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.
Oh, how I loved this book! I saw the movie first after a recommendation from my brother and watched it with a giddy smile – so fun. Then while we were in Portland, I picked up a copy at Powell’s Books to start on the plane ride home. I loved every gruesome, beautiful word. The premise is so brilliant and so well executed. I was so impressed with the writing and insights in human nature, love and death. Just fabulous!
Certainly not your typical zombie story, but worth the read, even if you’re not a horror fan.
Content note: A fair amount of foul language including several F-words and deity terms, some sexuality – mildly descriptive, and some gory violence.