talks about groaning, mostly in the beginning of the novel.R is also genuine and eager Perhaps this is because he s dead, and things can t really get much worse Whatever reason, it makes him endearing and utterly likeable, despite being a zombie It s hard to believe I would ever feel anything but disgust for a zombie, but it happened with this book.I also liked Julie A lot She s a kick butt kind of girl, the kind we don t get to read about much in books where the protagonist is male The girl can take care of herself She s also got a sense of humor, something that many authors would be tempted to eliminate when writing a serious zombie novel.UPDATE Apparently he s writing a sequel now, so I suppose this doesn t apply any I m not going to complain Can I also point out that I love that it s a standalone book Don t get me wrong, I m a major series lover But I also just love books and authors that just don t need to leave you aggravated and desperate for a sequel that many times you don t particularly want I like the way it ended it was open in a way the reader can interpret for themselves, but in a slightly leading way.Isaac Marion is taking a different approach to the zombie novel, one that could have been disastrous Warm Bodies is anything but It is well written, poignant, funny, and memorable Easily my favorite read this year.More reviews on my blog Paper Cuts What makes us human Is it merely a collection of living flesh and tissue and bone, or is it also consciousness and memory and feeling R, the young zombie who narrates this novel, isn t really sure But after meeting Julie, a human girl he impulsively saves and hides away in an abandoned plane, he begins to experience thoughts and feelings that he d forgotten he d ever had Warm Bodies is a wistful love story that is creepy, sad, sweet, and disturbing in equal measure The notion that it is poss What makes us human Is it merely a collection of living flesh and tissue and bone, or is it also consciousness and memory and feeling R, the young zombie who narrates this novel, isn t really sure But after meeting Julie, a human girl he impulsively saves and hides away in an abandoned plane, he begins to experience thoughts and feelings that he d forgotten he d ever had Warm Bodies is a wistful love story that is creepy, sad, sweet, and disturbing in equal measure The notion that it is possible to write a philosophical zombie novel seems quite unbelievable, but the author has accomplished this feat with astonishing ease Being in R s head is a revelatory experience he is matter of fact, pensive, humorous, and troubled at various different times After his shockingly violent introduction to Julie, he also becomes animated and severely conflicted and full of yearning A story like this obviously requires that readers suspend a fair amount of disbelief, but the focus here isn t on the technical aspects of survival anyway, buton the idea that the desire for dignity and tenderness have just as much to do with humanity as does a collection of blood and muscles and cells.The gentle sentiment in this story took me completely by surprise, especially as it contrasts so sharply with the visceral feedings that keep the zombies alive The nourishment comes not only from the nutritional content that is necessary for survival, but also from the associated memories and emotions that each morsel of brain matter contains This startlingly original idea creates an incredible amount of anguish and guilt and longing for R, and as he becomesanddeeply attached to Julie, it s impossible to remain unmoved by his plight I keep saying I m not a zombie person, but some of the best books I ve read recently have featured them in prominent roles After being blown away by Feed, Deadline, and The Reapers Are the Angels, I wasn t really sure whether there was still another great zombie story I d be excited about, but Warm Bodies is a brilliant addition to the non typical horror, intelligent zombie novel canon I think that the reason these stories have struck such a chord with me is that they re attempting to explore ideas that are bigger than the issues that are actually on the page Whether the books are delving into the right to information or the value of life or the struggle to keep the human spirit alive, the presence of the zombies is almost incidental It s the fundamental questions these novels raise about the nature of humans and humanity that make them such great and moving works of literature Made the list forBest Badass Zombie Bookshttp badassbookreviews.com the bestLessons learned from R who happens to be a zombie 1 Sometimes you are up, and sometimes you are down That is until the power goes out and you are stuck 2 Freaking out is not going to help, instead get married 3 Sometimes a little brain goes a long way, unless of course you just ate the last of it, and then you are so screwed.4 It is not our words but our actions that speak loudest regarding who we are.5 Made the list forBest Badass Zombie Bookshttp badassbookreviews.com the bestLessons learned from R who happens to be a zombie 1 Sometimes you are up, and sometimes you are down That is until the power goes out and you are stuck 2 Freaking out is not going to help, instead get married 3 Sometimes a little brain goes a long way, unless of course you just ate the last of it, and then you are so screwed.4 It is not our words but our actions that speak loudest regarding who we are.5 A name is just that Your identity is what people remember about you when you leave the room.6 Sometimes humans are scarier than zombies I ll eventually do a real review but I just adored R and for the time being will leave this review like this What an entertaining delight I first heard of this book through the movie trailer I was very skeptical about this, yet oddly curious at the same time A zombie who falls in love I did not know what to expect getting into this What I ended up experiencing was a story like no other R is a zombie with personality Not very common, right Even the other zombies think he is odd He longs for memoriesfor life When he eats the brain of a young man named Perry and saving a human girl, thi What an entertaining delight I first heard of this book through the movie trailer I was very skeptical about this, yet oddly curious at the same time A zombie who falls in love I did not know what to expect getting into this What I ended up experiencing was a story like no other R is a zombie with personality Not very common, right Even the other zombies think he is odd He longs for memoriesfor life When he eats the brain of a young man named Perry and saving a human girl, things begin to change for him He gets flashbacks of Perry s life, giving him a familiarity to the girl, Julie, he saved He learns of Perry s relationship to Julie and his own feelings toward her begin to manifest themselves The writing is very well done There is a certain eloquence to the artistic imaging Isaac Marion has set up for us The story is all told from R s perspective While his spoken words may be few, his thoughts are many He has am amusing, dry sense of humor that keeps the reader engaged in what is happening around him We see his life at the airport, including a marriage, adopting kids, and even zombie sex Let me tell you, never have I heard of such things working the was they do in a zombie society Then again, I never read of a zombie society So this was a very unique experience.The only downside for this was that while the first half to two thirds of the books were well written and is almost poetic in nature, the rest seemsrushed The world seems to lose its aspect, the writing style itself even seems to shift Maybe it was because R didn t know what to think of his own thoughts by this point Personally though, I wish the story was drawn out a bitto give the same attention to the ending that the beginning received So, overall, I was quite happy with this one If you have seen the movie, yet never read the book Go read the book Much better than the movie The humor and personality portrayed is beautiful here Very creative storytelling I ve even re read it, so I find it worth adding to the collection New week, New BookTube Video all about the best and worst literary apocalypses to live through The Written ReviewCold Hands, Warm Heart R spends his time at the airport, taking long walks and scooping brains out of skulls He s a zombie but unlike most of the ones he s met, he can think aboutthan just his stomach Julie is one of the last humans living in the settlement She s finally old enough to go out on a raiding mission but when she does, her team gets ambushed almost immediat New week, New BookTube Video all about the best and worst literary apocalypses to live through The Written ReviewCold Hands, Warm Heart R spends his time at the airport, taking long walks and scooping brains out of skulls He s a zombie but unlike most of the ones he s met, he can think aboutthan just his stomach Julie is one of the last humans living in the settlement She s finally old enough to go out on a raiding mission but when she does, her team gets ambushed almost immediately.As R chomps on the brain of Julie s boyfriend Perry , he experiences the memories Seeing Julie from Perry s perspective changes something truly and wholly within R Without really knowing why, R knows he has one new priority protect Julie.For a zombie love story this one was rather sweet and not nearly as gorey as I would ve expected The love between Julie and R is quick but not unbelievable Julie s best friend Nora was just the right amount of sassy and badass I really enjoyed this one Audiobook CommentsThe voice actors did not do a great job of reading, and by listening to this book opposed to reading, I began to notice all those little flaws that I hadn t the first few times through.Blog Instagram Twitter This is not a young adult novel.I mean, it is about a young adultish human and zombie who fall in love and set about to change the world with love But this is not a young adult novel.It has themes of young love and disaffected youth and hopeful new beginnings but this is not a young adult novel, people Regardless of what it is, it s a pretty good novel, but I have a confession This is going to translate in people s minds as me being simplistic and unable to handle the deeper,complicated This is not a young adult novel.I mean, it is about a young adultish human and zombie who fall in love and set about to change the world with love But this is not a young adult novel.It has themes of young love and disaffected youth and hopeful new beginnings but this is not a young adult novel, people Regardless of what it is, it s a pretty good novel, but I have a confession This is going to translate in people s minds as me being simplistic and unable to handle the deeper,complicated themes of this book but I don t care.I liked the movie better.Major fans of the book are going to virulently disagree with me but I thought it actually managed to streamline the story highly effectively, keeping the spirit of the novel without deviating from anything important In fact, the way it restructured some events, I actually thought, created aemotional impact.But the book itself is still pretty good, though I wonder at some of the weird turns it takes Like zombie sex Lots of zombie sex Nice to know that even zombie women experience objectification Comforting Guess some things never change Objectification and unsatisfying sex straight into the un life.R is adorkable, and if I never have to type the word again, it will be too soon But he is In the midst of his mid death crisis with an unfulfilling zombie marriage and two little tykes to drag him down, life seems empty and unfulfilling R wants to be alive again He even gets a sports car and kidnaps a young girlfriend Luckily, unlike reality, this is fantasy so it s all okay As opposed to the time I kidnapped my own young girlfriend and got a sports car That turned out to be a big mistake alt YOLO I love Julie I mean, she s a total idiot, a dreamer and so far removed from reality that it might as well be the third nipple she never had But she was a wonderful character nonetheless, who I completely adored I adored everyone, almost as much as I adored the writing Which was pretty evocative, raw, kind of gross but in a good way.The only thing I struggled with in this book was that I felt the pacing and overall narrative flow of the movie made so muchsense and was a lot tighter, stronger andpowerful Otherwise, if you like zombies, existential crises, stories of young people improbably overcoming impossible circumstances and weird zombie sex, then this is the book for you Just don t call it a young adult novel, okay This review, and others like it can also be found on my blog, Cuddlebuggery Book Blog 4.5 stars Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature In Warm Bodies 2010 , our world has been overrun by the zombies, and the few humans who are left are fighting a rearguard action They huddle in walled enclosures, sending out occasional armed expeditions for food and supplies Regular school classes have fallen by the wayside, replaced by classes and demonstrations on how to best kill a zombie permanently head shots.R is a zombie who doesn t remember his past life, except that his n 4.5 stars Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature In Warm Bodies 2010 , our world has been overrun by the zombies, and the few humans who are left are fighting a rearguard action They huddle in walled enclosures, sending out occasional armed expeditions for food and supplies Regular school classes have fallen by the wayside, replaced by classes and demonstrations on how to best kill a zombie permanently head shots.R is a zombie who doesn t remember his past life, except that his name maybe started with the letter R He can speak a few syllables,than most of his zombie companions, and think complex thoughts that his tongue can t share R and hundreds of other zombies live in an abandoned airport, going on group hunts to the city to try to find food, in the form of humans When they eat the brains of the Living, they experience fragments of the human s memories, and it energizes them R and his friend M lead a zombie hunting party to the city one day and come across a group of humans who have ventured out of the stadium where they live R attacks and kills Perry, the young man leading the group As he bites into Perry s brain, he s hit with Perry s memories of moments with his girlfriend Julie When R recovers from these visions, he sees Julie cowering in a corner Against all his zombie instincts, he rescues Julie from the other zombies and leads her back to his home, a 747 commercial jet parked at the end of a boarding tunnel As R and Julie get to know each other better, Julie gradually loses her fear of R, R edges back toward humanity, and the two develop an unlikely friendship But their relationship is a threat to those around them, both the humans and the Boneys, the animated and malignant skeletons that lead the zombie horde.R is a zombie with a heart even if it s not beating and philosophical thoughts that he can t really share, since a zombie s conversational abilities are so very limited But he finds his tongue and heart are loosened as he gets to know Julie And as R continues to snack on bits of Perry s brain that he saved for later, many of Perry s thoughts and memories are shared with him kind of like in Stephenie Meyer s The Host, Perry is often a separate voice in R s head But R s feelings are his own R s narration is intelligent and engaging, dealing with the horrors of his murderous lifestyle with self deprecatory humor that, together with the slowly developing romance, lightens the otherwise bleak post apocalyptic setting.I got all the way to the end of Warm Bodies before I realized how many connections Isaac Marion has made to Romeo and Juliet R and Julie are the star crossed couple, with the zombies and humans playing the roles of the houses of the Montagues and Capulets Perry is the analogue of Paris, Juliet s ill fated lover Julie s best friend Nora takes on the Nurse s role as Juliet s confidante and R s zombie friend M stands in for Mercutio, Romeo s friend.Despite the many character connections, the plot of the story is Isaac Marion s own original creation It s a quirky but moving mixture of science fiction and fantasy, shifting from a fairly straight zombiepocalypse near future setting to something that is a littlemeta, fantastical and symbolic in the end, not to mention heart warming I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review, along with The New Hunger the prequel novella and The Burning World, the 2017 sequel The publicist was feeling generous, so I totally scored Lots of reading yet to do, but this first book definitely didn t disappoint.Content advisory Though Warm Bodies is classified as a YA book by the publisher not the author , it contains adult language and themes, and fairly graphic and gruesome violence Not recommended for younger orsensitive readers Now a major motion picture from Summit EntertainmentR is having a no life crisis he is a zombie He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead He may occasionally eat people, but he d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozyhe calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilizationAnd then he meets a girlFirst as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom He doesn t want to eat this girl although she looks delicious he wants to protect her But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can t imagine, and their hopeless world won t change without a fight Much better than I expected especially after the start I really wasn t going to sure if I would care for this one because it seemed a little silly at first.But, after I got into it, it started to have some interesting action sequences and some really deep introspection on the human condition.