Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Warm Bodies Book Review
This week I'm doing a review on a book I just finished a week or two ago. The book is Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. This book is about zombies, and their fight to be normal and accepted in a futuristic world where humans are the endangered species, and "bonies" are the Apex predator. The humans want to rebuild but can't with zombies attacking them every time they step outside their safe haven. With that being said, here is the synopsis from the back of the book:
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.
This book was extraordinary, I enjoyed reading from the perspective of R. He had a lot of thoughts going through his head that he couldn't at all express, so it was nice to know what was happening with R first hand. Learning things about Julie, the human love interest, is great as well. At first she seems really tough and aggressive but later on in the book you find that she's exactly the opposite. I liked how this book showed the perspective of a Zombie. Normally, in zombie movies/books, you just see the perspective of humans, and this book will change your perspective on zombies because it's narrated by one. I liked all the characters, even the antagonists, it was hard not to. They were all so true to themselves and they didn't completely change who they were throughout the book. I liked how Marion made it so that zombies weren't the apex predators. In this world, there are bonies (Which are like zombies, except they don't have flesh, and they also have supernatural capabilities), and by their descriptions and actions, they are worse than any zombie I've ever read in a book or seen in a movie. As you can tell I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I only had one problem with it though... the constant swearing, and the occasional vulgar scene. I'm not saying the author shouldn't have done it, he was just trying to portray the world in which he though zombies would live, and as for the profanity, most Americans do it, that's why he wrote with the constant cussing... to make it feel real and more close to home for the reader. I just didn't like it because it was a constant thing, and I'm not one who likes contemptible scenes in a book, or cuss words in every sentence, but that just means that he had another audience who liked it for those reasons. I give this book 4/5 stars because of the vulgar scenes and the endless profanity. Other than those two things this book is great, and you should definately check it out. It is worth your time.
Additional Announcement: They are making a movie of this book in 2013 I believe, so you can go and check out the cast of the movie on IMDb.com But you should definately read the book before you see the movie.