Friday, February 1, 2013

{Discussion + Review} Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Read Along Weeks:
Week One- 3-64 pages
Week Two- 65-118 pages
Week Three- 119-186 pages
Week Four- 187-239 pages
What the book is about
R is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R 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.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead and the blurry line in between.

So, we are way overdue with this and we are sorry for that. We read the book early cause of it needing to be back in the hands of the library since apparently everybody wants it now haha. I wonder why that is? Could it be because of a certain movie ;) haha
 Well, it’s here now and forewarning we have a very vague review for it. With the book not being here and it being quite a while since we read it we just couldn’t get the words out for it, so I hope it is enough.  
What do you think of the world Isaac created? How do you like the new twist on the zombie theme?
T: I like it. Having them see the memories of the person they ate was a good twist. The world was developed well, and was perfect for a zombie apocalypse.
How did you like the zombie school?
T: It was interesting. But it does make sense. Someone does have to teach the little ones how to kill.
If you could gnaw on an author’s brain and consume their memories as these zombies can, who’s would you want?
T: Any of the old timey greats would be okay with me. It’d be cool to learn from them. Rick Riordan and Cinda Williams Chima are two of my favorite authors so either one of them would be fine with me, too.
What do you think of the Boneys? Have any ideas of what made them that way?
T: Love them. Zombies can’t be zombies forever. They have to become something else. I have no clue what made them, but that’s fine with me.
How did you like their plan to get R into the stadium? Did you think it was funny how the guards reacted to the zombies running away from them?
T: It was an interesting plan that worked. And the confused guards were funny. I definitely would’ve reacted the same way.
How did you like Nora’s reaction to R? Did you like it or did you wish it turned out differently?
T: I wish she was a little more scared. I think she was too calm and okay with it because of Julie.
Our thoughts:
The book was paced well, good mix of action and breathing room from it, nothing was overly explained but you got the sense of what was going on, and felt complete by the end of the book. Was entertaining, doesn’t feel like it needs a sequel, has its humor, wasn’t perfect but didn’t have any huge flaws that would turn me away from this book.
All the characters had their roles and they fit into them. R was a great main character, Julie was a good female lead (asked question and wasn’t okay with the whole situation at first), Nora was a good side kick but when she first met R she was too calm and was accepting the zombie to easily even though she’s trained to hate all of their kind, only befriended and trusted him cause of Julie.
Overall, we would fully recommend this book. Read it for the fun of it, for the new twist on zombies, for entertainment, and finally for the movie. Which I, Ashley, happen to be very excited for. I’ll be going to see it Monday with my amazing man! *squeal*  
Now, sorry to say to those who were a fan of this feature, we will be stopping it for a while.
But with the time we had with it, it was fun!
Happy Reading Everybody!

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