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Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot and Ruin

by Jonathan Maberry

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The book started out well enough (I love zombie apocalypses!), but eventually got bogged down into ridiculous scenarios, flat characters and silly conversations. I stayed to the end hoping it would pick up again, but it didn't. Not bothering with the next two.

Are Maberry's other books less in the 'young adult' genre than this one? He gets such great reviews as an author and I am really disappointed. ( )
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
Having just turned fifteen, Benny Imura needs a job. If he doesn't get one soon his ration allowance will get halved. So after multiple unsuccessful attempts (a good way to introduce the setting) he reluctantly accepts he might have to go into the family business and apprentice to his detestable older brother Tom. Benny's earliest memory is of Tom grabbing him and running leaving their mom to her fate after his dad had turned into a zombie. What a coward like Tom is now doing as a zombie killer seems inconceivable to Benny especially when compared to the other bounty hunters who he actually looks up to. After going out with his brother for the first time, Benny is forced to reassess everything he thought he knew, not just about his brother but the others and the very town where he lives. Maybe the real evil out in the Ruin aren’t the zombies after all.

Set firmly within the YA spectrum this book takes a whiny fifteen-year-old boy and crushes his naïve worldview with some hammer blows and sets him on his path to hero status with the help of those around him. After a slow start with the world-building the action heats up nicely and is quite gripping and the story is quite thought provoking in parts, particularly how zombies are perceived. While there’s no real surprises this is an entertaining read and provides a set up for the next book which I do intend to pick up at some point. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Feb 12, 2019 |
What started out as a mediocre read with an annoying plotline of zombie sympathizers actually turned out to be a refreshing take on the zombie theme. My initial dislike of the book is due to the author not doing a decent job of setting up the story. When Tom, a zombie hunter, takes his younger brother, Benny, out into the Ruin to kill zombies, we don't have a clear history of the apocalypse or of the brothers relationship. All of this is explained in the midst of the hunt which makes everything the author is trying to say unconvincing. It's too rushed. All too quickly Benny dislikes the zombie hunters he had once revered and now admires the brother he has always thought of as a coward.

Once the brothers return from the hunt, the author slows down and begins providing the details that lend credibility. When the brothers once again head out into the Ruin, the story has broadened well beyond a basic plotline and requires that the reader think about who the real enemy is. Is it truly the dead who should be feared or is there a deep rooted cruelty that will always plague the human race? ( )
  valorrmac | May 15, 2018 |
Loved it! Really great book for zombie fans!
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  Verkruissen | May 10, 2018 |
I really enjoyed this book. Lots o action and gore. Characters I liked and an interesting take on the zombie Mythos wrapped up in a tidy YA package. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
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This is no ordinary zombie novel. Maberry has given it a soul in the form of two brothers who captured my heart from the first page and refused to let go.
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Benny Imura couldn't hold a job, so he took to killing. It was the family business.
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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.
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In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.… (more)

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