‘R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins. This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight…
This book made me feel so happy, which is weird for a book that is meant to be about zombies. Which it totally is. But it’s also about so much more. It’s about love and friendship and a guy trying to find out who he is and where he belongs. Zombies are, however, still one of the main things in this book. And it is awesome! I’m not the type of person who would usually read a book about zombies but this should be the exception for everyone – zombies or not. It’s a brilliant book which is a lot of fun to read.
To start with, the style of the book feels kind of different to the usual YA book. I’m not quite sure what it was that made me love it so much but this book has such great writing. For one thing, it’s written from R’s point of view and seeing things from his eyes is so cool. He has these really deep thoughts sometimes, which is totally unexpected in a book about zombies, and there are other times in the book that are just about him and M and some other guys going to eat brains. There are so many contrasts in this book but it’s such a good mix of typical zombie cliches and a crazy romance story.
Talking of romance, it’s written so well in this book and there’s so much of it. Essentially, Warm Bodies is a retelling of Romeo & Juliet (hence the main characters’ names) but it’s not exactly the same. The romance in this book is so heartwarming and adorable and I couldn’t get enough of it. Honestly, the interaction between R and Julie was so perfect and the way Julie encouraged him to speak more was really cute.
R himself is a great character. He doesn’t just let life go by him now that he’s a zombie, instead he decides to try and turn his life around and figure out what the point of him being a zombie is. He tries to change things for the better and he’s also ready to stand up for himself and other people. I really love him. Also, Julie is a great character. Even if she ends up in a bad situation, she adjusts and tries to make the best of it. She doesn’t spend her time moping around, and instead she gets on with trying to find a solution.
Basically, this book has some adorable characters, a great plot and some wonderful writing. It is totally worth the read. Also, if you haven’t seen, go watch the film because it’s brilliant.