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'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.

This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...

Reviews

I never thought I could care so passionately for a zombie. Isaac Marion has created the most unexpected romantic lead I've ever encountered, and rewritten the entire concept of what it means to be a zombie in the process. This story stayed with me long after I finished reading it. I eagerly await the next book by Isaac Marion

STEPHENIE MEYER

A mesmerising evolution of a classic contemporary myth

Simon Pegg

Warm Bodies is a strange and unexpected treat. R is the thinking woman's zombie - though somewhat grey-skinned and monosyllabic, he could be the perfect boyfriend, if he could manage to refrain from eating you. This is a wonderful book, elegantly written, touching and fun, as delightful as a mouthful of fresh brains

AUDREY NIFFENEGGER

A disarming writer, ruefully humorous, knowingly cinematic in scope. This is a slacker-zombie novel with a heart

Guardian

Warm Bodies is a terrific book - a compelling literary fantasy which is also a strange and affecting pop-culture parable

Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away World

Sweet and darkly witty, and, in R, offers a laconically charming hero... Set against the backdrop of this grim world, the life-and-death-changing love affair that develops is wryly playful, cinematic and ultimately moving - through the lost lives of the dead we are able relish life in all its messy, dishevelled gory glory

Time Out

Has there been a more sympathetic monster since Frankenstein's?

Financial Times

Enormous fun

Marie Claire

So sexy it makes Twilight look anaemic

News of the World

A starry-eyed, sweetly comic story about the humanising power of love, for this is Romeo and Juliet...with zombies

The Bookseller

Wonderfully original

Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror

One of the most imaginative love stories we've read in years - we absolutely loved it!

Bella

The problems of Isaac Marion's star-crossed lovers make the Montague-Capulet relationship seem easy. When your new suitor ate your old boyfriend's brain, trust issues are unavoidable... Has there been a more sympathetic monster since Frankenstein's?

Adrian Turpin, Financial Times

Elegantly written, funny, self-aware

Simon Lewis, Daily Mail Ireland

Beautifully written and wonderfully evocative

Living North

You'll love this book… A haunting love story that brings hope humanity can survive just about anything – even death

Molly Dyson, PA Life

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099583820

    March 18, 2013

    Vintage

    256 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099549345

    December 1, 2010

    Vintage

    256 pages

    RRP $26.99

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    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

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  • EBook

    9781409016915

    December 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    256 pages

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    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
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    • Booktopia NZ
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Also by Isaac Marion

The Burning World (The Warm Bodies Series)
The New Hunger (The Warm Bodies Series)

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