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Rot & Ruin | [Jonathan Maberry]

Rot & Ruin

Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.
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Publisher's Summary

Multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry’s Rot & Ruin is his debut work for young readers. Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

©2010 Jonathan Maberry (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 07-31-11
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great coming of age book"

    You would think from the title and the premise, the story will be all Zombie attacks and fights all the way. It’s not. If you are not fan of the walking dead, please to not be deterred by the title. It’s a wonderful coming of age story with a zombie-infested apocalypstic-world twist. I eagerly await the sequel!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 04-13-11
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 04-13-11 Member Since 2005

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Loved it"

    Zombie apocalypse meets coming of age story. I loved the characters and I loved the story. I couldn't wait to get in my car in the morning and find out what Benny and Tom were up to next. The bad guys were rotten and the good guys noble. It was a little predictable in places but it was such a good story that I didn't care.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen dublin, OH, United States 11-29-14
    Maureen dublin, OH, United States 11-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrific characters, theme, suspense- delicious!"

    So much more than a post apocalyptic zombie fest and though officially a young adult series I enjoyed it every bit as much as a Joe Ledger series thriller. The story, characters and adventure are unique and you fall in love with characters and themes. LOVE!

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    C. Smith Salt Lake City, UT 08-11-14
    C. Smith Salt Lake City, UT 08-11-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Annoyed from the get go"
    Has Rot & Ruin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation, disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't get past the absolute stupidity of the title character. I get that he's supposed to be sheltered 15 year old. Even 15 year olds have some common sense and a basic understanding of their surroundings. Shut it off a few hours in, too aggravating. Expected more from J Maberry.

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    Doug Bedford, TX, United States 07-16-14
    Doug Bedford, TX, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2006

    DG

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    "Great story & narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rot & Ruin to be better than the print version?

    The narrator developed a personality with each character. Not sure if I would be that precise reading it


    What other book might you compare Rot & Ruin to and why?

    I'm reading the rest of the series & looking to read other from Mayberry


    What does Brian Hutchison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotional


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but didn't have the time


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    Richard 06-22-14
    Richard 06-22-14
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    "Not what I was expecting or hoping for..."
    Would you recommend Rot & Ruin to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not unless my friend was 11 or 12 years old! This is the first zombie series I have ever read or listened to that is aimed straight at tweens. I feel I was generous in my 3 star rating because of my level of disappointment. I came here as a huge fan of Joe Ledger and Ray Porter's voice acting only to be met by this near-disaster. At least "Dark of Night," the prequel to this series, seemed more geared for adults. That said, it wasn't COMPLETELY horrible. In fact, it kept my interest enough for me to spend credits on the whole series in the hopes that it would eventually become more age-appropriate (which it didn't). Still, if you like young adult books and zombie stories both, you will probably enjoy this series.


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    S. Bragg Atlanta, GA 05-22-14
    S. Bragg Atlanta, GA 05-22-14
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    "A bit childish but...still worth a read/listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book comes across a bit immature at times. Benny is a 15 year old boy and the Author does a pretty good job of getting that across... Almost to a fault though.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Following Benny's admiration change from Charlie to his Brother is both interesting and odd at times. It seems forced at some points and then other times happens exactly how I would expect it.


    Which character – as performed by Brian Hutchison – was your favorite?

    Tom Imura was spot on an older Brother and performed excellently by the narrator .


    Could you see Rot & Ruin being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Honestly it seems more like a TV Series to me, and one I would most likely watch.


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    D. L. McClain Chandler, AZ 05-20-14
    D. L. McClain Chandler, AZ 05-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    Loved the relationship building in this story. It's almost like it's just about the relationship between the brothers and there just happens to be Zombies thrown in. The character development for the other characters is really good too, so much that you wind up caring a lot about those who even have small roles. Maberry manages to make each one matter. The relationship between the brothers is what I loved the most about this entire series. I would love to see this as a movie. I enjoyed and recommend.

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    Jason Hegland Bay Area, CA 03-25-14
    Jason Hegland Bay Area, CA 03-25-14 Member Since 2013

    Slave2Gravity

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    "Good for young adults, not old adults"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend it to any adult friends. The story was too simplistic, the dialogues too dulled down for a younger audience. I want more graphic language, graphic violence in a zombie novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't realize at first that this book was geared toward young adults, or I wouldn't have downloaded. Once I started, I didn't want to stop, so I just plowed through, but Mayberry's other adult novels are by far better choices. I won't finish this series.

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    Jaime New Westminster, BC, Canada 03-18-14
    Jaime New Westminster, BC, Canada 03-18-14 Member Since 2011

    Not much to tell! I used to read alot, but now that I need reading glasses, I enjoy listening to books instead of having to wear glasses!

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    "I didn't realize this was a PG rated book"

    Not a bad book at all, but clearly written for teens. Still, it was pretty good, but I'm not sure if I'll ever read the rest of the series.

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