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Friday, March 25, 2011

Rot&Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn''t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

This was a pretty dam good YA novel.  Why, you ask?  Well, because our lead protagonist, Benny has a great sense of humour.  The plot is great and the characters/character devellopement was awesome.

The begining of the novel was pretty slow and you could tell where it was heading, but part 2 is wasn't really what I was excpecting.  Which is always an added bonus.  As the novel progressed, Benny was no longer the naive young boy from the start of the story.  He became just as kick ass as his brother Tom.

The portrayal of zombies and what First Night really was was very unique on Jonathan Maberry's part.  He ditched the stereotypical  zombies and went for a different route, that was much more human than most novels.  There was also an intense emotional factor to the book, which made it that much better.  The ending of the book suggests that a sequel would explain much more, and if I was given the opportunity to review it I wouldn't mind.  But I am content with the way the novel ended, very satisfying.

I can't say anything bad about Rot&Ruin, it's the definition of what a GREAT book is.
Don't miss it!  I'm going to be giving Rot&Ruin by Jonathan Maberry the Gold Moody Seal of Approval.

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  1. Great review! So glad you enjoyed the book.

    As you suspected, Benny Imura and company WILL be back for more in DUST & DECAY (summer, 2011) and in at least two more books beyond that (FLESH & BONE and FIRE & ASH).

    There are also thirteen pages of free prequel scenes for ROT & RUIN available on the Simon & Schuster webpage for the book. Here’s a link to the main page; access the scenes by clicking on the banner that reads: READ BONUS MATERIAL BY JONATHAN MABERRY: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Rot-Ruin/Jonathan-Maberry/9781442402324

  2. I totally agree. I did not know that zombie books could be this amazing! Easily one of my fav books as well. Oh, and I love The Lost Girl.

  3. Love the mask in your header.

    I am stopping by from the blog hop.

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  4. Zombies! Rawr! :D
    I've read Zombie Blondes but it was really boring (and I totally knew what was going to happen!). Generation Dead was nice (only read the first one). So Rot and Ruin (with an unexpected part two) might be a better example of zombie fic in YA.

    DP is the full diploma that you do for the last two years of highschool. What did you do for your personal project? You know what I did... make two scrapbooks. Haha. :P


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