Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
October 18th, 2010 Vintage
Synopsis: ‘R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.
Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.
This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight..
I really enjoyed reading this book. If Zombies are not your favorite characters to read or you don’t enjoy reading about violence (i.e zombies eating human brains etc.) then I suggest you don’t read this book. I watched the movie first and then I read this book ( I know most people read the book than watch the movie). For the most part the book was very similar to the movie but I was so glad that I got to learn more about Perry (one of the characters) and his childhood. The movie neglects some of the information about Perry’s background.
Overall, I also liked getting to know more about what the main character “R” thought of his surroundings and getting to learn on a deeper level what he thought of Julie. There are not too many books on Zombies where the main character is a Zombie and you (the reader) gets to learn about things going on from a Zombie’s perspective. As the plot went on, “R” started to become more and more human and as a result he ended up alienating himself from the rest of the Zombies except for “M”, his friend. Julie and “R” made a great couple and I really liked how their relationship wasn’t super fast paced. They actually got to know one another.
What fascinates me is the fact that we never know what “R” or “M” first name is. We just know them by their first initial. Which makes me think that they could be anyone.