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I feel so conflicted about this book. From the first few pages, this was the first book in a really long time that grabbed my attention so fully that I just couldn't stand to put it down at the end of each day. I was completely absorbed into the characters and along for the ride the entire time, it was just a completely new and exciting type of storyline for me. However, I was SO disappointed with the ending. Some people were impressed with it, but I just felt cheated. But that aside, it was still a truly gripping and exciting book.
For a zombie novel, this was actually strangely refreshing! Since the Walking Dead's new season has premiered, I've had my face buried in zombie novels. Warm Bodies was my first zombie novel that had an ending that satisfied me.
I understand that it's the end of the world and there are zombies running about and we're probably not going to get a happily ever after - but that's really not what I'm looking for either. I just want an ending!
So many zombie novels I've read have taken what feels like a short cut by just sort of ... ending abruptly. And then calling it just a quirk of the genre. Warm Bodies finally turns that around. You get an ending. Not a happily ever after, but it's an ending. Definitely a book I'd love to read a sequel for!
Warm Bodies is told from the viewpoint of a zombie - making this a fascinating read as "R" struggles to remember just who he is and what made him this way and if there could be anything left in the world that might matter more to him than ripping through human flesh. This is not a book for the squeamish - it's pretty detailed and descriptive. Definitely gave me some very vivid mental images.
The premise that maybe there are more to zombies than we can see on the outside was especially interesting to read. Sure, they're all moaning and funky smells on the outside, but does that unequivocally prove that there's nothing else going on inside? What if they are simply trapped by their own disease?
Overall, I tore through this book. I haven't read a book this fast in months - because I just had to know what would happen next.