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The Burning World

(Warm Bodies #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,751 ratings  ·  537 reviews
R is recovering from death.

He’s learning how to breathe, how to speak, how to be human, one clumsy step at a time. He doesn’t remember his old life and he doesn’t want to. He’s building a new one with Julie.

But his old life remembers him. The plague has another host far more dangerous than the Dead. It’s coming to return the world to the good old days of stability and cont
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published February 2nd 2017)
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Dec 28, 2012 marked it as to-read

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature. Some spoilers for the first book in this series, Warm Bodies:

When we left R, the recovering zombie, and his human love Julie at the end of Warm Bodies, things were looking hopeful. But not so fast: becoming fully human again after years of zombie-hood isn’t as quick or easy as R hoped. His body is still stiff and clumsy, and his memory of his prior life is still a blank to him (in fact, he’s not at all sure he wants to remember his pr
Nov 13, 2012 marked it as to-read
Wait... book 2... Hot damn this is awesome!!

Dec 31, 2012 marked it as to-read


Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“I don’t know how you’re planning to save the world from ten thousand years of human decline, but good luck.”

THIS is why I don’t read past the first book in a series. I should not make exceptions. Ever. Why can’t I learn this? I must be only a “Nearly” rather than completely human. The only excuse I can make for myself is that I adored everything about Warm Bodies and I figured since so much time had passed between the first and s
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Sep 23, 2013 marked it as to-read
MK~ Picky Girl
Feb 09, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: zombie-love

There is a sequel to this amazing story?

More R!!!!

Can't flippen wait!!!
Trina (Between Chapters)
I really loved Warm Bodies so I tentatively wanted to check out this sequel. For those curious, this does follow the same characters from book 1 (those who survived) plus a few new characters, and it is much less a "zombie romance" and much more of your typical zombie survival story. As usual, the dead aren't the biggest threat in this world, it's the groups of other survivors.

I opted for the audiobook and the narrator, Jacques Roy, was great. His voice and acting really suited the main characte
A sequel? YES! YES! YES! This is perhaps the first time in a long time that my prayers have been answered by the Gods of Good Reading. Warm Bodies ended on such an ambiguous and unsatisfactory note, that a sequel is not only justified but thoroughly deserved. Can't wait. 2014 come fast.
And this better not be a fake out.
Jan 11, 2013 marked it as to-read

A sequel? I don't know what to feel. I looove Warm Bodies, but a sequel? Ooo-kay. Just okay. I'm waiting.
Joy (joyous reads)
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: s-s-canada, arc
Question: Did you read Warm Bodies? If so, do you remember how it ends? How about the movie? Did you see it? Yes? No?

Well, let me spoil it all for you with this little scenario: most of the zombies slowly gained back a semblance of their humanity. Gone are the instincts to devour human flesh, replaced by a pause that gives them a chance to hold back the monster that hungers for the living. So much so that they’re able to cohabit with the humans inside the wall. The last scene had Julie and R wat
Wendy Darling
Excited to read this! And hoping that there will be no further unnecessary complaints about how the book is marketed.
Faith M ✨
Madness. Monsters. A city full of death. Even if we survive this plunge, it’s hard to see a future.

This re-read was utterly fantastic! I'm slowly losing my ability to read with my eyes and not just with my ears (bless and curse audiobooks!) but I could barely put this down, and I already knew what happens! There were a few parts, particularly at the beginning, that stretched my suspension of disbelief a little too far, and I still don't really care for Sprout, but this is definitely still a 5 st
Jun 26, 2013 marked it as to-read
A sequel?

Why a sequel?
R is human, he'll live happily ever after. This was supposed to be the end.
Jan 23, 2013 marked it as to-read
I love the first book and it was a little open-ended but the book could have stood on its own. I love that there is going to be a second one. I love R and Julie and all of the other characters. I am so excited to read the next book.
Sep 21, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Nov 24, 2012 marked it as to-read
I was so excited to see there was going to be a sequel.

And then I saw the publication date.

Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Rating: 3.5-4 stars. I'm waffling, so I rounded up. Keep reading if you have any interest in my scattered, vaguely coherent, and confusing thoughts about this book.

This is going to be less of a review and more my rambling thoughts about because... I don't really know what I thought of it. I didn't dislike it - I actually found it engaging and interesting and I'm always a fan of world-building - but something just felt off to me. There were times when I was reading when I would think "this is too
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am beyond disappointed with this one. Even before I knew there was a sequel coming, I was very happy with the way Warm Bodies ended. I was very happy with almost everything about Warm Bodies... the heart, the humour, the lovable characters, the story... all elements that The Burning World severely lacked.

I am upset with how the first book really made me love R, zombie warts and all, but this book made me hate him more and more until by the end of it I was just hoping he'd die already. I could
Sheyla ✎
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-series, 2017

I have been dying to read this book. I love The New Hunger and Warm Bodies and I NEEDED to read The Burning World. I had some trepidation about reading the sequel in case it was lacking the same greatness of its predecessors. Thankfully, I had no reason to worry.

Isaac Marion dwells into his zombie world without apology. He combines desolation, humor, romance and a desire to fight for life all bundled up together in a perfect blend.
At times, it's gruesome. At others, it's beautiful.

The Bur
Jun 03, 2013 marked it as to-read
personally i feel that warm bodies by the book itself is a stellar by its amazing in-depth of its own. Issac is definitely a unique author out there that can put out alot humour and extract a completely beautiful story.

of course though i cant refuse a freakin sequel! love how he says he'll try not to ruin it, at least he's careful not to play us down
EDIT: 08/02/17
Four years. Four fucking years after I read Warm Bodies, thinking that was the end of it.
I can't wait until I get my hands on this.


EDIT: 23/08/16


Jumana Hiasat
Jan 24, 2015 marked it as to-read


I hope the sequel is better though. Because I really loved Warm Bodies and I wouldn't want the sequel to ruin that.
.·:*¨ × Shannon♥Beel Stole & Ate My Heart × ¨*:
I trust Isaac but I doubt I can trust the people that make the book covers. Heh.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have the fondest memories of Warm Bodies. The lovely self contained take on a Romeo and Juliet set in the post apocalyptic zombie world. Even the movie adaptation was lovely. And yet, seems like few novels achieve success and get left well enough alone. Looks like Marion has much more to say on the subject, hence this ambitious expansion of his fictional universe. If the end of Warm Bodies left you imagining some kind of happily ever after for its characters, this isn't quite it. This is more ...more
Feb 16, 2017 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-netgalley
DNF @ 13%

I had been heading towards a slump so that may be part of the reason for my complete intolerance and unwillingness to give this a chance, but this just did not work for me. Warm Bodies was an original (and slightly disturbing) tale of a zombie falling in love with a human, subsequently regaining his humanity in the process. It was a moving and touching novel in the unlikeliest of genres. The New Hunger was even more fantastic, well written, and it made me more excited than I had been fo
I'm having a love/hate relationship with this series. I liked the first book but felt it was lacking something - mostly explanations. So, I watched the movie. And I loved it more than the book (weird, I know). So when I heard there would be a sequel, I was super excited. I would finally get the answers I so desperately craved! Right?


I swear, this book was like the last episode of Lost. I ended up with more questions leaving then when I went in.

So let's start with what I liked. I liked gett
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This sequel to WARM BODIES was everything I wanted without even knowing it. Everything that appealed to me in the first book was brought back, reexamined, and amplified throughout THE BURNING WORLD; from R's honest yet funny internal monologue, to Julie's fierce determination and unflagging heart.

The best parts of this book ask the big questions, like: what makes someone human? and how do we rehabilitate those aren't fully human yet? do we afford those "nearly living" the same rights as the true
Bonnie Brien
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Interesting nuggets, but reading this book was disorienting and depressing. Our beloved characters go through torture after torture while on the run, and the book tackles too much: R's return to life, his memory of his past, a bizarre "collective thoughts" thread that didn't connect back to much and was hard to follow, the state of the dystopian America, establishing a cult's presence in the world, defining the bad guys--too much and not really much of a plot. 2nd books in a series are rough. I ...more
Feb 01, 2013 marked it as noope
Oh c'mon. Your book was a huge success, it was turned into a movie and so you what? Decide to write a sequel that was never supposed to exist? SRL?? Dammit, hate that. ...more
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After 9 years, 4 books, and 1 pretty good movie, R and Julie's story is about to reach its conclusion.

THE LIVING, book 4 of the Warm Bodies Series, is available now.

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