Warm Bodies is everything one could ask for in a young adult novel: it's unusual, given its zombie theme and the lack of vampires and witches; it's thought-provoking, as the protagonist learns more about himself; and, above all, it's just a really cute love story with a likable hero and a supportive heroine who isn't afraid to take a chance on this undead guy who saves her from being eaten by other zombies.
Mind you, R, the undead hero, isn't good from the start. His transformation begins when he starts eating the heroine's boyfriend's brains and experiences his memories. As a result, he starts having tender feelings for the heroine, Julie, and saves her from sharing her boyfriend's fate. He tries his best to keep her safe at the airport where he lives, but eventually, they are forced to run away because other zombies try to eat Julie. They end up going back to the human world and Julie's best friend, Nora, is brought in on the secret of her relationship with a zombie guy. For a while, R manages to pass himself off as human but eventually, suspicion falls on him and R and Julie are forced to run once again.
In this world, zombies and humans are on opposite sides of the fence, but there is a possibility of bringing them together if only the zombies can evolve sufficiently to stop eating brains and humans can get over their mistrust. Isaac Marion has written a novel set in a complex world with its own moral dilemmas which, funny though they may seem, are as real to that world as our dilemmas are to us. The thing that this world has in common with our world is that it is divided, with humans on one side and zombies on the other. It's up to our hero and heroine to create the change necessary to bring everyone together. The book does have certain similarities to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet which is alluded to now and again by the author.
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Isaac Marion is a native of Seattle and a Renaissance man of the 21st century, who is a musician and a visual artist in addition to being a writer. Warm Bodies is his fourth novel, but the first one that was published via traditional means i.e., through a well-known publisher. His previous three books were self-published. He often tours the country in his 1977 GMC motorhome named Baleen and is working on a sequel to Warm Bodies. The book has been made into a movie by the same name, starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich.
R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. 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.
Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His choice 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 explores what happens when the cold heart of a zombie is tempted by the warmth of human love. Download and start listening now!