The Burning World (Hardcover)

A Warm Bodies Novel (The Warm Bodies Series #2)

By Isaac Marion

Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 9781476799711, 512pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

List Price: 27.00*
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Library Journal’s Must-Have Spring Books, Editors’ Picks 2017

“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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For The Burning World: A Warm Bodies Novel (The Warm Bodies Series #2)

"Exciting . . . . intriguing . . . . epic."

"Marion has ambitiously expanded on his original idea, offering a dramatic amount of mythology and worldbuilding."

"Luminous prose."

"Isaac Marion’s The Burning World is more than worth the years-long wait. It’s equal parts heartwarming, thrilling, and mysterious. Fans of Warm Bodies (the book or the movie) won’t be able to put down this installment. Beautifully written and expertly crafted, The Burning World is Isaac Marion’s best work yet."

"Fair warning: You're going to want to binge-read this one."

"Isaac Marion's writing is as dazzling as the first time, if not more."

"A thrilling coast-to-coast journey."

"The Burning World is both a tale of action and harrowing adventure, and a richly imagined philosophical exploration."


"Stunning world building."