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Dust & Decay

by Jonathan Maberry

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | September 11, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Dust & Decay is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
“The zombie attacks are bigger, better—and gorier—in this nearly non-stop action sequel to Rot & Ruin” (Kirkus Reviews). Winner of the Bram Stoker Award.

Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also been six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, after months of rigorous training with Benny’s zombie-hunter brother Tom, Benny and Nix are ready to leave their home forever and search for a better future. Lilah the Lost Girl and Benny’s best friend Lou Chong are going with them.
     But before they even leave there is a shocking zombie attack in town, and as soon as they step into the Rot & Ruin they are pursued by the living dead, wild animals, insane murderers, and the horrors of Gameland—where teenagers are forced to fight for their lives in the zombie pits. Worst of all…could the evil Charlie Pink-eye still be alive?
     In the great Rot & Ruin, everything wants to kill you. And not everyone in Benny’s small band of travelers will survive….

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: September 11, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442402369

ISBN - 13: 9781442402362

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looks like it's going to be a great series **Caution: Spoilers! Read at your risk!** Loved Rot and Ruin. This book was also ten times better than Rot and Ruin. Everything just got better when I read this book. The characters got better (except Nix, for some reason I just can?t get myself to like her). There were moments of close calls for these characters and some nail biting moments. I absolutely loved the introduction of the different hunters (the Surfers were awesome! and Sally Two Knives!). The humor is back again in this book, I loved the banter between Benny and Chong. I also loved the banter between Lilah and Chong. I?m so happy they eventually became a couple. It?s an odd couple nevertheless, but given the circumstances of what?s happening around them, it goes hand in hand. The writing style and character development is excellent. There?s a handful of characters to keep track of but the main core would be Benny and his friends. Benny?s group including himself develop, and you see them grow up mentally. After what Nix experiences, she?s matured but through no choice of her own. However whenever you do read the banter between the friends, they act just like kids do and in a sense, it?s comforting because they can still act like their age despite what?s going on around them. The plot itself was excellent, and keep in mind it follows right after the events of Rot and Ruin, so it?s best if you read in order. The final third of the book is filled with action and an epic fighting scene. Unfortunately some characters do have to leave. I didn?t want this particular one to go and was absolutely blindsided with this turn of events. I was so attached to this particular character, I have to admit, I cried. This shows though, that Maberry?s writing and characters are very well done, because we get attached to them emotionally and we cheer them on. Definitely a good follow up to Rot and Ruin, and it looks like it?s a great series so far. An absolute must read for zombie YA readers.
Date published: 2014-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down Wow, what a book! I could barely put this down, it is so intense and action packed. This is the second installment of the Benny Imura series, the first being Rot & Ruin. These are young adult thriller zombie books with a decidedly human twist. Dust & Decay sees Benny Imura, his brother Tom, and their friends Nix, Chong and Lilah sevens month after destroying Gameland. They have trained and are leaving the safety of town to go after the airplane they saw fly past, and to go after a different life. This book really drew me in, right from the first lines, and each chapter had me wanting to read the next one. Maberry's writing is often fast and abrupt, which adds to the pace of the book. I loved how the humour, tension, action and horror mixed with the human story and how invested we become in the characters. There were also some great twists and turns. I don't want to give anything away, but I even shed a few tears at the end, I was so wrapped up in the story. The addition of a page from Nix's journal here and there was a good one as it answered a lot of the questions about the back story and asked a lot of the same questions I had about the zombies and the Rot & Ruin. I enjoyed how the characters developed in this story, particularly Benny and Chong. Benny has really matured. I loved his ambivalence about going out into the Rot & Ruin as this seemed authentic and human. It would be difficult for most people to leave the world they know and its safety for the danger and uncertainty of a new life, especially a dangerous one. However, he has made his decision, and once he is out in the Rot & Ruin, his training and level headedness shows. Chong was also great and showed real growth. He seems authentic in his desire to go out into the Rot & Ruin, to have the adventure, but only for one day. He doesn't take the situation completely seriously, just a I could see many teens doing. The consequences of his actions put him in a position to show what he is really made of and examine himself, which he does. It is sad to see him lose his last shred of innocence, especially because I felt for him. There are also great female characters in this book in Nix and Lilah. They are strong and can fend for themselves, something missing in many books where the girls have to be saved all of the time or are only accidentally strong. Nix is smart and hurting from the events of the first book, but she can certainly hold her own. Lilah is all brawn and "street smart" but learns more about her human side as the book goes on. What I especially love about this series is how Maberry explores what it means to be human. Dust & Decay explores various themes along these lines: what it is to really live - is it OK to bury your head in the sand and exist and be safe, or is it better to take risks and be free and live?; the nature of evil - how intention and free will is needed to be evil; and how people act without laws - will evil and fear dominate with lawlessness, do we need a moral compass to tell us how to behave? Something I haven't mentioned yet are the zombies. Yes, this is definitely a zombie book and there are lots of zombies and graphically violent scenes. There is also an underlying level of violence to the whole book, between the zombies and the bounty hunters. I am not normally one for violent books, but the scenes do fit the story and do not seem out of place or gratuitous. I loved this book and would easily recommend it to those who like zombie or action and adventure books or are OK with violent scenes. There are great male and female characters in this book, which should appeal to both boys and girls. I can see the length being initially off putting for some kids, but if they can get into it, the fast pace should carry them along. My own son who is 12 loved Rot & Ruin and has made me promise to buy him a print copy of Dust & Decay when it comes out at the end of August. Personally, I can't wait to see what is next for Benny and his friends in the next book.
Date published: 2011-08-30

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Dust & Decay

by Jonathan Maberry

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: September 11, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442402369

ISBN - 13: 9781442402362

About the Book

Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It's also been six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, Benny and Nix are searching for a better future.

Read from the Book

1 BENNY IMURA WAS APPALLED TOLEARN THAT THE APOCALYPSE CAME with homework. “Why do we have to study this stuff?” he demanded. “We already know what happened. People started turning into zoms, the zoms ate just about everyone, everyone who dies becomes a zom, so the moral of this tale is: Try not to die.” Across the kitchen table, his brother, Tom, stared at him with narrowed eyes. “Are you deliberately trying to be an idiot, or is it a natural gift?” “I’m serious. We know what happened.” “Really? Then how come you spent most of last summer complaining that no one my age tells anyone your age the truth about the living dead?” “Telling us is one thing. Essays and pop quizzes are a whole different thing.” “Because heaven forbid you should have to remember anything we told you.” Benny raised his eyebrows mysteriously and tapped his temple. “I have it all right here in the vast storehouse of knowledge that is me.” “Okay, boy genius, then what started the plague?” “Easy one,” Benny said. “Nobody knows.” “What are the leading theories?” Benny jabbed his fork into a big piece of buttered yam, shoved it into his mouth, and chewed noisily as he spoke. It was a move calculated to annoy Tom in three separate ways. Tom hated when he spoke with his mouth full. He hated it when Benny chewed with his mouth open. And it would muffle most of what he said, which meant that Tom had to pay even more attention to the yam-packed mouth from which the muffled words came. “Radiation, virus, biowe
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From the Publisher

“The zombie attacks are bigger, better—and gorier—in this nearly non-stop action sequel to Rot & Ruin” (Kirkus Reviews). Winner of the Bram Stoker Award.

Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also been six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, after months of rigorous training with Benny’s zombie-hunter brother Tom, Benny and Nix are ready to leave their home forever and search for a better future. Lilah the Lost Girl and Benny’s best friend Lou Chong are going with them.
     But before they even leave there is a shocking zombie attack in town, and as soon as they step into the Rot & Ruin they are pursued by the living dead, wild animals, insane murderers, and the horrors of Gameland—where teenagers are forced to fight for their lives in the zombie pits. Worst of all…could the evil Charlie Pink-eye still be alive?
     In the great Rot & Ruin, everything wants to kill you. And not everyone in Benny’s small band of travelers will survive….

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

"Fans of Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games will devour this."--VOYA