Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion


Goodreads Description:

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. Just 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 burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. 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.

This is actually one of the first books I reviewed but never got around to posting
Let me start with the first thing
Some think of this book as being Twilightish due to the whole UnDead guy falling for the human girl and it changes him forever
And then the book itself was released in the midst of the Twilight saga movie releases.
That is about as far as things go here
Julie is a freaking bad ass, a no fucks given gal that is not afraid to shoot a zombie between the eyes, hell, maybe she even enjoys it. 
The book is truly beautiful.
The way the book is written almost has a philosophical feel to it.

For an author, in this case Marion to write about missing (and in that making it beautiful) the most basic human instincts is just outstanding.
This needs to be highlighted, it truly does because the most basic instincts, we really take them for granted (most of us), like being able to enjoy the taste of a meal, being able to grab something or someone without struggling. Having memory of the things you have done. To have emotions over things.
R makes us appreciate that and personally as I read the book it was all like snap, I don't know what its like to be high but probably had a similar reaction. It was honestly beautiful. 

Julie makes one be grateful for the things we have now in the modern world. Simple things, like a warm meal, showers, transportation, heck, even friendships, the liberty of friendships and going to school and the freaking supermarket.
These are all things that we can honestly take for granted, of course, if you have ever gone without any of these you don't really take them for granted. But most people do.
It is almost as if we feel entitled to these things, we don't think that we will ever be without them and therefor its almost by law that we get these. 
That not getting these things or any other basic lifestyle things is just freaking impossible and downright unthinkable.

I was going to go into a whole example of vegans in here but then that is actually a whole nother topic that was just going to get political
This book honestly pulls thoughts out of you, makes one appreciate the little things.
Final thoughts: I'm so glad I get to have control of my own body and to feel for things even if I feel pain back at it again with the being morbid, vale

Update: 11/7/16
Okay so I actually have been reading the sequel to Warm Bodies, The Burning World and shit, while Warm Bodies made you beautifully realize how great it is to be human. The Burning World is all like a slap in the face like BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE!
Although with the elections tomorrow who knows, our life might look a bit like The Burning World, without the zombies
Not going to update this after I know  who wins.
Marion is seriously underrated and sure as fuck does not get the credit he deserves.
Thankfully I have turned some friends into Marion fans so that's 2 more peeps in the world that know whats good.
So cheers to that

Recommend it?
If you have seen the movie and thought it was girly
Don't worry, this totally isn't xD This is one bad ass book that needs to be enjoyed by all