Title: The New Hunger (Warm Bodies ~ Book 0.5)
Author: Isaac Marion | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: February 8 2013
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Length: 128 Pages
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Buy It: Zola Books
Source: Purchased (eBook Edition)
Cover Love: Even Isaac himself dislikes the cover, he says on his website that the children look weird... I agree.
Point of View: 3rd person, following multiple characters
My Rating: 4 Stars
Wow. This is my first zombie novel and I loved it.
Julie is a young girl who with her mom and dad is travelling across the United States desperately trying to find a safe place to call home. Nora along with her little brother Addis are on their own, they are trying to find other people... nice living people. The Tall Man is also on his own, after having just woken up... not knowing who he is or where he is. He only knows that he has an intense desire pushing him forward, he just hasn’t figured out what he is being pushed toward yet.
Marion’s writing is spectacular. You are pulled into their world and you feel each of the characters emotions. I will completely admit that I am a big wuss and there are a few scenes where I was frightened. There is just something about zombies... they completely creep me out. The backdrop is set perfectly, littered streets, crumbling buildings and dead bodies. Lots of dead bodies.
It is hard to describe the emotions you go through while reading this novella. You want to hate the living dead but normally you are not in their head. They are the ‘bad guys’, the ones you need to run from and or kill. But what if they are not happy with what they are now being forced to do? What if inside their minds they can reason perfectly fine but are unable to communicate what they are thinking and feeling?
My heart breaks for Nora and Addis. I think it was their story that touched me the most which I am sure will be the same for most everybody that reads this. You are rooting for them all the way through...
I strongly recommend this novella and I am now eager to start Warm Bodies. If Isaac Marion’s writing style stays true to this then I know I am in for a great read.