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This is a zombie novel with a soulful difference. After its undead protagonist devours a teenage boy, he begins to hear his victim’s thoughts and fall in love with his girlfriend—and she reciprocates.
Charming, funny, imaginative — probably not words you would expect in a review of a book about zombies, but then again, Warm Bodies is a novel filled with surprises. First-time author Marion has dreamed up a fully realized dystopian universe. And in a great stroke of irony, he has invented a dead character who displays the most humanity of all.
That character is "R," a zombie who inhabits a rotting, abandoned airport along with a large community of cohorts in varying stages of physical decay. Like all zombies, "R" has no memory of his past life — he doesn't know what job he once had, or if he had a family, or even what his name was. He only knows that some catastrophic event — a war? a virus? — has almost destroyed the human race, sending the remaining people fleeing to an abandoned stadium. The problem is that every so often, zombies get hungry, and they only have an appetite for living flesh and organs. The story takes a sharp turn during one expedition for "food," as "R" devours the brain of a teenage boy and suddenly starts hearing the boy's thoughts in his own head. Soon he finds himself falling in love with Julie, the boy's girlfriend. And strangely enough, she is attracted to him, too.
A most unusual pair of star-crossed lovers, "R" and Julie seek to keep each other safe from the violent forces that threaten them. In Marion's expert hands, the story takes on all kinds of real-world implications, as these two characters — like countless lovers before them — wonder whether their love might actually change the world.