Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Burning World by Isaac Marion

Title: The Burning World
Author: Isaac Marion 
Series: Warm Bodies #2
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books 
Release Date: February 7,  2017

Being alive is hard. Being human is harder. But since his recent recovery from death, R is making progress. He's learning how to read, how to speak, maybe even how to love, and the city's undead population is showing signs of life. R can almost imagine a future with Julie, this girl who restarted his heart—building a new world from the ashes of the old one.

And then helicopters appear on the horizon. Someone is coming to restore order. To silence all this noise. To return things to the way they were, the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak. The plague is ancient and ambitious, and the Dead were never its only weapon.

How do you fight an enemy that's in everyone? Can the world ever really change? With their home overrun by madmen, R, Julie, and their ragged group of refugees plunge into the otherworldly wastelands of America in search of answers. But there are some answers R doesn't want to find. A past life, an old shadow, crawling up from the basement.

I have been dying to read this book. I love The New Hunger and Warm Bodies and I NEEDED to read The Burning World. I had some trepidation about reading the sequel in case it was lacking the same greatness of its predecessors. Thankfully, I had no reason to worry. 

Isaac Marion dwells into his zombie world without apology. He combines desolation, humor, romance and a desire to fight for life all bundled up together in a perfect blend. 
At times, it's gruesome. At others, it's beautiful. 

The Burning World follows Julie, "R", M and Nora is this new world where some of the Dead are not dead anymore. It also introduces a multitude of new characters. We get  R's half-zombie kids, Abram and his daughter "Sprout" joining forces with them. A new threat has developed and they will have to find a way to defend themselves.

On top of this, R has other things on his mind too: 

First, R is having problems adjusting to being alive and how to deal with the prejudice surrounding him and the zombies who have changed too. 

"Forget what? 
That there used to be more than this. 
And that maybe there can be again. "

Second, R is concerned about his relationship with Julie. He loves her and doesn't want to lose what they have together.  He wants to be able to move forward with her.

" Julie is a floodlight and I am a candle. She blazes, I flicker."

Lastly, he's remembering his past life. He has tried to avoid it just wanting to keep a clean slate with Julie. Yet, the memories are still coming. 

Isaac Marion delivers a great tale. There is no way you don't end up forming an attachment towards these characters and what they have gone through. Rooting for them was easy. 

There's nothing left but to wait for the conclusion of this series. I'm dying to know how everything is going to play out. It won't be easy. There will be pain but I'm hoping the reward is significant too. 

4.5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Atria in exchange for an honest review.

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