“I went and saw the movie, loved it, and decided I wanted to read the book. That being said, I do think it makes a difference whether you read the book or see the movie first. If you are expecting something really cute, like me, you'll probably like the movie better, because the book, while still cute and wonderful, is more solemn than the movie. The book gives a deeper look at the hardships Perry and Julie and the others have endured, and it's not pretty. However, the book also allows greater insight as to R's internal conflicts, his growing relationship with Julie, and his spiritual connection with Perry. If I had to choose, I would say that I like the movie better, but that I still really enjoyed the book (I practically tore through it) and would highly recommend it to others; the messages of the book are more clear and have greater depth than in the movie. Either way, I love this story. ”Toni of Pages Turned wrote this review Sunday, February 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this. Kind of a lot. Tempted to give it four stars, but I'm not sure if I'll remember it being as amazing. It was just a nice, short read.
There were a few lags where I had to really push through, but generally, it was written really well, and I really liked the way you could see R slowly transform, and it really seemed like the author was entirely committed to the vision he had. I started reading this because I wanted to see the movie, and several times throughout reading it, I thought about how the scene could fit right into a movie. I'm excited to see it now!”
“YA and a "little" silly. The zombies got better??? ”scrapper wrote this review Sunday, February 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Warm Bodies takes us to an apocalyptic future in which Zombies are roaming the earth, a situation that has been explored in many works of literature, films and TV shows. The difference here, though, is that we're put in the shoes of the zombie himself, who we come to know and love, rather than fear.
'R' doesn't remember his life, and while he is a walking corpse who can't string more than five syllables together, he still longs for something different to his flesh eating nature. So when 'R' kills and eats Perry, a young human man, it sparks something inside him that signifies the beginning of the end for life (or death) as he know it.
While I love the twist on the zombie theme, I felt that love interest Julie became comfortable around 'R' too quickly. He is still a zombie who has killed and eaten people in the past, one of those people being her boyfriend, after all...
That said, it's a different, peculiarly delightful read that you can't help but enjoy. I also think it's written in a way that's perfect for turning into a movie, so I'm looking forward to seeing what they've done with it when I go and see the film this week.
Overall, I give Warm Bodies a four star rating because it's unique and intriguing, but it misses out on that fifth star due to a lack of character development and believability. ”
“I just finished reading the book and I loved it. The movie is a bit different than the book. Some events and details were changed or omitted. The details of how they are cured are different. But I am not bothered by that. I very much enjoyed the book and the movie in their own ways. Each story fit it's medium perfectly.
The book, though a dark comedy, is also a social commentary. There is also a lot of heart and a message of hope, which I liked very much. ”
“Typical zombie/human love story. Zombie meets girl, zombie loses girl, zombie gets girl back. Well, it's a little more than that. R is a zombie who falls for Julie, the girl he saves, after eating and experiencing the memories of her, now dead, boyfriend. What happens with their relationship after that eventually makes a profound impact in both their worlds.
The story can be gruesome at times, but there are many sweet and tender moments. You know the saying, 'You were dying since the day you were born". Now you could say "You were living since the day you died."”
“Warm bodies by Isaac Marion was the first romance novel that I haven't abandoned. I wouldn't consider this a bad book, nor would I call it my favorite. The book is basically about a zombie who sees things differently than the other zombies he lives among. He eats a boy's brain and sees his memories, soon falling in love with the boy's girlfriend. He finds the girl and together they use the power of love to try and end the plague, facing many challenges along the way. Some of these challenges include the Boneys, who are the ancient civilization of skeletal zombies who are looked at as the leaders and stronger of the zombies, and the humans, who refuse to believe that the line between the living and the dead could be the slightest bit of gray. The thing is, Warm Bodies has the same plot that is used in all romance movies and books. Boy meets girl, something pulls boy and girl apart, it works out, and they live happily ever after. The book didn't really make me feel many emotions. I didn't feel sad, nor did the romance spark any interest, and I didn't feel mad at any characters. That's what a good book is supposed to do. The story may have had a unique topic, but I feel the story could be much better. It was the first book I’ve seen written at a zombie’s point of view opposed to a human’s point of view, but the plot didn’t really play it out for me. It was a unique concept, and it wasn’t a bad story, but the concept could be so much better than it was portrayed in warm bodies. I do think that the story did provide plenty of good morals. Some morals I discovered were things like enjoy life while you still have it because it may be gone tomorrow, there's nothing wrong with starting over, and more. I think that the way the morals are portrayed was my favorite part about this book. R, the zombie in which the book focuses on throughout the story, is constantly worried about the man he used to be. Zombies can’t remember anything. The people they were, their jobs, not even their names. Sometimes they recognize the first letter or so of their old names, but that is all. R discovers that it doesn’t matter who he once was, but whom he chooses to be now. That is what drives him to be so different compared to the other zombies. This book has a bit of action in it, but there’s nothing particularly exciting about it. I didn’t get nervous while reading the parts where things should be suspenseful, and I didn’t get sad when somebody died in the book. It was all just very plain and didn’t deliver much to me. There wasn’t much extra depth into the story, which meant more than what it seemed. I had no emotional connections to any of the characters. If any of them died I could probably care less to be completely honest. R was definitely lovable, and his friend, M, made me laugh at times, but I don’t know how I’d feel if they died. Julie, R’s love interest, whined constantly and wasn’t really a fantastic character that I could relate to, so I could care less if she died. I'd recommend this book to anyone who's a hopeless romantic and loves happy endings, but for those, like me, who are looking for a story with more action and excitement, I would not recommend this
“Kind of a ridiculous story...but I enjoyed it. It was certainly different, at least for a story about zombies. ”Melissa F wrote this review Thursday, February 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Funky YA book about a zombie who can't shake his human life, falls in love with a human girl and she helps him find a cure for his zombi-ness. Was an odd book and strangly endearing. Wanted a deeper story but than again, it's YA.”Jill Miclean wrote this review Thursday, February 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No