Book Review: The Burning World (Warm Bodies #2)
Brains …. Braaains!
Oh sorry, excuse me. I was just practicing my zombie impression, which I’ll admit is super tacky and needs a lot of work. I figure if I’m going to keep reading zombie books, the least I can do is try to play the part, minus the bitey stuff of course (germs are gross!).
Speaking of the festering undead, I’m back with another zombie book review!
Today I’m reviewing The Burning World (Warm Bodies #2) by Isaac Marion.
I started this series with my book buddy Misty from Misty’s Book Space (definitely check out her reviews if you get the chance).
We both agreed that the first book didn’t really explain enough with the events that transpired, but we enjoyed it enough to give the second book a try. You hear that, zombies? You’re on thin ice!
This post is my individual review, then Misty and I will gush about how we felt in a separate post afterwards.
Alright, so did this book improve from the first one? Did I finally get the answers I was looking for? Keep on reading to find out, bibliophiles!
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R is recovering from death.
He’s learning how to breathe, how to speak, how to be human, one clumsy step at a time. He doesn’t remember his old life and he doesn’t want to. He’s building a new one with Julie.
But his old life remembers him. The plague has another host far more dangerous than the Dead. It’s coming to return the world to the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak, and stopping it will require a frightening journey into the surreal wastelands of America—and the shadowy basement of R’s mind.
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DNF @ 65%
I didn’t love the first book, but thought I’d soldier on and see if the series improved a bit. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and I’m DNF’ing this book.
Alright, so in a nutshell this book continues from the first one, where R and Julie have been changed in bizarre ways, ways that have affected other zombies. R is continuing to improve in becoming more human, but threats are on the horizon that force him and his friends to fight for their lives or die trying.
As much as I wanted to love this, reading this book simply became a chore and I ultimately lost interest.
Before delving into the cons, I will say that the concept (like in the last book) was good. I wanted to follow R in his journey towards becoming more human, and part of that was really good and entertaining. Nora and M’s flirtatious interactions were cute. I also really liked the Axiom Group and their representatives. Talk about frightening!
However, that wasn’t enough for me to continue on any further.
The characters, while entertaining for a while, began to become a bit boring. R has this strange thing going on with his mind and some door in his head, but is constantly confused about it and so am I. Julie has some spunk to her but after a while begins to start whining to get her way and steers the plot for seemingly no reason. Maybe she has a weird door in her mind that she doesn’t understand either, but that’s not really communicated to the reader and is just another source of confusion.
The plot was all over the place. The book started in a good place, but once things hit the fan, things begin to spiral in random directions to where I was fairly confused why they were doing particular things. There just wasn’t enough connecting of the dots going on. Also can someone explain to me the point of the ‘We’ sections of the book? There didn’t seem to be enough explained about what ‘We’ is, and each passage just perplexed me as to why it was included at all. It wasn’t important enough to include in the book and was (get ready for it) confusing.
So yeah, overall this book was simply confusing. The premise was really good, but there wasn’t any kind of linear progression in my mind, and the story dragged after a while to the point I just couldn’t keep going. There are plenty of great zombie series out there. This is just not one of them.
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!