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Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1) 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

[KINDLE] ✽ Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1)  Author Jonathan Maberry – Reptileclassifieds.us
  • Hardcover
  • 458 pages
  • Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1)
  • Jonathan Maberry
  • English
  • 24 March 2018
  • 1442402326

    10 thoughts on “[KINDLE] ✽ Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1) Author Jonathan Maberry – Reptileclassifieds.us


  1. says:

    This is what I learned from reading Rot Ruin 1 Zombies iz people too So they should be treated with respect, yoabout this later 2 Books containing zombies can be really irritating and boring You see, I didn t know this was a possibility I mean, it s zombies we re talking about here How could zombies be boring Turns out all you need to do is add a lame teenage romance and BAM What really matters ZOMBIES gets shoved onto the backburner in favor of the not so important lo This is what I learned from reading Rot Ruin 1 Zombies iz people too So they should be treated with respect, yoabout this later 2 Books containing zombies can be really irritating and boring You see, I didn t know this was a possibility I mean, it s zombies we re talking about here How could zombies be boring Turns out all you need to do is add a lame teenage romance and BAM What really matters ZOMBIES gets shoved onto the backburner in favor of the not so important love story Who invited that guy Alright, I m out It needs to be said if I wanted a romance novel I d waste my time reading the likes of Nicholas Sparks And that would never happen Ever Besides, I picked up a zombie book because I wanted to read a zombie story Horror, Violence, Decapitations oh myMaberry s story has these things, but not enough to hold my interest Most of the time we re being preached to by Tom Imura, Benny s older brother See Tom Imura is a zombie slayer for hire One of the best You d think a katana wielding slayer extraordinaire would liven things up a bit But no No, he doesn t He just waxes philosophical about how zombies are people too The treating zombies with respect by not killing them unless you have to thing Ruined this book Basically the argument defending this school of thought goes a little like this Tom Imura Pretend you re at a loved one s funeral and suddenly someone you don t know shows up and like defecates on your loved one s corpse Wouldn t that anger you Wouldn t that be disrespectful to your loved one and everyone who ever cared about them Me HECK YEAH Let me at that disgusting jerk Tom Imura These zombies are other people s loved ones Me I totally agree So sad Go on Tom Imura Okay, so when you go around decapitating random zombies who are in no way bothering you you re pretty much doing the same thing as that filthy stranger that took a massive dump on your love one s corpse Me Tom Imura So basically you should just leave all those walking corpses you know, the ones that totally want to eat your face and make you a zombie alone Because if you don t that s the same is defecating on a dead body Or something Me laughing hysterically erwhat I fail to see the connection Your analogy is shoddy at best.Tom Imura No really, think about it Zombies have feelings too, as do their loved ones who may or may not be alive after the zombie apocalypse happens Just leave all those innocent flesh eating zombies alone, k Promise Unless, of course, a family member of a specific zombie hires you to hunt down said zombie for the sole purpose of decapitating them Me Uhhhhno If a zombie apocalypse happens I m going to decapitate EVERY ZOMBIE I SEE Wanna know why Because I m thoughtful See, if I m ever unfortunate enough to become a zombie I hope someone would be thoughtful enough to decapitate me and burn my remains to ash As far as I m concerned it would be incredibly disrespectful to do otherwise I certainly don t want to walk the earth for an indefinite amount of time, rotting away and eating other people What if I end up being one of those naked zombies No one wants to be a naked zombie I d rather be dead dead then be a naked zombie, or a zombie of any sort for that matter Also Zombies carry disease A freaking plague Why wouldn t I want to stop that from spreading I have zero desire to finish Rot Ruin despite the fact I ve got only 25 pages to go Like I said earlier, there is a laaaaaame teenage romance that pretty much hijacks the plot I probably would just bite the bullet and finish the book if I hadn t had to force myself to get this far So no, I can t do it Cap n.Jonathan Maberry is totally going be among the first to die when zombies attack Mark my words


  2. says:

    My little brother and I generally get along very well Except for an occasional intellectual disagreements on ethics, morality, religion or politics we re pretty close However, he can sometimes be a naive pain in the butt Until reading Rot Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, I assumed this was something that would have to be cured by time, experience, and several well timed and well placed blows to the head.However, parents and old siblings can now breath a sigh of relief because Jonathan Maberry My little brother and I generally get along very well Except for an occasional intellectual disagreements on ethics, morality, religion or politics we re pretty close However, he can sometimes be a naive pain in the butt Until reading Rot Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, I assumed this was something that would have to be cured by time, experience, and several well timed and well placed blows to the head.However, parents and old siblings can now breath a sigh of relief because Jonathan Maberry has devised the perfect solution to our problems with snot nosed, idiot teenagers In ten easy days your temperamental child can be transformed from shit head to SMART head That s right For only 49.99 plus postage and handling, to be paid in three easy installments you can have your very own zombie apocalypse Guaranteed to straighten out and rectify almost any maladjusted behavior in children excluding violence and extreme fear and turn them into useful members of society And if it doesn t work out the zombies clean up the mess FOR you and nobody needs to know CALL NOW for 250,000 extra zombies FREE for the price of 6,837,452,001 Rot Ruin is a great first installment in a zombie dystopian future about a boy named Benny and his older, exasperated brother Tom This book is well written Benny is a great character and his friends Chong, Morgie and Nix are good for a chuckle.Tom, his dashing, debonair brother is lovable and well, kind of hot really Trying to deal with Benny as a fifteen year old and regular pain in the ass and build some kind of relationship between the two of them, he drags Benny out of their safe town and into the Rot Ruin Benny s adventures there lead him to new insight into human nature and zombie nature When things turn bad for his girlcrush, Nix, Oh no Benny says, Don t tell people I have a crush on her It s embarrassing and I might get cooties Benny has some quick growing up to do.I really liked this story It was such a refreshing difference in both the genre and in terms of the books I ve been reading lately The big romance in this book is not really between Benny and Nix or Benny and Lilah It s a bromance between Benny and his brother Tom as they come together to heal their relationship and bring their small family back together.The story is packed with action, adventure, zombies, gore and violence That s why we read it, right But it s also filled with loving, tender moments between the two brothers as they learn and discover new things about each other Nix and Lilah, the two girls in this story, are kick arse and I give Maberry full credit and appreciation for developing two complex, intelligent and capable characters that totally own this book From Nix who is strong and thoughtful, resourceful and compassionate, to Lilah who is cold, intelligent, capable, resourceful and dangerous I want to seewomen like this in fiction.All up, this book is a fun, wonderful read I thoroughly enjoyed it and I can t wait to readfrom Jonathan Maberry Oh, and if you call now, I ll add in ANOTHER 250,000 zombies to that offer 555 ZOMBIE YEY 111 That s, 555 ZOMBIE YEY 111


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    You know when you see yourself in a picture and think, Ahhhhhhhh Is that me You just don t look right because you re used to seeing yourself from a different angle in the mirror That s how this entire book felt because I thought I was seeing it all wrong Something just seemed off Buton that later long drawn out dramatic pause Dun, dun, duuuuuuun.Beware Minor Spoilers are afoot and tagged That s if you can spoil something that s already Rot ten and Ruin ed to begin You know when you see yourself in a picture and think, Ahhhhhhhh Is that me You just don t look right because you re used to seeing yourself from a different angle in the mirror That s how this entire book felt because I thought I was seeing it all wrong Something just seemed off Buton that later long drawn out dramatic pause Dun, dun, duuuuuuun.Beware Minor Spoilers are afoot and tagged That s if you can spoil something that s already Rot ten and Ruin ed to begin with Haha Oh, and Major Ranting salute runs wild, crazy, and naked all over this review like a mad man on a football field.Let me start off by saying that this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year so perhaps I went in with much too high expectations I went into it expecting to LOVE it, but often found myself rolling my eyes at what felt like preaching and dumbing down to a younger audience.So, the first couple chapters of this book were the most tremendously creative and in depth look at what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse.Benny and Chong just turned 15, and it is time for them to start looking for their zombietown survival related jobs The jobs were highly original and realistic, well as realistic as you can get for a book about people with Mad Human Disease As far as this part of the book goes, I was as twitterpated as squirrel with a huge mug of coffee.Well, Benny ends up becoming a zom hunter Big surprise there, right Because a book entirely about a boy who makes his living bottling dead flesh scent for the hunters to use as zombie repellant would have been awesome Too bad Benny didn t go for that job It s also too bad they didn t have a factory for making this drink Right from the get go, the characters come alive Even the dead ones Har har But, I suppose that s the point of a zombie book, after all There are so many intriguing supporting roles in this story There s a big problem though they re stagnant characters They change by the end but only because we are told they ve changed, not shown I didn t feel it, and it didn t seem genuine They don t have much chemistry together, and the beginning is as good as it gets At first, I was excited about the characters, but very soon I became annoyed with them.Thing is we are introduced to two charming yet ignorant characters, who Benny sees as heroes You start out convinced to really like these guys and then it s all turned upside down when they become the center of a vast network of crime and villainy As unintelligent as they are, simpleton zom hunters Charlie and Hammer are, at first, hilarious side characters antagonists I found this part at the beginning with Charlie and Hammer very funnyYou boys have to be rich as Midas by now Midas asked Hammer Who s he I think he sold mufflers, offered Norbert, one of the traders who used ard horses to pull wagons of scavenged goods from town to town, and then bought a kingdom Yeah, said Charlie, nodding as if he knew that to be the truth King Midas Definitely from Detroit Made a fortune outta car parts and such Kinda funny, right Unfortunately, it s also the only funny part I actually remembered.Here I was, thinking these guys would be the Ari and Janco from Poison Study series of Rot and Ruin, but Noooo Soon after, we are supposed to hate them and want them dead as quickly as our protagonist does.Benny s older brother, Tom, is the zombie hunter who begins training him But for these guys, it isn t about the gore or adrenaline It s about closure People hire them to slay their zombified loves ones so they can rest in peace at last A good twist on the usual zombie slayage but I missed the massive mayhem usually associated with zombie books Plus, A LOT of the book was told after the fact with other people relating stories to Benny through dialogue Looooong stories.Within the stories told to Benny by his brother is another fascinating concept that I actually wish the story had been centered around There s a place called Gameland where mercenaries pit people versus zombies arena style, or have them compete in other horrific zombie themed games and mazes.The storytelling, namely how much telling , was really taking a toll on my psyche Tom would start an important story and ramble on about slightly related things and then say let s save the rest of the story for later or I m not sure I m ready to tell you that yet or maybe if I trusted youOh my God Shut up and talk The banter between the two was ridiculous, in a very very bad way that made me want to spank myself just so I could hit something This is an embellished version of a conversation between Benny and Tom Remember, Benny is the whiny younger brother And Tom is the self righteous zombie killer.Benny I effing hate zoms I want to kill them Tom But why do you want to kill them, little brother Benny Because they are EFFING zoms and I hate them Waaah Tom Okay kiddo, but WHY are they zombies Benny Because they EFFING died Gahhhh Tom And what, little man, were they before they died Benny They were people, you EFFING idiot Tom And knowing that they were once people do you still want to kill them, little brother Benny EFFING yes I do Ahhhhh Idiot Tom Are you sure about that, buddy Benny Yes I m EFFING sure Why are you all up on me like this Tom Don t you at least want to kill them nicely, little bro Benny EFF Yes As long as you will shut the EFF up Tom That s not very nice, Benny Don t you want to be nice Benny Why the EFF are you so EFFING mean to me Yeah, annoying isn t it Okay, so Benny never actually uses the eff word but that was just for dramatic effect.There are also alot of scenes involving main characters and chaos where all the characters can do is scream each others names They go a little something like this TOM Miscellaneous mercenary mayhem BENNY Zombie Mayhem NIX Mercenary and zombie mayhem TOM Mayhem BENNY Mayhem NIX You get the picture We don t really get any inner dialogue or see any foresight from them in these situations, whatsoever Yes, theres some bashing and slashing But way too much yelling out names.I think part of the problem is that my brain is descending into sexual tension oblivion Almost to the point that I just can t read something where there are no characters who have some sort of underlying physical chemistry together.This book was interesting, funny at times, and tried to be action filled but for at least the first half, pretty much ALL of the main characters were male With the exception of the one girl, who all Benny does is talk about how he doesn t look at her THAT way, while at the same time mentioning how tight her t shirt is Huh How does a teenage boy not look at a hot teenage girl who fills out her shirt in THAT kind of way Whatevs Oh, then after all the talk about him not liking her as anything but a friend for what seemed like 3 4 of the book, view spoiler by the end, they are making out No real build up, no tension Just kissing hide spoiler And every once in a while, the perspective would jump to a completely random character for like two paragraphs with unnecessary passages Why I don t understand.Among the stories told to Benny, most center around a mysterious kick ass character called the Lost Girl, whose heart pounding stories are all related to Benny in past tense and involving way to much hearsay It s like what the movie Kick Ass would have been if Hit Girl was just always talked about in passing by the characters and then didn t show up until like the last 15 minutes Who wants that There were countless incredible ideas in Rot and Ruin It just never seemed like we were getting the story from the right perspective I m not even sure that Benny was necessary to the story at all All the backstories would have been better experienced first hand I would have much rather have seen the story told from the perspective of the Lost Girl starting from the time she was two years old, view spoiler watching her mother die on First Night, up until she is taken captive by mercenaries planning to put her in the games at Gameland hide spoiler.There were a few really good quotes though, and this was one of my favoritePeople need something to blame If they can t find something rational to blame, then they ll very happily blame something irrational I also really like this oneThere are moments that define a person s whole life Moments in which everything they are and everything they may possibly become balance on a single decision Life and death, hope and despair, victory and failure teeter precariously on the decision made at that moment These are moments ungoverned by happenstance, untroubled by luck These are the moments in which a person earns the right to live, or not I m still rating higher because I liked the concept and loved the beginning But by the end, I hated the fact that I didn t love ANY of the main characters.I m really torn up over the fact that I didn t like thisBut not too torn up As far I can tell, all my limbs are still attached and my flesh isn t hanging off, so that s a good sign I haven t officially been a victim of zombism yet as far as this book is concerned The story itself just didn t grab me as much as I expected I was hoping for the Hunger Games of zombies and I think I gotof the Matched of zombies.So, after all this frustration, I really need something to cheer me up And all I found was this.Truthfully, I think that isunnerving than is it awesome and a lot like Rot and Ruin now that I think about it.Ahhhhh, much better Now I can rest easy knowing that if zombified felines exist, at least some of them are ADORABLE


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    Find all of my reviews atSave words like sorry Save for the dead Living don t need themSeriously Once I ran through the gamut of vampires and werewolves and angels oh my a few years ago, zombies were the next obvious choice I plowed through zombie horror stories, zombie romance stories, zom coms, you name it but somehow I managed to miss this one.When the Zombie Apocalypse finally takes place, I have a feeling we ll find this to be the most tr Find all of my reviews atSave words like sorry Save for the dead Living don t need themSeriously Once I ran through the gamut of vampires and werewolves and angels oh my a few years ago, zombies were the next obvious choice I plowed through zombie horror stories, zombie romance stories, zom coms, you name it but somehow I managed to miss this one.When the Zombie Apocalypse finally takes place, I have a feeling we ll find this to be the most true to how we all will live 1 In all actuality no one will probably ever figure out exactly what caused the zombie uprising to begin with All we will know is one night the world went to shit and everything changed I think that it doesn t matter one little bit It happened The dead rose, we fell We lost the war and we lost the world End of story How it happened doesn t matter much to anyone any We re living next door to the apocalypse, kid2 The Rot and Ruin is the best description of what a zombie world will be And the Ruin is going to be the equivalent of Vegas There s no law past the fence line What s done in the Ruin, stays in the Ruin3 The Ruin will be hazardous for your health Not only will it be riddled with undead, but it will be completely overgrown and extremely difficult to navigate4 Zombies will outnumber humans by A LOT and good ol Murica will probably jump the gun and do something stupid like drop nukes on cities which will create even MORE zombies, forcing the majority of the population to live in fear and behind fences in order to keep us safe from the hoard 5 We will discover most of what we think we know about zombies is not really true And that myth about the zombies being afraid of fire That s stupid They can t think or feel They re not afraid of anything6 And finally we will eventually come to realize that although zombies are extremely interested in nom nomming on the living, they used to be our family members or friends so we will be faced with the moral dilemma of whether or not to treat them humanelyI loved this book For a second I had doubts and thought it was going to go down the slippery slope to Shitville with an instalove story, but it quickly redeemed itself and remained great I loved this so much it s getting shelved as YA for Grown Ups because I think some of the nuances of the plot wouldn t be fully appreciated by the younger set a k a my own kid Most surprising of all, I loved this one so much I want to read the second book in the series and I NEVER want to read the second book in the series Hey, I gotta find out what really goes down in Gameland, right


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    I am I so am BRING ITI m just kidding When there is a zombie apocalypse no, not if , I m about 98% sure I would not survive I would be like those chicks in horror movies who get killed off in the opening credits But there is the 2% I do survive initially, and then after that, I have a plan I am skilled in no way shape or form I hate the wilderness and physical activity I am not a quick thinker and I panic under pressure So basically, I am screwed unless I find Tom Imura Tom Imura was I am I so am BRING ITI m just kidding When there is a zombie apocalypse no, not if , I m about 98% sure I would not survive I would be like those chicks in horror movies who get killed off in the opening credits But there is the 2% I do survive initially, and then after that, I have a plan I am skilled in no way shape or form I hate the wilderness and physical activity I am not a quick thinker and I panic under pressure So basically, I am screwed unless I find Tom Imura Tom Imura was one of the main reasons I enjoyed this book He is basically a calm, sexy zombie slaying Samurai My plan is to marry him I know, I know How Mary Suish of me Well STFU, in retrospect this is for the good of America This way we can have lots of half Japanese zombie killing offspring, and God knows the world needsof those Benny, the MC, is not as good as Tom He is like a non sexy, less Asian bratty version of him In the beginning of the novel, he was close to insufferable and I wanted to stab him with a katana This book taught me Japanese Think of him as Harry Potter a la Book 5 But he did show growth and development and yada yada yada and by the end of the book he actually resembled a likable human being But still not as awesome as Tom I liked this book, but it was nothing close to fantastic for me Despite the heavy themes, I was never emotionally invested in it I disliked the writing, and even though the characters are developed, I never felt an attachment to them This is entirely personal, however, and thats why I won t make too big of a stink about it It was a good zombie book Not all about the braaaaaiiiiinzzzz Zombies are people too Albeit, dead ones But still.It s best to be prepared


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    LONG STRING OF EXPLETIVES God damn, I d written like half this review and then I accidentally pressed backspace and went back a page, and lost EVERYTHING I D WRITTEN ARRRRGGHGHGHGHGHHDKH ASKDG ALSDJJLK You get the idea I m pretty flipping angry right now GARRR Well, I will try to recreate what I d written And this time I will select and copy everything I have repeatedly Probably after every single word SO I tremendously enjoyed this book It s probably the best zombie book I ve read LONG STRING OF EXPLETIVES God damn, I d written like half this review and then I accidentally pressed backspace and went back a page, and lost EVERYTHING I D WRITTEN ARRRRGGHGHGHGHGHHDKH ASKDG ALSDJJLK You get the idea I m pretty flipping angry right now GARRR Well, I will try to recreate what I d written And this time I will select and copy everything I have repeatedly Probably after every single word SO I tremendously enjoyed this book It s probably the best zombie book I ve read since The Reapers Are the Angels and that book is pretty dang awesome To summarize a bit Benny Imura lives in the future, zombie infested America Kids are required to get jobs by the time they turn fifteen, or their rations will be reduced When he discovers he isn t good at any of the jobs he tries, Benny realizes he ll have to apprentice to become a zombie hunter, with his older brother Tom The problem is, Benny blames Tom for abandoning their parents thus causing their deaths on the First Night of the infestation So, there s quite a lot of tension going on between the two brothers But once Benny and Tom set out into the Rot Ruin, where all the zombies dwell, Benny starts to realize that there are bigger problems than just the walking dead There are also dangerous bounty hunters everywhere some of whom are worse than the zombies themselves And then there is the mystery of the Lost Girl, a zombie hunter who has been killing zombies and humans alike Now, to break this down into categories Setting The story has a distinct, gritty atmosphere and a lot of interesting details I like the idea of the bounty hunters, the zombie cards, Gameland which I hope there s a lotof in the next book , etc I ve read a bunch of zombie books, but this one stood out as truly unique with its original details.Characters At first, I disliked Benny But looking back on the book as a whole, that was probably the point He starts off as your average teenage boy impatient and irrational, thinking that hunting zombies would be a piece of cake But he learns a lot from Tom and from his experiences on his voyage, and emerges a muchmature and likable character He s still not my favorite protagonist of all time, but I still liked him in the end.Then, there s Tom Tom. TOMMMM.Well, if you can t tell I liked Tom quite a lot In fact, pretty much every time he did or said anything I was just like I mean, first of all, he is a total badass with his swords and his general hotness and whatnot Also, I tend to have a thing for Asian guys I don t know why I just do But, Tom isthan that He s also a very deep and insightful character He s the one who teaches Benny to not see the zoms as simply monsters but as people who just met an unfortunate fate I mean, who would have thought I would actually feel really bad for zombies I think this is the first book that ever made me feel that way and that was mostly thanks to Tom So, thanks Tom You re the bomb HEY THAT RHYMES view spoiler Also, when he supposedly died I just wouldn t let myself believe it First of all, I tend to not believe a character is really dead unless, like, his her dead body is right there out in the open for everyone to see Secondly, Tom is just so awesome that I refused to believe it was true So, when he came back again and he was alive I was all like Seriously, I was just sitting there banging my face against the book and saying YES YES YES And my sisters were like, Brigid, are you okay So yeah I think you can see I am very fond of Tom hide spoiler Lilah was also a super awesome character And well, I won t give too much away about her But she is also a badass, and with a really dark and unforgettable backstory I m not sure if Benny really likes her or not but TEAM LILAHHHH Speaking of love interests Nix Okay Out of the major characters, Nix was the one I had the most issues with not as a person, because she seemed like a decent person I just felt like, I wasn t really sold on her and Benny as a couple I feel like, in the beginning of the story, she was presented to the reader as That Girl Benny Likes And even that was mostly just because Benny s friends kept being like OOOH BENNY DO YOU LIKE NIX I m not really sure why, but I just didn t feel that connected to her as a character, and I thought the romance between her and Benny felt a little forced I could see how she might grow on me, because she definitely has some badassery in her, but right now I m just like ehhhh I mean, I felt like Lilah haddepth to her character than Nix did, before Lilah even showed up like, just from people talking about her So hmm I guess we ll see how Nix develops in the next books But anyway, there were some good minor characters as well Benny and Nix had several other friends who provided some comic relief and fun dialogue and whatnot like Chong and Morgie These friends didn t have a tremendous amount of depth, but at least they were likable and seemed like realistic teenagers.THE EMOTIONS Yeah, I just wasn t really sure how to describe this category Just this book gave me a lot of feelings It was terrifying and heart pounding in some parts, and very touching in others As I was saying before, I actually felt bad for the zombies although that didn t mean that I wasn t still afraid of them So, I could simultaneously fear them and sympathize with them WUUUT.But anyway, the relationship between Tom and Benny was definitely the most emotional What can I say I just love a good sibling relationship And it developed so well over the course of the story It was fantastic how they started out so distant from each other, and at the end were really close.And just, man DAT ENDING view spoiler When they had to free their parents GAHHH Just, so genius I kind of saw it coming, but still It was pretty heart wrenching But it was also just the perfect way to end the book, I thought And it really showed how their relationship had come full circle hide spoiler So, I can t really think of anything else to say I thought this book was wonderful It was exciting and thought provoking and just yeah I am impatiently waiting for the sequel to come to the library for me so I can continue with this story


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    I have been on a zombie reading frenzy lately I see a zombie book and I must read it, I can t help myself And the books are coming fast and furious, especially in the YA area Some are good, some are awful, and some are outstanding Jonathan Maberry s Rot and Ruin falls somewhere just shy of outstanding It reeks of EPIC WIN So yeah, I love this book and before I go all fangirl over Tom Imura and squee my head off let me highlight why you should start this series 1 It is very well written I have been on a zombie reading frenzy lately I see a zombie book and I must read it, I can t help myself And the books are coming fast and furious, especially in the YA area Some are good, some are awful, and some are outstanding Jonathan Maberry s Rot and Ruin falls somewhere just shy of outstanding It reeks of EPIC WIN So yeah, I love this book and before I go all fangirl over Tom Imura and squee my head off let me highlight why you should start this series 1 It is very well written that s not always a given, even from talented authors see my review of David Moody s Autumn The City Moody is the man, but even he can write a zombie novel that sucks Maberry has already established his reputation in the horror genre his Ghost Road Blues snagged him a Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel This is his YA debut and I m impressed to say the least 2 It is a highly charged, emotional story where some heavy shit goes down and you really fucking care who it s happening to This comes back to the all important character development I don t scare if I don t care, and I cared plenty here even about the zombies Through the eyes of 15 yr old Benny Imura, we come to understand that zombies are not just mindless monsters out to gouge and consume humans We see the tragedy of what they ve become Benny s older brother Tom forces him to confront who they used to be Look at that woman She was, what Eighteen years old when she died Might have been pretty Those rags she s wearing might have been a waitress s uniform once.She had people at home who loved her.People who worried when she was late getting home So the zombies are not just plot devices or mere window dressing here they serve a real purpose and are an important part of the story 3 It s a fascinating examination of what fear does to people Just imagine a world that survives an actual zombie apocalypse As groups of survivors ban together in fenced enclaves to try and eke out a semi normal existence, who will these people become How will they interact with each other, with the world that s left to them I know it s a personal bias of mine, but I figure a zombie novel hasn t done its job if it doesn t convincingly show that humans can be the real monsters Maberry hits that out of the park and I want to smooch him for it They held each other and wept as the night closed its fist around their tiny shelter, and the world below them seethed with killers both living and dead 4 Tom Imura squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee It s been a long time since I ve been this excited over a character from a book and reading as much YA as I do, most male protagonists are still battling hormones and attitude But not Tom Tom is in his 30s He is a survivor He is a specialist He has been forged in battle and now is as strong and unbending as his katana no, not that the Japanese long sword he uses In a world that s been plunged into Hell and lived to tell about it Tom has retained his humanity He is deep and soulful and will kick your ass in 2 seconds flat He s a mix of Master Li Mu Bai from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Morpheus from The Matrix, and my beloved Dean Winchester from Supernatural How could a girl NOT fall in love I was going to put my sober, hyper critical hat on and give this four stars, but piss on that For all the reasons described above and , I m happy to give this book five, fat fearsome stars


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    Long overdue for this zombie fan, I am finally finally reading this series As you can guess I ve been hearing a lot about this award winning author, Jonathan Maberry, and although I m only on book 2 at the moment, I can already see why it garnered so much popularity and book 2 is even better so far This novel is set years after the zombies came, so it s not your run of the mill survival of the fittest story happening in the midst of an apocalypse, this one is about what happens after th Long overdue for this zombie fan, I am finally finally reading this series As you can guess I ve been hearing a lot about this award winning author, Jonathan Maberry, and although I m only on book 2 at the moment, I can already see why it garnered so much popularity and book 2 is even better so far This novel is set years after the zombies came, so it s not your run of the mill survival of the fittest story happening in the midst of an apocalypse, this one is about what happens after that After society has somewhat survived After people have been forced to learn to live with unrelenting fear After everyone in power is out there shambling away, leaving control to whoever takes it This is the post apocalypse, ladies and gentlemen, it s violent, it s merciless, and the only way to fight for what s right is to go and do it yourself This is basically the gist of what this series is about With that said, don t expect constant flesh eating action We re after something that is muchcruel than zombies the latter havingor less settled down on a now barely inhabited earth They remain a constant threat for sure, and the fear is looming in the background at all times, but it s not a continuous bloodbath like your average zombie horror flick Although we do get some intensely kick ass zombie scenes that will get your adrenaline pumping once or twice Learning about these zombies, the world building as a whole, kept me engrossed as much as any action sequence I loved all the theories behind the zombies themselves which, if explored further, has the potential to become very interesting Plus the details we do have so far how they act, what they can can t do how sometimes they do turn doorknobs, etc are so well thought up Very realistic very eerie The main character, Benny, I admit, was not my favorite at the beginning He came off as an annoying brat, and oblivious one time too many, but when he goes off into the Rot and Ruin with his brother aka in the real world he grows up fast We see this teenage boy learn the horrors that lay beyond the fence, and, in turn, the change in behavior this elicits It s impressive character growth In the end he s still a teenager at heart and with harsh cracks in his soul, but he s a brave young man that I came to admire As for Tom, he s the bigger, stronger,intelligent big brother who plays a big role in this story What I loved the most about him was how much of a survivor he was, while keeping his moral values in check not always easy in this world Plus he never gives up on his little brother regardless of Benny s grudge against him There is one other character who comes into play who fascinated me from the start I m very curious to see where this character will lead us Just the oddity of their mental social development in itself is especially intriguing One thing I didn t feel in this book was the romance Benny kept saying that he didn t feel that way about Nix, then a romance sprouts out of nowhere between them, lacking both buildup and emotional connection You can t even blame it on a bond built from surviving together through extreme life and death situations because they re apart most of the book, until they re suddenly making out I just didn t understand where it came from I can already say that Rot and Ruin is only just the beginning of what promises to be an excellent, hectic series Like all great zombie stories, it a very character oriented, well built world filled with villains who are even worse than the flesh eating monsters who started it all Forof my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads


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    WOW Talk about an excellent readIt only took the first two or three chapters to find me deeply immersed in this novel The story surrounds Benny, a fifteen year old, growing up in a zombie infested world and is basically his coming of age story. I couldn t help but become attached to the characters in this book Benny and his brother Tom, Benny s girlfriend but not the girlfriend, Nix There is her competition, the Wild Girl Finally, there are Benny s heroes Charlie Pink eye and the Hamme


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    I know, zombies, right So passe, so early century, so urban fiction so yawn for so many people The genre is erroneously underrated the best zombie and apocalypse fiction is about wrestling with humanity, ethics and survival, with some hair raising action to leaven the philosophy At worst, they re Cracker Jacks, caramel popcorn fun with a prize at the end I love me some apocalypse fiction, and when Trudi recommended this series, I knew I had to give it a go.It opens in a small town of 28 th I know, zombies, right So passe, so early century, so urban fiction so yawn for so many people The genre is erroneously underrated the best zombie and apocalypse fiction is about wrestling with humanity, ethics and survival, with some hair raising action to leaven the philosophy At worst, they re Cracker Jacks, caramel popcorn fun with a prize at the end I love me some apocalypse fiction, and when Trudi recommended this series, I knew I had to give it a go.It opens in a small town of 28 thousand, with fifteen year old Benny and his best friend Lou Chong forced to look for jobs, the bane of countless teenagers during countless summers Only, if they don t find a job, food rations will be decreased by half, and we all know how teens like to eat Benny lives with his half brother Tom in a gated community, only this particularly community is gated to keep the zombies out Benny has been carrying a grudge against Tom since the day of the Fall, fourteen years ago He has a memory of Tom carrying him, racing away from the arms of his mom and leaving her to their father, who was already a zombie Since then, Tom has spent years raising and protecting him, now working as a zombie quieter Benny truly doesn t understand his brother s expertise and philosophy, instead admiring the town bounty hunter thugs who brag about number of kills and scavenged riches To absolutely no one s surprise, Benny fails as all the jobs he tries and resigns himself to apprenticing with Tom Tom takes him outside the fence, and Benny finds many of his beliefs and emotions challenged They return to town,stuff happens, and Benny has to do some fast growing up as they race against time to save The expositional process of going through different jobs is a novel and clever one, introducing the reader to various roles and norms within the community The locksmiths repair locks so people can be locked in at night in case they die of natural causes , and erosion artists act like police sketch artists for those missing family and friends There isn t too much that is unique in the town setting or in society s reaction to the Fall, except for a religious faction that blames the zombies on technology Religion plays another role outside the fence when Benny meets the zombie sympathizers Mentality and technology have an 1800s Western feel, with bounty hunters and traders being the few willing to set foot outside of town.I lacked patience for early Benny he s such a teenager, but of course, that s so he can grow exponentially by the book s finish Characterization was done well developed so that we had a feel for their complexities and motivations Teenage dialogue, slacking and angst was believable Zombies were standard for the genre Writing was competent, with enough variety in structure and word choice to remain interesting, even if it didn t lead me to marvel over its beauty There s a twisty ending, one part that we could see coming, another twist we couldn t, and it lends an emotional gravity to the book.Three and a half stars on the GR scale of enjoyment, rounding up because 1 I feel like it, and 2 I recognize my enjoyment in the first part was slightly compromised by the idiot naive teen angle that left me wanting to slap Benny But that s me and teenagers, and probably a mark of how well Maberry creates characters

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