Saturday, January 22, 2011

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry review

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.

Growing up in the Zombie Apocalypse was never made more alive than in Maberry's Rot and Ruin. Benny and Tom Imura lead a devastating, horrible life among the survivors of First Night. Living in the town of Mountainside is like living inside of a box. A fence separates the survivors from the "zoms" out in the Rot and Ruin. The story follows young Benny as he struggles in a sort of coming of age story mixed with the most frightful monster: zombies.

If the cover art isn't creepy enough for you, just start reading this tantalizing tale. It grabs your attention and pulls you in for a roller coaster ride of emotional let downs and heartbreaking moments. Although this might sound depressing, the life of the Imura brother's is one that you will never want to leave. 

The world that Maberry created is magnificent. There is always an underlining terror mixed in with a hope that only lies with the younger generation of survivors of First Night. Not only did Maberry create a fright-filled town of Mountainside, but he also created the land of the Zombie Apocalypse: the Rot and Ruin. No matter where Benny and Tom where I was kept on the edge of my seat while reading.

I almost had a heart attack as I worked my way through the middle part of this book. I won't give away anything that happens, but I must admit that I thought Maberry had let me down. I was wrong of course, but the suspense Maberry creates is enough to make me bite my nails.

The ending was a tear-jerker. It wasn't what I expected and that is one thing I love about Maberry's writing. When I finished the epilogue I wished that I had my hands on Dust & Decay (set to be released on August 30, 2011)

I must admit his book was a hard one to put down. Life with the Imura brothers is something that I am going to be looking forward in the fall.


Book Stats:

Genre: Young Adult
Hardback: 458 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Language: English
ISBN: 1442402326


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