15842439Yeah, that’s basically all this is.

Warm bodies is a zombie love tale about a zombie boy named R who finds, saves, and falls in love with a young woman named Julie.  The two must face incredible, insurmountable odds in order to change the face of the world they live in.

On one side you have the living which includes Julie’s father, leader of the group of survivors Julie lives with.  On the other side you have the zombies and the animated skeletons called Boneys who want to eat the living.  Neither side believes the two can co exist, but R and Julie believe they can.  With R’s best zombie friend M, and Julie’s older nurse friend, the two set out to save the world and watch R’s incredible transformation from undead to living along the way.

When I first started reading Warm Bodies, I was really enjoying it, until a friend pointed out the Romeo and Juliet metaphor, then that’s all I could think of and it just kinda ruined the rest of it for me, which really sucked because I was really liking the book until about halfway through.

The best thing to be said about Warm Bodies is the approach it takes on the zombie plague.  It’s not a virus, a mutagen, a parasite or anything like that.  Rather Warm Bodies explores the idea of the zombie plague as a kind of soul rot, an absence of humanity within the being once they die.  I don’t want to say much more than that because I don’t want to spoil the end, but it was an interesting concept.

Apparently the movie is much better than the book, but I haven’t seen it yet so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Next time, The Red Chamber by Pauline A. Chen.

13115538In this lyrical reimagining of the Chinese classic Dream of the Red Chamber, set against the breathtaking backdrop of eighteenth-century Beijing, the lives of three unforgettable women collide in the inner chambers of the Jia mansion. When orphaned Daiyu leaves her home in the provinces to take shelter with her cousins in the Capital, she is drawn into a world of opulent splendor, presided over by the ruthless, scheming Xifeng and the prim, repressed Baochai. As she learns the secrets behind their glittering façades, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and hidden passions, reaching from the petty gossip of the servants’ quarters all the way to the Imperial Palace. When a political coup overthrows the emperor and plunges the once-mighty family into grinding poverty, each woman must choose between love and duty, friendship and survival.

In this dazzling debut, Pauline A. Chen draws the reader deep into the secret, exquisite world of the women’s quarters of an aristocratic household, where the burnish of wealth and refinement mask a harsher truth: marriageable girls are traded like chattel for the family’s advancement, and to choose to love is to risk everything.

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