Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

eBook - 2014
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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, noidentity, 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 stragely 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. Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781409016915
1409016919
9781439192337
1439192332
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
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ryner
Mar 13, 2017

A zombie plague has decimated the world's population, leaving the monsters to roam the earth and humans holed up in fortified enclaves. Told from the perspective of "R," a zombie who has made his home in an abandoned airport and can no longer recall his name, the story follows what transpires after he and his undead buddies ambush and devour their way through a human recon effort they encounter -- with one exception to the carnage. For reasons R is unable to explain, given his inability to speak or think clearly, he opts to take a stunned young woman back to his airport abode.

Refreshingly, although peppered with requisite gore, 'Warm Bodies' is not your typical zombie apocalypse novel. Although I felt the ultimate plot resolution was a bit weak, I appreciated this very different, humorous approach to the sub-genre.

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PearlyBaker
Mar 05, 2017

I realized another reason I love this genre besides the initial breakdown of society that the collective consciousness all seem to fear is imminent. Life can be horrifically painful and nearly unbearable at times. I assume for the folks that attempt or complete suicide it has indeed become intolerable. So these post apocalyptic tales help me feel that no matter how bad things seem at the moment it can always be worse.

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Musicbear13
Mar 24, 2016

Even though I don't like to read anything with zombies, this book captured my attention within the first chapter. I enjoyed the book a little more than the movie.

PrimaGigi Jul 19, 2015

I know I'm supposed to like the awe empowering sentiment about loving being able to change you entirely. Which is sensational in this case, because it helped cure a zombie; It didn't help this story though. Warm Bodies is about a zombie named R who seems to want more out of his zombie life. Who happens to find Julie, after killing and eating everyone she knows. R takes Julie back to to his home and emotional shenanigans ensue. I would have lied this story, if it didn't have the cliched use of John Lennon (Sorry about it. I'm not a big fan of Lennon nor do I think he is the peaceful Messiah everyone else seems to make him out to be). Julie Grigo is very Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She's the hipster hippie. We are constantly reminded how fragile she is. Being told she her bones are like that of a small bird, or how tiny her stature is. We are supposed to see her as point of strength because her convictions never wavers. Problematic! ENTIRELY! On that same coin Her father is supposed to be the close-minded, militant, asshole. The man lost the woman he loved, she ran off into a world that wanted to devours the living. How is anyone supposed to cope with that? She ran towards death, not survival, not life. Stop killing Julie's buzz, by being human, she might fall over and never get up.

R ate Julie's boyfriend. Apparently eating the brain gives them glimpses into lives. They on the other hand have no recognation of their own lives. R recounts love-making, monumental life moments and hardships from Perry's and between him and Julie. Somehow Perry becomes R's subconscious and together they both try to save the living Dead. That was those most interesting plot point, where eating the brain gave them glimpses into lives. I really wished that angle had been played up in more rather. The story is about finding yourself, about fighting for away to survive in a society that is trying to keep you dead and complement. I wanted it to be about self-discovery, I didn't want it to be coasted on a love interest. We do things to better ourselves that way we can better deal with not hurting others. That doesn't come from someone else...

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Dixiedog2
Nov 26, 2014

I love the television drama series ‘The Walking Dead;’ need I say more? Isaac Marion ‘Warm Bodies’ was a good fit for me and a pleasant surprise. I also love the movie Warm Bodies so much that I added it to my growing collection. Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

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dixiedog
Nov 26, 2014

Isaac Marion ‘Warm Bodies’ – I saw the movie before I read the book. The movie really grew on me and I enjoyed it more as I watched it the second and third time. The movie/book is both a Zombie flick/story and love story all in one. This was my first Zombie book; it did not follow the movie as much as I had hoped. I did not enjoy the ghost of Perry getting into ‘Rs’ head so much in the book. I found it distracting and it made me feel the author used it to much as filler. I have to say, while the book was good, the screenplay was better. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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GhostWriter221b
Nov 19, 2014

Clever, witty, heart wrenching, and flawless! I highly recommend this novel for a fresh perspective on the undead.

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serenahaley7
Sep 01, 2014

This story is about R, a zombie who is unlike his fellow undead, at least in a mental sense. Yes, he craves human flesh as much as the next (dead) person, but he also hates that he does, wonders who he used to be and also has not yet excepted is fate. When R meets Julie, a Living girl, he realizes that he may be a lot more different than he thought. He may also be, slightly, changing. Warm Bodies us one of my favourite book (that also has a great movie). Its not just a love story, its about how even the most dark and lost creatures (or people) can find their way back.

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palaminopony
Jul 08, 2014

“Warm Bodies” follows the life of R, a zombie who can’t remember anything about his life. He lives in an airport with his friend M, and spends his days groaning, stumbling, and hunting the living. While out trying to track down some living humans, R encounters Julie, a beautiful living woman. When R begins to feel something inside of him shift, the other zombies and the living aren’t pleased by it.
“Warm Bodies” can be described as an upbeat horror novel. This novel is a lighthearted approach to the normal zombie storyline. While the zombies are still just as murderous as ever, “Warm Bodies” shows that zombies do all of the same things as the living, just in a more gruesome fashion. The characters are rather likeable, and Isaac Marion’s idea to have “Warm Bodies” told from R’s point of view helps to strengthen the attachment that readers have to the characters. The decrepit, post-apocalyptic setting adds to the novel instead of taking away from it, and the novel does not have any slow parts to it.
This novel is suitable for ages 13 and up, due to language and sexuality, but is nevertheless recommended by the author of this review. “Warm Bodies” is an enjoyable pleasure read, but is not a good ‘essay book’ or ‘book talk’ book. There are no real hidden meanings in this novel (unless readers take R’s zombie-ness as a metaphor of some form), but it is an enjoyable pleasure read.

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 03, 2014

Loved it from start to finish. Warm Bodies is the most interesting book I've read for a very long time. It's insightful, creative, and clever. I found the romance very cute, not too cheesy. This is definitely worth checkng out. FIVE STARS!!!

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GhostWriter221b
Nov 19, 2014

Coarse Language: The f-bomb, nothing unexpected.

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GhostWriter221b
Nov 19, 2014

Sexual Content: Nothing explicit, but vague mentions.

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GhostWriter221b
Nov 19, 2014

Violence: Average zombie killing and eating brains...

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GhostWriter221b
Nov 19, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Zombies, again...

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 03, 2014

Coarse Language: some f-bombs

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 03, 2014

Sexual Content: mentions of sex, but nothing explicit

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mariednguyen
Sep 23, 2013

Other: Release date February 1, 2013 (USA)

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Laura_X Jun 01, 2016

“My friend "M" says the irony of being a zombie is that everything is funny, but you can't smile, because your lips have rotted off.”

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 03, 2014

"Who decided life has to be a nightmare? Who wrote that fucking rule? We can fix it, we've just never tried before! We've always been too busy and selfish and scared!"

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 03, 2014

"She is everything. Her body contains the history of life, remembered in chemicals. Her mind contains the history of the universe, remembered in pain, in joy and sadness, hate and hope and bad habits, every thought of God, past-present-future, remembered, felt, and hoped for all at once."

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Yarna
Nov 28, 2013

"... perhaps one of those dual-event 'super-venues' built for an era when the greatest quandary facing the world was where to put all the parties."

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