The New Hunger by Isaac Marion
Series: Warm Bodies #1.5
New Adult/Adult ∴ Apocalyptic ∴ SciFi > Zombies ∴ Horror
Published October 6th 2015 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Paperback ∴ 170 pages
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…
So, I read Warm Bodies a few years ago after I saw the movie. I really enjoyed it because no one writes from the zombie’s POV. The New Hunger is a pre-sequel, presenting Julie at 12 years old, Julie’s best friend Nora and her Addis, and R before he’s R, all before they meet in Warm Bodies. It’s also a little weird because it’s considered book 2, but then there’s another book 2 coming? I dunno, I’ll read whatever Isaac Marion throws at me.
I love reading this because these zombies have thoughts, whether they know they’re thoughts or not. They also seem to have small existential crises because they don’t have any idea who they are, what they’re supposed to do, or why they exist at all. It’s charming but also sad.
I love the action scenes. They’re well written and terrifying, like they should be. I’m shocked in the right places, scared in the right places, sad in the right places. I love feeling bad for the zombies because they’re just so lost.
I also love Marion’s writing. He’s so eloquent when you least expect it. His writing in the prologue and epilogue/end is just beautiful. It’s insightful and makes you think. If you haven’t given Warm Bodies or The New Hunger a shot, please do. They’re short and quick but so wonderful.
∴ 5 stars ∴
Find the rest of the series:
Warm Bodies ∴ The Burning World