Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Review: The New Hunger by Isaac Marion

The New Hunger (Warm Bodies #0.5) by Isaac Marion

Prequel to 'Warm Bodies'
My Rating:
(3.8ish, in my opinion)
New York is a bayou. New Orleans is a reef. The entire country has been devastated by natural disasters and governmental collapse, and on top of everything else there is the annoying problem of zombies trying to devour you at every turn. But sixteen-year-old Nora and her younger brother Addis are about to discover the most frightening thing yet: being abandoned in this horrific world by their own parents.
Left with only a bag of clothes and a first-aid kit, Nora and Addis begin a harrowing journey to connect with anyone who isn't looking to rob them or eat them. A wounded man wrecks a meal of green beans and French fries at the top of the Space Needle in Seattle. An attempt to get a good night’s sleep in a fortified motel is ruined by an undead face staring at them through the window. And they just can’t seem to shake someone – something – that’s been following them everywhere they go….
Meanwhile, a girl named Julie is traveling toward the city in an SUV with her parents. She is only twelve, but has already seen friends die and her school burn. She has watched her father become nearly as cold and remorseless as the Dead. All she wants is someplace to call home, even if it never really will be.
And somewhere nearby, a tall man awakens in the woods, unsure of exactly where he is, or even who he is. As he struggles to remember details of his life, a single consonant comes to him: R. He is…a name that begins with R….
Isaac Marion once again demonstrates his remarkable gifts as a storyteller as he brings the world of WARM BODIES back to life. Grounding his characters in real emotion, Marion makes you root for them to save the world even as they simply try to stay alive.
It's been a few months since I read 'Warm Bodies' so I don't feel as if I could do a 'Double Review Day' so I will just stick to this shorter prequel for the most part. What I remember of 'Warm Bodies' is that I enjoyed the fresh new perspective of the story being told from the point of view of a zombie who just happens to be the main character. It was enjoyable and rather funny. I think the ending kind of went downhill but only because the beginning seemed to be the best part. Even though I did enjoy it, I only gave it 3 stars while everyone in my Goodreads 'friends' list gave it 5. Every single one of them. They probably think I'm horrible. I don't remember why I gave it 3 stars. Perhaps it was because I thought the beginning was the best part.
As for 'The New Hunger', I enjoyed it, too. It had a bit more length than the previous 'prequels', 'sequels', and other short stories that seem to plague popular fiction these days, but still told it's own little story and added to the main story. I enjoyed learning more about Nora and Julie but thought the 'birth of Zombie R' was a bit strange. Okay, sorry, I didn't mean literal birth. Reincarnation? Whatever. Changing the subject: I love the cover. It's like a mouth full of jagged teeth about to eat Nora and Addis.

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