You have all your windows boarded up. The doors barricaded. You've stocked up on food and batteries, and your shotgun is loaded with plenty of shells to spare. You're ready for the impending zombie apocalypse.
But something's missing: a good book to keep you company.
That's where Warm Bodies comes in. We know what you're thinking. "I've seen Zombieland. The Walking Dead has taken over my DVR. I've played Resident Evil 6 and almost 900 zombie-related games on Kongregate. I've fed on Mira Grant's Newsflesh series. And you're telling me to pick up another zombie story?"
Yes, zombies are hot now, but this zombie is a different kind of hot. In fact, he's kind of cute. Warm and fuzzy, even. He has all his own skin and everything. We wonder if he's got any plans tonight, after he's done chewing on that dude's brain?
Isaac Marion's debut novel is narrated by a zombie named R. He isn't your typical zombie with a single-minded craving for yummy yummy brains, he has thoughts, feelings, a conscience, and most importantly, love. (But, man, those brains sure are tasty.) After falling head over heels for a human named Julie, R starts a chain of events that might change the world forever.
Self-published by Isaac Marion in 2009, Warm Bodies not only caught the attention of a major publisher but Hollywood, too. Warm Bodies officially hit bookstores in 2011 and was adapted for the big screen in 2013 starring Nicholas Hoult, a.k.a. Mr. Jennifer Lawrence 2011-2012. But before you shamble off to the theater to stare blankly at a screen and feast on warm, buttered brains... err, we mean popcorn, grab a copy of Warm Bodies and experience a zombie story with brains and heart.
Why Should I Care?
If you crave zombie stories like zombies crave brains, you should have read this book yesterday. But if shambling, decaying, bloodthirsty creatures of horror aren't necessarily your thing, there's still plenty to enjoy about these Warm Bodies.
First and foremost, it's a romantic love story. R's a zombie, which gives him a bit of trouble forming complete sentences. But who among us hasn't gotten tongue-tied when talking to the object of our affections? And while only a select few of us met our girlfriend when we ate her boyfriend's brain in front of her, pretty much all of us have experienced the embarrassment of a bad first impression.
Warm Bodies is about learning how to express yourself to the one you love, and showing them who you really are on the inside (plus zombies). Although Marion politely disagrees, Warm Bodies appeals to both zombie fanatics and Twi-hards. Who says you can't have love during the zombie apocalypse?
So fortify your barricades and get Warm. Zombies don't seem all that scary after all.