Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Release Day Review: The New Hunger: A Warm Bodies Novella (Warm Bodies #0.5) by Isaac Marion

Title: The New Hunger: A Warm Bodies Novella (Warm Bodies #0.5) 
Author: Isaac Marion 
Publisher: Atria 
Published: October 6th, 2015 
Source:  Publisher 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

From Goodreads:

The end of the world didn’t happen overnight. After years of war, societal breakdown, freak storms, and rising tides, humanity already hovered near the edge. Then came the most unexpected threat of all: the world’s corpses rising up to deliver the final blow.

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 on a nightmarish road trip in search of a new home.

Hungry, lost, and terrified, 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 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…


“I like ugly.  Beauty is a trick.”

In 2011, I opened a new novel by Isaac Marion and became completely absorbed by his writing, his characters, and the state of a world in ruin. My favorite aspect of the story was that he gave readers a monster to love. I’ve been wanting more ever since, and I thought this new edition of the prequel novella would tide me over. I loved it but it still left me hungry for more. And I mean that in a most approving way. This novella follows the three main characters on their individual journeys: twelve-year-old Julie along with her parents’ search for a place to start over; Nora and her little brother’s quest as they hunt for safety and shelter and to just simply stay alive; and R as he re-awakens and begins to come to terms with what he is now… or more to the point… what he no longer is. 

“All six are moving toward each other, some by accident, some by intent, 
and though their goals differ considerably, on this particular summer night, 
under this particular set of cold stars, all of them are sharing the same thought: 

Find people. 

I love the images the author creates with his words and revisiting these characters I’ve grown to love. I anticipated the fear and confusion, but I was struck by the sadness as each dealt with their own loss. You expect it from the living, but I never thought about the loss the dead might be experiencing. It was surprisingly poignant and very well done. If you haven’t read Warm Bodies, you can certainly start with this prequel novella; but my own personal preference would be to read it after you’ve read the first novel. There’s just something about already knowing where these characters are now to appreciate where they’ve been. The author stated on his blog that this version of The New Hunger has been expanded and revised and that while it isn’t essential, the content is certainly relevant to the upcoming sequel. As for the second installment… I’m anticipating it even more than I was before. These characters just grab a hold of you, and with the prologue and epilogue promising a new entity – one far darker and even more terrifying than the boneys – I can hardly wait for The Living

“Nothing is permanent.  Not even the end of the world.”

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

© at A Belle's Tales



  1. So basically you are telling me to get my butt in gear and read Warm Bodies already... this is one of the very very very few times where I saw the movie first and I liked the movie so I am looking forward to actually reading the book. Awesome review lobster!

    1. Yessss! I liked the movie, too, but it differed enough from the book that I definitely want you to read it. R is so wonderful! Thank you, wifeycakes <3

  2. This didn't initially sound like my type of read, but you make it sound so appealing in your excellent review, I might just give it a try! I think I started to get interested when you referred to "a monster to love". I immediately thought of Eric, the Phantom of the Opera. I also thought of the novel "Of Beast and Beauty", and of "A Court of Thorns and Roses". Yup, got my interest for sure! Thanks for your thoughts!! : )

    1. I know zombie novels aren't your kind of reads; but if ever there was one I would recommend to you, it would be this one. You will adore R, and I know that you will love Isaac Marion's writing -- it's so brilliant! Thank you so much, Maria! :)

  3. Sigh... I still haven't read the first one. I need to change that. I think now would be a good time. Thanks for the heads up on this prequel. I like that he actually makes the zombies more human like.

    1. I adore R! I hope you give this a try and that you'll enjoy it as much as I did :D

  4. I've never read Warm Bodies. Need to change that ASAP!

    1. I think it's so clever! I'd love for you to read it :)

  5. So I have a confession, I've never reading anything by this author. I know, I must! I just adored your review and it made me really want to pick this series up! I love the why the author's writing sounds. Like it'll pull me straight into his world and get sucked into the characters' minds. I'm glad you enjoy it so! :)

    *HUGS* a

    1. Magen, you will really enjoy this novella as well as Warm Bodies -- they are so well written and fun and have a lot of heart. Thanks so much, my friend! *HUGS*


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