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Monday, October 24, 2011

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

It's Zombies, Ghosts and Other Spooks Week here on FCB! I'd never read a Zombie book. To be honest, they freak me out. I can handle the vampires, the werewolves, even ghosts and stuff. But zombies, man those dudes are creepy. But between it being Halloween and seeing Mr. Maberry at Austin Teen Book Festival, I decided to check this one out. Here's the summary from 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


  1. Oh, yes I agree. These are awesome zombie books -- you will love Dust & Decay, if you liked this one. A great "Halloween" book!

  2. You need to reed Dust & Decay STAT! That's so cool that you met Maberry, he's one of my favorite authors. And yeah, it's definitely a book that you will love even if you aren't much o a zombie person. So glad you loved it! :)

  3. This book is already on my to-read list. Keep reading good things about it! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for those kind words. And I'm delighted that you enjoyed ROT & RUIN.

    There are thirteen pages of free prequel scenes for ROT & RUIN available on the Simon & Schuster webpage for the book. http://books.simonandschuster.com/Rot-Ruin/Jonathan-Maberry/9781442402324

    And there are twenty-five pages of free scenes set between ROT & RUIN and DUST & DECAY. 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/Dust-Decay/Jonathan-Maberry/9781442402355

    After DUST & DECAY, Benny Imura and his friends will return in FLESH & BONE (2012) and FIRE & ASH (2013)

  5. I also really liked this book. I was actually a little hesitant about reading zombie books, but since starting them, I've been pleasantly surprised at how much I've enjoyed them.

  6. Annette - I have Dust and Decay! I got it at ATBF and got it signed! I'm so excited to read it - I'm just being crushed under the weight of my TBR list, lol!!

    Christy - He was definitely awesome to meet. And hearing him speak on the panel was cool. ATBF is one of my favorite events of the year! Ha ha, I know, Dust and Decay, along with about 30 other books are the ones I need to read STAT!

    Selina - I'd suggest moving it up higher on the TBR list! It's going on my permanent - to be re-read shelf.

    **fangirls** Jonathan Maberry commented! :) Thanks for your awesome books!! I was so excited to meet you at ATBF, and I'm going to go check out those prequel scenes! Can't wait for more Benny Imura!

    Lisa - I was hesitant too, but I won't ever be again! (Though, I may be spoiled now to Mr. Maberry's zombies.)

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone!!

  7. Great review! Everyone is really raving about this series. I have it but I haven't read it yet. I've been enjoying Zombie books lately so I should read it before Halloween :)

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  8. Hey there,
    Great review! I completely agree. I loved this one, too, and I also don't read many male authors. But Benny and his journey really got to me. His growth throughout the book, how he didn't start off as a great person but became one, was probably my favorite thing about it. Like you said, Mayberry didn't have to preach Benny's growth to us, we just saw it. I'm not so into zombies, but I wouldn't necessarily classify it as a zombie book, you know? Can't wait to read Dust and Decay :)
    Have a great one,
    Ninja Girl


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