Publication Date: October 28, 2010
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Genre: Adult Post-Apocalyptic
Series: The Warm Bodies Series (Book One)
Pages: 239 pages
Buy It: Amazon
R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.
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 is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision 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 is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.
I really loved the characters in Warm Bodies, I thought they were beautifully developed and had so much depth. I really loved the writing and the writing style in this book. R is a great main character, and I fell in love with him from the beginning. I loved how different this is from a lot of zombie novels in the sense that the zombies actually had thoughts; I think it definitely raised them from just being things to being actual characters. I think it’s awesome that the novel was written from the point of view of the zombie. It’s a beautiful story, and although it is a bit gruesome (which was enjoyable and fit the story well) it really left an impression.