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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 the critically acclaimed sequel...THE BURNING WORLD


“A thrilling coast-to-coast journey."

Seattle Times


“Frighteningly timely and relevant...hits incredibly hard."



“Marion has ambitiously expanded on his original idea."

Kirkus Reviews


“Both a tale of harrowing adventure and a richly imagined philosophical exploration."

Bellingham Herald


“Fast-paced...vivid...unpredictable. A far cry from the schlocky romantic garbage I imagined."

Dread Central


“Luminous prose."

Publisher's Weekly


“Exciting action, intriguing characters, epic scale."



“Poetic. The only zombie apocalypse I've ever enjoyed."

Library Journal


“Suspenseful and on-the-road adventure tale that takes our heroes into the unknown."

Cinema Blend


“Brings zombie lit back from the dead."

The Stranger

R is recovering from death.

He’s learning how to speak, how to read, maybe even how to love, and the undead population is showing signs of life. He can almost imagine a future with Julie, this woman 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 return things to the way they were, the good old days of comfort and control and the strong eating the weak. The plague is as old as mankind, 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 and Julie and their ragged band 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.



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You get a digital copy of post-apocalyptic America's last newspaper, the Exed World Almanac, a bizarre but enlightening “zine" hand-drawn by a mysterious character you'll meet in The Burning World.

The Almanac is a high resolution 15-page PDF that you can read on your screen or print into reality. Add it to your bookshelf. Give it as a gift. It will never be published or available online, so it's yours to enjoy and share as you desire.