Wednesday, October 30, 2013

review: WARM BODIES by Isaac Marion

WARM BODIES by Isaac Marion
Random House Group: Vintage Books
Released: April 26, 2011
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 239

Rating: DNF

*edit: I did later finish this book and love it!*

* The white cover is the UK version. *

'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. If 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 . . .

My Thoughts

* The cover to the right is the US cover. *

I was a little hesitant to read this novel - because romantic zombies still really creep me out - but a glowing review by Carolyn from Book Chick City (and the blurb on the front by Simon Pegg) clinched it for me.

After Part 1, I was still a little unimpressed. Well, maybe that's not the right term. How about . . . disconnected? The story was interesting, but I was still waiting for things to get started. The setting is a little ambiguous - it's supposed to be somewhere in the U.S., but I looked up Oran Airport, which was mentioned by Julie, and it's somewhere in Algeria. Boo.

I started with Part 2, but then I stopped. I don't know what happened, I just . . . lost interest in the story. I wasn't invested in these characters.

All of that said, though, I might actually have to reverse my anti-zombie movie policy to see this in theaters next August!

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