Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. The ultimate zombie apocalypse. The living crowd together in efforts to survive while the undead drift along the abandoned street looking for their next brain to devour. As devastation swallows the world one zombie stands out, different from his fellow zombie brothers. He wears a red tie and looks pretty good for well, being a zombie. Although he can't totally remember who he was or how he came to be a zombie he does remember one thing, his name starts with Rrrr.
R is different then all the others mainly because he feels guilt for having to do what he does. Eat flesh and brains. R and his group of the un-living corner a group of humans on their latest hunting trip and do what they do best. R took one bite into a dude's brains who now used to be a guy named Perry and was stocked to be sucked into glimpses of Perry's memories. He feels what Perry feels and then that's when his grey dead eyes meets Julie's. That's when something strange happens to R, a twitch in his soul he feels this strong urge to protect and save Julie. So he does.
Julie knows R is different and together they go about doing what no other zombie and human could have ever thought could be done. Change the world. All it takes is them believing and wanting more. With R's will to live and Julie's courage they send a spark across the land effect living and dead.
I loved this book so much. I had no knowledge about this book until I came across the trailer of the movie they are making based on it. I quickly finished up what I was currently reading at the time and picked it up solely because well, it's about zombies. Sure it's another zombie story but the way Isaac told this intense and desperate encounter between his beauty and beast was pulling at my heartstrings. I mean, it had me getting all swoony over a zombie. R is hot! Wait what? YES. That is what I am saying! Plus the fact that there's a girl who could potential be handing her brains over on a silver platter any second had me totally flipping pages.
Now don't let the trailer to the movie Warm Bodies deceive you. The movie is totally going for a romantic comedy type of thing which is really not the case at all when you read this book. Sure there's romance, a forbidden kind. A kind that has you biting your nails hoping and praying that it could work and that it won't come crashing down. It's a serious novel behind the eyes of R, a guy who is fully alive but stuck in a rotting body. What isn't there to love about that?! Don't get me wrong, I am beyond excited to see this movie. I think it's going to be great and also because I am a huge fan of movie adaptations of books but I'm one of those people that appreciate them for what they are and not what they aren't.
Pick it up and read it. Let me know what you think! In my book it's the holy grail of zombie fiction.