Friday, November 20, 2015

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Disney did a good job animating Alice in Wonderland, but that was the only movie I liked as much as the book, until now.  Watched the movie for Warm Bodies way before I realized it was based on a book and I loved it.  It's such a cool concept to a zombie obsessed like myself.  Zombies that can think and love and come back to life.  The ultimate love story because the girl actually get's to fix the things wrong with her man!  If you have ever tried to 'fix' a man, you know that is impossible, but that is a whole other post.

In case you haven't seen the movie:  In a post-apocalyptic future, Julie and the living live in a fortified stadium in an effort to survive the zombie outbreak happening in the world.  Julie and her team of salvagers are ambushed by a hoard of zombies and some don't survive.  Zombie R starts chomping on the brains of Julie's boyfriend and sees some of his memories.  This triggers something in R that makes him want to save Julie.  He takes Julie back to the airport where the zombies live and hides her out in his 747 home.  The pair spend some time together, get to know each other, and start to change the world.  This is probably enough spoilers for now.

The prose in this book is wonderful.  I loved how Marion could use words like mildewed, rot, and decompose to conjure images that made me smile and not gag or cringe.  Again, I'm terrible at taking notes and I had a copy from the library so I couldn't very well highlight or underline things I wanted to remember so you will have to take my word on this one.  I liked this book so much I purchased a paper copy for my own bookshelf AND I purchased the prequel too!  The sequel comes out on my birthday next year, so if you were wondering what you should get me for my birthday, I've now given you an idea.  Extra brownie points if you find me an advanced copy to read before my birthday!

P.S. Follow the author on GoodReads.  There are links to some of his short stories and I highly recommend you check those out too.  Friend me on GoodReads, too and see what else I'm reading!