This book was just as hard to put down as Rot and Ruin! Once again Jonathan Maberry crafted a story that simply compelled you to continue reading. Dust and Decay introduced a few new characters while constantly evolving the original characters in realistic ways. The insight into human character is wonderful. This series is less about the dead and more about the way we approach living. I wept at the end, it was so unexpected and unwelcome! I can, however, clearly see how this book -and that ending - will flow beautifully into another book. This is a series not to be missed!
As a post apocalyptic/zombie novel it falls into the same category as The Forest of Hands and Teeth series.
This story is performed wonderfully! He has a voice that seems very sympathetic to the characters.
Well I'd have to steal a line from the book: Remember, in the Rot & Ruin everything wants to kill you.
Fantastic book to read or listen to - or both!
Hate the ending. Wish it could have been different because it would have added flavor to the story as it unfolds further
When I started this audible book, my thoughts were it was for a younger listener, but I heard it through. Good narrator and decent story. I may continue with others to see how the story evolves. Not the best I've heard but no way near the worst...
I was amazed at where this story ended up going and I look forward to the next installment. This was a series that I've had on my shelves for quite some time and finally decided to pick up and man am I glad I did!
Military Helicopter Instructor Pilot
This is a fantasticly read sequel to Rot and Ruin and as a whole was better than the first book. It is not a book that would have much meaning if you had not read the first installment so make sure you give that a listen also.
A lover of the printed and spoken word.
This series is in my Top 5 and that's saying something... I've been an avid reader of Zom books and this being a YA book this is a great introduction for readers new to the genre.
Not real heavy on the sappy stuff and a logical (and sometimes disturbing) step in the aftermath of an apocalypse.
Tom - His portrayal of this character makes you want him to be your brother too!
Sometimes Zombies aren't the worse things out there
I really liked Rot and Ruin. Really, really liked it. I expected this one to be even better but instead it was just a continuation of the Gameland story. There is an entire world populated with walking corpses, an unknown jet in the air and a surprising un-risen dead body...but instead it was just hours of listening to the bad guys, with a little 'good guys doing stupid things' thrown in.
I wanted to hear more about the intriguing parts, not the inherent evil of a family that thrives on the torturing of kids.
Possibly. I think finding an audience would be hard because the topic of this book isn't kid-friendly but the characters are children. As a teen series it has possibilites but editing out enough of the gore and violence to make it appropriate for television would take away from the story.
I ordered the first book in this series on a whim, and it didn't disappoint! I recommend that if you haven't read that one you should start there as this book picks up right where Rot and Ruin left off. There is a lot of history and you may get lost without reading the first book.
I enjoyed this book more than the first. Tom, Benny and his friends decide to head into the Rot and Ruin in search of the people that were scene flying a jet. Instead they get caught up in a plot against Tom by a specific group that wants revenge for the burning down of Gameland. It was a great story and you get pulled in to the trails and tribulations of the different members in the group. Just as with any good coming of age story this one has a lot of lessons learned by the characters that will make you smile, laugh and break your heart. Great book, I would definitely recommend it!
There are always two sides to a story, and this story was no different. You have people who want to have a better life, and then there are people who want to rule everybody else on their terms, making themselves gods. I was surprised to learn about how some of the good people were secretly enjoying the bad side of the world, and even making profits from other people's pain. Interesting twist to the story.
Tom, definitely. He as a really good guy who was sincerely interested in the best for people, despite what people did to him and the people he loved.
ehhh. Brain sounded like he was sorta going through the motions. There didn't seem to be a real interest in the story by Brian. Based on other readers, I think he could have done much better
Tom's standoff with the dark characters, shaping his hand into a pistol, and shooting one of the bad guys. The looks on the bad guys faces.....priceless
For me, I think Brian could have done a much better job. It just "sounded" like he was reading a story, not really participating in the story.
I prefer the audio version. I enjoy a great narrator that can individualize each character
Patient Zero maybe. Same guideline but different story and meaning all together. Both were amazing reads which kept me wanting more, and I was not disappointed. Also there is more to the story than just zombies, so much more, zombies are secondary in this
Feelings, fear, happiness, anger. His narration was spot on. Characters each had their own voice and I could identify by that. The narrator is as important as the story. If the narrator has no talent to differentiate each character, it can ruin the book.
Yes, If I could have I would have taken off work and read the complete series in one sitting,,,,maybe take an couple hours for sleep
Maberry is on target with this one. I am trying to get through the final book, but no time to read and there is no audio version. Disappointing but I just do not have time to sit and read.
If you enjoyed Pine Deep Series, this will be your next Maberry fav.