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Rot & Ruin

by Jonathan Maberry

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | May 3, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Rot & Ruin is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 480 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.3 in

Published: May 3, 2011

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442402334

ISBN - 13: 9781442402331

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the real Hunger Games! Move over Katniss and Tris, there's a new hero in town and it's Tom Imura - along with his brother Benny. It’s been 14 years since the grey plague hit and the world has decayed into a dusty ruin sprinkled with pockets of civilization and the not so civilized. Millions of zombies wander the land and staying safe from the dead and the living is an everyday battle. This zombie trilogy is amazing. Fast-paced, lots of action and great characters. You’ll find this series in the teen section but like Twilight , Harry Potter and Hunger Games this is great fun for adults too! Check out “Dust and Decay” and “Flesh and Bone”.
Date published: 2014-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was hoping for better... It wasn't as good as I thought and i was hoping for better. Good plot and message but it was kinda boring. The characters were amazing and I thought they were really thought out and they were really full of heart.
Date published: 2013-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I read this book in one sitting. That wasn't my intention but I just could not put it down! Well written, fun to read and a little freaky too. The characters were great, realistically written and you really get invested in them. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in apocalypse type boosk or even dystopian novels. This is different from books like The Hunger Games and Divergent because it takes place only 15 years later. Many other dystopian books take place in almost a completely different world with very few things being recognizable. Great book and a great recommendation from goodreads.com.
Date published: 2012-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best 'zom' books out there! I enjoyed reading this novel through and through. Sure, Benny Imura is rather hard to deal with in the first part of this book. His attitude is something close to a lazy brat who doesn’t enjoy any of the jobs he gets. Even when he becomes Tom’s apprentice, his attitude still doesn’t let up. Yet that’s the best part of Benny’s character, because it develops in a big way throughout this book. He goes from immature, to mature as the novel progresses. I enjoy reading Benny’s friendships with Chong and Nix. Especially with Chong. They both make a perfect friendship and that’s where some of the humor comes from. Character development in this book is wonderful and well done with all of the main characters. Of all the characters, Benny’s attitude wasn’t so great but it improved as the book went along. I found it hard to like Nix. She just wasn’t that great in my opinion. (Lilah on the other hand, ended up becoming one of my favorite characters, second to Tom). The plot of this book was also good. The action was great and everything you could want in a zombie plot. Yet besides zombies, there’s also the threat of not so nice humans out there and this is what I liked the most about the book. It’s not all just pure killing zombies, but also what humanity does in horrible situations and what some very horrible people are quite capable of doing. This was well done, as like Benny, we’re assuming this is all going to be about zombie killing. Tom shows Benny and the reader what’s it really like, getting rid of these ‘zoms’. Zombie fans rejoice, this is one of the better books out there regarding the subject. It’s catered to a younger audience but readers of all ages should enjoy this one as much as I did. Most definitely recommended!
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry -- After the First Night, everybody and everything was different. The lucky had survived, and most of them lived within small fenced towns like Mountainside – terrified of the millions of zoms that waited outside the iron gates. Living only with his older brother Tom, Benny joins the family business as a last resort for a job. Little did he know that it would change him forever. When his childhood friend Nix is kidnapped by one of the worst bounty hunters around, Benny finds himself on a long journey to find her, as well as a mysterious Lost Girl that will take him far beyond the fence, and far into the great Rot and Ruin. -- For a zombie novel, this book was pretty damn good. I really enjoyed reading it, and I thought that the writing was unique and appealing to me. A lot of the writing touches on the way people think, and how they thought and acted after the First Night of the zombie apocalypse. How the characters talked about the behaviour of other people in the book, I thought all of that was very well written and interesting to read – party because it was all logical and made perfect sense. The one thing that I didn’t like was Benny at the beginning of the book. I know that Maberry was trying to portray him as an immature, naive boy… but when I read it, it seemed to me like he was younger than 15. When I read it, even after I learned his age… I still pictured him as a 12 year old. Even the most immature people at age 15 aren’t as bad as he was. I understand the special exception rule, but it still kind of bothered me if you know what I mean, I don’t think there is much else to say, and I still thought the story was really great for zombies. Maberry added a lot of other elements that made the plot interesting, which is what other books sometimes fail to do. I give it a 4 out of 5. It seems to me like this needs a sequel, there is so much more that can be done! They need to go east and find out where the Jumbo Jet they saw came from. Anyway, check out his blog http://jonathanmaberry.com/ Later Cheese Graters, MRR
Date published: 2010-12-26

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Rot & Ruin

by Jonathan Maberry

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 480 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.3 in

Published: May 3, 2011

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442402334

ISBN - 13: 9781442402331

About the Book

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.

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1 BENNY IMURA COULDN’T HOLD A JOB, SO HE TOOK TO KILLING. It was the family business. He barely liked his family—and by family he meant his older brother, Tom—and he definitely didn’t like the idea of “business.” Or work. The only part of the deal that sounded like it might be fun was the actual killing. He’d never done it before. Sure, he’d gone through a hundred simulations in gym class and in the Scouts, but they never let kids do any real killing. Not before they hit fifteen. “Why not?” he asked his Scoutmaster, a fat guy named Feeney who used to be a TV weatherman back in the day. Benny was eleven at the time and obsessed with zombie hunting. “How come you don’t let us whack some real zoms?” “Because killing’s the sort of thing you should learn from your folks,” said Feeney. “I don’t have any folks,” Benny countered. “My mom and dad died on First Night.” “Ouch. Sorry, Benny—I forgot. Point is, you got family of some kind, right?” “I guess. I got ‘I’m Mr. Freaking Perfect Tom Imura’ for a brother, and I don’t want to learn anything from him.” Feeney had stared at him. “Wow. I didn’t know you were related to him. He’s your brother, huh? Well, there’s your answer, kid. Nobody better to teach you the art of killing than a professional killer like Tom Imura.” Feeney pau
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Jonathan Maberry was born on May 18, 1958. His early books dealt mainly with martial arts and self defense. He then wrote a number of books on the folklore and beliefs of the occult and paranormal including Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us and Hunger for Us, Zombie CSU, and They Bite. His first novel, Ghost Road Blues, won the 2007 Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. His other works include The Pine Deep Trilogy, the Joe Ledger series, and the Rot and Ruin series. He is also a freelance comic book writer.

Editorial Reviews

"An action-packed, thought-provoking look at life—and death—as readers determine the true enemy."--Kirkus Reviews

Appropriate for ages: 12

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