I have to admit that I almost didn’t finish this book. I was about 50 pages into it and I had an internal debate about whether I wanted to continue reading. The part of me that doesn’t like to leave books unfinished won. Am I glad I finished it…sure. It wasn’t a horrible book; it just wasn’t one of my favorites.
Warm Bodies is basically a zombie love story. It is told from the point of view of R a zombie who eats the brains of a young man named Perry and absorbs his life force (because that is what happens in this zombie world when a zombie eats your brains) and suddenly finds himself in love with Perry’s girlfriend Julie. He saves her and takes her back to his hive. Because of his actions R begins to change, to awake and the world begins to change along with him.
I think I am of the old school zombie world. I like my zombies as mindless beings and the zombies in this book are thinking semihuman creatures who have societies. They form relationships and families and they think even though they don’t talk really. There was a lot of deeper things going on about what it means to be human and such, but I am not sure this book asked those questions as well as other books have. Don’t get me wrong zombie literature is a great way to have that debate, but I am not sure a zombie protagonist works or at least not this one. For some reason this story didn’t resonate with me. I don’t know if it was the romance which I just found strange…would a girl really fall in love with a zombie???? Or the strange zombie awakening and the war between the zombie factions at the end (really what were the boneys??).
There was a good idea in this book and I know there are a lot of people that just love it, but it just wasn’t for me.
The library no longer has a copy of Warm Bodies. I read Mobius copy of this book.