Read Only Wednesday is when I highlight a book I've just read, am reading, or have just added to my TBR pile. This week it's The New Hunger by Isaac Marion.
The must-read prequel to the “strange and unexpected” (Audrey Niffenegger) and “highly original” (Seattle Times) zombie love story Warm Bodies—the New York Times bestseller and inspiration for the hit film—from the critically acclaimed author whose clever debut turned the classic horror story on its head.
The end of the world didn’t happen overnight.
After years of societal breakdowns, wars and quakes and rising tides, humanity was already near the edge. Then came a final blow no one could have expected: all the world’s corpses rising up to make more.
Born into this bleak and bloody landscape, twelve-year-old Julie struggles to hold on to hope as she and her parents drive across the wastelands of America, a nightmarish road trip in search of a new home.
Hungry, lost, and scared, sixteen-year-old Nora finds herself her brother’s sole guardian after her parents abandon them in the not-quite-empty ruins of Seattle.
And in the darkness of a forest, a dead man opens his eyes. Who is he? What is he? With no clues beyond a red tie and the letter “R,” he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence—right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the monster howling in his belly. The New Hunger is a glimpse of the past and a path to an astonishing future…
Series: The Warm Bodies Series (Book 2)
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (October 6, 2015)
As a lot of people will know, I am a huge, huge fan of Warm Bodies. It's the film and book that converted me from zombie-phobic to zombie fan, though I'll still rigidly avoid the classic brain-eating hordes of Hollywood. Zombies with a twist - that's different. I had already bought and read this prequel after Warm Bodies (both the book and the film), but this is a re-edited and re-released version with the bonus of a chapter from the upcoming WB sequel The Living. So, yeah, I've bought the same book twice. Believe me, it's exceptional enough a story that I'm willing to do it (and you won't find many books I say that about). To be honest, I don't like the cover as much as the original, but hey - it's the contents I'm more interested in. I'll probably update my review of the original version at a later date, or at least my own addition to cover the new edition. :P
If you're looking for something different to the traditional hordes of shambling undead who do nothing but eat the living, this is for you. The writing is poetic and descriptive, so probably a little slower in pace and less action than the traditional run away/shoot 'em up zombie stories.
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