A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, Marvel Comics writer Jonathan Maberry continues the story he began in Rot and Ruin.
Six months have passed since Benny Imura and Nix Riley learned that flesh-eating zombies aren’t the scariest or most dangerous monsters around. Now, Benny’s brother Tom is training them in the art of zombie whacking. But as they plan to leave and find a better future, a zombie attack puts a crimp in their plans. And soon, they discover an old enemy they believed was long-gone may actually still be alive.
©2011 Jonathan Maberry (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
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.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the second book in the Benny Imura series. Honestly I didn’t like this book nearly as much as the first. There are two more books in this series “Flesh and Bone” and “Fire and Ash”.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was really well done. It has the same narrator as the first book and I really enjoyed listening to it. The narrator does an excellent job with character voices and an excellent job conveying emotion.
Everyone is recovering from the events with Charlie Pink-Eye in the first book. Benny, Nix, and Tom are ready to leave Mountainside and track down the plane they saw in the first book. However Mountainside doesn’t want to Tom to leave, they are worried about other evil bounty hunters moving in to take his place. One bounty hunter, named White Bear, is causing a lot of trouble. Now there is a bounty on Tom’s head and it seems like Gameland is more prosperous than ever.
This was still a good book but I didn't like it nearly as much as the first one. I was disappointed that this book was about similar issues as the first book. I was all excited to read about Benny, Tom, Lila, and Nix's journey across the Rot and Ruin, instead what I got was more of the same as the last book.
Pretty much as soon as the group leaves Mountainside things start going wrong. We end up reading about territory wars with “evil” bounty hunters and trouble with Gameland. I find the whole Gameland idea to be a bit silly and was disappointed that so much of this book focused on that. I was hoping to read more about the Rot and Ruin as a whole, and gain better understanding of this world and why the zombies happened.
Benny has definitely grown as a character since the first book. Nix is harboring a lot of rage for what happened to her mother in the last book, we watch as she struggles through this anger.
Lila is in the story a lot, which is awesome. She too is struggling with issues of fitting in. She is so used to surviving alone, that it is tough to watch her as she struggles to become part of society.
We meet a lot of awesome new “good” bounty hunters. It was super fun to meet some of the bounty hunters we’ve heard so much about from the Zombie cards. We also meet a lot of completely evil baddies. There was a lot more action in this book as welll we get to see Tom kick some serious butt. As I mentioned above we also get very up and personal with Gameland.
This book is still well written and I love that there is a lot of philosophical introspection as well as zombie fights. There is brief mention about zombies starting to Swarm and some curious stuff going on where zombies are acting different than they have in the past. I just wish we had got to hear more about that and less about Gameland.
Overall a decent continuation of this series. These books are well written and I love that there is time spent on philisophy, as well as fighting zombies. I was disappointed that this book was more about Gameland and evil bounty hunters. I was hoping to read about Nix, Benny, and Tom journeying across the Rot and Ruin. We do get to meet a lot of new bounty hunters that are awesome and there are some spectacular fight scenes in here. Recommended to those who enjoy post-apocalyptic zombie novels.
Continues the the story from the first book. Mayberry is just an excellent storyteller, and this is a really fun read.
All of them
Life is worth fighting for
Wish all the book in series were here
Atypical of genre.
There is a scene in which the main character accompanies his older brother to "quiet" a zombie. It is a pivotal moment in their relationship and in the book. The moments just prior are full of suspense and the scene itself is intensely emotional.
I think my favorite would have to be the main character's older brother, Tom. He's got so many admirable qualities. He is an honorable man who has taken over the care of his younger brother since the death of their parents 8 years prior to the start of the book. The more that is revealed about him during the course of the book, the more I grew to like him. The narration in general, while not bad, was not great either and I listened to it at 1.5x normal speed.
I would have but it was too long to hear all at once.
I'm a huge horror fan and have many zombie books. My 13 year old daughter also loves all things spooky and I got this for her as her first zombie book. It's perfect for her. The young characters are well-written and their dialogue, thoughts and emotions are believable. The book is more about the relationships between the characters, the difference between living and survival and morality than about zombies. While there are some suspenseful scenes and violence, there isn't the graphic violence and gore typical of the genre. Since I bought this for my daughter, I'm not complaining.
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