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Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  88,818 Ratings  ·  9,721 Reviews
A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Atria Books (first published October 28th 2010)
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Maggie Stiefvater
Mar 21, 2011 Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, recommended
Ten Reasons to Read WARM BODIES

1. It is a zombie book. But not like that. In the spirit of honesty, I had this book as an advanced review copy for literally months before I picked it up. It had glowing reviews from Stephanie Meyer, so I figured it couldn’t be that gross, and a glowing quote from Audrey Niffeneggar, so I figured it had to be well-written. But . . . zombies. Hopeless gore. I have a pretty strict disinterest in zombies that I break only for Carrie Ryan’s books. I’m not going to tel
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Wendy Darling
What makes us human? Is it merely a collection of living flesh and tissue and bone, or is it also consciousness and memory and feeling? R, the young zombie who narrates this novel, isn't really sure. But after meeting Julie, a human girl he impulsively saves and hides away in an abandoned plane, he begins to experience thoughts and feelings that he'd forgotten he'd ever had.

Warm Bodies is a wistful love story that is creepy, sad, sweet, and disturbing in equal measure. The notion that it is poss
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
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Lessons learned from R (who happens to be a zombie)

1. Sometimes you are up, and sometimes you are down. That is until the power goes out and you are stuck.

2. Freaking out is not going to help, instead get married!

3. Sometimes a little brain goes a long way, unless of course you just ate the last of it, and then you are so screwed.

4. It is not our words but our actions that speak loudest regarding who we are.

Jan 28, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I finished this book awhile ago, but I've been avoiding writing my review. The only reason I can think of is that I really don't want my first read glow to go away. You know that time after you read a really spectacular book when you're just sitting around, thinking about how wonderful it was and going over passages you loved? I think I've been doing that for two weeks now. Every time I think about Warm Bodies, I wonder at how good it was.

Warm Bodies follows R, a zombie unlike those we normally
What an entertaining delight! I first heard of this book through the movie trailer. I was very skeptical about this, yet oddly curious at the same time. A zombie who falls in love.... I did not know what to expect getting into this. What I ended up experiencing was a story like no other.

'R' is a zombie with personality. Not very common, right? Even the other zombies think he is odd. He longs for memories...for life. When he eats the brain of a young man named Perry and saving a human girl, thi
Kat Kennedy
This is not a young adult novel.

I mean, it is about a young adultish human and zombie who fall in love and set about to change the world with love. But this is not a young adult novel.

It has themes of young love and disaffected youth and hopeful new beginnings but this is not a young adult novel, people!

Regardless of what it is, it’s a pretty good novel, but I have a confession. This is going to translate in people’s minds as me being simplistic and unable to handle the deeper, more complicated
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
This was a big surprise, though not entirely a pleasant one.

Try imagining the most disgusting relationship in the history of mankind. Are you done yet? Need some help?

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Now multiply that feeling of disgust by ten. Or even better, by a hundred. Oookay. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty nauseous here.

If you’ve got it, try thinking of a way to make that feeling and that relationship adorable. You heard me! Adorable. I thought it was impossible too, but I w
Carolyn  Storer
I was quite skeptical, as well as intrigued, when I was sent "Warm Bodies" to review. I would never have imagined putting "zombie" and "romance" in the same sentence. I assumed the putrid decomposition of flesh and the eating of brains would have been a bit of a turn off.

After reading the first page I didn't know whether I would be able to take this book seriously: a zombie romance? And with quotes like these...
"My friend 'M' says thie irony of being a zombie is that everything is funny, but you
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Oct 16, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Wendy F
With the new season of The Walking Dead back on tonight, I thought I'd go back and take a look at some killer (hah) zombie fiction. The closest book to the show Walking Dead that I've read is The First Days, so if you're needing more of that gory, survivalist-type of zombie book, I'd check that one out.

This book, however, is fresh in my mind due to the author himself making some recent comments that he's not altogether thrilled about some book stores shelving his book as Young Adult instead of A
Jessica (priceiswong)
I read this book to complete the #TBRTakedown challenge of reading a book outside my comfort zone. I've never been into zombie movies and until this book, I've never read any books with zombies. Overall, I just thought this book was okay.. Some parts really grossed me out... Parts of it seemed rushed and like we didn't get to learn a lot about the world.. Or there just wasn't enough world building I suppose... I did think it was interesting and I liked the changes the main character, R, went thr ...more
Sasha Alsberg
Nov 19, 2012 Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing book, just read it!
Jan 16, 2013 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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Jan 09, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with a zombie. There, I said it out loud and I’m not embarrassed. Isaac Marion’s novel, Warm Bodies, is a romance. Yes, a zombie romance! Now before you all get grossed out on me, hear me out. In this author’s post-zombie apocalypse world, you first meet R. R isn’t your typical zombie that shuffles around mumbling “Braaaaaiiiiiiinnnnnnssss!” until he stumbles upon his next meal. You step right into R’s shoes. In this world, zombies are dead (of course), and they are really reduced ...more
Nov 11, 2012 Ailyne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Update: Just saw movie trailer....i laughed out loud...and squealed. Here is the link --->

Could any amount of my insignificant words fully encompass the greatness of this book? The answer here is no, no because the words printed on each copy of Warm Bodies are already tuned to a vast perfection greater than the sky itself. Isaac Marion..I applaud you, I give you ten million standing ovations, I declare you to be a master
Apr 05, 2011 Isamlq rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
R and Julie’s story is probably the strangest, creepiest, yet sweetest and most hopeful thing I’ve come across in ages. You see, WARM BODIES is a zombie romance, literally. Instead of the expected survivors falling for each other given the end of days shtick, we have an actual zombie love story. The concept had me questioning would I buy it? Or better yet, would Julie? Even if the background was not as clearly explained as I want it to be, MAN, would I like to pick the brain of the person behind ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Nikoline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of zombies
Recommended to Nikoline by: Wendy Darling
When I first got my hands on Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion I was thrilled. The story seemed original with its zombie-plot, but my idea of this novel changed quite a bit after a while. I did enjoy the story and I probably will if I ever decide to pick it up again, but the story is not original at all. Instead it echoes Shakespeare.

Warm Bodies is more like a post-apocalyptic version of Romeo and Juliet where Romeo kills Paris and marries Juliet. In Isaac Marion's version R kills Perry who is trying
MK~ Picky Girl
Jul 19, 2016 MK~ Picky Girl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie-love
finished and I loved it!!

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I'm so freakin excited to be starting this!!! Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have a love for all things zombies. So when my sis told me about a zombie romance, I said hell yeah I need to read this!!! I'm ready for some Zombie love!! Buddy read with Marta, Brenda and Rosanna!
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Can't wait to meet the very interesting and very dead "R"

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3.5 stars
A philosophical zombie love story is not something I expected! I thoroughly enjoyed this and the prose was gorgeous (albeit a bit purple, but enjoyable still). I REALLY WISH I READ THIS WHEN THE SEQUEL WAS ALREADY OUT THOUGH. I have so many questions I need answered!
4 1/2 stars.

I only read this book because I was expecting blood, gore and mild necrophilia.

Instead, I got a beautifully poetic book full of immaculately developed characters and gorgeous prose that demolished the well-worn cliches of zombie literature and everything I thought I knew about those old shufflers.

Man I hate it when I don't get what I want.
I'm sorry I can't properly introduce myself, but I don't have a name any more. Hardly any of us do. We lose them like car keys, forget them like anniversaries. Mine might have started with an 'R', but that's all I have for now.

None of us are particularly attractive, but death has been kinder to me than some. I'm still in the early stages of decay. Just the grey skin, the unpleasant smell, the dark circles under my eyes. I could almost pass for a Living man in need of a vacation.


Isaac Marion's de
I used to avoid any zombie movies or novels before reading Warm Bodies Well I still believe zombies are creepy but this book shook my thoughts upside down. This book taught us about being human. Humans are the only living species in the Homo genus, a human body is constructed of flesh and bone with warm blood flowing through our artery and vein, our heart beats at 60/RR interval in seconds. Then why are we so different from these living dead zombies??? Because we have feelings, we smile when we ...more
Kostas Papadatos
Τα ζόμπι δεν είναι χορτοφάγα,το γνωρίζουμε όλοι.Τα ζόμπι του συγκεκριμένου βιβλίου όμως διαφέρουν.Εκτός του οτι έχουν εκλεπτυσμένες διατροφικές συνήθειες,έχουν χιούμορ,μιλάνε,ερωτεύονται και ακούν Frank Sinatra.Θα τους ταίριαζαν περισσότερο ακούσματα όπως Carcass και Autopsy, αλλά δε μπορούμε να τα έχουμε όλα σε αυτή τη ζωή. Τα -θερμά σώματα- είναι ένα όμορφο, με έντονο το αλληγορικό στοιχείο μυθιστόρημα, που σου κρατά αμείωτο το ενδιαφέρον σε όλες σχεδόν τις σελίδες του. Μοναδική μου ένσταση? Η ...more
(9 3/4) Gerasimos
Aug 10, 2016 (9 3/4) Gerasimos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Beautiful. A very unique and beautiful retelling of Romeo & Juliet. It left me with a smile on my face. It was heartwarming, lyrical, deep and profound. Something I did not expected.

This doesn't feel like a zombie book at all. I mean it is full with gory creatures that are hungry for brains but it is much more than that. The whole book is a parallelism that represents a very strong message: Happiness is hidden in the smallest things-Live your life to the fullest. Oh, and don't forget: It is
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Antigone G.
Mar 23, 2016 Antigone G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a pleasant surprise that was! I had this on my TBR shelf since the movie came out in 2013 and only now got around to reading it. I was putting it off almost every single month because – let’s face it – I am so not a zombie person. In all the spirit of truth I have a pretty strict disinterest in zombies. Or at least I had, before picking this bad boy up. I thought this was gonna be a quick, light read with a cheesy insta-lovey romance and shallow characters. Guess what? I couldn’t be more wr ...more
Jun 10, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Warm Bodies not long after it released back in 2011, so it’s been quite some time ago. When I heard there was going to be a movie I was really excited because I enjoyed it so much. I watched the movie just a few days ago. So I thought this would be a perfect time to do a mini review mash up of both the book and the movie.

The movie as far as book adaptations was surprisingly good. I’m always waiting to be disappointed by movie adaptations, but this was not the case here. There were some o
Deborah Markus
Since I read this as an audiobook, I can't go back and share any quotes. [UPDATE: I have since wised up and started routinely checking out library print copies of my audio fare.] Which is a shame, since Warm Bodies is unexpectedly poetic for a zombie novel. It's also quite humorous.

If you've seen the movie: The book is significantly different enough to be worth a go. The relationship between R and Julie's boyfriend is deeper and more important in the book than in the movie. The "boneys" are symb

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Yep, just imagine a post-apocalyptic earth, where almost everyone you knew is dead or a living dead.
Where in order to survive people are gathered in stadiums,to seek refuge and to train to survive.

Now imagine, the zombies. People who used to be like us but because of the curse or this virus, they become someone else. They had to feed on the living, they don't remember their name, what they used to be, or even to talk.

And here enters R , our hero or I must say, our a
Gus Sanchez
I swear, right now, the words escape me, the words I wish I could say that would reveal just how brilliant and lovely this novel is. Damn it, man, this book had no business being so damned good, so alive.

Okay, I found the words. Hit it.

The zombie canon gets hit with a much-needed curveball across the chin, courtesy of first-time novelist Isaac Marion: what if zombies actually had feelings, feelings of ambivalence and longing inside, while dead on the outside? Warm Bodies tackles that head on, w
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