So much happening with the development of several books to the big screen so I am just going to condense my thoughts into one post. Excuse the big rambling mess below!! [Read more...]
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, noidentity, 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 stragely 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. – Amazon
As far as zombies go, my knowledge of them is fairly basic: Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth series….maybe one or two other things here and there. Like the ones featured in those works of fiction, the zombies I’m used to are the typical mean and nasty ones that you have to remember to double tap (Rule #2). About a year ago, a friend linked me to the short story that would later expand into Warm Bodies and it was easy to get hooked to the premise and Isaac Marion’s writing voice.
In this zombie universe, when zombies eat away at their victims they are given glimpses of the human’s lives. As R munches on the brain of Perry, Julie’s boyfriend, he finds himself overwhelmed by the thoughts and feelings that consume him. Perry’s memories aren’t fleeting; instead they affect R quite srongly. Rather than helping himself to a healthy helping of Julie, he is motivated to protect her and takes her to the airport where he lives. From there, their relationship slowly begins to develop. Naturally, Julie is scared, angry, and attempts to escape, but R eventually grows on her. Any romance between them is subtle and sweet and I personally found it to be more of a friendship than anything else.
Despite the short length of the book and the easy-to-follow narrative, Warm Bodies did come off as a bit too predictable. While, to some degree, it can be great to have an idea of where the story is headed, I would have enjoyed a few more surprises along the way — especially since, hello, there are zombies! Instead it played it a little too safe for my liking. An explanation for the existence of the zombies was also lacking and I would have been interested to have received more details on their history. That said, Warm Bodies was still a very enjoyable read and I will continue to think fondly of the heartwarming relationship between R and Julie.
In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren that allows us to share the books we’ve received during the week via our purchases, review copies, library checkouts, borrowing from friends, etc.
I actually haven’t bought much since my last IMM last month. Even though it’s obviously giving me money, work has kept me super busy so I’ve had a lot less time to read. Thus, I still have plenty of books already that I need to get around to. Here are the recent additions to my personal library, though:
• The Goddess Test by AimÃ©e Carter – My final copy of the book! You can check out my review for this one here.
• Where She Went by Gayle Forman – My review is on its way, but I will say the following: GAH, GAYLE FORMAN, YOU GENIUS.
• City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare – My review for this one is right here.
• Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – I’ve been waiting for this one since I came across the short story last year and, yay, it’s finally here. Reading it right now.
• Unwind by Neal Shusterman – This was amazing. Check out my review here.
• A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R.R. Martin – I’m already hooked on the show, heh, so I thought I would read the book. It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out because it’s fairly outside of my comfort zone. So far so good, though!
What did you get this week? Share your link and I’ll be sure to stop by.