Series: Warm Bodies 1
Debut: October 28, 2010
Snuck from: Merle
Read: January 7-16, 2013
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, no identity, and no pulse. Just dreams.
After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. 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.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 59
Title & Cover: I think the cover is interesting in it's simplicity, and something geeks would really like to show off. 😉 The title captures your interest, considering it's about zombies which are known to be very dead and therefor cold. The movie cover is more to my tastes, though.
Framework: In this apocalyptic state of the world, zombies are what we know them to be -- soulless, non-person eaters of everything with a heartbeat. But there is a second version of zombie, known as bonies. They are mere sceletons, more powerful then regular zombies, meaner, and definitvely able to think in bigger pictures.
Plot: Zombie R goes on a hunting trip into the city with some fellow zombies, and in the group of youths they encounter, R meets Julie and protects her from being eaten. He takes her back to the airport, and they somehow become friends. Because Julie did something to R: giving him back his heartbeat, because he cares. Those zombies who team up with him to protect Julie from others like them and the bonies, experience the same.
Back home/in the city, Julie tries to convince her father that R is changing, and so are some of the others. He doesn't believe her, having an entire population at stake, but since the two have already fallen in love, Julie takes R and runs, rahter being killed herself by the zombies than having him shot by the humans.
In the end, the changing zombies and humans team up against the bonies trying to overrun the city because they see Julie as a threat and want her dead.
Characters: R was funny to accompany. When have you ever been told a story from the slower brain of an undead corpse aka zombie? Yeah, that's what I thought. Although the style was nothing overwhelming, it still was something special. And the bit we know about him, what Julie makes of him, is so adorably cute. But he's also very brave, willing to face every force necessary to keep his love save, humans or bonies or who-/whatever.
Julie was a very inspiring character. Her realistic yet optimistic view on this diseased and apocalyptic world she lives in is admirable. She's brave, loyal and open-minded, a leader you can look up to because she embodies hope. I liked her very much and think that those two make an awesome couple.
Then there's Nora, Julie's best friend. She's a piece of work, very funny, loyal, also brave, inventive, positive in her world view. I can see why she and Julie are so close, like sisters. She was very fun to have around, and I hope to read lots more from her!
Perry, Julie's ex-boyfriend, got sort of the short straw, but his realistic negativity played a huge part for the tone of this book, and his snarky and sarcastic comments were both funny and deep.
Area Scan: Flow: 4/5 -- Vocab: 3/5 -- Plot: 3.5/5 -- Heroes: 4/5 -- Villains: 4/5
Romance: 3.5/5 -- Smut: 3.5/5
Drama: 4/5 -- Action: 4/5 -- Suspense: 3/5 -- Humor: 4/5
Discovered: 3+ Hoods
Sights: Teaser Tuesday #30 -- Movie
Warm Bodies: #1 Warm Bodies | #2 N/A