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Review: Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry

May 23rd, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: September 11, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

Reeling from the tragic events of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived…somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living.

But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. They are hunted by fierce animals escaped from zoos and circuses. They must raid zombie-infested towns for food and medical supplies. They discover the very real truth in the old saying: In the Rot & Ruin…everything wants to kill you.

And what is happening to the zombies? Swarms of them are coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. These zoms are different. Faster, smarter, infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead?

In Flesh & Bone, Benny Imura, Nix Riley, Lou Chong and Lilah the Lost Girl are pitted against dangers greater than anything they’ve ever faced. To survive, each of them must rise to become the warriors Tom trained them to be.

My Review:

I loved the first two books in this series but after what happened with Tom I took a break from it.  I recently read Bits & Pieces which contained short stories of what happened in between the books and I loved it.  So it got me back into reading the series and I picked up Flesh & Bone.  While I enjoyed it I found it hard to like it as much as the first couple books.

One of the major reasons was I forgot how much Benny irritated me.  I’m glad he’s no longer the little butt he was towards Tom but now his need to behave like he’s supposed to be the new Tom was grating.  Nix and Lilah are obviously the better fighters so when he feels he’s supposed to be the protector and is upset when they save his life I wanted to strangle him.  That in itself wasn’t a deal breaker since he was irritating in the earlier books as well but to add to that was Nix was a real witch as well.  I get that after everything she went through in the last book she’s entitled to be messed up but man, I couldn’t stand her.  She’s lucky Benny is so clueless and just accepts her verbal abuse for the most part because I would have slapped her silly as well.

The storyline itself was good though after reading Bits & Pieces I wasn’t surprised with some of the turns it took.  I was happy to see Joe Ledger however.  I knew he popped up eventually but wasn’t sure how and when.  I love his adult series so it’s great seeing him in this one as well.

I can’t wait to find out what happens in Fire & Ash!  Hopefully Benny & Nix finally settle down and start behaving like likeable people again.

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Posted in 3 Star Books, Action, Books, Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult

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