moiraethefatesbookreview, October 16, 2012 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)
* Hardcover: 464 pages (Review of an ARC copy)
* Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 14, 2010)
* Author: Jonathan Maberry
* Cover art: It creeps me out.
* Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars.
* Obtained: Won an ARC from Bewitched Bookworms Thanks Ladies!
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
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. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
I've never really liked the idea of "traditional" zombie books. I started to watch the t.v. show The walking dead and realized something. Zombies are AWESOME! I went over to my vast TBR pile and picked up this book, I've had it for nearly two years just sitting waiting to be picked up and read. I was about twenty pages in when I was asking myself, "Why, oh why did I wait so long to read this?"
I was fifty pages in when I rushed out to buy book two. That hasn't happened since I was in 6th grade and started reading Harry Potter!
I loved this book! Maberry is an amazing author! He made me want a fake katana, after all if it's good enough for Tom (my favorite character in the book!) why shouldn't I want one? This book has characters from different cultures, Benny is Japanese and Irish, while Nix (Love her!) is Irish. Tom is Benny's half brother and he is Japanese.
For me, this was the type of book where you know you need to sleep but it's so good and you just have to know what happens next, that you don't want to stop reading!
Maberry will have you laughing on one page then the next page he has you freaking out over the safety of the characters. The first line of the book has an amazing hook as well: "Benny Imura couldn't hold a job so he took to killing." Um, how great is that? It makes the reader go wait, what? And you just have to know more don't you?
If you are a zombie lover or even if you're a skeptic, you should pick this one up and give it a try, I've already ordered the first book in another series by Maberry as well. I loved this book as much as I loved Die for Me by Amy Plum, and if you follow my reviews, you know much I love her books!
Dana Berglund, September 27, 2012 (view all comments by Dana Berglund)
4.5 stars. Benny and his much older brother Tom are residents of one of the only rebuilt, fenced towns in northern California following the zombie apocalypse. I am a big fan and advocate of young adult lit, but I am not a fan of zombies, or even books about zombies. I didn't expect to love this book, though I was willing to give it a chance. A page or two in, I realized that it was really a book about a complicated relationship between brothers, and I thought I might like it a lot. By the halfway point of the book, dripping in zombie gore, I realized it was all that AND a violent zombie book, too, but I already loved it.
the krizzak boy, May 27, 2012 (view all comments by the krizzak boy)
Young adult lit has made so many advancements since I was a teenager. While the cover and title would suggest a more grisly subject matter, Rot &Ruin isn't that at all. There are plenty of zombies, but the main focus is on the relationship between the Imura brothers. One a teenager disillusioned with this new world of danger and zombies - he really just wants to hang out with his school buddies and maybe get a girlfriend. His brother, on the other hand, is immersed in the life outside of the town they live in referred to as ''the ruin''. He is a bounty hunter who gets paid by families in town to end their family member's misery of those who have turned. In the vein of ''hunger games'' he does this to help support he and his brother Bennie and keep them in rations which are limited. We find Bennie on the eve of a very important birthday when he must choose what he wants to do to earn rations; follow the brother he doesn't like or trust into the new family business, or find his own menial job. I found it hard to put this book down, and was happy to find out there are currently two other books in the Imura brothers as they venture further out into ''the ruin''.
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by Heather Brewer, author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series,
"Thrilling, enticing, and surprisingly touching, Rot & Ruin will grip readers from beginning to end, and make them question who the real monsters are. It had me hooked from page one."
by Michael Northrop, author of Gentlemen,
"This is a romping, stomping adventure. And while most zombie novels are all about the brains, this one has a heart as well. With the dead prowling all around, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura learns the bittersweet lessons of life, love, and family in the great Rot & Ruin. Anyone with a pulse will enjoy this novel, and anyone with a brain will find plenty of food for thought inside."
by Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked and Possessions,
"George Romero meets The Catcher in the Rye in this poignant and moving coming of age novel set during zombie times. I welled up at the end, then smiled through my tears when I realized there was going to be a sequel. Bravo, Jonathan Maberry. Can't wait to read more."
by Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Study,
"This is no ordinary zombie novel. Maberry has given it a soul in the form of two brothers who captured my heart from the first page and refused to let go."
by Publishers Weekly, starred review,
"The delineation between man and monster, survivor and victim is fiercely debated in Maberry's thoughtful, postapocalyptic coming-of-age tale....In turns mythic and down-to-earth, this intense novel combines adventure and philosophy to tell a truly memorable zombie story, one that forces readers to consider them not just as flesh-eating monsters or things to be splattered, but as people"
"An impressive mix of meaning and mayhem."
by Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books,
"Horror fans will appreciate the gorge-raising descriptions of the shambling zombies...while zombie-apocalypse aficionados will cotton to the solid world-building and refreshingly old-school undead.
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