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Dust & Decay (Rot & Ruin) Hardcover – August 30, 2011
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"Maberry knows this world well; when the zombie apocalypse comes down, I want him on my team."
"Chock-full of gory action, complicated teen relationships, and several plot twists."--School Library Journal
"Fans of Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games will devour this."--VOYA
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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.
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.Read more ›
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."
Benny Imura used to resent his brother for abandoning their parents on the First Night, the night the dead began to walk again. When he found out his parents were actually infected and Tom saved him, it made him see Tom in a new light. Then when Tom saved his best friend, Nix, and put an end to Gameland- the place where evil men kidnap kids and have gladiator-esque fights between them and zombies- Benny knew Tom was a man to look up to. Now, after seeing a jet fly above them, Tom is determined to leave the Rot and Ruin to find the jet and secure a better life with his brother and their motley crew of friends.
Despite training them, not all are ready to leave Sanctuary. Nix, after seeing her mother murdered by an evil bounty hunter and being thrown in Gameland, is ready to go. So is Lilah, the mythical Lost Girl who lived in the Rot and Ruin and turned out to not be such a myth after all. But Benny, Chong and Morgie aren't so sure. Morgie decides to stay home, and Chong's mother finally agrees to let him go as long as it is only for a few nights and he comes right back instead of going on the full journey. Unfortunately, she couldn't have known the trouble brewing in the Rot and Ruin.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It just wasn't what I was hoping the second installment of this series would be. Characters were flat. Plot was predictable. I waited and it just never happened for me.Published 2 months ago by Heather Cornwell
Dust & Decay is probably my favorite book in the Rot & Ruin series (they are all so amazing that it’s hard to pick a favorite). This book is intense! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kya Aliana
Tom, Benny, and his group of friends are set on a new epic adventure to head east to find the airplane they spotted when they faced off against Charlie Pink-Eye. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ninaluvzbooks
One of the best books I have ever read. The kids are full of vim, vigor, restlessness, fire and spice that contrasts well with the double ugly bad guys. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Boomer49
Great blend of action, humor, adventure, and mild teen romance. Totally hooked on the Rot & Ruin series! Looking forward to reading the next one!Published 10 months ago by Erin
This was really good!! Like the first book, there were a few slow parts but all in all I really enjoyed it.Published 12 months ago by monai