Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

A Novel

Book - 2011
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A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love with a human, in this original debut novel. R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn't enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Not just another zombie novel, this is funny, scary, and deeply moving.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2011
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439192313
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Branch Call Number: F MARIO-I
Characteristics: 241 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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LoganLib_Tahnee Jul 29, 2018

A slightly different take on the Zombie genre, where instead of people being turned into Zombies, what if Zombies could be cured and turned back into people?

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

This is a fantastic book. I watched the movie first because I thought it looked funny and now it's one of my favorite films. I decided to read the book, because as the old adage goes, "The book is always better than the movie."

Oh how that's true.

This book is a masterpiece. And this is coming from someone who is legitimately afraid of zombies. This humanized (quite literally) the zombies and their plight, while making epic comparisons to the state of survival versus living. What does it mean to be alive? What does it mean to be undead?

This book is so much more than a Romeo and Juliet zombie drama. This is so much more than the Twilight with zombies. It's about how love is what makes us human, sometimes quite liteRally.

Sorry this review is so scattered. I have too many feelings about this book to really explain them all. The best explanation would be for me to type out the whole book as my review, because no summary can really give it justice.

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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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twinflower23
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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twinflower23
Nov 19, 2014

Coarse Language: The f-bomb, nothing unexpected.

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twinflower23
Nov 19, 2014

Sexual Content: Nothing explicit, but vague mentions.

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twinflower23
Nov 19, 2014

Violence: Average zombie killing and eating brains...

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twinflower23
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."

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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