February 23, 2017
“You will come back. You will find a way. You will repay what you stole and more.” – Isaac Marion, The Burning World (Warm Bodies #2
Isaac Marion did it again.
I remember when I first read “Warm Bodies” all those years ago. I finished it in a day and just sat there craving more. When “The New Hunger” came out, as well as the film, I was ecstatic, but I found myself wanting to know more and more. And not just about R and Julie’s relationship or the Apocalypse, but R in general. I needed to know his backstory and what made him so different. I wanted to know what the rest of the world was up to rather than just the beloved Pacific Northwest.
“The Burning World” provides ALL OF IT. I preordered this novel months ago and as soon as I cracked it open, just from the first couple of sentences we hear from R, I knew it was going to be special. All of the favourite characters are back along with a few new ones that I grew to love pretty quickly. Since “Warm Bodies” did come out about six or seven years ago, many readers may have forgotten things about our protagonists. However, Marion revisits characters, emotions, and settings from the two previous novels that made me feel like I never left this bizarre and impoverished world.
Humanity is still in peril, but a new side of it is emerging. Our “heroes” are realizing that the only way to survive is to run or resist and in my opinion, that applies to both the Living and the Dead.
I really liked that there were two POV’s. There were the “I” chapters that were in R’s point of view and then there were the “WE” chapters that allowed us to see the world through an unbiased set of eyes which is very important in an apocalyptic setting.
The familiarity of the story was nice. The novel is only set a few months after “Warm Bodies” ended, so R and Julie and Nora, they are all relatively the same when it comes to personality. Obviously, they are different as well. I mean, you would change too if you found out zombies were miraculously coming back to life…
I am a huge fan of well written villains and the “big bad” in this novel is complex and has so many layers that I had no idea what the hell was going on half the time. WHICH IS A GOOD THING! I loved that “The Burning World” kept me guessing and even when I thought I knew something, Marion goes a throws another curveball at me.
The character development from page 1 till 500 was beautiful. Some characters became harder, others broke out of their shells and I loved all of it. Obviously, book 2 picks up from book 1 where they are attempting to “save” the Dead and there is a quote that comes to mind when I think of R and Julie’s journey throughout this book. It’s by Thomas Keneally from “Schindler’s List” and it says:“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.”
And for me, that just sums everything up. Ties it up really nice with a big red tie…Ha, get it? No? I’ll stop. I’m actually surprised I didn’t make more cheesy jokes or say stupid puns in this review. Have I lost my review moxy? Hmm, maybe. ANYWAYS.
I experienced so many emotions while reading this consuming sequel. I found myself crying, laughing (mostly laughing), getting angry, and then starting the process all over again. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. ISAAC MARION IS MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR. His metaphors always encapture me and I find myself re-reading his work over and over again. I cannot wait to read “The Living” and I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. The “Warm Bodies” series is one for people of all sorts and I will forever enjoy this multifaceted world.