Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)Title: Warm Bodies | Author: Isaac Marion | Atria Books | Warm Bodies #1 |239 pages | 5 Stars | Source: Netgalley Release Date: 1st November 2011

Goodreads Synopsis
“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. Just 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 burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. 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 have read many Zombie books and watch many Zombie films. From the original I am Legend to the more Recent Generation Dead Trilogy. None of which have I loved as much as this one. This is a fab take on the Zombie genre and I genuinely cannot wait to see the film to see if it lives up this.

The story follows R. He a zombie like no other. He likes nothing more than travelling escalators and listening to old records by Frank Sinatra. He goes out one day on a hunt and there he meets Julie and that is where his world (or what’s left of it) begins to change.

I never though I would feel sorry for a Zombie but I couldn’t help feel sorry for R. In his minds he is an articulate one but all that comes out is a few mere groans and stuttered words. His frustration is so apparent and well written you can’t help but empathize with him. Julie is also a great main character she is feisty and easy to relate to but it is apparent that she has demons to contend with (one being her father)

As for this take on zombies, I found it a bit peculiar to start with. In this novel, Zombies eat brains not only for food but for some kind of mental stimulation, to feel what the victim feels and take on their memories for a short period of time (seconds). I didn’t know where this was going to go initially but it played a key part in a plot twist that took the novel to a new level.

Overall this is a brilliant take on zombies, one that allows us to see a zombie’s point of view when it comes to the apocalypse instead of one of a selfish human. Recommend to people who want a change when it comes to YA zombies!

Goodreads Average: 3.96/5 (out of 49,937 ratings)

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8 thoughts on “Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

  1. roroisreading says:

    I love this boooooooook . Yes I do I ,I do . I’m sad that this cover is out of print( the hardback) and I hate the movie tie in cover . Also I’m super exited for the sequel which will be 400 pgs ( probably out late 2015 , please don’t get pushed back ) tnx for the lovely review


    • alexsarahlouise says:

      I wanted this cover so bad! It is so pretty. I went to go buy it second hand but it was £30! not paying that much! 🙂

      I saw the sequel announcement thing on his blog! I cannot wait! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by! I went to check out your blog but it would not let me! :/ xxx

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  2. Rashika says:

    I am glad to hear you enjoyed this but I am not sure this is my thing. I am not a huge fan of zombies but if I were to read zombie books I’d rather they were scary but that’s just me. 🙂

    Lovely review, Alex!! 🙂


    • alexsarahlouise says:

      Thank chick! 🙂

      There is not much gore in this one considering it is a zombie book. However, if its not your jam its cool too 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by! Xxx


    • alexsarahlouise says:

      This shows how old this post is. I have been bringing back reviews from an old blog. This shows that I should read them before I post them! I loved the film just as much as the book. I think it was incredibly faithful to it and even though some changes were made to the film, I think they were necessary in order to make to take it to the big screen!

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 xx


    • alexsarahlouise says:

      I adored it. I think the film and book are on par. Some changes have been made but I think they are necessary. I hope you pick it up soon! 🙂 xxx


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