Given that I'm still riding my Warm Bodies high, when I found out there was a prequel, it should be no surprise that I snatched it up and started reading.
America has been devastated by natural disasters and governmental collapse, as well as the annoying problem of zombies trying to devour any survivors. But 16-year-old Nora and her younger brother Addis are about to discover the most frightening thing yet—being abandoned by their own parents.
As the siblings begin their harrowing journey to connect with anyone who isn’t looking to rob them or eat them, a 12-year-old girl named Julie is traveling in an SUV with her parents. She’s already seen her friends die and her school burn, and watched her father become nearly as cold and remorseless as the Dead. All she wants is to find a place she can call home, even if nothing will ever be the same.
Nearby, a man awakens in the woods, unsure of where, or who, he is. He struggles to remember the details of his life, but only a single letter comes to him. "R"…
Yup, we get to see R, Julie and Nora before they met in Warm Bodies. R as he wakes up dead, and Julie and Nora as they travel towards what's left of humanity. Nora is with her little brother and if you've read Warm Bodies then you know to expect sadness. We also get to meet Julie's mom and see the kind of person Julie remembers her as.
I think the parts with R were my favorite. Getting to see him as a new zombie and figuring out things. He wasn't as eloquent as a newly risen zombie, like a newborn child. It was comical when he was figuring out to walk and didn't know what to do with his arms so he held them out. I got this great image of a cliche zombie.
The parts with Nora and her brother I dreaded, but because I knew it would not end happy. You learn how Nora lost her finger though and about her past. Between the scenes with her and Julie, you get a very clear picture of how bleak the world has become. You get hints of the disasters that happened. I found myself hoping that they would find safety and other people even though I knew it wouldn't happen.
It really made me think if the zombie apocalypse ever happens, I'm joining the zombie hordes because it's easier. You have one worry: Find brains to eat. LOL
This story was a great addition to the Warm Bodies world. It's always fun diving back into a world you love and even more fun when it's before the story happened. You get to see events hinted at in the book that shaped the characters play out. You root for them despite knowing who will die. Prequels make you hope and that definitely what The New Hunger did.
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