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New York is a bayou. New Orleans is a reef. The entire country has been devastated by natural disasters and governmental collapse, and on top of everything else there is the annoying problem of zombies trying to devour you at every turn. But sixteen-year-old Nora and her younger brother Addis are about to discover the most frightening thing yet: being abandoned in this hor ...more
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Published January 28th 2013 by Zola Books
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Lynda
A dead man lies near a river, and the forest watches him. Gold clouds drift across a warming pink sky. Crows dart through the trees - dark pines and cedars that hover over the dead man like morbid onlookers. In the deep, wild grass, small living things creep around the dead man's face, eager to eat it and return it to the soil. Their faint clicks mingle with the rush of the wind and the screams of the birds and the roar of the river that will wash away his bones. Nature is hungry. it is ready t ...more
Anne
I'd give this a solid 4.5. Warm Bodies wasn't my favorite, maybe because I read it too late (just a couple of months before the movie release) and I struggled to get though it. While I loved R, I didn't connect with Julie or Nora at all.

But now? After this finely crafted gem? I'm impressed. The backstory of how Julie, Nora, R, and M come together is fantastic. And heart wrenching, and underlined my already existing fears regarding the way this works we live in is going. Marion's writing in this
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Ami

Nothing lasts forever. Life doesn't, love doesn't, hope doesn't, so why would death, hate, or despair? Nothing is permanent. Not even the end of the world.

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Well, this novella-length prequel of Warm Bodies just made me slightly feeling blue

The fact was, this being a sequel, I noticed that there was a character here that didn't appear in the novel. Which meant only one thing. This character would not survive at the end of the story. And with that knowledge in mind, it felt like there was a bl
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karly
OMFG Isaac Marion you really know how to create a world that nobody has ever think of. And OMFG Isaac Marion your characters are so lovable, I just have like a zillion questions I want to ask you but OMFG 'The New Hunger' should be made into a movie too.
Ferdy
3.5 stars - Spoilers

I enjoyed this quite a bit more than I did Warm Bodies. R's perspective in Warm Bodies was really boring at times — there was too much of him monologuing about life, zombies and the world… and it got pretty tiresome after a while. What made this a more engrossing read was the addition of Julie's and Nora's perspective.

I thought Nora was decent enough in Warm Bodies but I didn't really care about her as a character all that much — there was nothing memorable about her, she wa
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Seale Ballenger
The new prequel novella to Isaac Marion's NYT bestselling novel WARM BODIES, THE NEW HUNGER is an excellent, if gruesomely poetic, rendering of what happened to the main characters before they met.
Leea
Feb 12, 2013 Leea rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Warm Bodies Fans
Recommended to Leea by: Wendy F
All six are moving toward each other, some by accident, some by intent, and though their goals differ considerably, on this particular summer night, under this particular set of cold stars, all of them are sharing the same thought: Find people.


If you loved Warm Bodies then you have to read The New Hunger. Many of the questions you had while reading Warm Bodies is answered or at least explained. This novella is not long but it's packed with beautifully written moments of pure horror. It's reall
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B u n n y ♥  | BooksWithBunny
Questo libro è molto più che stupendo, non credo di riuscire a descriverlo.
Vi obbligo a leggerlo, fine.
Paranormal Haven
The New Hunger follows Nora, Julie and a freshly made zombie making their ways though an apocalyptic world.

The New Hunger is a prequel to Warm Bodies, which I read in 2011. Warm Bodies was one of my favorite books I devoured in 2011. For me it was less about the zombies and more a metaphor for the feelings lots of teenagers have. The New Hunger is less about that, and more about these young teens trying to survive. It skirts closer to horror than Marion’s Warm Bodies. There are graphic and somet
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Kelly
Jan 29, 2013 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked Warm Bodies
Just in time for Warm Bodies' official theatrical release, author Isaac Marion has written a prequel story, which has been released in the form of an eBook and introduces us to some of the lead characters featured in his zombie novel. At 140 pages, The New Hunger is a relatively quick read and does a nice job of fleshing out the background stories of Nora, Julie and a newly born zombie who's trying to figure things out.

Spoilers are limited in this review, but there isn't much to spoil if you've
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Christine
Wow. This is my first zombie novel and I loved it.

“There’s not really such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ people, there’s just like…humanity. And it gets broken sometimes.”

Julie is a young girl who with her mom and dad is travelling across the United States desperately trying to find a safe place to call home. Nora along with her little brother Addis are on their own, they are trying to find other people... nice living people. The Tall Man is also on his own, after having just woken up... not knowing
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Carol [Goodreads addict]
This is a short prequel to Warm Bodies. I would have loved to have read it before I read Warm Bodies but just the same, I really enjoyed it. It focuses on the three main characters, Julie, who in this book is with both her Mom and her Dad, Nora, who is with her little brother, and "R" who has just become undead and is still figuring out what he is. It really gives us more insight into all three of their lives before the start of Warm Bodies. I feel like I know them all so much better. Here is on ...more
Steven Jenkins
Fantastic read. Picked up this book looking for a short read and was pleasantly surprised just how great it was. I've seen the Warm Bodies film, which was pretty good. After reading this little novella I'd definitely read his Warm Bodies book.

Highlight: This author has a superb knack for describing scenes beautifully without having the book being bogged down with chunky, pointless text. I love Stephen King, but I do find his descriptions a little overpowering. By Isaac's style is very readable a
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Wendy F
So good! So sad!

Lots of little hidden tidbits, things that we had no idea about in the first book that will definitely make the second even better.

Must read.
Rach
Short tales from the early lives of R, Julie, Nora, and Marcus. I wouldn't pick this one up if you haven't read Warm Bodies yet, because I like the way you get to know the characters in that book, without any pre-knowledge of their histories. If you have read Warm Bodies, though, I'd definitely recommend this for a quick read. The writing is just as smooth and beautiful as Isaac Marion's always is, and there are little nuggets of info that help show why these characters developed the way they di ...more
Amanda Allman
Where do I even begin!? I definitely agree with Isaac, it definitely had more morning if you read Warm Bodies first. A lot of questions were answered, like why was R different to begin with and little things like what happened to Nora’s finger.

(Spoilers ahead)

At first I was extremely confused with Nora and the man in the bathroom. I thought it was M, and then I thought she killed him, but she didn’t and it turned out to be M and I got really excited because they’re my favorite characters by far.
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Gina (Fantasia Books)
Absolutely amazing. Isaac Marion has created a world that I have fallen in love with, but also terrified of. His writing is so raw and real it’s as if you are really there. He is easily one of my favourite authors.

The New Hunger, the prequel to Warm Bodies, explains the stories of some of our most loved characters from Warm Bodies. Julie is 12 years old and travelling with her parents. They don’t know what they’ll run into or who they’ll find, but they have to keep surviving. Sixteen-year-old No
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Zoe Macfarlane
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Daisy
I enjoyed Warm Bodies, but I enjoyed this prequel more. I'm not sure whether that's because the story was focused on different people, or whether it was more maturely written or if I just liked the story more. But I definitely found this more interesting that the actual novel.

The New Hunger is the prequel to Warm Bodies, and sows the seeds of how protagonists Julie, Nora and R come into being the characters they are when the main novel begins. Set a few years earlier, each character starts off o
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Dawn Vanniman
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I love prequels that really show that the author had thought out everything, that he didn't decide to make up back story AFTER he already wrote a book. This is a perfect prequel. Mr. Marion really makes you care about these characters. Seeing where they were years before WARM BODIES was amazing.

R 'came to' as a zombie, but the scene left me with questions. I think it was meant to, he had a life before he became R and now it
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Lori
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Read 1/12/13 - 1/15/13
4 Stars - Strongly Recommended to fans of Warm Bodies, zombie lit, and prequels that refuse to give it all up
Pgs: 128 (E-novella)
Publisher: Zola Books
Release Date: 1/28/13

It's the early days of the collapse. The streets are littered with corpses, buildings have been looted and cleaned out, and the dead are slowly taking to their feet.

Twelve year old Julie rides in the SUV with her parents as they move from city to city in search of safe zones. She misses her
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Beth
Following the interesting, if not totally necessary, publishing trend of prequel, sequel, and mid-series novellas, The New Hunger is the 140-page prequel to the novel that takes a look at the newly-raised R, 12-year-old Julie, teenage Nora and others, six years before the events of Warm Bodies. It takes place not long after the whole thing fell apart – societal collapse and natural disasters have left people scrambling and corpses herding. We see this apocalyptic world from the perspective of th ...more
Book Sushi
This was quite a long novella, it had 3 points of view: Julie who is travelling across the country with her mom and dad trying to find sanctuary or anyone else who is still alive. Then we have Addis and Nora, brother and sister who are also trying to survive in a fallen world. And then we have the "tall man" who we find out is a zombie but he still has certain brain functions. Its actually pretty interesting to see things from the zombie's POV because usually they are portrayed as mindless, whic ...more
Katharina
I really loved it, obviously. I love everything Isaac writes, because his brain does things with words that other people can only dream of. But I'm kind of conflicted about this. For one thing, it kind of poses more questions than it answers (which is rather easy cause it doesn't answer any), and, more importantly, LARGE parts of it are 'Grass Through The Concrete' slightly rewritten. I know The Hungry Mouth was limited to 500 copies, so it makes total sense to release this again, and now, I jus ...more
C
Here is a short and not so sweet one! I loved Warm Bodies, the only thing I DIDN'T love about Warm Bodies was the storyline that followed Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. So here is a chance in alternating chapters to see a little bit more of the story of R, Julie and Nora (and Nora's little brother). The book still takes place post-apocalypse... this isn't the story of their happy lives before everything went to hell but it does take place before they meet. I was surprised to see that R start ...more
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Rating: Top Shelf A short, bittersweet introduction to the beginning of the end

The Book Bar reviews: WARM BODIES
Anothercaptivating story of loss and resilience when everything around you is going to shit. Although you're not taken to 'day one' of the apocalypse and most of society is already 'exed' from the maps, the 'survivors' of the nextphase are roaming for stability. The sympathyyou feel for the living, the struggle to forget 'normal' and live with t
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Robert
A commendable short story about the early days of the apocalypse and the inevitable survival of Nora and her younger brother, Addis. And Julie Grigio(12 years old at that time) along with her father and mother travel to safety. And R's primordial days as a zombie. Surely a goodread to those who loved Warm Bodies. My love for Isaac Marion's wworks is getting on the road.
Tegan
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Myndi
I really liked this prequel. It was longer than a novella so it had more in it to digest. I loved that we got to see not only into R and Julie's past, but Nora's as well. Though that might have been the most tragic. I was horrified as I lived through Nora's pain. I also loved how close all three were though they didn't know each other yet. Like Kismet or fate had lined them all up. This was a great addition to Warm Bodies. I'm eagerly awaiting Marion's sequel.
Laura
I loved this just as much as Warm Bodies, maybe even more. It was really nice seeing how the characters met each other and learning what happened to them before the events of Warm Bodies. I think the main example of this for me is Nora, because I didn't like her all that much in Warm Bodies but after I learned what happened to her l felt really sorry for her. I was just crying by the end of this. If you liked Warm Bodies then I would say definitely read this.
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Isaac Marion is a young hermit living in Seattle with his beard and his cat, starving, hysterical, naked. His first novel, WARM BODIES, was adapted into a film in 2013. A prequel novella, THE NEW HUNGER, will be released some time in 2015, and he is currently working on an absurdly ambitious concluding volume, which will hopefully be released late 2015 or early 2016. And he will let you in on a li ...more
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“Nothing is permanent. Not even the end
of the world.”
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“There’s not
really such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’
people, there’s just like…humanity. And it
gets broken sometimes.”
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