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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I never thought I could care so passionately for a zombie. This story stayed with me long after I was done reading it.”

    Stephenie Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Twilight series

  • Warm Bodies is a strange and unexpected treat. This is a wonderful book, elegantly written, touching, and fun.”

    Audrey Niffenegger, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

  • “Isaac Marion has a great new voice that hooks you from page one and accomplishes the impossible: it makes you care about zombie love. Warm Bodies is a terrific read”

    Josh Bazell, New York Times bestselling author of Beat the Reaper

  • “A mesmerizing evolution of a classic contemporary myth.”

    Simon Pegg, actor, Shaun of the Dead

  • “Marion is a disarming writer, ruefully humorous, knowingly cinematic in scope. This is a slacker-zombie novel with a heart.”

    Guardian (UK)

  • “Has there been a more sympathetic monster since Frankenstein’s?”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “The words Marion uses to describe his grim near-future are silken smooth. They slip through the mind’s grasp easily, pleasurably, leaving hardly a hint of themselves in the images they evoke.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Enormous fun.”

    Marie Claire (UK)

  • Warm Bodies is a terrific zombook. Snuggle up to it with the lights low and enjoy a dead-lightful combination of horror and romance.”


  • “R does possess a certain winsome charm and the upbeat ending will warm many hearts.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Warm Bodies is a terrific book—a compelling literary fantasy which is also a strange and affecting pop-culture parable.”

    Nick Haraway, author of The Gone-Away World

  • “Narrator Kevin Kenerly is wonderful as the witty hero, R…With a tender love story at its heart, Isaac Marion’s refreshing, brainy novel might be retitled Romeo and Juliet with Zombies. Kevin Kenerly’s performance will win your heart.”


  • “A jubilant story about two star-crossed lovers, one of them dead and hungry for more than love.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Both tender and lacerating, this zombie novel has more to say about being alive than being dead. ‘Love’ is not a strong enough word for my feelings about this book.”

    Maggie Stiefvater, author of the Shiver trilogy

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Moni | 5/19/2011

    " Better than I was expecting. A great twist on the zombie genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ashley | 5/17/2011

    " Okay, this is not my normal cup of tea--at all--but I have to give it props for making me laugh and making me think. Both pretty valuable things in a book, so, zombies or not, I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deanne | 5/17/2011

    " Absolutely brilliant!!! I love, love, love this book so much that I know I will read over and over again!!! Thank you to all those bloggers out there that raved about it. Yes, it is crazy awesome. I can't wait for what Isaac throws at us next!!! I'm definitely a huge fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 5/14/2011

    " This was a shockingly good book. If I tell you it's a zombie love story, you can laugh, cause that's funny. But it's well written and I rather liked it. "

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