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review 2016-02-18 19:32
The New Hunger Review
The New Hunger: A Warm Bodies Novella (The Warm Bodies Series) - Isaac Marion

"Nothing is permanent.  Not even the end of the world."

 

The New Hunger is set seven years before the event that take place in Warm Bodies.  Originally it was published in e-book form, but last Fall it was published in paperback in anticipation of Issac Marion's release of book two in the Warm Bodies Series.  This novella follows the lives of Nora, Julie, and R as they slowly make their way towards one another.  It is a look at the end of the world, the rise of the dead, and possibly foreshadows what's coming in the next book, The Burning World.

 

It has been a while since I've read Warm Bodies, and I have forgotten just how much I adore Issac Marion's writing style.  The New Hunger pulled be back into the world Issac Marion created in the first book, and it wouldn't let me go.  I loved the shifting point-of-views in the novella.  Which let the me see the end of this world through three set of eyes instead of one.  Each of them saw it differently.  Nora and Julie were just trying to survive and R just wants to understand, to remember.

 

The plot of The New Hunger moves steadily right out of the gate between all three of our characters.  It starts with us joining them on their journey and until slowly they reach each other in Seattle.  However, never once did I feel like any moment was rushed or out of place.  Despite being so short, so much happens inside of this novella.  Twelve-year-old Julie starts to turn into a women from the backseat of her families SUV while the search for a safe place to call home again.  Nora, just sixteen, is trying to keep both her and her baby brother alive in the exed out city of Seattle.  Which leaves R, who just reanimated as a member of the Dead.  All of this molds into something tragically beautiful because of Issac Marion's writing style.

 

My favorite part of the The New Hunger is R's part of the journey.  Issac Marion once again put us in the mind of a zombie, but this one has just woken up.  Through the novella R is learning how to be this new thing, to understand this screaming Beast inside of his mind.  It was unnerving to watch at times, and occasionally I had to the put down just to give myself a minute.  Throughout the novella you see the different between R and M.  You start to see why R is different from all the other Dead in Warm Bodies.  

 

We even get to see just how much control the Boneys have over the Dead in The New Hunger.  Which would explain their behavior in Warm Bodies.

 

The whole novella is wonderfully down, at least that's how I felt.  I honestly don't have many complaints about it.  Well, I have a tiny one that was kind of awkward, but I don't want to mention it because it feels like a spoiler.  Especially if you haven't read, or even seen, Warm Bodies.  

 

 

It was definitely worth the wait to get The New Hunger in physical form to read it, and I'm going to have to buy it to add to my collection.  Even better though, it was a great buffer for my long wait for August when the next book in the series finally arrives.  I might even have to reread Warm Bodies before then as well, just because it's been a while.  Might need to refresh all the feelings from book one.

 

If you haven't read anything by Issac Marion I totally urge you to do it. He's definitely one of my favorite authors out there, and his books just aren't about zombies and the end of the world.  It's about so much more.

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review 2015-02-28 04:58
Before The Romance Started
The New Hunger - Isaac Marion

Title: The New Hunger

Series: Warm Bodies #0.5

Author: Isaac Marion

Publisher: Zola Books

Publication Date: Jan 28th 2013

Page Numbers: 105 pages

 

Blurb

 

The end of the world didn’t happen overnight.

 

After years of societal breakdown, wars and quakes and rising tides, humanity was already near the edge. Then came a final blow no one could have expected: all the world’s corpses rising up to make more.

 

Born into this bleak and bloody landscape, twelve-year-old Julie struggles to hold on to hope as she and her parents drive across the wastelands of America, a nightmarish road trip in search of a new home.

 

Hungry, lost, and scared, sixteen-year-old Nora finds herself her brother’s sole guardian after her parents abandon them in the not-quite-empty ruins of Seattle.

And in the darkness of a forest, a dead man opens his eyes. Who is he? What is he? With no clues beyond a red tie and the letter “R,” he must unravel the mystery of his existence–right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the monster howling in his belly...

 

What I Thought

This novella-length book claimed as the sequel of Warm Bodies, even though I found the line

"Isaac Marion is currently working on the sequel of the Warm Bodies"

There was R and Julie, of course. But the main characters were Nora Greene and his brother, Addis. I love these siblings relationship, I love how they strengthened each other. And the skeletons part in the ford was scary enough. This is the story when Julie finally met Nora, when R met M. This is the story before the romance started.

 

Opening Lines

A dead man lies near a river, and the forest watches him. Gold clouds drift across a warming pink sky. Crows dart through the trees—dark pines and cedars that hover over the dead man like morbid onlookers. In the deep, wild grass, small living things creep around the dead man’s face, eager to eat it and return it to the soil. Their faint clicks mingle with the rush of the wind and the screams of the birds and the roar of the river that will wash away his bones. Nature is hungry. It is ready to take back what the man stole from it by living.

 

But the dead man opens his eyes.

 

My review of Warm Bodies

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review 2014-09-10 00:00
The New Hunger (Warm Bodies, #0.5)
The New Hunger (Warm Bodies, #0.5) - Isaac Marion

RECENSIONE IN ITALIANO -> http://barbaggianate.blogspot.it/2014/11/warm-bodies-isaac-marion.html


What can I say?
It's an OK book, nothing more. It's fast and easy to read and gives you the basis to go on with the proper story ("Warm Bodies", which I'm about to read).
It was awful to read about 

Addis' death... or, better, non-death.

(spoiler show)

At the same time, it was interesting to know things from the unusual zombie's point of view.
I'm wondering how all this is going to end... after "Warm Bodies", I'll watch the movie (even if I already saw the Hillywood's parody xD )

 

 

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review 2014-08-11 23:50
Love it as much as Warm Bodies!
The New Hunger - Isaac Marion

And while this can be read first, it makes much, much more sense to read Warm Bodies first.   The characters, the way they intersect in each others lives, is meaningless unless you read the broader story that came first. 

 

This includes a lot of backstory, a lot of motivation for friendships, a lot of material that backs up the novel.   But it's also its own revelation, it's own exploration of the world Marion's created for us.  

 

The same gorgeous prose that I loved so much in Warm Bodies is present here.   That same painful awareness of the highs and lows of life permeates this novella.   But it doesn't quite have the same impact the first one does, not when I think of it as a standalone: the impact is created in conjunction with Warm Bodies. 

 

Lovely, lovely story, but I'd read Warm Bodies first if you haven't already. 

 

My review of Warm Bodies can be found here: Warm Bodies Review.

 

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text 2014-01-01 04:48
My Top 13 Books Of 2013

When it came time for me to make this list, I realized that I didn't really read that many GREAT books this year. Which is quite sad. But I did manage to pick out 13 books that I felt deserved to be in my top 13.

So here we go!

13. Carnival Of Souls by Melissa Marr. When I first read the book I wasn't sure what to think of it, and the more I read and thought about it, the more I liked it. 

12. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Such a cute, fun, and quirky book. I would really like to try out Semple's other book, This One Is Mine.

11. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Such a great suspense novel, had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I can't wait to see the movie adaptation! As well I can't wait to read more of Flynn's works!

10. The Elite by Kiera Cass. The second novel in The Selection series. Love this series so far and I cannot wait for The One to come out!

9. Tigers Voyage by Colleen Houck. This whole series is my favorite, I just can't get enough of it…although I still need to read the fourth book in the series. Oops. Better get on that soon. 

8. Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. A fabulous assassin novel. Can't wait to read Crown Of Midnight and see how this series continues!

7. The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. A beast of a read, but so so worth it. You get completely sucked into a whole other world and it really makes you not want to come back. 

6. Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan. The second book in the Immortal Beloved series. I adore this whole series, Tiernan is amazing. But the second was hands down my favourite. So much action, it had me hooked after the very first sentence.

5. Siege And Storm by Leigh Bardugo. The second book in the Grisha series. If you haven't read this series yet, stop reading this and go read it. Right now. You are missing out. It is amazeballs. 

4. The Heart Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein. Told from the point of view of Enzo, a dog. This book had me smiling, crying, laughing, sobbing. All the feels. 

3. A Clash Of Kings by George R.R. Martin. The second in the Song Of Ice And Fire series. I haven't even finished this book yet, but Martin's writing is so flawless there is no way I couldn't put this on the list. He picks you up and drops you into a whole new world. His characters are amazing and his story writing is phenomenal. One of my absolute favourite series and I am only two books in.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I just did my review of this book and if you saw it then you know I was raving about it. An easy 5 stars for this one.
1. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I had a tough time placing this one on the list. But after thinking about it for quite a while, there was no way I couldn't put it as number one. I absolutely adored this book, beginning to end. I really never wanted it to end. I am currently reading The New Hunger, the prequel and I CANNOT WAIT for the second book to come out. So happy it is being made into a series!

So what did you think of my list? Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices? If you made a top list of 2013 let me know in the comments so I can check it out!
Tomorrow I will be posting my reading goals of 2014 so be on the lookout for that!

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