11 May 2017

Book Review: The Burning World (Warm Bodies #2), Isaac Marion

The Burning World (Warm Bodies #2)

Title: The Burning World
Series: Warm Bodies #2
Author: Isaac Marion
Published: 02/02/2017, Vintage
Pages: 500
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 3.5/5

"A romance between a zombie boy and a human girl is bound to have its problems, but after battling against the odds and the undead, it seemed that Julie and R had earned their happy ending. But they soon must face a new enemy more terrifying than the walking corpses that still roam the wasted cities: a faceless and merciless corporation who are seeking control of the ruins of America. The key to survival and victory may lie in R’s past life, but can he finally face his own demons? 

The Burning World takes the Warm Bodies series into new and darker territory, upping the stakes."

So, I'll start off by saying that Warm Bodies is one of my favourite books (ever). I just love it! So of course, I had been anticipating reading The Burning World for ages (so much so that it still took me ages to actually read it...). I did enjoy The Burning World, but it was just so different to what I expected and so different from Warm Bodies too. It's definitely a more mature book and I just felt it was a definitely not as Young Adult.

The Burning World begins a few months after the end of Warm Bodies with R trying to adjust to his newfound humanity. But, of course, it's not going to be easy and a spanner is soon thrown in the works in the shape of Axiom, a mysterious organisation, and all hell breaks soon breaks loose.

I really loved revisiting R and Julie and I still loved them just as much as I did before. It was nice to see how R was slowly adjusting. Julie just continues to be a badass, though we definitely still see a vulnerable and even unstable side to her. I'm still unsure how I feel about Abram though. I'm just not sure if I trust him yet.

The way The Burning World is told did leave me a bit confused, if I'm honest. A lot of the book is told from R's perspective, both in the present and in flashbacks, so this was easy enough to follow. However, there is a strange "we" perspective that I wasn't too sure about. It did leave me scratching my head at times.

This, however, meant that a lot of the story was unpredictable and there were plenty of twists to the story with so much action that it was hard to keep up at times. Though I did guess early on who R was. The ending was definitely climatic too and did leave me wanting more. I need answers!

I definitely liked The Burning World and I need to know the end of Julie and R's story pronto now! I would definitely recommend The Burning World to those who have read Warm Bodies, even if it is a bit different.

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