Warm Bodies and the New Hunger (Paperback)
Atria Books, 9781501152061, 416pp.
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion's bestselling tale of a zombie's return to humanity through an unlikely encounter with love, has captured hearts worldwide, appearing in twenty-seven languages and inspiring a major film along with a passionate fandom. This special five-year anniversary edition includes the powerful prequel novella, The New Hunger, which sheds light on the saga's past while setting the stage for its epic conclusion. In the "highly original" (Seattle Times) Warm Bodies, "R" is a man with an existential crisis: he is dead. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his fellow zombies, but he craves something more than brains and the memories he gains when he eats them. He wants a life of his own. After absorbing the poignant life of a troubled young man, R makes a choice that begins the unlikeliest of relationships--with his victim's ex-girlfriend. Julie is angry and scared but fiercely alive, a blast of color in R's grey existence, and as they struggle to protect each other from the grim society around them, they begin to set off dangerous sparks--the kind that could revive their lifeless world, or start a war that destroys it. But their story doesn't end--or begin--there. The New Hunger takes us back seven years to a crucial crossroads in three young lives. Julie and her parents drive across the wastelands of America in search of a new home. Her future friend Nora struggles to protect her brother, a boy with a secret that might one day change the world. And in the darkness of a forest, a dead man opens his eyes. Who is he? What is he? As R unravels these grim mysteries and Julie and Nora scour the world for hope, each step brings them closer to an encounter of beauty and tragedy that will change the course of their lives. Together, Warm Bodies and The New Hunger form a richly layered tale of love and hope in the darkest of times, while also opening the doors to an epic saga that continues with The Burning World, an excerpt of which is included in this edition for current fans and newcomers alike.