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Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

August 30th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: October 5, 2010

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from 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 book has been on my radar since before it came out but for some reason it just never made it to the top of my read pile.  I’m not sure why since I read Patient Zero from Jonathan Maberry and I loved it.  Glad to say I can say the same for Rot and Ruin.  It pulled me in right away and I did not want to stop reading.

The action was steady and there wasn’t a dull moment.  Benny was irritating at the beginning but in a way that was totally expected from a 15 year old who despite having his parents killed by zombies has actually led a pretty sheltered and easy life.  It just makes the story that much better as we see him forced to grow up and face what the world is really like.  I’ll admit though there were times I wanted to slap him across the back of his head for the way he behaved towards his brother, Tom.  I also have to say I do have a mini crush on Tom.  He sounds totally hot, sweet and kick ass all at the same time.  Not to mention he puts up with his pain in the ass little brother :)

The story is pretty predictable but not in a bad way.  I found the whole book riveting and wish I read it sooner.  The only plus side I can see for waiting until now is that at least I only have a few more weeks until the next book, Dust and Decay, comes out!

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Llehn

    This is one of the biggest surprises of the year. I really never expected to love it the way I do. It’s up there on the list of my favorite all time books.

  2. Debbie's World of Books

    Same here. I enjoyed his adult zombie book so not sure why I just wasn’t excited to read this one. I can’t wait to read the next one.

  3. Michelle

    I have got to get to this one. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad thing said about it. I have it and the sequel I should just get to it already, lol.

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