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Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

December 6th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: August 30, 2011

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, after months of rigorous training with Benny’s zombie-hunter brother Tom, Benny and Nix are ready to leave their home forever and search for a better future. Lilah the Lost Girl and Benny’s best friend Lou Chong are going with them.

Jonathan Maberry continues to amaze me as every time I finish one of his books I think can it get any better?  And then he blows me away with the next book.  If you read my review of the first book in this series, Rot & Ruin, you know I loved it and I enjoyed this one even more.

Benny who slightly irritated me in Rot & Ruin has matured and I actually really started to like him although his older brother Tom is still by far my favorite character in the series.  His relationship with Nix is complicated as she has to deal with the death of her mother and her determination to find out where the plane they saw fly overhead came from.  We also see new sides to Lilah, Chong and most shockingly Morgie.  I think the depth Maberry adds to all of his characters is really what makes his books rise above all the other zombie books out there.  The reader truly becomes invested in the characters and has you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen to them.

The action is pretty much non-stop as we follow Tom, Benny, Lilah, Nix and Chong on their journey out in the rot and ruin.  Zombieland has been re-built and there are those out for blood to avenge Charlie Pink-eye’s death.  Thrown into the mix is that the zombies are showing strange, new behavior that defies everything Tom has learned about zombie behavior.  The suspense of finding out what causes this change was killing me through out the book as I tried to guess where Maberry was going with this twist.

A new cast of characters are introduced made up mostly of fellow bounty hunters that Tom has befriended at one point or another.  There are the two surfer dudes who seem straight out of a video game, the Greenman who once was a forest ranger and many other quirky folks.  I enjoyed seeing the difference in how all these people adapted to the horrors they have faced since that first night.

I would say the only thing that kept me from giving this book a solid 5 out of 5 was that entries from Nix’s journal are thrown in here and there and it threw off the rhythm for me.  Most of the information wasn’t anything new or all that mind blowing so I could have done without it.  Still I loved this book even though it literally brought me to tears at one point.  I can’t say why without ruining anything but let’s just say I’m glad I was reading it on my lunch break at home and not at the office.  I am on pins and needles waiting for the next book, Flesh & Bone, to come out.

Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. Michelle

    I have GOT to get to this series! Every review I read for both books are glowing.

  2. Kailana

    I stumbled upon a short story by him and everyone said he wrote novels. So, now I have the first book and still haven’t found time to read it. I really must find time!

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Michelle-yes! Move this up in your TBR pile!!

    Kailana- definitely find the time. I don’t know why I put this off even though I’ve loved all his other books. I want to kick myself every time I read another one. I even renewed this one twice and paid a 3 day fine before I read it.

  4. Carrie K.

    I only read the first paragraph of your review, because this is on my holiday reading stack – I am even more excited after reading how much you loved it!

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