Sunday, January 3, 2016

Emmy's Review: Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies # 1)
Now a major motion picture from Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the blockbuster Twilight series and the upcoming movie Divergent, starring Academy Award Nominee John Malkovich, Nicholas Hoult, and Teresa Palmer and directed by Jonathan Levine.

R 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 cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl.

First 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.

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Book:  Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Publication Date: 12/25/2012
Published By: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Pages: 239
Format:  paperback
Source: Barb

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R. is different than your average “grr-argh” zombie.  Sure, he shambles, he groans, he eats the living, especially the brains.  He looks kinds of rough around the edges, but surprisingly good for one of the undead. He has no idea how long he has been this way.  Time is elastic, and hunger is the only timekeeper of the restless dead.  His interior thoughts are surprisingly deep, and often wryly funny.  He’s more aware than most of the others around him.  When that spark inside him is set aflame, he begins to change, and by changing sets off a reaction in the other zombies.  He finds a purpose in Julie, the Living girl he encounters while hunting, and that purpose is both simple and complex: Keep her safe.

I loved this book.  I frigging loved it.  I have been waiting to watch the movie, because I wanted to read the book first, and I’m hoping the movie lives up to the book.  It’s got Nicholas Hoult in it, so it’s already leaning towards good for me, lol.  I frigging loved R.  I loved his voice, the way he thought, the whole package.  It was hilarious, and I wasn’t expecting that in a zombie book.  It’s so unique, a tale told by a zombie, as usually the tale is told by those running away from them.  I would truly be remiss if i didn’t mention the language, the flow, and how it’s almost poetic.

I never thought about WHY zombies eat brains….and now I know.  And wouldn’t you know,  it made perfect sense.

I loved the metaphor of it all - we are killing ourselves as a human race, killing ourselves with hate.  the Beatles really were right….”All you need is love/love is all you need”.  If we as a world could show a little more love, maybe we could keep from turning into dry dusty bones filled with hate.  

Till next time,

About the Author:
Isaac Marion grew up in the mossy depths of the Pacific Northwest, where he worked as a heating installer, a security guard, and a visitation supervisor for foster children before publishing his debut novel in 2010. WARM BODIES became a #5 New York Times bestseller and inspired a major Hollywood film adaptation. It has been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide. Isaac lives in Seattle with his cat and a beloved cactus, writing fiction and music and taking pictures of everything.

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