Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies: A Novel

Rating: *** – 3 Stars

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

BOOK SUMMARY: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.

REVIEWER COMMENTS:  Sweet love between a zombie and a human? Yuck, you might say. Or you might be surprised. Well yes, a zombie can be interesting, somewhat attractive, and capable of loving someone to the point of risking his life-or lack of one- for her. This is what Marion accomplishes in this strangely interesting novel that, while it portrays zombies as it should -disgusting undead with appalling habits-, it manages to evolve them into likable creatures capable of showing humanity and becoming the heroes at the end. Now, that is a hard thing to do.

SEXUAL CONTENT: Kisses, some very short sex scenes, reference to sexual encounters but no detailed description

ADULT LANGUAGE: A good amount of foul language with violence and gore

*Conclusion:  A somewhat convincing paranormal novel and entertaining adventure with a plot that will keep you turning the pages. And a sweet romance too. So, why the 3 stars? While I appreciated the author’s creativity and his interesting approach to zombies, there are other things I very much disliked: I did not care for R’s love interest, Julie, for example, who is portrayed as a teenager with a trucker mouth -an unattractive feature, in my opinion- and an attempted tough attitude which felt somewhat misplaced. And R’s first person account of eating a brain was… ok, so it’s zombies: what should I have expected?

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