Third Place Books Lake Forest Park North of Seattle
Sat., March 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 2017
In Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies, R is certainly not your typical zombie lit protagonist. He has an attack of conscience that blooms into a sense of responsibility, and eventually love, for the human girl whose boyfriend he devours head first. Finally, boy and girl find love that transforms him from zombie to living being. In this year's sequel, The Burning World, R discovers that recovering from being a corpse for so many years is not so straightforward or easy. But the problem for these characters isn't all internal. The real threat in the book is a corporation with a well-equipped army staffed by blank-faced, tie-sporting "ambassadors" who stand ready to exploit the newly emerging, not-quite-undead population. If the challenge for Marion and for R in Warm Bodies was finding some kind of personal resolution, the challenge in The Burning World is trying to decide what to do for society with this newfound sense of self.