« Il était déjà une heure du matin ; une pluie morne battait les vitres et ma chandelle presque consumée dispensait une lueur vacillante grâce à laquelle je vis s'ouvrir l'oeil jaune et terne de la créature : elle respirait avec peine et un mouvement convulsif agitait son corps. »
Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything.
'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape.
R is recovering from death. He's learning how to read, how to speak, maybe even how to love. He 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. A mysterious army is coming to restore order, to bring back the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak. These grinning strangers are more than they seem. The plague has many hosts, and some are far more terrifying than the Dead.
With their home in the grip of madmen, R and Julie plunge into the 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.
In this long-anticipated new chapter of the Warm Bodies series, Isaac Marion expands the scope of a powerfully simple story: a dead man's search for life in all its bloody rawness.
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