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Rot & Ruin Paperback – May 3, 2011
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"Thrilling, enticing, and surprisingly touching, "Rot & Ruin" will grip readers from beginning to end, and make them question who the real monsters are. It had me hooked from page one."--Heather Brewer, author of "The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod" series
* "The delineation between man and monster, survivor and victim is fiercely debated in Maberry's thoughtful, postapocalyptic coming-of-age tale...In turns mythic and down-to-earth, this intense novel combines adventure and philosophy to tell a truly memorable zombie story, one that forces readers to consider them not just as flesh-eating monsters or things to be splattered, but as people."--"Publishers Weekly, "starred review
"An impressive mix of meaning and mayhem."--"Booklist"
"This is a romping, stomping adventure. And while most zombie novels are all about the brains, this one has a heart as well. With the dead prowling all around, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura learns the bittersweet lessons of life, love, and family in the great Rot & Ruin. Anyone with a pulse will enjoy this novel, and anyone with a brain will find plenty of food for thought inside."--Michael Northrop, author of "Gentlemen"
"George Romero meets "The Catcher in the Rye" in this poignant and moving coming of age novel set during zombie times. I welled up at the end, then smiled through my tears when I realized there was going to be a sequel. Bravo, Jonathan Maberry. Can't wait to read more." --Nancy Holder, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Wicked" and "Possessions"
"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."--Maria V. Snyder, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Poison Study"
"Horror fans will appreciate the gorge-raising descriptions of the shambling zombies...while zombie-apocalypse aficionados will cotton to the solid world-building and refreshingly old-school undead. --"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
"An action-packed, thought-provoking look at life--and death--as readers determine the true enemy."--"Kirkus Reviews"
About the Author
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and adventure; and he writes for adults, teens, and middle grade. His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Glimpse, the Rot & Ruin series, the Dead of Night series, The Wolfman, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, Mars One, and many others. Several of his works are in development for film and TV, including V-Wars, which will be a Netflix original series. He is the editor of high-profile anthologies including The X-Files, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Out of Tune, Hardboiled Horror, Baker Street Irregulars, Nights of the Living Dead, and others. He lives in Del Mar, California. Visit him at JonathanMaberry.com and on Twitter (@JonathanMaberry) and Facebook.
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I have read a LOT of semi pro zombie series that have thousands of very high ratings that are incredibly marginal books. This is not one of those.
The character's emotions and actions are believable. No crazy coincidences, stupid luck etc to get people in or out of trouble.
An example of a series with a large popular folloing is zombie fallout. I gave up reading zombie fallout to book 4. That series was absolutely horrible (unless you like juvenile comedy fart jokes which many do - like deadpool).
This series is a serious book, well written, with characters that are consistent and have a good backstory. There is even some moderately sophisticated philosophy going on as well.
I would put it in the same league as books like the dust/wool series, day by day armageddon, forest of teeth and hands and the remaining as far as being engaging and enjoyable to read.
In a zombie apocalypse book I never expected to feel sorry for the zombies but it seems that is the case here. In most zombie books they are the enemy (brains.....brains....brains...). It is run away from them to survive and I don't suggest you hug one is this book either, but did you every stop to think, who are the zombies? They are your family and friends and neighbors. Everyone has lost someone in the Rot and Ruin.
Benny and Tom are brothers who escaped on first night zombies came into the world and found refuge in a small walled town. Benny was so young when it happened but he still has a few memories from that time and blames Tom for running away and not helping their parents. They have an estranged relationship, but that all starts to change when Benny teams up with Tom and learns the brother he thought he knew his whole life is not at all what or who Benny thought he was.
This is a story of friendship and loyalties. You don't have to be a zombie to be bad, there are plenty of people who are as evil as they come and Benny learns that the hard way as he explores outside of the fenced town he grew up in. More than just that town survived and Benny comes to realize that living in a gated town isn't the only way to go. Some people have survived out in the wilderness and he is inexplicably drawn to a lost and wild girl named Lilah, who has lived in the wild practically all her life.
There are some great side characters in Benny's friends that will probably come into more play later in the series but Jix was by far my favorite with her quick tongue and sharp humor.
"Benny Imura," she said with a rare flicker of a smile on her mouth, "if you are going to say something like 'I love you' and you choose here, in a way station out in the Rot and Ruin to do it, so help me, I will kick your ass."
Benny has to decide how much he will risk to save Jix and ultimately choose between the friend he had all his life and the strange lost girl on a trading card he feels drawn to.
This book had plenty of action and adventure along the journey to introduce this world. There are a few disturbing scenes of cruelty to zombies. It was a fun and fast read and great if you or your kids like zombies or dystopias