Series: Warm Bodies #1
Published by Random House on 28 Oct 2010
Genres: Paranormal, YA
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'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 had seen clips for the film, read some great reviews on GoodReads and was so excited when I got the book that I did a happy dance. And then the fear set it, what if it didn’t live up to the hype, what if it was just one big fat let down, why the heck am I even reading a zombie book? A few lines in I relaxed, knew I had no need to worry, the hype is justified, it was fab! Better than I have words to express.
R is zombie, he grunts a lot, has no recollection of his name, no memories, is capable of speaking only 2 or 3 word sentences. And yes, he kills. And he eats brains (note – skip the snacks while reading this book!) which allows him to live for a few seconds as he gets flashbacks of memories from his victims life. One day while on a food hunt, he meets Julie but for some reason, he doesn’t kill her. He wants to save her and this sets the wheels in motion for some changes in R’s life.
There is so much to like about Warm Bodies. First off, its so funny. Laugh out loud and too good to keep to myself so I kept annoying entertaining my hubby by quoting lines to him. Then there are the characters which are so well developed, they were real to me. And on top of all that you have action, romance and some thought provoking ideas about society in general. And to round it all off and to truly earn its 5 stars, its beautifully written. What more could a reader want?
“In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.”
Highly recommended to all especially to those (like me!) who would never in a million years have seen themselves liking a zombie book.
Thanks to Net Galley and Vintage Publishing for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.