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What did you love best about The Burning World?
The story expands upon the best things about its predecessors - the characters are deep, introspective, and feel like more than "survivors." The expansion beyond the airport and the dome into the greater world make the story vast, with luscious descriptions that deepen as the story progresses.
What other book might you compare The Burning World to and why?
This book is more comparable to it direct predecessor, Warm Bodies. While R is not so much the struggling, angsty protagonist of the second (nee first) book in the series, Marion does a fantastic job of allowing R to develop beyond the zombie savant of Warm Bodies, and into a fully realized and confident protagonist worthy of being the reluctant hero.
What does Jacques Roy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narrator's storytelling skills do a fantastic job of making the tale immersive in a way that reading words on a page may not. While the writing itself is both technical and lush, Roy's telling of the tale lends considerably weight for those who get bogged down by good writing that affords no coddling for light readers.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There are several, but, "Spoilers."
Any additional comments?
While Roy's narration is very well executed and enveloping, my one criticism is that the main characters are voiced in a largely similar manner. The accents and vocal inflections used by Kenerly in Warm Bodies is sorely missed. That said, he does an excellent job, overall.
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I’m a huge fan of Marion’s prose. He writes with such lyrical mastery—his words are so fluid and poetic. ‘The Burning World’ is no exception.
A much darker and richer novel than its predecessor, this sequel to ‘Warm Bodies’ expands the zombified world of R and Julie to unprecedented depths. We learn more about the plague and its mysterious “cure,” we learn about what’s been going on beyond the airport, beyond City Stadium; most importantly, we learn more about R, and his life before he joined the ranks of the undead.
This novel is quite the ride—don’t get comfortable, and never prepare to stay in one place very long. Jacques Roy is an outstanding narrator, his voice for R is suitable. It is quite evident that this novel demands a sequel, and I very much look forward to seeing where Marion takes us next!