Tuesday, January 8, 2013
"Warm Bodies" by Isaac Marion
From Goodreads: "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."
A few months ago when I happened across the trailer of the film adaptation of this novel I KNEW that I had to read it. The trailer (and thereby film) looks perfect in every way- it's fun and lighthearted, there is romance (and KISSING), humor, and action, adventure, and ass-kicking girls (say that five times fast!)- and I had hoped that that would mean that the book also had those elements, however, I must admit that the book didn't impress me near as much as I believe that the film will (I think that this will be one of those rare instances where the film is better than the book).
Overall, this book was dark and heavy- much darker and heavier than I had expected- from the world-building, to the characters, and so on. While is some aspects I did enjoy this (ie. how deep of a character R was), in other instances I did not (ie. with R's wife and family). Furthermore, the book is short- probably the shortest book I have read since being in elementary school. As such, at times it felt like the action and adventure was far too rushed, or not near as developed as it could have been. Additionally, while at first I did find R's flashbacks of Perry's (Julie's boyfriend, the boy whose brain R eats) interesting I did find myself becoming more and more disenchanted with them as the story progressed (especially during the flashbacks where R and Perry began to converse with one another).
All in all, as becomes evident, if you're looking for a book that is identical to the film this isn't it. That being said, had I went into this novel without any expectations I think that I would have enjoyed it much more than I did- therefore I think that those who have never seen the trailer or who don't have any inclination to see the film (or who don't allow their judgement to be influenced, unlike me), will perhaps enjoy it a fair bit more than I did.