My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I don’t think I could ask for more out of a book. Inner turmoil, deep life philosophies, romance, and oh… did I mention zombies.
Imagine that you have joined the legends of undead. Your thought processes are slower, you are able to grunt out a few syllables, and you struggle to move. You have forgotten everything about your previous life: who you are, what you did, where you live, and what your name was. But through the grisly process of eating a living human’s brain, you take on all of their memories and thought process. You get the first row ticket to their lives, dreams, ambitions, goals, and loves. You are trapped in your body, unable to communicate effectively, and only want to tell the world that you are changing somehow.
This story is narrated by a young zombie known only by “R” (because he cannot remember his name). R consumes the brain of another young man named Perry. Amongst the battle to feed, R sees the love that the man had for a girl named Julie, and when he snaps out of his dream-like state, he finds Julie huddled in a corner, terrified.
You would think that once a zombie, always a zombie, and that this is the end of our terrified girl. But that is where this zombie story is different from every other one you have read. R knows that something is different about him, and something is changing, and he disguises Julie to get her past the other dead. In this post-apocalyptic world, the toppling on one strange domino sets off a frenzy of others down a path of the unknown.
I think this whole story could be summed up in one line from the book:
I’m just a corpse who wants not to be.
So if you’re into zombies, you might want to check out this book. It may make you think again when you look at the rotted walking dead. You might ask yourself, I wonder what that zombie is thinking.
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, noidentity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.
After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. 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.
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