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.
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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.
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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.
Yes, authors who can paint a story using your imagination are very talented, which Jonathan Maberry is. The story of the brothers, love, friendship, death, betrayal, and heroism is in this book. It's always hard when a favorite character of yours dies, but if you can accept it by the end of the book you know the author has done a phenomenal job.
The story was so well written and engrossing. The author does a very good job of using your imagination to scare you, forcing you to close all doors, and become weary of the things that go bump in the night. It's safer to listen to this story when there is light out, this way, you'll have enough time to prepare yourself for when day turns into night and your imagination starts to take over.
Tom is my favorite character. So wise and intelligent, way beyond his years. He protects those he loves, and has a way about himself that many will come to admire and envy. His character is honorable, admirable, and entertaining.
I did, I had to hear the book through to the end.
Take this chance. If all you have is one credit or a few dollars, this is worth the buy. No regrets (at least not from me). If you want a good zombie book, one that will stir your imagination and scare you, then this is the book for you.
Love horror, have listened to every zombie book available on audio book. Name one, and I've listened to it!
Jonathan Maberry is the world's best writers when it comes to zombie literature, everything he has written so far is outstanding!
Probably at the end, but the whole book from beginning to end .... impossible to say
Following the events of Rot & Ruin I was eager to start Dust & Decay ASAP! There is lots of action and readers still follow Benny Imura and friends, but for whatever reason, this just wasn't as exciting for me. Don't get me wrong...DUST & DECAY is good but it just didn't hold my interest or meet my expectations.
Let's get one thing clear: Jonathan Maberry is one of the very best writers of the zombie, vampire, conflict with (living) humans genera and i suspect his previous life as a Marshal Arts writer is the reason.
I don't normally write any reviews but this time i just had to voice how irritating and distracting the narration as during this story. Instead of enjoying a good story, I kept thinking "has the narration sped up" or why is this guy speed reading? It is so distracting! I know he was trying to convey a sense of urgency but it really turned me off!
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