Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Book Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
R is a zombie. All he should want from death is a peaceful shamble around his airport and enough brains to eat. But R is different. He meets a girl and, instead of killing her, he brings her home to keep her safe. The relationship they strike up changes him and could change the world, but their world won't change without a fight.
This book confused me. It was extremely well written, I wasn't sure how well a zombie romance could be written but this was just amazing. But confusing. Zombie society was something completely unexpected. They have (almost) religion and the Bonies are in charge. They can get married and raise children. They try and have sex, but nothing works the way it's supposed to.
This book is told from R's perspective. Inside his head he is intelligent and eloquent, but his lack of a properly functioning body leave his speech record at 5 syllables. Then, out on a hunt, he meets Julie. She's obviously wary of him but has no choice but to follow him.
The relationship that builds between them is sweet but weird at the same time. R is immediately forgiven for what he's done, it being played off as part of the plague, but he still feels the immense guilt. I wonder if R was a slightly more rotted zombie, would the relationship have built as it did? R's growth was the heart of the story though.
The parallels between the Bonies and Military leaders were interesting. They both had the same objectives and the same refusal to accept change. They were more intent on wiping each other out than finding out the world wasn't as they expected.
Julie is pretty awesome in this as well. She's adaptable and competent. She doesn't need to be rescued and is willing and capable of fighting her battles. Traits that are so often lacking in the female characters in zombie books (but certainly not in the Newsflesh series!!).
I'm not tagging this under young adult as many others have. It's just, no.