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It’s really hard to decide how I feel about this book. On one hand I like the story, it’s well written with a lot of action and adventure. I love zombie stories and it really does deliver on that level. On the other hand, I’m not too thrilled about the characters. Benny is your typical 15 year old who is a bit lazy and “me” centric which puts me off. Wrap in all the bad guys and the town which Benny and Tom talk down about and I just couldn’t really like anyone other than Tom and the lost girl. In the end I decided overall it was middle of the road in my humble opinion.
The narration was good, a bit slow, but Mr. Hutchinson does a good job with all the voices.
The main character was such an immature teenage brat that I couldn't continue listening to his story.
The conflict was internal involving a character who I cared nothing about. Story otherwise didn't hold my interest, mostly due to the poor choice of protagonist.
voice acting OK
disappointment. Really like this author's other works.
Maybe a teenage audience would enjoy or relate to this story better. As an adult, I had no patience for the protagonist and his emotional problems, poor choices, bad role models, and negative attitude.
I'm a high school librarian.
My students love this book so much that I have had to buy replacement hard copies and make sure I had the audio for non-print readers, so they could get in on the action, too.
The narrator of this story does three voices really well. An upper-middle class white guy, a Texan, and an Italian-American from Brooklyn. The only problem is, those seem to be the ONLY voices he can do, and every character is a variation of that. It really threw me when the narrator read that two characters were speaking Vietnamese.to each other, then turned and started speaking English. The accent used sounded like a west-Texan Marlboro Man.
As far as the story itself goes, it starts with a great idea and finishes strong. But like several other Maberry novels, there are just a few too many points thrown in that are just so, well, dumb, that it makes the novel less fun. Maberry also must have a thing with albinos, because this is the second novel of his where the bad guy has been one. Zombies become a secondary, even a tertiary plot device and really aren't that scary at all.
This is an average zombie book at best, so if you're buying it in hopes it will help give you a zombie fix, save it for a day when you can't find much else that's any better. As for me - I'll read the sequels just to see if they get any better. If Maberry's Joe Ledger series is any indicator though, the series started out as a zombie book and none of the rest had any zombies in them. What a rip off! I quit reading them.
I really liked this book. I ordered it on a whim and wasn't sure what to expect. I have never read a zombie book before, and had no idea if the genre would pull me in. I really enjoyed this book. The relationships between the characters were strong, and I felt like I could feel their emotions.
The nararator did a really good job too! I really enjoyed his portrayl of the characters voices. I would definitely recommend this book! I already ordered the second book!
Avid reader, enthusiastic book club organizer, aspiring writer & devoted mommy of one Doberman puppy, Maddox, and one Half-Arab mare Kissy.
Let me just state that if I turned into a zombie and ended up spending my zom-days lumbering around my job site, I would be one disappointed soul. Wait, do zombies even have souls? My overall impression of Jonathan Maberry’s Rot and Ruin? Humans are far scarier than any zombie could ever be and Tom Imura is HOTT!!!
Okay, so even in my limited experience with zombie lit, I think that this book offered something different. At the beginning of the book, Benny Imura is young, naïve, immature and doesn’t look past the surface level of anyone or anything in his small circle of existence. Tom Imura, Benny’s older brother, is patient, compassionate, and a skilled fighter, but a man who sees himself as less than perfect. It is my personal opinion that Tom is far harder on himself than Benny could ever be. Benny dislikes his brother based on an obscure recollection he has as a very small child of Tom running away, small Benny clutched in his arms, their parents victims to the “disease.” Benny spends the first 15 years of his life believing Tom is a coward, until the time comes for Benny to join the family business, killing zombies, bounty hunter style. Benny is interested in learning to kill zombies, even if he is not too keen on working for his brother, Tom. However, according to his school teacher, “learning to kill is the sort of thing you should learn from your folks.” So, with decent jobs scarce and the impending threat of losing half his food ration, Benny goes to work for his brother, Tom. It is there, out in the great rot and ruin, that Benny learns about who his brother really is.
Throughout the story, Benny changes a lot. He sees less black and white and recognizes more gray in the world around him. He is more skeptical of people and places and no longer accepts everything at face value. In the great rot and ruin, Benny learns that there are 2 types of danger, - the unthinking incessant zombies and the deliberate malice of fellow bounty hunters, Charlie Mathias and the Motor City Hammer. By the end of the novel, Benny looks at a person’s motives in order to draw conclusions rather than just his/her words. Benny also develops a relationship with childhood girl friend,Nix. Despite Benny’s vow to never fall for a girl he was already friends with, he finds himself crushing on her pretty hard core. The relationship between Nix and Benny develops slowly and is realized by a sweet, gentle yet, standard issue YA kiss. While the kiss maybe formulaic in terms of plot, Benny’s feelings for Nix are not.
“Nix, I know you’re hurt. I wish I could fix it, I swear to God. I wish I could make it all different, make what happened not true…If you need to lash out at me, say anything, throw me off this tower, if it will help even a little, then do it. I don’t care what happens to me anymore, I got what I wanted. I got you back safe… the monsters didn’t get you.”
Beside the many awesome quote-ables, the main strength of this novel is the exciting plot. I liked that in this particular novel, the world had turned to zombies some decade prior and the characters were living in a post-apocalyptic zombie North America. Despite its many info-dumps (usually via Tom Imura), the story telling was supreme, ending the book with an obvious sequel. While not the best choice for a romance, the writing was seamless and potent.
“The truth is the truth. What changes is what we know about it and what we’re willing to believe.” Tom Imura.
While Rot & Ruin is by no means the most memorable of my audiobooks (nor even the most memorable of my zombie/apocalyptic/paranormal collection), it was a lot of fun and a very good listen.
I don't have a specific favorite scene. I did like that there are some new takes on the post-apocalyptic world of the zombie infestation - for example, what happens when all the fuss dies down and people *have* established safe ways of handling the "zoms." Also, what happens when people remember that the reanimated dead are members of their family? This first book in the series is more a rite of passage for Benny, the protagonist, as he matures, but that didn't detract from the action/adventure elements of the story.
Millions of zoms. Two brothers. Feel sorry for the zoms.
Willy Wonka of it
Coming from some of Maberry's other novels, I knew this one was geared toward a younger audience, and was prepared for that (after all, the Rho Agenda series was for YA and it was enjoyable). Indeed, much of the interaction was shallow and the story was developed much as you'd expect a story for Young Adults to be. Slow and deliberate.
However, even seeing past that, I couldn't recommend this tale. For one, I felt the characters were fairly flat. I had no real desire to get to know any of them. Benny is annoying, Tom, while mysterious doesn't seem to harbor any secrets beyond the obvious, and the "lost girl" is just as uninteresting.
More importantly though, I didn't feel any desire to know more about this world. Maberry teases us here and there with bits of information that you just know will lead to revelations, and some of the dropped clues get addressed/resolved in this book. However, none were developed in a way that was all that interesting, which left me not even caring about the others.
Perhaps one day when I've run out of his other material I'll revisit this series, but for now, I'm content leaving this one as a standalone tale.
Someplace in the middle. It is not bad at all, it just was not what I was expecting. A little obvious in the beginning but the characters are personable and the storyline does get you thinking. I was hoping for a little more edge of the seat, reading but still two books to go. I am in the middle of Dust and Decay and I must say it is getting my interest level up to a 7 from a 5.
Jonathon Maberry is an amazing author. I read the Pine Deep trilogy and Patient Zero series. He is amazing and does not know how to write a bad book.
He brings some feeling. I am a huge fan of Scott Brick and James Marsters, but Hutchison is a good narrator. His voice is peasant although he can't change over like Marsters. He is up there with Pete Bradbury, Ray Porter though.
Zombies were people too!!
I would recommend this series. It is not the best but a good read, Worth the money and/or credits. Again, I still have over a book to go and already it has captured my interest and gets better every page
I love my two little girls
Best Zombie Audiobook I've listened too on Audible. Nothing too far out like alien zombies and all that crap! Just a good story, good characters, Just a overall good book that would make a killer mini series like band of brothers or the like ?
Every single character was described and I could see them in my mind perfectly like i was in the story! Just great characters
Everything ! not over acted or loud . Just a good constant leveled voice for all these books I would even considering a book just because BH has read it aloud ? Maybe ?
Yes and practically did! 2 days
Great Zombie story just get it! and then buy the hardbacks ! In case the world ends and then you can still read it! Oh and I wish the author would research and make a book called the warrior way like they trained in the book too. I bet it would just as good if not better than all those books out there on how to stay fit and everything you need to survive the zombie apocalypse? Yes there not real but great and big sellers too! Ask Max Brooks