10/26/2015

WARM BODIES - THE NEW HUNGER - THE BURNING WORLD - THE LIVING

A few months ago, I told you I'd finished the sequel to Warm Bodies. I told you I was calling it The Living, and then I retreated into the editing cave to read what I had wrought. It was the first time I'd experienced the whole story as one piece, and upon reaching the end, I had a realization:
This wasn't the single mammoth tome I thought I'd written. In structure, rhythm, and theme, it was actually two books.
This is why it took me three years of obsessive 7-days-a-week work, why I withdrew from life and lost friendships and grew a white patch in my beard. I knew it was a big story, but it wasn't until it was complete that I could see its real shape: two arcs, two endings, 900 pages...
Maybe the 900 pages should have been my first clue. That would have been a dauntingly long book--about three times as long as Warm Bodies--but what matters more than page count is how the story naturally wants to unfold, and if the story wants two books, who am I to argue?
Sometimes the baby comes out twins.
So without further throat-clearing, I'm proud to announce the final two installments in the Warm Bodies Series:

THE BURNING WORLD
July 5th, 2016

THE LIVING
2017

I'm so excited. I hope you are too. It's going to be a weird and wonderful ride to the conclusion of this story, and while I'm sorry we have wait another year to get there, keep in mind The Burning World is nearly twice the length of Warm Bodies, so you're going to have plenty to chew on. (no zombie pun intended, ever.)
And to anyone worried I'm pulling a Hollywood and trying to stretch a small story across several installments: nope. This is a huge story. It was always a huge story. It's about people discovering who they are across multiple eras of their lives, it's about isolation and love and the many kinds of death, it's about the animal fears that rule civilization and what it might take to overcome them, a doomsday church and an undead corporation and an infinite ladder to the future of all life. Two books should just barely contain it.
So thanks for hanging on with me through these twists and turns of publishing. Nothing in my life happens normally.

-Isaac

10/13/2015

Such luster...such sheen...



THE NEW HUNGER is finally on American shelves in all its touchable glory. And it’s shiny!
This story takes place eight years before Warm Bodies. It’s a glimpse of R’s first days as a zombie, Julie and Nora’s journeys through the wastelands, and a key moment that set all three on a path toward each other. It’s not just a prequel; it’s a bridge to the upcoming sequel, introducing people and things that will have big roles to play in THE LIVING.
For those of you who already read the Zola ebook or the UK paperback, yes, this is essentially the same book, so I won’t tell you it’s a must-have if you already have another edition–but I will tell you it has a new prologue and epilogue and other small revisions throughout, and also a surprise bonus at the end that has made a few readers squeal. So, your call.
Here is the plot summary and links to buy, if so inclined. I love you all and can’t wait to show you where this story is going.