Book Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

My Goodreads Review: Warms Bodies is a love story.  Something like zombie version of Romeo and Juliet where its forbidden love.  One because the main character R is a zombie.  We read this book in his perception.  The things he observes and how he progresses.  How he views Julie, the girl that he gets drawn to.  Its not that I didn’t like this book.  I actually enjoyed it and made me wonder what would happen next in tense moments.  These tense moments helped me forget about the questions revolving around the foundation of this story.  It felt like there were consistencies in R being the narrator of this, that sometimes would bother me.  When I did turn off those questions, the story turned out to be quite compelling. Overall, shut off your brain and what you have been exposed to as a zombie and read this book. You will find some enjoyment in Marion’s imaginary world.  

warm bodiesWarm Bodies by Isaac Marion is a zombie love story.  Its set in a world where there is really nothing left.  War and other global crisis has caused the world to deteriorate.  All that is left is a small group of humans trying to stay alive among a world infested by a plague.  In this location, its set where they live in a Stadium and have different areas of their “army” to keep everyone safe, fed and alive from the zombies that now walk the land in different areas. The zombies live in their different hives along with Boneys which are fully deteriorated corpses: skeletons.  They have a control over them.  We get introduced to “R” who is a zombie.  He doesn’t remember his past but he also dislikes being called a zombie although he has no feelings and senses.  He does have a best friend, “M” and they carry on broken conversations here and there.  Most other zombies just groan and stare.  One day, when they go into the city to look for food:(humans to feed on), they run into a group of people. R ends up killing a young soldier, Perry, and when he eats his brain, he dives into his memories.  There he sees the life of Perry and his girlfriend Julie.  After he stops seeing those snippets from that bite, he sees Julie getting attacked and he saves  and abducts her to the abandoned airport where his hive is.  During this time with Julie, they learn more about each other and slowly R develops more skills in talking and eventually, an increasing ability to feel emotions.  When something happens and Julie decides to leave, R accompanies her to protect her.  Along the way, to protect him from her father she leaves him behind.  In desperation, R goes after her with the help of M, who had helped them escape the airport.  R then disguises as a human and walks into the stadium to find Julie.  Their reunion brings on something that changes everyone around them.

If I could use one word to describe this book, it’d use the word: bizarre.  Its a new way to see the world of zombies.  Zombies are the walking dead, but point is, they are dead.  Their hearts have stopped, they don’t breathe, they don’t eat except for human flesh.  All this is because of a plague.  So that means they can cure it.  They can revive the dead or at least thats the goal, right?

This book is first person narration by the main character R.  He is a zombie but sometimes, I feel like being the description that Marion first gives of him is that he doesn’t have feelings and he doesn’t know who he is or what he is.  But then, there are also contradictions in my mind.  Because he knows how to describe that ingesting food tastes like Styrofoam.  But how does he know what styrofoam is? He knows how to listen to music and work a record player and he can talk broken words.  On top of that, he seemed to know all this before he met Julie, who is supposedly the spark that starts the whole zombie revolution or is it evolution? Somehow in this world, the Boneys are super intelligent dead who somehow understand the concept of having a church, of marriage, and of educating the younger zombies.  To me, that’s bizarre.  The dead can barely talk and most of them have no idea what they are doing except for the instinctive urges they get to feed, but somehow they know how to do this.  They care about preserving the plague the way it is and keep the zombies as they are.

Pretty much, what I’m saying is that, when I was able to tuck away all the logical questions my brain kept firing out at the beginning, it was an enjoyable story.  It is a unique concept and its pretty good one also.  You just have to be able to buy that love can conquer all.  That it can help revive your soul.  I really tried to keep this not too revealing of the story.  There is a really weird twist that I won’t mention but it does give this story a bit more reason as it progresses.  I do recommend reading this because it is a very different from the zombie story we have seen in movies(or maybe even books but this is the first zombie book I’ve ever read so I can’t really comment).

Have you read this? Heard of it? How about the movie coming out in February (I think)? Will you go to see it?

21 thoughts on “Book Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

      • You know what, that is sneaky!! It has been featured on so many horror sites, and as I always tend to do with new releases, I read snippets to avoid spoilers! I had this down as a proper horror zombie film 🙂 Damn.

        Thats cool they filmed right there though! 🙂


      • It does have zombies but it could be slightly gory if they wanted to do that. It just gives me the feeling of teen romance mixed with some comedy. Who knows? Sometimes there can be a lot of fun with these…The setting was pretty cool least the one outside my office. Wrecked cars, backdrops, dirt covering the streets…


  1. Interesting, didn’t realize there was a book for it! I’m looking forward to seeing how the movie deals with the illogical parts you’ve noted too. My sister worked on Warm Bodies, so I’m definitely going to see it!


    • Really? Your sister worked on this! Thats awesome! I’m probably going to try and see it…but probably home release since the boyfriend probably won’t go see this with me. haha! Sometimes a movie can help clarify certain parts of the novel, so all depends on how the director approaches it 🙂


  2. Kim – I saw the trailer for this when we went to see Les Miserables. I liked it immediately and wonder how i can ever get the opportunity to see it. You must understand I have a otally differnt set of interests than my wife and I know she would never want to see it and frown at me if I even suggested i want to go. Sometime it is easier just to go with the flow.


  3. Had seen the trailer and thought “Looks interesting,” but hadn’t planned on watching it. Had no clue it was based on a book – now I’m going to have to read that before I watch the movie anyway. I haven’t read too many zombie stories, but I did check out the first book in a series by Joshua Guess called “Living With the Dead.” It’s a story of the zombie apocolype told from the perspective of those surviving it in short blog posts. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend giving it a go.


    • “Living with the Dead”…sounds interesting. I’m definitely putting that down to read :). Thanks for the recommendation. Warm Bodies is a super easy read. Its probably more along the lines of a teen novel, but the story is strange and unique at the same time so its alright.

      The trailer did intrigue me quite a bit. It was what made me want to read the novel even more. Along with one of my friends recommending it to me this book. And plus, it closed down my office area streets for a week for the filming…putting up the whole scene and then take down.. I even saw the main actress walking around on set from afar. haha! So definitely incentive to go see it!


      • It was super cool..and it was intriguing because these big productions get a notice of what we might see..haha! So our notices said to not be shocked if we saw zombies, cows and explosions…we were like”huh? cows? weird combo” Yeah I actually snuck in some shots of the scene…I think I posted it a long time ago. Probably in 2011 some time..had a bunch of wrecked cars and vandalized backdrops..dirt all over the floor…pretty cool stuff


    • I didn`t read the Twilight series, save for few pages at the bookstore. Not my style of books and I`m really into vampires.
      There are some little things that were illogical in the beginning but if you get through that, then it is a decent read. It is still on the lines of teen romance in my opinion but better than others that I`ve read because the plot idea is different.


    • Definitely has the potential to be a good movie adaptation. They have a lot of room to add their own little flair to it. Although not exactly sure if its dark or horror. This movie is categorized as romance, comedy, horror. I found the trailer more funny than scary..haha!


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