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A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Marvel Comics writer Jonathan Maberry continues the story he began in Rot and Ruin.

Six months have passed since Benny Imura and Nix Riley learned that flesh-eating zombies aren't the scariest or most dangerous monsters around. Now, Benny's brother Tom is training them in the art of zombie whacking. But as they plan to leave and find a better future, a zombie attack puts a crimp in their plans. And soon, they discover an old enemy they believed was long-gone may actually still be alive.

©2011 Jonathan Maberry (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 12 hours and 9 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • Release Date: August 8, 2011
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JDRN7Q
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christina (A Reader of Fictions) on September 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I liked Rot & Ruin. It was a solid read, if nothing completely exceptional. If you liked it, I can pretty much guarantee that you're going to like Dust & Decay. The formula is similar, just as full of action, zoms and danger. Actually, I think I liked this one a bit better, with one exception, although I can't say whether that's because I knew what to expect or because it was higher quality.

So I might as well begin here with the one thing I could not get over and did not like, even though I did try to come to terms with it: they get attacked by a rhino. My first reaction was approximately, "lol whut?" because, well, rhinos don't generally chill out west. Then I thought about zoos and how they wouldn't be manned anymore, so animals might just roam, which did turn out to be the explanation. I also briefly wondered if rhinos can survive here what with not being native and perhaps not used to rough winters, but gave up since I don't know much about rhinos. Anyway, explained or not, I really don't know why the rhino attack happened. I mean, it was a disheartening thing to have happen on their quest, but couldn't it have been a less ridiculous animal, like a big ass boar, which is what I expected?

Rhinoceros aside, I really liked the pacing of this book (except for the little snippets of Nix's notebook, which made her seem like an airhead and not like the badass we all know she is). It kept the action coming and blended in some interesting ideas and thoughtful moments well. For example, I really loved the Greenman's (please tell me this is a reference to It's Always Sunny...) observation that the earth was actually recovering because of the zoms. Oh, and the scene where a horse and zombie did a little do-si-do with the horse just staying out of reach.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sicurella VINE VOICE on September 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved Rot & Ruin. It was an astounding zombie YA series starter, with just the right mix of the horrors that men can do verses the zombie carnage. There was a thought-provoking focus on the fact that zombies used to be people, and therefore they should be respected for what they were as well as feared for what they now are - something a lot of zombie stories fail to take into account.

Dust & Decay keeps the theme in the same general vein, but having already established that zombies deserve respect, spends more time on thrilling action and the atrocities humans subject each other too. After month of training, Tom, Benny, Nix and Lilah are finally heading out to search for the plane they saw in Rot & Ruin. Having trouble saying goodbye, Chong heads out with them for the first leg of the journey, only to prove that he may be smart, but really isn't the outdoorsy type.

Problems abound. Life and death situations are faced. Evil men prove more dangerous than herds of zombies. Love of all kinds is found, tested, strengthened and cherished many times over.

While Dust & Decay is horrific and terrifying, thrilling and action-packed, what the reader will be surprised to find is how emotional the book - and the entire series - is. The book sucks you in, the characters get under your skin, and you won't be able to pull yourself away from the page. Dust & Decay is an emotional thrill-ride that will leave you shaken for a long time to come. Zombie perfection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on August 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
So this one was so much better than book 1! Which almost never happens. In this one we find ourselves in the POV of just about everyone. But Mayberry does it so well that you don't have to wonder who's head your in which makes the book even better! We also get glimpses of Nix's journal entires at the end of each chapter which is just awesome! I think my fav character is Dr. Skillz he is one of the surfer guys and is so funny. I hope we get a novella about them in the future! The only thing I didn't like about this book is that we loose a beloved character near the end. So make sure you have tissues near by cause your gonna need them.

There were a few typos in this one like the first. Nothing to big. Just a few things like it said alive instead of live etc. Other than that I love this one even more than book one. I love that Mayberry has created a series that keeps you entertained without the book being all about running for your live away from the zombies. That the book has a real plot with wonderful characters.

In this one we find Benny, Nix Lilah, and Chong growing up. Benny is no longer the skinny know it all kid he was in book 1. Lilah will change and become more human and less like the Zoms that roam the Rot and Ruin. Nix will blossom into a fierce warrior and Chong will learn that he is braver than he thinks he is!

This book is full of nail biting action that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the last page! Love and loss also play a part in this second installment as well as a twist that will haunt these four kids for the rest of their lives!

On a side note. I still love that this series explores zombies in a new light. Do they feel? Is there still anyone inside? What are they really? These questions are things that normally are not even asked.

"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ramblings on Readings on February 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 5 Stars

Avg. Good Reads Rating: 4.35

Series: Benny Imura #2

Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic/Horror

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Pages: 519

Best for: 16+

Good Reads Summary:

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 and Ruin. It’s also been 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.

But before they even leave there is a shocking zombie attack in town, and as soon as they step into the Rot and Ruin they are pursued by the living dead, wild animals, insane murderers, and the horrors of Gameland, where teenagers are forced to fight for their lives in the zombie pits. Worst of all, could the evil Charlie Pink-eye still be alive?

In the great Rot and Ruin, everything wants to kill you. And not everyone in Benny’s small band of travelers will survive.

My Quick Recap:

After spending months training and preparing to go after the jet they saw heading east, Benny, Nix, Tom, and Lilah head out into the Rot and Ruin, with Benny’s friend Chong in tow to see them off. Things go bad from the start. Wild animals are acting strangely, the dead are moving in ways Tom’s never witnessed, and there are rumors of a new Gameland spreading. A new Gameland under new management.
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