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The New Hunger

(Warm Bodies #1.5)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,527 ratings  ·  680 reviews
The end of the world didn’t happen overnight.

After years of societal breakdowns, wars and quakes and rising tides, humanity was already near the edge. Then came a final blow no one could have expected: all the world’s corpses rising up to make more.

Born into this bleak and bloody landscape, twelve-year-old Julie struggles to hold on to hope as she and her parents drive acr
Paperback, 170 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published January 28th 2013)
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Ollie Quebedeaux It did already come out.
But, this is the U.S. version, the other one is UK.
This one also has new prologues and epilogues.
And according to Isaac…more
It did already come out.
But, this is the U.S. version, the other one is UK.
This one also has new prologues and epilogues.
And according to Isaac Marion, the extra stuff is "vital" to the new book 2.
That is why I will be buying it.(less)

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Raeleen Lemay
I am thoroughly underwhelmed.
Kim Bailey
Can beauty be found in death & destruction?

Isaac Marion describes the end of society, or perhaps it's the end of humanity, with such wondrous descriptive ... it's practically poetic.

On it's own this novella is a worthwhile read, even if for nothing more than it's gorgeous prose. It's in no way a full story, but could easily be read before or after the first book, Warm Bodies and still provide the same effect.

I found the characters easy to connect with. In fact, I was completely enchanted b

So I picked up this book because I saw it was by the author who wrote “Warm Bodies”. I never actually read the book but I loved the movie, and after reading “ The New Hunger” I am eager to read everything that this author has published.

This story has multiple narratives and follows a family of three, a group of zombies and a brother sister pairing. Each voice is is fresh and fascinating. The writing is extremely immersive and the feels...oh man the feels! Amazing story with a unique take on zom
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
Ashley Daviau
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
While this was quite short and nowhere near as good as Warm Bodies, I still did thoroughly enjoy it. It’s a quick and entertaining read and a great add on to the original story.

I really enjoyed that it featured characters from Warm Bodies, it made it more interesting and it was great to see the “before” they. R is still my favourite by far though, there’s just something about him that I love!

The only thing that detracted from my enjoyment of this short story was that the tone was much darker
Molly Mortensen
I’m glad I read Warm Bodies first, because even though it made The New Hunger predictable, it’s not nearly as sad. (I’d always rather be prepared for deaths.)

The Good:

It was nice to meet a young Julie and Nora. I loved Nora’s little brother Addy! M, R’s Zombie friend also makes an appearance. R’s parts were still my favorite! The things he talks to in his head were very strange, but I liked how he traded emotions for information.

I wish it had started just a bit earlier! I wanted to see R as a hu
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
Faith (BookSelf ~ You Are What You Read)
A dead man lies near a river, and the forest watches him. Gold clouds drift across a warming pink sky. Crows dart through dark pines that hover over him 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 soul. 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 to take back what the man stole fr

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.


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 b
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This was great! I even liked it more than Warm Bodies.. Now I'm really looking forward to the actual sequel.
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
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Issac Marion delivers his prequel THE NEW HUNGER (Warm Bodies 0.5) to the “zombie loving” Warm Bodies, the inspiration for the hit film of zombie apocalypse—with its popular ‘Zombie Romance’.

The New Hunger takes place eight years before Warm Bodies. A glimpse of R’s first days as a zombie, Julie and Nora’s journeys through the wastelands, and a key moment that set all three on a path toward each other
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I think this was a great look into the devastating world that Marion created. I liked seeing Nora and Julie and how even though their circumstances were different they were both after the same thing, to survive and to keep their families safe as well.

It will be interesting to see where book two takes them.

*An updated copy of this was provided by the Publisher.*

Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars!!! Really enjoyed this, it was deep and chilling. Very glad I read it, it built Nora's character up a heap! Not to mention the zombies, it was just so good.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 real
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: January 17th 2018 

"Nothing is permanent. Not even the end of the world."

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Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The New Hunger was a quick insight to how R, Nora and Julie's journey began leading up to Warm Bodies. I don't think it was necessary to read Warm Bodies before this prequel but it did help that I have seen the film.

Julie is twelve years old and trying to find civilisation with her parents. We see her travel to Canada but they are turned away and travel to Seattle where she crosses paths with Nora who has been abandoned by her parents along with her seven year old brother. R has just become und
A Albeirakdar
"Everyone is equally young and foolish in the wide lens of history, and the arrogant denial of this is what unraveled the world. So much easier to think of people as children when you want to lie to them. Especially if you're a businessman, a congressman, a journalist, a doctor, a preacher, a teacher, or the head of a superpower. Enough white lies can scorch the earth black."

Who knew the zombie stories can be so deep and profound? I think Mr. Marion is one of the best undervalued authors of our
Seale Ballenger
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this one. A great little peak into the beginning of the end. I wondered about the characters before they all bumped into each other and I love that this is still the story of a few from book 1. I knew it all had to start somewhere and what better time to start than there.

I did like that Nora and Julie were added in there. Nora's story is so sad - just her and little Addie, trying to stay alive. And Julie is with her mom and dad and they are all attempting to stay alive but also to find o
Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)
SECOND READ - 29/03/17


So this was better than I remembered, but I can't tell if that's because I read it before Warm Bodies this time and/or because I read it while also reading another book that has some of the worst writing I've come across (I'm talking about you Pantomime).

I honestly actually don't know what to rate this. I was sorta bored with some of it but I also tabbed the shit out of it. I wasn't a fan of the casual mentioning of suicide, and I looked back on my notes from when I
Michele at A Belle's Tales
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
“I like ugly. Beauty is a trick.”

In 2011, I opened a new novel by Isaac Marion and became completely absorbed by his writing, his characters, and the state of a world in ruin. My favorite aspect of the story was that he gave readers a monster to love. I’ve been wanting more ever since, and I thought this new edition of the prequel novella would tide me over. I loved it but it still left me hungry for more. And I mean that in a most approving way. This novella follows the three main characters
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, arc
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in a goodreads First Reads Giveaway--thank you!

I have to admit, I haven't read Warm Bodies. I saw the movie when it came out and enjoyed it. I just never got around to reading the book. Well, now I have to. I LOVED this prequel. It was so engaging that I read it all in one sitting. I kind of knew where things would end up since I had seen the movie, but there were some situations that just broke my heart. I also have a better understanding of the
I stumbled upon this novella, the prequel to "Warm Bodies" purely by chance whilst browsing for a new post apocalyptic read. Warm Bodies remains one of my favourite zombie novels, despite - or perhaps because of it - the fact that it's very different to the usual post apocalyptic tale. The New Hunger doesn't offer that innovation - it's a brief glimpse into the world we already know exists, but in earlier days, when Julie is just twelve years old, and Nora just wants to keep her brother from sta ...more
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
Joy (joyous reads)
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Isaac Marion's little novel instantly took me back to those days when I can't get enough of zombie novels. The nerve-wracking anxiety that came running down my spine kept me up till all hours of the night. And the fact that I know the fate of each and every single character made it even more deliciously thrilling.
Michelle Morrell
A novella prequel to "Warm Bodies," it takes place after civilization has fallen, while the survivors are still trying to find refuge. If you liked the novel, you'll like this most likely. It felt slight, but still worth the look into the lives of the main characters as they wander the wastelands looking for shelter. Extra points for post-apocalyptic Seattle, represent!
Questo libro è molto più che stupendo, non credo di riuscire a descriverlo.
Vi obbligo a leggerlo, fine.
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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.

Other books in the series

Warm Bodies (4 books)
  • Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)
  • The Burning World  (Warm Bodies, #2)
  • The Living (Warm Bodies, #3)
  • Boarded Window (Warm Bodies)
“Nothing is permanent. Not even the end
of the world.”
“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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