Nowadays, zombie books are as prolific as YA novels. They’re everywhere. I was reluctant to buy into this new sub-genre of sci-fi/horror until I read “Warm Bodies” and was won over. 95% of the time, I like reading books with memorable characters and that have a deeper meaning than what is presented at the surface. “Warm Bodies” showed me that zombie novels can be taken seriously as literature.
The best part about working at a bookstore is that you’re surrounded by people that are just as/if not more obsessed with books as you are. A co-worker of mine at BookPeople in Texas had bought “The Girl With All the Gifts” and was telling me that the book came highly recommended to her. “Warm Bodies” was still fresh on my mind, so my curiosity was piqued when I heard that this was a zombie book. Not only that, I heard that this book was considered to be one of the best zombie novels since “World War Z.” I was determined to read TGWATG as soon as possible.
Basic premise: Melanie is a unique girl. She lives in a cell and every morning is tied to a chair and brought to class with other students. And…that’s all I will say right now because I don’t want to give away any spoliers. This book is a thriller, a horror story (quite a bit of gore), and a mediation on what it means to be human. It is a thought provoking page turner that is horrifying, saddening, and hopeful. I also appreciated the effort the author put into trying to make the science in the novel make sense.
If you enjoy sci-fi or horror novels, or liked “World War Z,” you will definitely be impressed by TGWATG. It offers everything a fan of these genres craves in a book, and to top it off it is well-crafted and has an important message at the end.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.