Book Review of the Burning World

by , Wednesday April 26, 2017
Book Review of the Burning World

Book Review of Isaac Marion's The Burning World

A novel read & reviewed by Molly Looby



“R is recovering from death. He is 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 the helicopters appear on the horizon.”



The Burning World is the much-anticipated sequel to Warm Bodies, and if you haven’t read Warm Bodies, I highly recommend it. It is beautiful. As is, of course, The Burning World.


I held off reading this right away because the level of perfect I was expecting for this book was so high. No pressure, Marion. That’s just what happens when you loved the first one as much as I loved Warm Bodies. Also, The Burning World is pretty huge at 500 pages, especially if you’re reading it in hardback like I was. When a book is this long, it takes some dedication and commitment. But of course, I was more than happy to fall back into R and Julie’s world.


It took a little while to re-acquaint myself with the characters and their exact situation, but that was to be expected, and luckily, it all fell into place quite easily, and I was relieved.


The things I adored about Warm Bodies were still present in The Burning World. For instance, there were so many beautiful descriptions of what it means to be human and happy and good. It takes a lot for a book to make you question humanity as a species, but this book does just this. Even though The Burning World was so different from Warm Bodies, it still managed to remain familiar.


R trying to get to grips with his humanity was so perfect. And it was so believable! I loved learning more about R. The internal battle raging in his head was so raw and intense and fascinating, and it was this more than anything else that had me reading and reading. In fact, I was more interested in R’s backstory than in what was going on in his present. But, saying that, I think it was supposed to be that way. I loved all the questions R was raising about what makes a person who they are.


The only criticism I have of The Burning World is that I really started to dislike Julie, which is pretty strange considering we only ever see her through the eyes of R, who loves her. But even so, her actions put me on edge. She’s erratic and impulsive, and in the unstable world they’re in, that’s terrifying. But I suppose that was a great thing for tension as everything she did put me on edge. Plus, I can’t really criticise because everything she did made perfect sense for her character, whether I wanted her to do these things or not.


Isaac Marion truly is the master of heart. I implore you to pick up Warm Bodies if you haven’t already and then come and join me in reading The Burning World!



      4/5 stars



Thank you to Molly Looby for writing this review 

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