Isaac Marion’s new twist on the zombie novel is oddly refreshing—zombie romance makes for some delicious fiction, like brains-delicious. The aspect of the plot in this story that I liked best, which sadly does not get shown in the movie in its entirety, is how our main zombie R connects with another character.
Nope, not the girl Julie, though that is important. No, I’m talking about the relationship that R develops with Julie’s ex-boyfriend Perry—after eating his brain, R begins to have visions of Perry’s life and then begins to communicate with him as if he is still alive. Perry had given up on life by the time R went ham on his cerebrum and gives R a very unique view of the world that has transpired due to wars and social breakdowns of society. The way that I looked at the story, it was this connection that also made R human again, that helped open him up to love. Though the film was good, it didn’t really show this part so the book is much more dynamic and enjoyable. The way the book is written through the mind of a not-so-mentally-deficient zombie really made this book a gem among other zombie novels out there. I couldn’t put it down!