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Flesh & Bone (Rot & Ruin) Hardcover – September 11, 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Rot & Ruin Series

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Gr 8 Up-Benny Imura and his friends are back fighting their way through a postapocalyptic world. Still reeling from the tragic ending in Dust & Decay (S & S, 2011), Benny, Nix, Chong, and Lilah continue moving east from California's Sierra Nevadas, searching for the jet that Benny and Nix saw and, hopefully, for a better life. As in the previous volumes, the ever-present zombies threaten the teens but they are hardly the most hazardous or scariest things stalking the wilderness. The kids run headlong into the "Reapers," a death cult led by Saint John, a serial killer turned prophet. The Reapers' mission is to finish what the zombie plague started-the extinction of the human race. Even as the teens struggle to stay one step ahead of these murderous freaks and close in on their goal, they discover that the zombie virus is mutating, resulting in startling and even more dangerous changes. A few of the passages (especially between Benny and Nix) get a little tiresome, and the Reaper philosophy stretches credulity a bit, but lots of action and generous helpings of blood and gore keep the story moving briskly and will keep series fans turning pages. The ending leaves open the possibility of a fourth installment, though one of the main characters might not survive that long.-Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"The third time’s the charm with even more adventure—and gore—as the series continues."--Kirkus Reviews

Lots of action and generous helpings of blood and gore keep the story moving briskly. (School Library Journal)

"Zombies have run amok in YA lit, but the standard bearer remains Maberry's straight-ahead, action-drama series that began with Rot & Ruin (2010) and Dust & Decay (2011)...Waiting for the full reveal in volume four won't be easy." (--Booklist)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: Rot & Ruin (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442439890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442439894
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a big fan of the previous two books in this quartet. The first, Rot and Ruin, was probably my favorite read of the year. The second, was almost as strong, and ended with heartbreak that I had to deal with for a few weeks before picking up the third. This installment is my least favorite of the three for a few reasons, but definitely worth reading, and thoughtful in its own way.

Flesh and Bone is the third out of four books by Jonathan Maberry about the zombie apocalypse that has fallen on the world. Benny, Chong, the Lost Girl, and Nix are struggling to survive in the Rot and Ruin after still reeling from deaths of loved ones. They encounter more evil than they thought possible-- a group of Reapers whose sole purpose is to have everyone join the Gray Walkers that abound the earth. New characters are introduced (including a terrifying Big Bad), and the mystery of the plane is solved.

What I Loved: The development of Chong was probably my favorite part of the book. He's come so far and his relationship with the Lost Girl is very sweet. This makes the ending that much more poignant. Also, we get the introduction of a new cult, which is terrifying in its sway in this awful world. I can imagine people giving up and joining a cult to end the human race. We see this kind of depression in medicine all the time-- and I can't imagine if the world was actually as bad as people saw it, what that would do to the human psyche. Maberry is terrific at coming up with new ethical dilemmas, and he is very thoughtful in his dealings with them.

What I wasn't as thrilled about: I know my reaction to this book is a little bit like my reaction to Harry Potter book 5. It was a must read, but because of how annoying adolescent Harry was, it was my least favorite.
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First Sentences: Benny Imura thought, I'm going to die.
The hundred zombies chasing him all seemed to agree.

A Quick Synopsis: Benny Imura never in his wildest dreams could never have imagined the shocking and tragic events that happened to him and his friends. But terrible things have happened, and in the Rot and Ruin, there's no going back. With Nix, Lilah, and Chong, Benny must continue to quest for the jet that they saw all those months ago. But unbeknownst to them, the Rot and Ruin is morphing. The zoms are morphing. Their surrounding are morphing. A new chilling death cult has risen. Benny must journey through the land of the dead to search for the key to life...

The Review: Flesh & Bone is the third book in Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin series--a series that I discovered in a strange way: by having it recommended it to me by a friend. You see, usually I go around recommending books to people, or they come to me to ask for recommendations. But when my best friend came raving to me about a book--something that she rarely ever does--I knew I had to read it. That book, as you may have guessed already, was Rot & Ruin. So I bought it, read it, discussed it, and we both agreed that it was awesome. But when the sequel, Dust & Decay, came out, things took a turn for the worse. We both read it, discussed it, and agreed that it wasn't as good as Rot & Ruin. My friend hasn't read Flesh & Bone yet, but it pains my heart to know that I will have to tell her that this installment is the worst in the series yet. Here's why.

First of all, it is my belief that each new book in a series should bring something new to the table. Flesh & Bone doesn't really do that. The world that we had in Rot & Ruin is still there, and doesn't really develop that much.
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Even though the Rot & Ruin books are for young adults, I love them and I am past 60! I can't seem to get enough of them and can't wait until the next and last of the series comes out.

Mr. Maberry deals with grief, loss and feelings in such a subtle way that you don't even realize what the subject matter is of this book until the end. A friend asked me what the book was about and I stopped and thought, it's about loss, grief and hope and about not giving up no matter how bleak life may seem. What Benny, Nix, Chong and Lilah have done in the past and the present has greatly affected their relationships to each other. These young teens are the hope of the future but at what cost? There are hundreds of thousands of zoms (zombies) and there are so few of them to fight them. And to add to their dilemna, they have to deal with adults and their way of dealing with the way the new world is.

Ahhhh, but I don't want to give too much away, so you have to read the book whether you be a young adult or an adult, like myself. If you have not read Rot & Ruin (book #1) or Dust & Decay (book #2), read them first. The whole series so far is excellent and you will not be disappointed!
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Rot and ruin kind of ruined me. See, I fell into Maberry through his Patient Zero book, you remember those, right, books, the smelly things made of paper that worked even AFTER a zombie apacolypse because they don't need batteries? Well Maberry's characters, and especially freaking Joe Ledger are kind of kick ass. And this series, well, it's cool, though I can't relate to being a teenager anymore, or asian like the lead character, or hot and redheaded like the other lead character, I can relate to an old beat-up character being the saviour or them all! HAH, take THAT Jack Reacher!
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