Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

A Novel

Book - 2012
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"R is having a no-life crisis--he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he'd rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization. And then he meets a girl. First as his captive, then his reluctant house guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R's gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn't want to eat this girl--although she looks delicious--he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can't imagine, and their hopeless world won't change without a fight."--from cover, p. [4]
Publisher: New York, NY : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2012
Edition: Emily Bestler BooksAtria Paperback ed
ISBN: 9781476717463
Characteristics: 241 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Oct 29, 2019

This is one of those rare instances where the movie really was better than the book.

Oct 17, 2019

and the new hunger./

Jun 02, 2019

A tale of star crossed lovers, West Side Story zombie style without all the dancing and singing. This book is filled with black humor, definitely tongue in cheek or is that tongue through cheek?

“…death has relaxed me…”, R shares the upside of zombie life. He is unaware or has forgotten his human past. Throughout this book, we follow R through his search to find his former human identity or is it his? The living smell differently and are easy to track, good to know. However, our hero thinks fast in order to camouflage his lady fair from becoming the next tasty morsel.

There are deeper themes throughout this book which are well worth discovering. This isn’t just a topical zombie romp. There’s more to sink your teeth into.

Kevin Kennerly, the reader, deftly leads the listener through vocalizations of various zombie and human characters differentiating moans of friend and foe. He keeps the action moving, aptly painting in your minds eye the characters and setting with his vocal skills.

This novel has an amusing bent for the novice zombie enthusiast taking us through the author’s version of undead lore. It’s whimsical, humorous, and grisly all at the same time with a little romance thrown in for good measure. Who wouldn’t look for that kind of fun?

Oct 30, 2018

a very good book. i cant wait till i see the movie. its out i know but i am waiting till i have the time to watch it

Zombies are the new vampires, right? Well, if you’re not convinced about that, check out this book. Set in the near-future, it centres around a young, strangely likeable zombie named “R.” In a world run by zombies, with the human population dwindling, R is curious about regaining his human traits. Things really get interesting when he meets up with a young human girl, and their unlikely alliance sets a new world in motion. You’ll find yourself staying up past bedtime to read this one. (submitted by VG)

LoganLib_Tahnee Jul 29, 2018

A slightly different take on the Zombie genre, where instead of people being turned into Zombies, what if Zombies could be cured and turned back into people?

Apr 22, 2018

This is a fantastic book. I watched the movie first because I thought it looked funny and now it's one of my favorite films. I decided to read the book, because as the old adage goes, "The book is always better than the movie."

Oh how that's true.

This book is a masterpiece. And this is coming from someone who is legitimately afraid of zombies. This humanized (quite literally) the zombies and their plight, while making epic comparisons to the state of survival versus living. What does it mean to be alive? What does it mean to be undead?

This book is so much more than a Romeo and Juliet zombie drama. This is so much more than the Twilight with zombies. It's about how love is what makes us human, sometimes quite liteRally.

Sorry this review is so scattered. I have too many feelings about this book to really explain them all. The best explanation would be for me to type out the whole book as my review, because no summary can really give it justice.

Mar 13, 2017

A zombie plague has decimated the world's population, leaving the monsters to roam the earth and humans holed up in fortified enclaves. Told from the perspective of "R," a zombie who has made his home in an abandoned airport and can no longer recall his name, the story follows what transpires after he and his undead buddies ambush and devour their way through a human recon effort they encounter -- with one exception to the carnage. For reasons R is unable to explain, given his inability to speak or think clearly, he opts to take a stunned young woman back to his airport abode.

Refreshingly, although peppered with requisite gore, 'Warm Bodies' is not your typical zombie apocalypse novel. Although I felt the ultimate plot resolution was a bit weak, I appreciated this very different, humorous approach to the sub-genre.

Mar 05, 2017

I realized another reason I love this genre besides the initial breakdown of society that the collective consciousness all seem to fear is imminent. Life can be horrifically painful and nearly unbearable at times. I assume for the folks that attempt or complete suicide it has indeed become intolerable. So these post apocalyptic tales help me feel that no matter how bad things seem at the moment it can always be worse.

Mar 24, 2016

Even though I don't like to read anything with zombies, this book captured my attention within the first chapter. I enjoyed the book a little more than the movie.

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Nov 19, 2014

Coarse Language: The f-bomb, nothing unexpected.

Nov 19, 2014

Sexual Content: Nothing explicit, but vague mentions.

Nov 19, 2014

Violence: Average zombie killing and eating brains...

Nov 19, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Zombies, again...

Jul 03, 2014

Coarse Language: some f-bombs

Jul 03, 2014

Sexual Content: mentions of sex, but nothing explicit

Sep 23, 2013

Other: Release date February 1, 2013 (USA)


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Laura_X Jun 01, 2016

“My friend "M" says the irony of being a zombie is that everything is funny, but you can't smile, because your lips have rotted off.”

Jul 03, 2014

"Who decided life has to be a nightmare? Who wrote that fucking rule? We can fix it, we've just never tried before! We've always been too busy and selfish and scared!"

Jul 03, 2014

"She is everything. Her body contains the history of life, remembered in chemicals. Her mind contains the history of the universe, remembered in pain, in joy and sadness, hate and hope and bad habits, every thought of God, past-present-future, remembered, felt, and hoped for all at once."

Yarna Nov 28, 2013

"... perhaps one of those dual-event 'super-venues' built for an era when the greatest quandary facing the world was where to put all the parties."


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