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Warm Bodies

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'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins. This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 206g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Film Tie-In
  • 0099583828
  • 9780099583820
  • 24,012

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"I never thought I could care so passionately for a zombie. Isaac Marion has created the most unexpected romantic lead I've ever encountered, and rewritten the entire concept of what it means to be a zombie in the process. This story stayed with me long after I finished reading it. I eagerly await the next book by Isaac Marion" -- STEPHENIE MEYER "A mesmerising evolution of a classic contemporary myth" -- Simon Pegg "Warm Bodies is a strange and unexpected treat. R is the thinking woman's zombie - though somewhat grey-skinned and monosyllabic, he could be the perfect boyfriend, if he could manage to refrain from eating you. This is a wonderful book, elegantly written, touching and fun, as delightful as a mouthful of fresh brains" -- AUDREY NIFFENEGGER "A disarming writer, ruefully humorous, knowingly cinematic in scope. This is a slacker-zombie novel with a heart" Guardian "Warm Bodies is a terrific book - a compelling literary fantasy which is also a strange and affecting pop-culture parable" -- Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away Worldshow more

About Isaac Marion

Isaac Marion grew up in the mossy depths of the Pacific Northwest, USA, where he worked as a heating installer, a security guard, and a visitation supervisor for foster children before publishing his debut novel in 2010 - Warm Bodies became a New York Times bestseller and inspired a major Hollywood film adaptation. It has been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide. Isaac lives in Seattle with his cat and a beloved cactus, writing fiction and music and taking pictures of everything.show more

Back cover copy

‘R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins. This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight… ‘Warm Bodies is a strange and unexpected treat. R is the thinking woman’s zombie – he could be the perfect boyfriend (though somewhat grey-skinned and monosyllabic). This is a wonderful book, elegantly written, touching and fun, as delightful as a mouthful of fresh brain’ Audrey Niffenegger ‘Warm Bodies is a terrific book – a compelling literary fantasy which is also a strange and affecting pop-culture parable’ Nick Harkaway ‘A mesmerising evolution of a classic contemporary myth’ Simon Pegg ‘Wonderfully original’ Henry Sutton, Daily Mirrorshow more

Review Text

"Warm Bodies is a terrific book - a compelling literary fantasy which is also a strange and affecting pop-culture parable"show more

Rating details

89,914 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (33,056)
3 22% (19,949)
2 6% (5,182)
1 2% (1,762)

Our customer reviews

I loved warm bodies so much, it is amazingly written just right for the characters within it. The story is full of humanity(strangely enough as the main character is a zombie) kindness, humour, action and romance all thrown into one highly addictive book. The main character "R" is a zombie, but unlike others he still has spirit inside him and after he meets Julie and takes her to safety that spirit begins to grow and change in ways that has never been seen before in the zombie population, as they are just mindless killers, aren't they? During the story you see "R" and Julie's unlikely friendship begins to form and blossom in ways neither one imagined. This friendship begins a domino-like effect that changes not only themselves but others around them. The character growth within this book is immense and seems unstoppable in many ways, it shows us a glimpse of how it might be if we had to start from scratch in terms of communication and human behaviour. Overall I really enjoyed this book and loved the way it showed the great effect humanity has on us all. I think that this would be enjoyed by all as no matter what your preference there's something in there for everyone, and the constant burst out laughing moments don't hurt either. I hope this review has helped you, can you please rate it positively if you liked it as it really means a lot to me, Many Thanks for reading:)show more
by Sarah Martin
R is a zombie. He exists in a slow-paced, endlessly repetitive world broken only by short bursts of feeding until he meets Julie, a normal human. Rather than feeding on her, R decides on impulse to capture her and protect her. But being around a living human for such a long period of time starts to have unusual effects and R finds himself changing, becoming different from all of the zombies around him. Can a relationship between a human and a zombie ever work? I never had massively high hopes for Warm Bodies, but it did come recommended from someone who isn't normally a paranormal romance fan, so I was hoping that it would be fun and enjoyable. And to a certain extent, it was. I liked the tongue in cheek tone of the novel and the moments of dry humour Marion sprinkles throughout the story. Warm Bodies doesn't take itself too seriously and I liked that. The romance itself was surprisingly sweet and believable too. I'm still not quite sure how Marion pulled it off, but R falling in love felt sweet in a non-tacky way. There was no insta-love and the interactions between the two leads were sensitively written, with just enough humour to keep them from being sappy. I was most definitely rooting for them. The issue I had with Warm Bodies wasn't the romance, but rather the way the zombie issue itself was dealt with. Now I'm not an expert on zombies, but I know the basics and I wasn't cool with the zombie mythology in the book. There was no explanation of how the zombies came to exist in such large populations across the world and as soon as I could predict where the ending was going with R, it felt like a cop out. I don't want to spoil it for anyone but the whole zombie idea was altered too much for my liking. It felt like the easy way out. And that wasn't the only easy way out. R initially meets Julie on a feeding/hunting trip with other zombies and Julie's boyfriend is killed. This could have been an interesting source of conflict/tension between them and could have led to some real-life complications, but everything was brushed aside by Marion in order to make the romance 'easy'. This didn't sit well with me. On the whole, Warm Bodies was a short, fun read full of dry humour but it required just too much suspension of belief when it came to the zombies themselves.show more
by Samantha Murray
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