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
Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout
This turned out to be a great listen. I have to admit the first few chapters of Rot & Ruin almost made me stop listening. The story is through the eyes of a kid and how he grows up post zombie apocalypse, so it kinda put me off. But it definitely picks up and even the narration got better.. So by the time I got through it I had to pick up Dust and Decay right away.
So that's why, for me at least, the story gets 4 stars and not 5 because of the kid gloves on the story, but on Wikipedia its supposed to be for "young adults".
I wanted the story to push more, more east (where they are trying to get to) and more growing up, faster. The love story parts takes *forever*, I think the younger readers would like a little faster hitting of the bases there too. Also, when are they gonna get some real weapons instead of the wooden swords! After the first book no way they'd go out there _again_ with wooden swords! Com'on Mr. Maberry!
Dr Skilz and J-Dog, good stuff! Chong really made me mad though. Great characters and skilled writing won the day.
Mommy of twins
“Sometimes shame is a more powerful engine than rage.” ~Jonathan Maberry
DUST & DECAY (Benny Imura #2) is even better than the captivating ROT & RUIN!
It’s rare to come across a sequel that is as good as it predecessor and even more rare for one to surpass the original, but Jonathan Maberry does just that with DUST & DECAY. In this thrilling second installment, Mayberry gives us even more emotion, more danger, more action, more zoms and more death. Yes some major beloved characters do die… it’s all very shocking really and a read not to be missed! I cannot wait till the release of book #3 FLESH & BONE; which promises to be another gripping journey in the highly addictive Benny Imura zombie series.
I collect spores, molds, and fungus.
Dust and Decay is a great sequel to Rot and Ruin. In my opinion it has a better story although overall it is intricately told and the entire book covers only two days. It was very good to see how the characters progressed and that there was hope for them escaping the world of the living dead. I wish it had told more of their story but I guess I'll have to wait for the next installment... which will hopefully be soon! :) Highly recommend this series for some light, entertaining listening. I will say though that the protagonist's name, "Benny" annoyed me a bit but that's of course just a personal preference. The author could have picked a better name for the main character IMO. ha!
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
excellent performance. drew me even deeper into the story.
not extreme...made me think about my teen days.
dust and decay picks up 6 months after rot and ruin. benny, nix, and lila are training swordsmanship under tom's tutelage. they have been preparing for their journey east to see where the jet came from. tom has been spreading the word that he is leaving, and word travels quickly, even into the rot and ruin where the other bounty hunters learn of his intentions. the mayor and sheriff of mountainside ask tom to reconsider his decision b/c he is a stabilizing force in mountainside.
morgie is still mad at benny b/c he feels benny stole nix from him. so benny asks chong if he wants to come with them. chong declines, but he accepts coming on an over night trip with them into the rot and ruin to meet some of the bounty hunters tom is saying goodbye to.
doing my best boromir/sean bean impression, "one does not simply walk into mordor...i mean the rot and ruin." lol
a quick sidebar...your honor...
the rot and ruin is more than just a place, it's a force. for the people living in mountainside, the rot and ruin is fear- fear of technology, fear of change, and fear of what lies outside their gates. they are paralyzed by the rot and ruin and are slowly dying.
for most bounty hunters, the rot and ruin is subjugation- a wild west where the strongest survive, strive, and thrive. darwin on steroids. the strongest make the rules and rule by force.
but for a small group of bounty hunters, the rot and ruin is loss- a constant reminder of what they lost on first night. helping others by providing closure is their only reprieve.
unlike the other residents of mountainside, our young protagonists are not scared to openly acknowledge and challenge the invisible hand imprisoning them and holding them back from trying to re-start society. their first step is finding out where that jet came from.
thank-you your honor...
ok...where was i? that's right...the overnight camping trip in the rot and ruin.
before i go on, i have a question for you. if you're a teen or you're unlucky enough to have a teen...lol...just kidding...what is the one guaranteed thing to set off a bout of teen angst?
a "slight." i won't tell you who delivers the slight or the nature of the slight, but it fragments our group. and this wouldn't be a good ya (young adult) story if the "slight" didn't happen in the WORST possible place, the rot and ruin!
is this is plot device? yes! but i know what you're thinking. and no...it is not gimmicky! remember, this is jonathan maberry. by the time the "slight" happens, maberry's story already had me in a deep state of suspension of disbelief. what happens is believable.
so...the planned overnight camping trip spirals out of control. our young protagonists must fight for their survival while fighting themselves and each other.
new characters are introduced, and there are interesting and scary connections to past characters. zombie cards come to life as some of those depicted make an appearance as minor characters in the story. some are more than just cardboard cutouts and add to the story.
w/o spoiling too much, i liked j-dog and dr. skillz who were surfers before first night. it's funny b/c as a listener, i could understand their lingo whereas those born after first night couldn't relate to what they're talking about.
tom is the fulcrum. his decision to leave has emboldened his enemies. the villains in dust and decay are even more despicable than charlie pinkeye and the motor city hammer. white bear is mercilessly consolidating charlie's territory and preparing for "bigger things."
Overall, an excellent sequel! Once again, the beginning is kind of slow. There is a lot more action in this novel; however, there’s still plenty of good story telling so much so that you become even more bonded to these characters. The end of the story is epic in every way.
Please mr. maberry finish book 3! You can’t leave us hanging!
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!
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.
Incredible sequel. Big fan of the genre...bigger fan of Maberry books (Joe Ledger)...biggest fan of this series.
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.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.