Saturday, July 27, 2013

Nicole Speaks: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

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"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."

Nicole Speaks:
*this review contains minor spoilers*

As soon as I saw a coming attraction for Warm Bodies I knew I had to see the movie! Once I found out the movie was based on a book I got even more excited and couldn’t wait to read it. After seeing the movie, I loved R and Julie, and I looked forward to reading all about them. Even though I had the book for some time before I actually read it, what made me end up deciding to read Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies, was that I wanted to read something different. I wanted to read a book where you were reading from the supernatural person’s point of view instead of the usual human falling for a mysterious creature. I’m glad I read it because reading the book made me love R and Julie’s relationship even more.

R may be a zombie, but I don’t care. He is incredibly sweet and caring; especially once he starts falling for Julie. He may have eaten people, but Julie changes him, in more ways than he could ever imagine. It was so cute how he saved her while they were all out hunting. Their story took off from there. After eating her boyfriend Perry’s brain, which lets him see some of Perry’s memories, R can’t help but start to fall for Julie. I never thought I’d love a zombie, find eating brains cute and be cheering on a zombie-human relationship, but I just couldn’t help it! They were cuter together than some regular relationships I’ve read about and they had such a huge impact on everyone they know.

I knew Julie couldn’t stay with R forever at the airport, but I knew when she finally would leave, R would be heartbroken. I felt so terrible for R and I found myself cheering him on as he decided he needed to go after her, no matter what the risks were. I knew they needed to be together no matter what differences they had. I was thrilled to see him putting his life in danger just to go after the girl he loved. I couldn’t believe how much I wanted a zombie to end up with a human.

R’s zombie friends were also incredibly interesting. I never knew that R and Julie’s feelings for each other would spark “the cure” to the zombie apocalypse. Love was all they needed to realize they didn’t need to be the way they were. I find that super cute and I couldn’t wait for more and more zombies to change just like R was. I wanted all of the humans to realize what was happening, accept them, and help the change, but of course it wouldn’t be that simple.

One thing I loved about this book was that you got to read from the zombie’s point of view. So many books with supernatural love stories you read from the human’s point of view. I wanted something different and I didn’t know what book to read. Reading as a zombie was so different and awesome that it made me like Warm Bodies even more. I don’t think the book would have been nearly as amazing if it was from Julie’s point of view.

I loved this book and it was different from many other books I read. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a love story, or a zombie book, or even something just different. This book was great and I loved reading all about R and Julie.

3 comments:

  1. Honestly, I saw the movie and didn't enjoy it. It was too weird. lol ;p But, books are better than the movies, so I am very tempted to pick this up and give it another try. Although, I do like the zombie POV too. Its different, plus, R is just adorable in his undead way! *snicker* Glad you enjoyed this, Nicole!

    Awesome review! =)

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

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  2. I really loved R. He's so sweet and it was def great to see things from his perspective. This is actually the 1st time I saw the movie before reading the book and I have to say, I liked the movie better, even though I loved the book. The movie was just more funny I guess. Great review!

    Vi
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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  3. Eeeeeeeeep!! I'm SO excited you read this one, Nicole, and even more excited that you loved it! Wasn't it fun/strange to be rooting for the Zom?? This is one of my favorites and one of the few times that I loved the book-to-film adaptation (even though they changed a few things -- I forgive them)! Your review is spot-on, lovely! Awesome job! xo

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