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Isaac Marion grew up in the mossy depths of the Pacific Northwest, where he worked as a heating installer, a security guard, and a visitation supervisor for foster children before publishing his debut novel in 2010. Warm Bodies became a #5 New York Times bestseller and inspired a major Hollywood film adaptation. It has been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide. Isaac lives in Seattle with his cat and a beloved cactus, writing fiction and music, and taking pictures of everything. Visit for more on these endeavors.


Marion's debut, a less than successful attempt to surmount the inherent limitations of traditional zombie fiction, takes the premise that one of the walking dead, known only as R, has somehow retained a wide range of emotions in a postapocalyptic world where zombies hunt human prey. After eating the brain of a teenage boy, Perry Kelvin, and absorbing his memories, R rescues Kelvin's girlfriend, Julie Grigio, whom he takes to the airport, to the abandoned 747 commercial jet he calls home. A romance soon develops between the unlikely pair. Readers will struggle to figure out why R is different from his fellow zombies, while some of the living are oddly understanding and forgiving of R and his flesh-eating ways. R does possess a certain winsome charm and the upbeat ending will warm many hearts, but the great zombie-human love story has yet to be written. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

"Gruesome yet poetic . . . a paean to the power of storytelling."--The Seattle Times
"A jubilant love story."--Kirkus
"Ruefully humorous . . . cinematic in scope."--The Guardian (UK)
"Marion's characters are far from perfect. Their flaws give them a realness and depth that have the reader caring deeply."--Paste Magazine

A philosophical zombie falls in love with a human in this wistful Romeo and Juliet reboot. R is a zombie in a ruined world. He has no memories, identity, or pulse and spends a lot of time groaning, riding escalators, and wondering how old he is. Like other zombies, he feeds on brains and receives sustenance not only from the calories but by absorbing the memories contained in each cell of cerebral matter. During a hunting expedition, R devours the brain of a teenage boy and falls in love with Julie, the boy's living girlfriend. When he realizes that the winsome Julie is right there in the room, R rescues her from his undead companions and hides her away in an abandoned plane, experiencing thoughts and feelings he didn't know he could ever have again. Rom-zom-com reaches new heights in this startlingly unconventional debut novel. In elegant, evocative prose, Marion has fashioned the world's most unlikely romance in a story that is by turns harrowing, poignant, and tender. At the last, the reader is reminded that we are all ultimately human, whether living or dead. Utterly charming. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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