Isaac Marion was born in north-western Washington in 1981 and has lived in and around Seattle his whole life, working a variety of strange jobs like delivering deathbeds to hospice patients and supervising parental visits for foster-kids. He is not married, has no children, and did not go to college or win any prizes. WARM BODIES is his first novel. A feature film adaptation produced by Summit Films ("Twilight"), directed by Jonathan Levine ("The Wackness," "50/50"), and starring Nicholas Hoult ("Skins," "X-Men: First Class") as R and John Malkovich as Julie's father, was released in the US and internationally in 2013. Learn more about Isaac at his website: www.isaacmarion.com
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Stephanie Meyer, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the TWILIGHT series: "I never thought I could care so passionately for a zombie. Isaac Marion has created the most unexpected romantic lead I've ever encountered, and rewritten the entire concept of what it means to be a zombie in the process. This story stayed with me long after I was done reading it."
The Financial Times: "Has there ever been a more sympathetic monster since Frankenstein's?"
Seattle Times: "Is it stupid to love one another? Is it pointless to create pictures, stories, plays, poems, songs, telling those yet to come about our world and making sure we, too, remember what it has been? No, say Marion's warm bodies. Doing these kinds of things is how we stay alive."
The Guardian: "Marion is a disarming writer, ruefully humorous, knowingly cinematic in scope. This is a slacker-zombie novel with a heart."
Paste Magazine: "Marion explores the meaning of humanity through R's journey towards personhood, a tale that gets grander in scale as his empathy builds and the book's true villains—cynicism, apathy and status quo—are revealed."
Nick Harkaway, author of THE GONE-AWAY WORLD: "WARM BODIES is a terrific book—a compelling literary fantasy which is also a strange and affecting pop-culture parable."
Kirkus Reviews: "A jubilant story about two star-crossed lovers, one of them dead and hungry for more than love."
Publishers Weekly: "R does possess a certain winsome charm and the upbeat ending will warm many hearts."
Marie Claire: "Enormous fun."
Interview with Isaac:
The end of the world didn't happen overnight. After years of war, societal breakdown, freak storms and rising tides, humanity was already near the edge. Then came a threat no one could have expected: all the world's corpses rising up to make more. To deliver the final blow.
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 terrified, 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 . . .
"A thrilling coast-to-coast journey." —The Seattle Times
"A richly imagined philosophical exploration." —Bellingham Herald
"Exciting action, intriguing characters, epic scale." —Booklist (starred review)
"Poignant and poetic...brings zombie lit back from the dead." —The Stranger
The New York Times bestseller WARM BODIES captured hearts worldwide in twenty-five languages, inspiring a major film and a cult fandom. Now R the reluctant zombie continues his journey in this much-anticipated sequel.
Being alive is hard. Being human is harder. But since his recent recovery from death, R is making progress. He's learning how to read, how to speak, maybe even how to love, and the city’s undead population is showing signs of life. R can almost imagine a future with Julie, this girl who restarted his heart—building a new world from the ashes of the old one.
And then helicopters appear on the horizon. Someone is coming to restore order. To silence all this noise. To return things to the way they were, the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak. The plague is ancient and ambitious, and the Dead were never its only weapon.
How do you fight an enemy that's in everyone? Can the world ever really change? With their home overrun by madmen, R, Julie, and their ragged group of refugees plunge into the otherworldly wastelands of America in search of answers. But there are some answers R doesn't want to find. A past life, an old shadow, crawling up from the basement.