Wednesday, November 14, 2012
So you all know that I enthusiastically embrace zombie stories and enjoy them. I'm always excited when I hear about new zombie books and I rarely feel like they are a disappointment. When this book came out a couple of years ago, people were raving about how great it was, so I bought it and gave it a shot. And...then I set it down unfinished. Well I'm trying to clear out my books so I'm trying to finish the books that I didn't quit reading out of pure hatred. And I knew the movie would be coming out and I wanted to finish it. So I did!
I didn't like it.
I like zombie stories where the zombies can't:
B) Fall in Love
C) Turn human again
The reason I actually like zombie stories is because I like the stories about the humans struggling to survive. I like to think of the zombies as representative of something, but not human.
Warm Bodies is told from the POV of a zombie. But wait! On some level Marion knows that you need mindless zombies so there are zombies (flesh eaters) and bonies (no flesh, operate more like zombies) Sigh.
When zombies eat the brains they can see the flash of the life they are taking. One day R eats a brain and falls in love and saves a human girl...and well I think you can guess where this is going.
I just...no. No zombie awareness, please. No falling in love, no adopting families in zombie world or grunting talk with other zombies. That defeats the whole point of zombiesssssss. Also, no ridiculous theories on how the zombies were created, it takes all the subtlety out of zombie stories!
So I disliked the book. I do think it might make a cute fun comedy a la zombieland, though.
Things You might Want to Know: This book contains faux-zombies
Source of Book: Bought It (in hardcover, weeps)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion