Warm Bodies Review
Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the Dead outnumbers the Living, Warm Bodies is a story of a transition of change — from despair to hope, both for the Living and the Dead. Here we have R, the book’s story-teller and protagonist, who engages in a series of changes since he met the valiant and dauntless Julie.
Warm Bodies is original. It has its own world and its own core built by Isaac Marion himself. What fascinates me in Warm Bodies is how Marion managed to build not a civilization, but a situation in which the given setting takes place. And the most unique part of it all was Marion’s style: instead of usual, mindless zombies in his Zombie world, he created sympathetic ones — those who can heal. Moreover, the very POV of the story comes from one of these zombies, which must have been a tough challenge for him. But Marion seemed to shift the unbelievable to literature.
Other than Warm Bodies’ originality in style, it also had an intriguing originality in story and character. The story, being divided into three parts, slowly reveals the cause of the apocalypse, and the effects that follow it, especially with regards to how zombies react to this (eating a brain, failing to eat a human for a long period of time, etc.). Another effect this apocalypse revealed was the reaction of the Living, and how it affected our characters, especially for Perry and Julie, who was a likable heroine whom R should be thankful of for having met her.
In all, Warm Bodies was fast-paced, vivid, and a gruesome beauty to the eyes. We need more stories like it.