Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.
R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.
I want to start off this review by saying that before I read this book, I hated anything to do with zombies. So to turn that opinion around, Isaac Marion did a pretty good job.
The writing style was descriptive, but just descriptive enough, and I enjoyed how the world was built. I especially enjoyed the description of the airport where the zombies are living, and found the whole premise of the book really believable.
I really liked R as the main character, and found him really amusing at times, especially when he can't get out more than a few syllables. Julie was a very feisty character, and I really liked how strong her opinions were at times, but how we were also shown a sadder side to her as well. I also loved how their relationship slowly developed, and how they really seemed to bounce off each other.
I also really enjoyed the diagrams that began every chapter - it was something that I thought really added to the novel and made me feel more immersed in the world.
The only problems I had with the novel were the dreams that often took up big sections of the chapters and how sometimes I felt the story was a little bit disjointed. I also though that the ending fell a bit flat; all the way through the book I had been expecting something momentous to happen, but it never really did.
Overall, I'm giving Warm Bodies 4/5 stars, and I would definitely recommend it, even if you don't like zombies.
Posted by Astrid at 08:52