"The Guardian called Warm Bodies 'the zombie novel with a heart'; Audrey Niffenegger said 'Warm Bodies is an unexpected treat', and Stephenie Meyer eagerly looked forward to the next book. Here it is- the prequel to Warm Bodies, released to coincide with the major film adaptation from the producers of Twilight, starring Teresa Palmer and Nicholas Hoult. Julie Grigio drives with her parents through the crumbling wastelands of America a nightmarish family road trip in search of a new home. A few hundred miles away, Nora Greene finds herself the reluctant, terrified guardian of her younger brother when her parents abandon them in the not-quite-empty ruins of Seattle. In the darkness of a forest, a dead man in a red tie opens his eyes. With no memory of who or what he is, he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence - right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the monster howling in his belly... Two warped families and a lonely monster. Unknown to any of them, their paths are set to cross in a startling encounter that will change the course of their lives or deaths forever."
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Actual rating 3.5 stars.
A marvellous depiction of some of the main cast from 'Warm Bodies' before those events took place in Isaac Marion's breakout novel. I really enjoyed figuring out the timeline and how the cast fit into the storyline introduced in 'Warm Bodies.' Told in different perspectives of a young Julie and Nora, with the addition of the Tall Man. Those who know me are aware I'm not a big fan of "head jumping" or flashbacks and 'A New Hunger' has both. But I have to admit, it works. Which is surprising given that it is a novella, and needs to pack a lot of information into a small number of pages.
Julie lacked the substance she has in 'Warm Bodies' for me, but she is only twelve years old, and you get a sense of her accepting the bleak new world as normal. I loved her determination, desensitivity to gore and death, as well as innocence all mixed together… not qualities that gel, but on her, it worked so well.
Nora was much more interesting; she comes across as a realistic teen attempting to survive in this dystopian world. Reminding me of Cassie from 'The Fifth Wave.'
The tone of 'The New Hunger' is different to 'Warm Bodies.' I was hoping for a little more insight to the start of the epidemic, or even the beginnings of the Boneys... but unfortunately they were left unanswered.
It did miss the humour I was expecting. The witty banter and comedy from 'Warm Bodies' is not present in this novella - you could read it as a standalone, but it doesn't go anywhere. I like the references to 'Warm Bodies' and the reveal at the end (though easy to guess.)
"We couldn't wait to read this prequel - and we weren't disappointed" * Bella * "I was hooked throughout this book and read it in one sitting, knowing that it was building to a somewhat shocking conclusion" * Wondrous Reads * "Marion's style remains pleasingly poetic" * SFX * "Young adult fare with intelligence and very scary and often sad moments and will appeal equally to an older reader" * Love Reading *
Series: Warm Bodies Series
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 24th October 2013
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 20.1 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1