The Living (Warm Bodies, #3)
The New York Times bestselling Warm Bodies Series has captivated readers in twenty-five languages, inspiring a major film and transcending the zombie genre to become something "poetic" (Library Journal) "highly original" (Seattle Times) and "ultimately moving" (Time Out London). Now the story of a dead man's search for life reaches its conclusion on a scale both epic and intimate.Before he was a flesh-eating corpse, R was something worse. He remembers it all now, a life of greed and apathy more destructive than any virus, and he sees only one path to redemption: he must fight the forces he helped create. But what can R, Julie, and their tiny gang of fugitives do against the creeping might of the Axiom Group, the bizarre undead corporation that's devouring what's left of America?It's time for a road trip.No more flyover country. This time they'll face the madness on the ground, racing their RV across the wastelands as tensions rise and bonds unravel—because R isn't the only one hiding painful secrets. Everyone is on their own desperate search: for a kidnapped daughter, a suicidal mother, and an abused little boy with a gift that could save humanity... if humanity can convince him it's worth saving.All roads lead home, to a final confrontation with the plague and its shareholders. But this is a monster that guns can't kill. A battle only one weapon can win...

The Living (Warm Bodies, #3) Details

TitleThe Living (Warm Bodies, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 13th, 2018
PublisherZola Books
ISBN-139781939126399
Rating
GenreHorror, Zombies, Young Adult, Fiction

The Living (Warm Bodies, #3) Review

  • TrillianAstra
    January 1, 1970
    UPDATE: The Living will be released November 13th!! Check out www.IsaacMarion.com to see the cover art AND to ore-order a signed hardcover!Update: Isaac will be self-publishing The Living with an expected release date of fall 2018. I can’t wait to finally get my hands on this book!
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  • ♠ TABI ♠
    January 1, 1970
    YO MY COVER FINALLY CAME
  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    I've never been more excited
  • Emily Cheng
    January 1, 1970
    This book will be released the same year as The Burning World (a.k.a. the second book in the series)? Amazing.
  • Alice hamer
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished The Burning World. I love R no matter what, and I cannot wait for last book to come out! yay!
  • RaygunGothic
    January 1, 1970
    Publishers, please publish faster. I'm dying of cliffhanger.
  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    I think I want to finish it in a peaceful sorroundings.
  • TJ
    January 1, 1970
    My enjoyment of this book may have been lessened because I read The Burning World so long ago, and this is basically “part 2” of that story. That said, it kinda felt like I jumped in the middle of a narrative, but that’s expected! It just was hard to do! I recommend reading them back to back, definitely. Some of the concepts in this were a little too “out there” for what I usually go for, and one scene in particular was a little silly, but overall it acts as a solid conclusion to the series. Jus My enjoyment of this book may have been lessened because I read The Burning World so long ago, and this is basically “part 2” of that story. That said, it kinda felt like I jumped in the middle of a narrative, but that’s expected! It just was hard to do! I recommend reading them back to back, definitely. Some of the concepts in this were a little too “out there” for what I usually go for, and one scene in particular was a little silly, but overall it acts as a solid conclusion to the series. Just... don’t go in expecting a big name reveal for R! I may have to reread The Burning World and The Living one day to truly appreciate them together! 4/5 Stars.
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  • Danielle Zimmerman
    January 1, 1970
    The Warm Bodies series and the story of a zombie filled with love has come a long way since it made its first appearance in the world. Evolving from a sort of existential Romeo and Juliet story featuring zombies into a cautionary-tale-turned-uncanny-commentary on the current world climate and now to a beacon of hope, this series encapsulates every aspect of the human condition. It may have been pitched as a story about zombies and survival, but The Living proves it’s so much more than that.The L The Warm Bodies series and the story of a zombie filled with love has come a long way since it made its first appearance in the world. Evolving from a sort of existential Romeo and Juliet story featuring zombies into a cautionary-tale-turned-uncanny-commentary on the current world climate and now to a beacon of hope, this series encapsulates every aspect of the human condition. It may have been pitched as a story about zombies and survival, but The Living proves it’s so much more than that.The Living by Isaac Marion is an impressive feat of storytelling that puts this epic tale to rest in the most thought-provoking and organic way. Spanning multiple generations, thousands of miles, and several planes of existence, The Living shows us all what it really means to be alive and how to exist in the world we wish to see.Read my full review on Hypable.com.
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  • Paige Brumby
    January 1, 1970
    The final installment of the Warm Bodies series is deeply thought provoking and intenseEverything comes to head in this fourth and final book in the series. Relationships are questioned, people are lost and found, old identities are discovered and new ones are forged. In the end, this series is ultimately a story about the power of choice, hope, willpower and humanity. Once you believe something is true, that belief can take over and bend reality, literally in the case of the Warm Bodies series. The final installment of the Warm Bodies series is deeply thought provoking and intenseEverything comes to head in this fourth and final book in the series. Relationships are questioned, people are lost and found, old identities are discovered and new ones are forged. In the end, this series is ultimately a story about the power of choice, hope, willpower and humanity. Once you believe something is true, that belief can take over and bend reality, literally in the case of the Warm Bodies series.If you want literature full of action, romance, drama and horror, this series is a no brainer. But there is more to this series than just those things, it is also very philosophical, offering a unique perspective on death, life and the afterlife. I highly recommend this book and the ones before it.
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  • Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)
    January 1, 1970
    We have a release date!! And it is soon. November 13th!!
  • Rehema M
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing!!I love this book and loved the story. Very good and hopeful conclussion to the series. One of the best books of 2018!
  • Bingz Huang
    January 1, 1970
    I am so glad I got to read this epic ending to the Warm Bodies series!It's so beautifully written and it is a strong reminder for me to not be afraid of my external reality. The reality is always mouldable. Just be true to yourself and what you really want.
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly - I don't know how I felt about this book. The first book was light and humorous, the second not as much and this one definitely not. So it wasn't what I was expecting. Also - I didn't even understand it. So...I don't know.
  • Svenja
    January 1, 1970
    "So f*ck no, I'm not ready. For any of this, but I know I have to do it." Me going into this book because I'm so sad that this story is over, I really just want to go back to the first book and read it all again.This is the conclusion to R's story, but it's also a story about saving the world, finding yourself and how fucked up society really is.I really love how Marion started the book by saying that this was never supposed to be a political book and that he'd finished the story long before the "So f*ck no, I'm not ready. For any of this, but I know I have to do it." Me going into this book because I'm so sad that this story is over, I really just want to go back to the first book and read it all again.This is the conclusion to R's story, but it's also a story about saving the world, finding yourself and how fucked up society really is.I really love how Marion started the book by saying that this was never supposed to be a political book and that he'd finished the story long before the world went down the path it has now and how in this case life imitates art, and not in a good way. Whether or not he wanted it to be political, it is a brilliant piece of societal criticism, the entire trilogy and the prequel are. Marion weaves in this fantastical element of zombie-ism to get to what's really wrong with society and it works so damn well.I was not the biggest fan of the second book, that's no a secret. I thought the plot revolved too much around personal issues, the characters changed on way I didn't want and understand and some of the additional cast was just not for me. However, Marion's writing always makes up for everything. The guy could write up a report of the most boring stuff on earth and I'd still be captivated. He just has that kind of poetic writing.Anyway, pretty much all of the issues I had with the second book were resolved in this one. The plot was a lot less convoluted, the characters were still growing but in ways I could understand and appreciate and even though the situations sometimes resolved a little too smoothly, the pacing was really good. There was never a moment when I was bored or wondered why a scene was in the book. There are also a lot more POVs than in the other books because we switched between R and this collective of humanity (which was then used to change to the POV of another character).Like is said, the writing is smooth and beautiful and poetic to the point where you just comfortably slide into the story and never want to leave.Okay, that's not true. This book includes a lot of sexist language, simply because the big evil (aka Axiom) is sexist and insane and hateful. The language was upsetting but it was there for a reason and it really put the focus on just how deranged these people really are.We also got a lot more insight into R's past and the church he helped build."How wonderful, to be an angel. To be created perfect, not broken, not designed to crave evil and set on loose on a path to Hell. To be born good, a child of innate worth who does not have to hate himself to be loved."This is from a new character we got to follow- the new head of the church R built, his former best friend and an overall awful human being."No matter how many wars erupted, you kept provoking more, kept raising armies and smashing them together like toys, kept hating and hurting and devouring each other until you finally broke the universe. You reached the very bottom and you drilled right through, and a new kind of death bubbled up to meet you."(see what I mean about the writing?) This is from one of R's sermons. I really loved to see the contrast between his old self- ready to spew his (bs) thoughts into the world and his nowaday self- reluctant to talk unless it's to change the world."But life isn't a story that the world is telling me. It's a conversation, and I've been listening long enough. It's time for me to speak."But with all those truths and memories coming to R, his relationship with Julie is still being tested. "Time rounded my memories like beach pebbles until they seemed too smooth to hurt anyone, but now that I'm hurling them at Julie I can feel their jagged edges."I'm not at all a fan of relationship drama in books, but all the problems Julie and R faced and all the talks they had about them just seemed so realistic and understandable that I couldn't even really bring myself to be annoyed. They were necessary for their relationship and character growth.Which brings us to the other characters. Marion writes strong female characters. He writes realistic, relatable, hurt, broken, badass, brave, desperate, powerful, strong female characters with all their flaws and weaknesses and strengths. I love Julie and Nora, their friendship is amazing and the two as individuals are also amazing. They're different characters who handle things differently, who talk openly about their pasts, who aren't afraid of their scars (both visible and invisible) and no matter what, they push through. This book does what other YA books fail to do: it shows how people break and put themselves back together and how they're traumatized, how they cope in unhealthy ways, how they sometimes can't find their way back alone. These characters have been through hell and you can always tell and not just because you know it's a dystopian setting, but because these characters how you and tell you.Julie will always be one of my favorite characters because she somehow managed to pull back from being a broken, suicidal, not good human being to a kind, hopeful, strong woman who can somehow always find the strength to keep going.Marcus is also just a great character. I'm really sad we only got so "little" Marcus/Nora time because I just love their dynamic. Also M is hilarious "You skinny bitches can't hold your lead." and "Bullet sponge coming through".Addis and the other kids were really nice kids to have around in a book, no whining, no annoying, just quiet, well-behaved, freaking brilliant kids.Tomsen was a little too weird for me personally but she was also obviously brilliant and I like her in small doses, I just know I could never go on a road trip with someone like that.Abram is still my least favorite character, even though I finally understood why he was around. He worked really well in this book and since we were mostly focusing on his thoughts and his struggles, he wasn't as insufferable as in The Burning World.Overall I can just say that the characters are always well-rounded, believable people and even when you don't like them you can appreciate them for what they're bringing into the story.Also the married gay couple who randomly adopted a dead kid and called him Rover and kept "arguing" were just precious. "History was a long time ago, love" and then they proceed to discuss utopia with the ragtag bunch of people they meet at maybe the last diner on earth and are just like "well okay then" (I wish they'd gone with them).But the main reason I'll always love these books is the grip Marion has on society and what's wrong with it and how it sometimes even goes against human nature. It's how you come out of these books where so many humans do such awful things and you still somehow believe that humans are good at heart. It's how he manages to write 4 books about zombies without falling into any clichés, without making his story anything remotely like a zombie story. These books are not about the horror, the action, the fight scenes, the blood and gore and angst, it's honestly simply about these characters who are only ever trying to save themselves and each other and once they've kind of managed that, decide that maybe they can kind of save the world too.I still cannot believe that the publisher dropped this beautiful series, that so many people stopped after Warm Bodies because these books and Marion are brilliant. Not just his writing, not just his characters but his honest and still somehow hopeful look on the world.I really hope he keeps writing because this man deserves so much recognition and love and all of the book deals in the world.I will be buying a copy of this book, probably next month because I can't not own this (stupid expensive shipping). Also thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this book as my first ever requested book (did I join Netgalley simply for this book because I saw that it was on there when I Googled the book? You bet.). So this was really exciting for me, not just because this is one of my favorite series ever and because I've waited for this book for what felt like forever and because I was really worried that it might not get released."Do you really think your bumbling human errors- no matter how colorful- disqualify you from life? Or even happiness? Look around you!" Right back at you, Mr. Marion, right back at you.(I also now really hope that somewhere there's this human collective and this beautiful library and we'll get to live there once we're dead. I don't believe in God but I'll hope for something like that because maybe someday that'll save us all.)Merged review:So f*ck no, I'm not ready. For any of this, but I know I have to do it." Me going into this book because I'm so sad that this story is over, I really just want to go back to the first book and read it all again.This is the conclusion to R's story, but it's also a story about saving the world, finding yourself and how fucked up society really is.I really love how Marion started the book by saying that this was never supposed to be a political book and that he'd finished the story long before the world went down the path it has now and how in this case life imitates art in a bad way. Whether or not he wanted it to be political, it is a brilliant piece of societal criticism, the entire series is. Marion weaves this fantastical element of zombie-ism into a YA setting to get to what's really wrong with society and it works so damn well.I was not the biggest fan of the second book, that's not a secret. I thought the plot revolved too much around personal issues, the characters changed in ways I didn't want and understand and some of the additional cast was just not for me. However, Marion's writing always makes up for everything. The guy could write up a report of the most boring stuff on earth and I'd still be captivated. He just has that kind of poetic writing.Anyway, pretty much all of the issues I had with the second book were resolved in this one. The plot was a lot less convoluted, the characters were still growing but in ways I could understand and appreciate and even though the situations sometimes resolved a little too smoothly, the pacing was really good. There was never a moment when I was bored or wondered why a certain scene had been included. There are also a lot more POVs than in the other books because we switched between R and this collective of humanity (which was then used to change to the POV of another character). That gives the reader a lot more insight into the workings of the story and just tied it all up beautifully. Like is said, the writing is smooth and beautiful and poetic to the point where you just comfortably slide into the story and never want to leave.Okay, that's not true. This book includes a lot of sexist language, simply because the big evil (aka Axiom) is sexist and insane and hateful. The language was upsetting but it was there for a reason and it really put the focus on just how deranged these people really are.We also got a lot more insight into R's past and the church he helped build."How wonderful, to be an angel. To be created perfect, not broken, not designed to crave evil and set on loose on a path to Hell. To be born good, a child of innate worth who does not have to hate himself to be loved."This is from a new character we got to follow- the head of the church R built, R's former best friend and an overall awful human being."No matter how many wars erupted, you kept provoking more, kept raising armies and smashing them together like toys, kept hating and hurting and devouring each other until you finally broke the universe. You reached the very bottom and you drilled right through, and a new kind of death bubbled up to meet you."(see what I mean about the writing?) This is from one of R's sermons. I really loved to see the contrast between his old self- ready to spew his (bs) thoughts into the world and his nowaday self- reluctant to talk unless it's to change the world."But life isn't a story that the world is telling me. It's a conversation, and I've been listening long enough. It's time for me to speak."But with all those truths and memories returning to R, his relationship with Julie is still being tested. "Time rounded my memories like beach pebbles until they seemed too smooth to hurt anyone, but now that I'm hurling them at Julie I can feel their jagged edges."I'm not at all a fan of relationship drama in books, but all the problems Julie and R faced and all the talks they had about them just seemed so realistic and understandable that I couldn't even really bring myself to be annoyed. They were necessary for their relationship and character growth.Which brings us to the other characters. Marion writes strong female characters. He writes realistic, relatable, hurt, broken, badass, brave, desperate, powerful, strong female characters with all their flaws and weaknesses and strengths. I love Julie and Nora, their friendship is amazing and the two as individuals are also simply great. They're different characters who handle things differently, who talk openly about their pasts, who aren't afraid of their scars (both visible and invisible) and no matter what, they push through. This book does what other YA books fail to do: it shows how people break and put themselves back together and how they're traumatized, how they cope in unhealthy ways, how they sometimes can't find their way back alone. These characters have been through hell and you can always tell and not just because you know it's a dystopian setting, but because these characters show and tell you.Julie will always be one of my favorite characters because she somehow managed to pull back from being a broken, suicidal, not good human being to a kind, hopeful, strong woman who can somehow always find the strength to keep going.Marcus is also just a great character. I'm really sad we only got so "little" Marcus/Nora time because I just love their dynamic. Also M is hilarious "You skinny bitches can't hold your lead." and "Bullet sponge coming through".Addis and the other kids were really nice kids to have around in a book, no whining, no annoying, just quiet, well-behaved, freaking brilliant kids.Tomsen was a little too weird for me personally but she was also obviously brilliant and I like her in small doses, I just know I could never go on a road trip with someone like that.Abram is still my least favorite character, even though I finally understood why he was around. He fit really well into this book and since we were mostly focusing on his thoughts and his struggles, he wasn't as insufferable as in The Burning World.Overall I can just say that the characters are always well-rounded, believable people and even when you don't like them you can appreciate them for what they're bringing into the story.Also the married gay couple who randomly adopted a dead kid and called him Rover and kept "arguing" were just precious. "History was a long time ago, love" and then they proceed to discuss utopia with the ragtag bunch of people they meet at maybe the last diner on earth and are just like "well okay then" (I wish they'd gone with them).But the main reason I'll always love these books is the grip Marion has on society and what's wrong with it and how it sometimes even goes against human nature. It's how you come out of these books where so many humans do such awful things and you still somehow believe that humans are good at heart. It's how he manages to write 4 books about zombies without falling into any clichés, without making his story anything remotely like a zombie story. These books are not about the horror, the action, the fight scenes, the blood and gore and angst, it's honestly simply about these characters who are only ever trying to save themselves and each other and once they've kind of managed that, decide that maybe they can kind of save the world too.I still cannot believe that the publisher dropped this beautiful series, that so many people stopped after Warm Bodies because these books and Marion are brilliant. Not just his writing, not just his characters but his honest and still somehow hopeful look on the world.I really hope he keeps writing because this man deserves so much recognition and love and all of the book deals in the world.I will be buying a copy of this book, probably next month (stupid expensive shipping from the US) because I can't not own this book. Also thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this book as my first ever requested book (did I join Netgalley simply for this book because I saw that it was on there when I googled the book? You bet.). So this was really exciting for me, not just because this is one of my favorite series ever and because I've waited for this book for what felt like forever and because I was really worried that it might not get released but also because I got to read this book in an entirely new setting. "Do you really think your bumbling human errors- no matter how colorful- disqualify you from life? Or even happiness? Look around you!" Right back at you, Mr. Marion, right back at you.(I also now really hope that somewhere there's this human collective and this beautiful library and we'll get to live there once we're dead. I don't believe in God but I'll hope for something like that because maybe someday that'll save us all.)
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  • Suganya
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more reviews on my blog:http://suganyamo.wordpress.comBook Review: The Living by Isaac Marion (Warm Bodies #3) I must admit I don’t usually read zombie novels, partly because of the hype. Everybody was reading zombie books and there was just too much zombie movies and tv shows saturating the media. This book series has been in the periphery of my vision for quite some time. As this is the third book in the series, I can not reveal too much without ruining the story.My Thoughts: The sto Check out more reviews on my blog:http://suganyamo.wordpress.comBook Review: The Living by Isaac Marion (Warm Bodies #3) I must admit I don’t usually read zombie novels, partly because of the hype. Everybody was reading zombie books and there was just too much zombie movies and tv shows saturating the media. This book series has been in the periphery of my vision for quite some time. As this is the third book in the series, I can not reveal too much without ruining the story.My Thoughts: The story of this novel revolves around self-discovery. Marion’s poetic writing makes the book a very enjoyable read. The characters are very relatable which makes the story more pleasing to read. I was able to finish reading this book moderately quickly. It was easy and had a good pace which kept moving forward. Rating: 3.75/5 StarsCharacters: R is our main male protagonist who needs to find himself. But as time passes, he realizes that his former self may have been worse than his present zombie self. This realization can be quite traumatic for anyone, real or fictional. He must come to terms with himself as the story progresses. The female characters are wonderfully written. They are strong, brave and commanding but also flawed and genuine. One the major troupes I find present throughout YA, is the badass female character who is an expert at everything she does. A great example would be Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This troupe has put me off from reading many of new YA series. I think characters that are more relatable are more enjoyable to read about and it’s easier to connect with them. Julie is our main female protagonist, she is broken and near the end, but she finds a way to keep going and become a strong woman. Marcus is a wonderful character who brings the humor to a desolate landscape. He has many witty lines that help lift the mood. I think if he was not a character the story would have been too dark. His dialogue can make the reading more entertaining. Abram is an interesting character. He is very negative but at the same time I can relate to what he says. He has hardened over time, but I think that’s very realistic reaction to a zombie apocalypse. For example: “Do you love anybody?” Perry asks him….. “Nah,” Abram grunts…. “Why not?” Perry says. “Why don’t you love anybody?” “I love our family.” “Nobody else?” “Nobody else sticks around. They’re not real.” Perry squints at him. “Not real?” “Think about it. Last year you said that Jeff kid was your best friend. Where’d he go? Do you even remember him?” Perry frowns at the ground.Plot: This book is basically a road trip across a post-apocalyptic zombie world. The pacing of story was quite good. It kept moving forward and there weren’t many stagnant areas. It also shows the more realistic side of the end of the world. Marion writes about how people much change and improve themselves as world falls apart around them.I think it was easy to read because we only switch between two perspectives. I admit that I have an aversion to multiple perspectives in novels. Mostly because the voices are not different enough and it gets confusing, like in Allegiant by Veronica Roth.Writing Style: The writing style is very enjoyable. It’s very poetic and descriptive. One of things that bothered me little bit was use or, for me, the overuse of the colon. I think it can be used, but I see it a little too often throughout the book that it distracted me from actually story that was being told. Another thing that bothered me was the use of ‘visions’ or ‘dreams’ to move the plot along. I think it can be used but I don’t like it when the novel relies on it too much to push the plot forward. It should be a part of the story. I loved how some of the language was a little disturbing, which made the story more realistic. For example:To be created perfect, not broken, not designed to crave evil and set loose on a path to Hell. To be born good, a child of innate worth who does not have to hate himself to be loved.The poetic writing helps make the zombie apocalypse more enjoyable to read about. Even the simplest descriptions are absolutely beautiful, like:At night, with the three of them nested like a set of measuring spoons in the canopied bed of the truck.When comparing it to other media in the zombie genre:1. World War Z:I admit I only read this book after I heard about the movie. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The book is full of diverse characters from USA, Canada, Japan as well as India. I think because of the diversity of characters, it made the novel more believable.This was the first book of its kind that I have read. It is a book full of character interviews. Each character had a personal account of what happened during the zombie apocalypse which made the whole reading experience more real.I really enjoyed how this novel as well of Isaac Marion’s is not just about the zombie threat. There is the threat of other healthy individuals who will do anything just to survive. This makes the situation much harder. Knowing who to trust and who not to trust could mean the difference between life and death. I felt like the movie of World War Z was completely different from the book. I would consider them two different zombie stories that happen to share the same name.2. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey:I went into this book not knowing anything about it. I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I really liked the idea that zombies came from fungal infections, rather than getting bitten.*SpoilersI also enjoyed that the future of this world is zombie children. They are both zombie and not zombie. The co-existing of both these, healthy and diseased, makes the story more scientific and more believable. *Spoiler end3. I am Legend by Richard Matheson:I read this book after watching the movie. I must admit I think I liked the movie a little better than the book, mostly because of Will Smith and his relationship with his dog.The endings of the movie and novel are quite different. I definitely enjoyed the book ending better.4. iZombie (Tv Show):I used to watch this show on Netflix almost every night with my husband. It’s funny, witty and different type of zombie story. I really liked how eating the brains of humans allowed the zombie to get their memories, like what happened to our main character, R.But I think the new plot line with the involvement of the military and the government just made the story slow down a bit for me. I haven’t finished the newest season yet for that reason. I might eventually finish it in the future.5. We’re Alive (Podcast):I stumbled upon this podcast purely by accident. I am so happy I gave this a chance. It really helped me to like the zombie genre a little bit more.This podcast has a full cast of voice actors who are amazing as well as music and sound effects that really capture the moment. I found myself invested in the characters.The podcast is divided into chapters, but I usually listen to at least 2 or 3 chapters at a time. I find myself coming back to this podcast around Halloween time, it puts me right in the mood for October festivities.Final Decision:Rating: 3.75/5 Stars This novel was overall a very enjoyable read. It was full of poetic descriptive writing that made the whole zombie apocalypse more interesting. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the zombie genre and I’m sure that anyone who not convinced of the zombie genre would also like the unconventional story.Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.* Thank you, Smith Publicity and Zola Books Publishing, for providing me with a physical copy in exchange for my honest opinion.* Spoiler-free Review (The Spoilers are marked)
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  • Haley | mythoughtsareabook
    January 1, 1970
    From a single organism to an entire ecosystem…That is how the Warm Bodies series seems to me. From a simple love story that developed into so much more, Warm Bodies, The New Hunger, and The Burning World all provided the necessary components to create the epic finale that is The Living.The final book of the series not only wrapped up the stories of our favourite characters but also the character of the world itself. It showed that the apocalypse is not the end, but merely a beginning in a new li From a single organism to an entire ecosystem…That is how the Warm Bodies series seems to me. From a simple love story that developed into so much more, Warm Bodies, The New Hunger, and The Burning World all provided the necessary components to create the epic finale that is The Living.The final book of the series not only wrapped up the stories of our favourite characters but also the character of the world itself. It showed that the apocalypse is not the end, but merely a beginning in a new light. A way to start over as long as we notice and accept the change.The Living took the world of R and Julie and expanded it beyond its initial reaches while still providing that strong connection that I fell in love with in the first novel. The world is much bigger than them, but they may be the only ones to save it, or rather, push it in the right direction so it can save itself.These books, book three, in particular, is about how these characters are choosing to live rather than succumb to the plague around them. It is a fight and a will that lives inside them. This “sickness” is so much more layered than we think and I think Marion does a beautiful job through symbolism and metaphors and imagery to provide answers about all of it. I’ll let you read about that for yourselves!The characters from R to Nora to Julie to Marcus, even the kids are all tested in one way or another. Whether that be physical or emotional, it was a joy to read all of their journeys and see how far they had come from their initial introductions.While R has been the main focus since book one, another character really shines during The Living. That is none other than Nora Greene. I really liked Nora in Warm Bodies, but it was when I read The New Hunger and learned about her background that I yearned for more of her story. Nora’s journey is incredible in the final book. I don’t want to give too much away, but it pulls on your heart strings a bit. R and Julie may be the leaders of their little caravan, but Nora, she is the linchpin that holds it all together. Whether she knows it or not. Even when she is fighting and doesn’t think she can go on, she does, for her family, for her parents, for herself and for that I admire her character a lot.Within the novel, just like the previous one, there are two point-of-views. The “I” chapters that are told from R’s perspective and then there are the “We” chapters that I just LOVE. The omniscient narrator gives the story a feeling of unease, almost as if the world is walking on a cracked river of ice, just waiting to fall in. And to me, that was brilliant.There are two main villains throughout the story. One is overconfident while the other is unhinged. And in a way, if you reverse those adjectives, they could work for either or. You can classify many themes within this novel when it comes to the villains from “illusion of power” to “hierarchy of nature” or even “death and rebirth”, but it all stems from an overall theme: Idealism. Both organizations want a perfect world, both are willing to do whatever it takes to do it, and both are somewhat delusional when it comes to fixing the apocalypse. And let me tell you, it was fantastic reading about both. I just love overly confident villains and ones with mastermind plans, even if they are bit deranged.So many things made me cry while reading this, not all of them sad, but man did I FEEL THAT. I am struggling to keep this spoiler free, but I will say this: this is the best bundle of writing from the entire series. As a fan of R and his journey from page 1, I got really emotional as I closed the book on his story. I never thought that I would become so invested in a ZOMBIE character, and yet here we are. But he is so much more than that and he figures that out throughout all the books, but especially this one.This novel is pretty special in that it really exposes the truth of the world and the truth of our heroes. From the darkness to the beginning of a new dawn, The Living provides so much for the lovers of horror, zombie fiction, dystopian, and has that perfect amount of humor that breaks up the overall dread of the apocalypse. Marion keeps readers interested and reintroduces characters and setting throughout all of it. Never letting us forget those from before and those new to the world.Overall, I give the conclusion to the Warm Bodies series a full five stars and I cannot wait to own the hardcover to add to my collection. If you have been following these books for as long as I have then I hope you decide to finish them. And if you are unsure about whether you want to start them or not, just pick up the first one and see what happens. The Living is one for the books and I can only thank Isaac Marion for writing this series and ending it in the most beautiful way.Happy Reading!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    This review will contain some spoilers so please consider avoiding reading it until after you've finished The Living!Some of the scenes are pure magic.The moment when Nora finds out M's secret, the whole episode in the church with R on stage, the big showdown regarding BABL and the very last scene of all were stunning. It's very difficult to talk about them all in detail, without giving some massive spoilers, but they made for a great read. In a way I wish there had been more scenes like the fin This review will contain some spoilers so please consider avoiding reading it until after you've finished The Living!Some of the scenes are pure magic.The moment when Nora finds out M's secret, the whole episode in the church with R on stage, the big showdown regarding BABL and the very last scene of all were stunning. It's very difficult to talk about them all in detail, without giving some massive spoilers, but they made for a great read. In a way I wish there had been more scenes like the final one, as it's circularity was really something special.For me, the amount of chapters devoted to 'We' was a little frustrating at first. The characters I cared for most were all with Julie and R, so seeing the journey of other individuals mattered a little less to me. However, by the end of the novel, I found that the 'We' chapters were complementing the journeys of our main protagonists. The level of care and thought that was put into shaping the structure of this novel was impressive. I will be re-reading The Living in the future because of Isaac Marion's lyrical writing style. The prose sang and there were some really thoughtful comments on the nature of our lives and how tragedy shapes us. Learning more about 'The Library' was fascinating, especially in the latter half of the book.In The Living some of the hard and fast rules established earlier in the series seemed to have been bent a little bit. Avoiding spoilers on this is tricky, so I'll just say that I'm referring to something that happens in the second half of the book which has a major impact on one of our characters. By the end of the novel I had a better sense of how this change in 'rules' came about, but perhaps the unpredictability of what happened is also a reminder of how things in life rarely follow a set path.The world of Warm Bodies has expanded a lot since the first book and The Living shows this perfectly. I know this is the final book in the series but I do wonder whether there is room for more novellas like New Hunger expanding on the lives of some of the secondary characters. The author of the almanac is the person I'm thinking about most. The snippets we heard of Huntress' life were enough to make me want to read a lot more about her.The Living is not only the conclusion of R's story but also a novel with lots of inbuilt commentary on our own changing world. A fascinating read and one I would recommend to all fans of Warm Bodies.I'm very grateful for the opportunity to read this final instalment in the Warm Bodies series through NetGalley -- thank you to NetGalley, Isaac Marion and Zola Books for the chance to read. The Living is published November 13th and is available online, as both a hardcover book and an e-book.
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  • Megan Houde
    January 1, 1970
    * I was given this book for an honest review from Smith Publicity, Thank you!* Honestly I don’t know if I’m ready for this book. I am but I’m also sad to see this series end. I loved Warm Bodies! The emotions that come with knowing one’s self and trying to change. I live for R’s character. He’s charismatic and just the perfect zombie boy, if you’re looking to fall for that 😏 So much happens within the last book. So much relationships are questioned, that makes this book that much more emotionall * I was given this book for an honest review from Smith Publicity, Thank you!* Honestly I don’t know if I’m ready for this book. I am but I’m also sad to see this series end. I loved Warm Bodies! The emotions that come with knowing one’s self and trying to change. I live for R’s character. He’s charismatic and just the perfect zombie boy, if you’re looking to fall for that 😏 So much happens within the last book. So much relationships are questioned, that makes this book that much more emotionally connected. This series is about choices and humanity; questioning all the questions that life throws at us in the worst times and test us. How powerful your belief can make something so much more real. If you’re looking for action, drama, and romance, just like the first book, you definitely won’t be disappointed. I highly recommend this series. It’s more than your typical zombie horror, it questions everything us humans need answers to and more.
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  • Helena Gifford
    January 1, 1970
    Man, what a read. Isaac Marion’s The Living is the finale in a world where metaphor had become reality and humans struggled to keep their humanity. With deep characters, a strangely familiar world, and entrancing themes of hope, change, and potential, this book has become an all time favorite. Thank you, author, for sticking with it and getting this book out to the world that needs it.
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  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Finished reading: November 13th 2018 "It's easier to fall than to climb, and yet against all logic, life keeps rising." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Zola Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[Before I start I have to make a confession and say that I probably would never have decided to read The Living if I would have read The Burning World before requesting a copy of this final book. Why? I was considerably underwhelmed by Finished reading: November 13th 2018 "It's easier to fall than to climb, and yet against all logic, life keeps rising." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Zola Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[Before I start I have to make a confession and say that I probably would never have decided to read The Living if I would have read The Burning World before requesting a copy of this final book. Why? I was considerably underwhelmed by the sequel, and I had serious problems with the writing style. Still, part of me hoped that this final book of the Warm Bodies series would be an improvement and a satisfying conclusion to R and Julie's story. Sadly it wasn't meant to be. The Living follows the same structure as the sequel and even intensifies the confusing writing style and structure as the end is coming near. Once again, I felt that the story in general lacks a proper plot and that both plot and characters were mostly all over the place and running into random trouble instead of following a coherent line. As for the writing style: especially the WE chapters were frustratingly confusing and there were too many jumps and switches between past, present and the different characters to make for a coherent story. I can forgive a zombie story not being scary and the humans being the bad guys for once. This is actually quite a refreshing angle. I can forgive the romance, especially since we are spared a love triangle. But between the writing, lack of proper plot and general feeling of confusement I can't say I had a great time reading The Living, and to be honest I was relieved when I finally reached the final page. I didn't find the ending particularly satisfying either... All in all not exactly a positive experience unfortunately.WARNING: Possible spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read the first two books of this series yet. I’ll keep the summary super short but it’s impossible to keep it completely spoiler-free…R used to be a flesh-eating zombie, but now he is breathing again. But what if he was something worse before he turned that first time? He finally remembers his former life, and what he has learned terrifies him. Especially if he things how it will change how Julie sees him... R feels the only way to redemption is to destroy what he once helped create, but how to start such an impossible task? And who will help him achieve that goal?I was really hoping The Living would be a more positive reading experience for me, but sadly it was a repeat experience of The Burning World. The whole different stages of zombies and returning to life angle is without doubt refreshing, and the story has some interesting aspects. But between the writing style, lack of plot, confusing POV switches and WE chapters I just couldn't enjoy this final installment. I was in fact relieved it was finally over, and that is never a good sign. If you are able to connect to the writing style though, you will probably have a significantly better experience. (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.
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