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, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.
Review: Five stars
Imagine for a second that the world has changed. Instead of spending your days immersed in happiness and desire, you find yourself just stumbling through life…literally. You are a zombie. Half alive, half wishing you were dead. But the sweet release of death would be too kind, for the world is now cruel and self destructive. Or has it always been that way? And we are just too selfish to notice?
Warm bodies took me by surprise, immersing me into this world where humanity and existence is constantly being questioned. What is the purpose of anything if when the curtains close we are all just distant memories? Why do we put ourselves through such trauma and heart ache, if one day we are just forgotten? Is this what being alive is? Wasting our days with meaningless urges and desires? Is this what being human is?
“All the shitty stuff people do to themselves…it can all be the same thing, you know? Just a way to drown out your own voice. To kill your memories without having to kill yourself”
pg 57 Warm Bodies | Isaac Marion
Marion creates this world where hope is carried by those who aren’t even considered as fully living. The realities of such a drastic situation, where humanities inner darkness has faded into a deadly infection…well I don’t see it as stretching the truth too far.
“I mean obviously, staying alive is pretty important…but there’s got to be something beyond that, right?”
pg 71 Warm Bodies | Isaac Marion
Marion creates great comparisons between how people deal with trauma. How on one hand you have those whose efforts at trying to continue ‘living’ are pointless – because they aren’t willing to accept that they need to change as the world changes around them. And then you have those who are willing to fight for a change…even though they are no longer considered human. Hence ‘living’.
The novel is written with such depth and raw emotion that the reader is sucked into this dark world. A dark world where light is just out of reach, but if you are willing you may see sunshine again. R and Julie’s love, but more importantly their view of the world reflects our worlds need for change. Why not try and stop history from repeating itself? – rather than just sitting back and pretending that we are making a difference. Don’t get me wrong, this book is a rom-com at its finest…but what an ingenious author you are Isaac Marion to get your readers to question life both outside & involving love.
The contrast in beliefs between R and Perry was incredible to read. The reader wasn’t left with questions as to why certain events were happening, or why people acted in the way they did. Such as when the plague hit, children no longer learnt to read and write – to communicate – instead they learnt to shoot a gun. As survival became the driving force of humanity, rather than preserving humanities history and building a new nation. Not one that is just on repeat. Children grow up too fast in this world…or are they growing up too fast now?
“I’m not sure what I want to do with my life. But I’m almost sixteen, I know i’ll have it figured out soon.”
pg 94 Warm Bodies | Isaac Marion
With a touch of humour, such a dark situation is rather enjoyable to read. R is soo funny! Especially for someone who is half dead. And of course you can’t escape the wit of the female characters, such as Nora and Julie. You’ll be laughing out loud, or silently chuckling to yourself. I promise!
The first instalment of the Warm Bodies novels is for a better word, incredible. And so I pose a challenge. Try and read it without questioning humanity. Without questioning the point of everything. Without changing how you respond to the changing world. As Julie says:
“There’s no benchmark for how life’s ‘supposed’ to happen. There is no ideal worlds for you to wait around for. The world is always just what it is now, and it’s up to you how you respond to it.”
pg 113 Warm Bodies | Isaac Marion