|I Heart R [Goodreads]|
But knowing me, I put off reading the book until finally I needed a break from the heaviness of Anna Karenin and this book at 280+ pages, was definitely going to be an easy read compared to Tolstoy's 820+. And just when I was nearing the end, I didn't want the story to finish just yet.
So for those who have totally no clue what this is about, in a nutshell, it's about the zombie apocalypse and is told from the point of view of R, a zombie who isn't your average zombie. R meets a human girl named Julie and things start changing for him that makes everyone else question what/who really the zombies are. Obviously Audrey can put it much better than I can, so let's listen to her instead.
'Warm Bodies' is a strange and unexpected treat. R is the thinking woman's zombie - though somewhat grey-skinned and monosyllabic, he could be the perfect boyfriend, if he could manage to refrain from eating you. This is a wonderful book, elegantly written, touching and fun, as delightful as a mouthful of fresh brains -- Audrey NiffenegerFor a first time author, and for someone who I had no idea whatsoever, it was definitely a fantastic debut. The pacing of the book was just right and the tone in which it was written was fitting for the story. It was fast yet intense. The imagery was brief but the details were there.
Story wise, I've never read a book from the zombie point of view, and it makes sense because technically, zombies don't have any thoughts. But that's what makes this book so cute. We get to see how R thinks and feels -- yes he feels. Yes, it deviates from zombie canon, but it makes so much sense, you don't really care. Not only do I find myself liking R, but I actually end up really feeling for him.
And not just R, but the other zombies as well, M (R's sort of buddy) and R's 'kids' (it's so interesting how their concept of family and wife are portrayed) and the Boneys (though I don't feel for them at all) are all so fleshed out (despite their lacking flesh), it's hard to believe they're considered zombies. The humans too are dynamic and three-dimensional. There aren't baddies or goodies and everyone's actions just make sense.
Julie, the lead girl, for all intents and purposes isn't your perfect girl, though in R's 'eyes' of course, she's close to this ideal. And it's pretty amazing to read how R and Julie's relationship deepens and develops considering humans aren't supposed to go befriending zombies or the other way around.
Without giving away too much, Marion has a great way of telling different sides of the story, while also adding his two cents to zombie-canon on how zombie's function. I can't stress how much I enjoyed this book and how I'm hoping there's a sequel somewhere. And hey, I hope Summit is serious about the movie adaptation. I'm not sure how great it'll be translated onto screen, but you know, I'm a sucker for a movie version.
I don't know if anyone's read this already. if you have, let me know what you think! I'm dying to talk to someone about this. If you haven't, go wait for it when it comes out. I need to squee with someone properly.
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