Novel: Warm Bodies


Bibliographical Information:

Title- Warm Bodies

Author- Isaac Marion

ISBN- 147671746X

Publisher- Atria/ Emily Bestler Books

Copyright- 2012

Genre(s): Post-apocalyptic fiction, paranormal romance, zombie

Interest Age: 14 and up

Reader’s Annotation: R is a zombie but yearns for more in life, when he meets Julie and learns to live again.

Plot Summary:

R is the main character in this novel, and starts the novel already wanting more out of life than to shamble around eating brains. One day, R eats the brains of a boy and sees his thoughts and feelings. This boy is in love with a girl named Julie, who just so happens to be there and shooting other zombies around. He decides to cover her in blood and take her back to the airport that he lives at. They hang out and begin to like one another. The skeleton zombies are called Boneys are not happy about R hanging out with a living person. R’s zombie friend M helps them escape to take Julie back to the stadium where she and others have been living. They travel together, but she leaves him in an abandoned house. He travels to the stadium to get back with Julie and finds out that the Boneys have chased all the changing zombies away. He reunites with Julie, and they go to a bar. He gets in a fight and walks off. He comes across a guard who see’s he is a zombie. R decides to eat him, but he does not eat him fully. The guard comes back as a zombie, and alerts the community. The Boneys have taken over, and Julie must get R out of the stadium. R and Julie kiss, and her dad sees this. He believes she is now a zombies and goes to kill her. But he is stabbed by another person, and falls off the stadium. He is turned into a skeleton zombie. The guards and changing undead defeat the Boneys. R is turned back into a living human.

Critical Evaluation:

This book has hilarious dialog, and I really enjoyed this lighthearted read. This is a great read for teens, and it allows them to venture into the zombie genre with a sense of humor. The author did a great job of keep the characters realistic, with an unrealistic fantasy story line.  R is funny, and the reader is able to connect with him and feel his pain at wanting to live again. The author also does a great job at connecting all the dots and finishing the story line thoroughly. I decided on this novel to include in my collection because it is an apocalyptic novel with humorous dialog and it keeps the reader engaged.

Author Bio/Information:

“Isaac Marion grew up in the mossy depths of the Pacific Northwest, 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 film adaptation. It has been translated into twenty-five languages. Isaac lives in Seattle with his cat, Watson, writing fiction and music and taking pictures of everything” (About the Author, n.d.).

Ties to Curriculum: N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

Are changing zombies a symbol for something we see in our society today?

Challenging Issues:

Violence is apparent in this novel, but I do believe that parents and others will see that it is needed for a zombie novel. I will explain that these scenes of violence are typically seen in zombie or horror fiction, and that it is just an element of the story line. I believe that the story is lighthearted enough that parents will be ok with 14 and up reading this novel. The violence is not excessive.


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