Goodreads: 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.
What I liked: 1) The post-apocalyptic setting. It didn't really surprise me that I liked this setting, given my love of post-apocalyptic dystopian books. But it was fun to be in that setting without it being really a dystopian society. 2) The writing. You know those books where you actually forget you're only looking at words on a page? This was like that for me. It drew me into the action and I actually had to stay up late to finish it! 3) Benny. I liked how well Benny was developed as a character. He grew up a lot in this story, but you didn't have to look for some hidden clue that he was maturing. It was refreshingly obvious, and I thought it was great. 4) Zoms. The language that Mr. Maberry used was fun. My bookshelf is littered with female writers. I can count on one hand the number of male authors that I've read recently. Reading Mr. Maberry's writing really made me stop and think about the differences I see in writing styles between men and women. It was cool!
What I didn't like: I can't come up with anything!
Overall thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by this book! For my first foray into the world of zombies, Mr. Maberry's book did not disappoint. There was a good mix of interesting characters, a plot with great twists and surprises, and of course zombies! Zombies still freak me out, but in a way that I like! The second Benny Imura book, Dust and Decay is definitely on my TBR list! I got a chance to meet Mr. Maberry at the Austin Teen Book Festival, and let him know that he will forever be the author who made me like zombie books. (He said that he gets that alot!) ;-) He was a cool guy, and I'd definitely recommend Rot and Ruin to any zombie fan or anyone who hasn't ever read zombies!
My rating: 5 candy corns