The Burning World by Isaac Marion
A Warm Bodies Novel (The Warm Bodies Series)

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The New York Times bestseller Warm Bodies captured hearts worldwide in twenty-five languages, inspiring a major film and a cult fandom. Now R the reluctant zombie continues his journey in this much-anticipated sequel.

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.

About Isaac Marion

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Isaac Marion was born near Seattle in 1981 and has lived in and around that city ever since. Deciding to forgo college in favor of direct experience, he dived into writing while still in high school and self-published three terrible novels before finally hitting his stride with Warm Bodies, his first published work. He currently splits his time between writing in Seattle and hunting inspiration on cross-country RV trips. Visit
Published February 7, 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books. 608 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Once you decided to take on the rest of the story and write The Burning World (and The Living), how did you get back into this world that you had created after spending time away from it?.

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Though Marion finished this novel a few years ago (before the world became what it is now), these similarities to the real world make the atmosphere of the fictional world that much more compelling and the story more intense.

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R and Julie are trying to rebuild the world.

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Marion’s third Warm Bodies zombie novel (after 2013’s series prequel, The New Hunger) continues the story of a postapocalyptic world where some of the walking dead have achieved a sentient st

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