With the sudden interest of Zombies in today’s pop culture (Zombieland, The Walking Dead, etc.) Warm Bodies had me interested the moment I read the description. I never thought that I would actually pull for a zombie. Most story lines in movies and books have zombies as these horrible creatures that only walk around groaning and moaning and wanting to eat your brains. But this book completely changed the way I view zombies.
The protagonist is simply named R because he can only remember from his human life that his name started with that initial. R and his companions are very different from the zombies you are used to reading about and watching. While the wanting to eat your brains part might be true, they do more than limp around with no purpose. These zombies live together in a community type setting inside of an abandoned airplane hanger. They can even communicate with each other. While it may only be a few syllables, it is definitely more than I’ve ever thought about them doing.
When R and M go ‘out to eat’ they encounter a group of teenagers. When R feasts on the brain of a young man named Perry, he briefly experiences Perry’s memories. R instantly becomes infatuated with Perry’s girlfriend, Julie. R does a very unzombie-like thing and decides that he must protect Julie from the others like him. He takes her back with him to his home and then makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely 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.
From the first few pages this book had me questioning so much. Can zombies communicate? Do they have memories of their former lives? The reason the main character’s name is R is because he doesn’t remember his exact name, just that it starts with the letter R. I was suddenly wondering, do they actually do the stuff this book is saying they do? You know, if zombies were real. For example, these zombies attend church, get married, and ‘have’ children.
While I don’t want to reveal the entire plot of the book, I hope I have given you enough information here to become equally as interested as I was. Believe me, this book will have you rethinking what exactly you will do if the zombie apocalypse does indeed happen…think about it.
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