Review – Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm BodiesWarm Bodies – I should have loved thee.

I was really looking forward to reading Warm Bodies but, unfortunately, was disappointed for about half the book.

R is a zombie.  He doesn’t remember his pre-walking dead life and just goes through the motions each day.  Then, on a hunting expedition, he and his friends meet up with a group of humans.  They start fighting and R kills a young man.  Then he sees the human Julie and decides he wants her / wants to protect her.

Minor spoilers ahead –

The story itself is actually pretty good.  What does it mean to be human?  Can a person/zombie change?  But, there were some things that just didn’t sit well with me.  R was always making smart remarks about zombies – we just stumble around and mumble, etc.  It didn’t come off as funny to me.  It actually seemed mean.  And, Julie’s reactions were not just strange, they were kind of infuriating.  She doesn’t care that R killed her boyfriend since he was going to probably die eventually anyway?  And, she kisses R when she knows that she could catch the zombie virus from him.  Plus, where in the world does she get raspberry lip gloss to leave on the rim of her cup?  And, her IPOD still works?

The movie version is coming out soon (maybe already) and this may be a very entertaining film.  But, I just couldn’t get past some of the silliness and zombie jokes.

3/5 stars.  Thank you to Random House UK for providing an e-book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.



2 thoughts on “Review – Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

  1. I thought this one was cute, but that’s not the highest compliment coming from me. I also found it very YA. My biggest issue with R is that while he’s a zombie who can’t retain memories, he’s awfully intelligent and insightful. The premise just didn’t work for me.

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