Rot & Ruin
by Jonathan Maberry
Series: Benny Imura #1
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: December 15, 2010
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian
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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.
I grabbed the Tales of Rot & Ruin Collection
some awesome reviews from Christy@ Love of Books
and after a little arm twisting from
her. I am pleased to tell you that we are still friends. In his first book Rot & Ruin
, Maberry led me on an epic tale in a
post-apocalyptic America, filled with zombies and loveable characters. It left me
anxious to read the next book in this series.
The tale takes place about fifteen years after “First Night”
(the night most of world turned into zombies). We meet Benny Imura who lost
both of his parents that night and lives with his brother Tom, a zombie hunter.
Benny is about to turn fifteen and must find a job or his rations will be cut
in half. His brother has offered to take him into the family business, but
Benny has some unresolved issues regarding his brother. After attempting a series of jobs he finds
himself as an apprentice to his brother! The tale that unfolds takes Benny
on a journey of self discovery. The tale
was action packed, at times hilarious and I found myself completely spellbound.
I loved the characters Maberry has created. Benny is inquisitive,
stubborn and brave. The growth of Benny was delightful to watch. He finds
himself and gains an understanding of human nature and zombies. Tom his older
brother is a zombie hunter and in a word- HOT. He is like a ninja, calm, even
tempered and a lethal weapon. I loved
how he allowed Benny to figure things out while carefully parenting. He showed
Benny how to be a man, and so often people tell instead of showing and I found
this refreshing. Benny’s friends Chong, Morgie and Nix were cute, funny and
added to the tale. Nix has a crush on Benny and he feels the same, but cannot
reciprocate because of “guy code”. Lilah
was fascinating, brave and totally kick-ass. Of course there were some totally badass villains for me to loathe and plenty of zombies out looking for a late
The world-building was unique and the tale was refreshingly original. While we learned a lot about “First Night”, the town Benny lives in
and the Ruins, we didn't really learn how the zombies came to be. Maberry did
give us a close look at the town, its operations and details about zombies
themselves. His take on them was fascinating. I also liked the different
outposts in the Ruins and learning how people adapted. The whole thing made me
question myself and what I would do. The tale is very character driven and at its
heart it’s a coming of age tale. There is some romance and it was cute and
sweet. I am looking forward to seeing how it develops. The tale flows well and I was captivated, but
if you are looking for non-stop action, you may be disappointed. I will tell
you that the action scenes were epic and had me turning the pages at lightning
speed. The tale had some closure and it sets us up nicely for the next book.
I highly recommend Rot & Ruin to fans of post-apocalyptic
dystopians and character driven novels. Zombies lovers will gain a whole new perspective
on their fleshy friends. The next book
Dust & Decay begins six months after Rot & Ruin ended and I hope to
bring you that review in November.
I gave this novel 4.5 coffee cups out of 5
I enjoyed Rot & Ruin and want to share,
so I am giving one follower a paperback copy from Book Depository.
(open internationally as long as they ship to you)
Labels: Benny Imura series, dystopian, Jonathan Maberry, post-apocalyptic, Simon and Schuster, YA, zombies