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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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    Laura Lepanto, AR, United States 01-03-13
    Laura Lepanto, AR, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My first 'zombie' experience! Now I'm hooked!"
    Where does Rot & Ruin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved the audio version of this book. The narrator was fantastic, and really allowed me to differentiate between characters without any problem.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rot & Ruin?

    I cannot name my most memorable moment, but I often found myself driving down the interstate, making faces that I would envision the characters making.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Bennie and Nix were in the lookout tower... I cried, and hoped that help was coming for them!


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

    The book is quite long, and I couldn't listen to it in one sitting, it actually took me a week and a half of commuting back and forth to work, but I often found myself walking in the building with earbuds still in, not wanting to pause until the ride home.


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    Mary Ypsilanti, MI, United States 12-24-12
    Mary Ypsilanti, MI, United States 12-24-12
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    "fun and thoughtful zombie story"
    What did you love best about Rot & Ruin?

    thoughtful-not just blood and mayhem


    What did you like best about this story?

    it fits the purpose of myth, it brings up soulful thoughts to ponder about how we deal with what shows up


    What about Brian Hutchison’s performance did you like?

    perfect capturing of the age and the feelings of the characters in his voice


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

    No--but it is a book I would listen to again, and a book I would recommend to any parent or grand parent to share with a zombie loving kid.


    Any additional comments?

    I have an 11 yr old grandson who consumes 2-3 books a week. He loves learning everything, & he reads a lot of sic-fi and fantasy. I plan to give him this book for his January birthday. I loved the story. With all the zombie sightings in our current culture it is a non-preachy reminder of what makes us human.

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    Lindsey Durham, NC, United States 11-20-12
    Lindsey Durham, NC, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Nothing better than average"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had to listen to this at 1.5 speed because the reader was SOOOO slow. I think this book might have been better if I'd read it instead of listening to this performance. I would forego this one...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Nothing shocking or amazing. It was satisfying enough, in fact, it's a part of a series but there was enough closure that I don't feel the need to read the next book.


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

    Not a good one.


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    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 11-20-12
    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2005

    I'm married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Love to read books, and love to listen to audio books. Genre's UF/Sci-Fi/ dystopian/ fiction and mystery/thrillers

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    "One of the best !!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very good book keeps you interested from the start to the finish.


    What about Brian Hutchison’s performance did you like?

    Very good, he does all the voices well and kept me listening


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but i'll let you enjoy it also without spoiling it.


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    john Wake forest, NC, United States 08-19-12
    john Wake forest, NC, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a Chef and have two boys. I also have 2 accounts.

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    "BORING"

    I LOVED HIS FIRST SERIES I LISTENED TO. BUT THIS BOOK SEEMED BORING AND WAS NOT ACTIONED PACKED LIKE I LIKE MY ZOMBIE BOOKS.

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    Carrie 07-30-12
    Carrie 07-30-12 Member Since 2009

    I am a high school Science and English teacher. I grew up reading Stephen King and have branched out to include thrillers, historical fiction, science fiction, and my secret pleasure--teen dystopian novels. I am always looking for something new to add to my list of "to reads". I am a book-a-holic at heart!

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    "Rot & Ruin"

    Pretty good story. Not gory or scary like the title lead me to believe. I gave it three stars because I liked it but it was not one of those books that I just could not put down. It merits a read and would be a good book for young adult boys. Kind of a coming of age, brotherly relationship kind of story.

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    Circe dumfries, VA, United States 05-21-12
    Circe dumfries, VA, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2010

    I spend three hours in the car each day. I would have died of boredom months ago if not for audiobooks. I especially love a good series!

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    "Amazing Story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This is not a horror story, but rather is a great coming of age story. It is in the YA genre, but the writing and story are ageless. My 10 year old son listened to this with me and was hooked. It had a few bad words in it, but nothing they probably wouldn't hear on the ball field. We also listened to the second book in the series, Dust and Decay, and found it to be even more enjoyable than Rot and Ruin! We can not wait for book 3 to come out in September!


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    Day Houston, TX, United States 05-08-12
    Day Houston, TX, United States 05-08-12
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    "Exciting zombie fiction!"

    ROT & RUIN by Jonathan Maberry was one of the audiobooks that I had been eye-balling for some time but for whatever reason always pushed it to the side. Big mistake-HUGE! From the moment I pushed play I was consumed by the story and the journey of the characters and their development along the way.

    Benny Imura is an average 15 year old boy with average thoughts and angst but living in a time and situation that is anything but average. Benny goes to school, hangs out with friends, has typical boy-girl drama, and feels bitter toward his older brother, Tom, who he harbors resentment to and blames for his mother’s death when he was only two years old. Despite the fact that his brother has done an amazing job raising him, Benny’s memory (through the eyes of a two-year-old) of the night his parents died in the zombie apocalypse known as “first night”, won’t allow him to forgive his brother for running away and not helping his folks.

    Although Benny has grown up in relative safety behind the fence of make-shift town with a population of approx 800, Zombies still walk outside the walls in what is known as the Rot and Ruin. It is because of the danger outside the town that people ages 15 and up, have to do their part and work in order to get a full ration of food. Hating the idea of working with his brother who is well respected in town as a zombie killer, Benny goes everywhere he can think of to apply for a job but has little luck. Getting a job is mandatory, so when all other doors close Benny swallows his pride and agrees to try working with Tom in the “family business”. From the very first moment Benny steps foot in the Rot & Ruin his life is altered and as he starts to question the things he once was so certain about, he begins the journey of finding out who he really is and becoming a man.

    I enjoyed every minute of this story. The narrator did a great job of keeping the personalities varied and the story exciting. I have read reviews where some who have actually “read” the books found the first part slow and the second half un-put-downable, and all I can say is that listening to the audiobook, I didn’t experience that particular lull. The only thing I had an issue with (and it is minor) was in some of the repetitive dialogue between the characters. There were a couple times where things were brought up again or re-hashed that I personally feel could have been edited out of the story. All complaining aside, I enjoyed the book so much I immediately downloaded DUST & DECAY, the second book in the series.

    ROT & RUIN is a zombie story that deals with some tough issues and at times disturbing descriptions, but at it’s very core it is a coming of age story with some remarkable and unforgettable characters. It was thrilling, heartbreaking, exciting and everything I had hoped it would be.

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    rebekah ellerbe 05-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Best Zombie Story So Far"
    What made the experience of listening to Rot & Ruin the most enjoyable?

    The relationship between the brothers was very realistic. And their teacher mentor dynamic.Also the realistic betrayal of the neighbors trapped in the state they fought so hard to prevent.


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

    Patient Zero is some what similar in that the protagonist is very believable. The suspense in both novels begins right away peaking your interest in the explanation for these scary ,almost invincible foes.


    What about Brian Hutchison???s performance did you like?

    Very clear narration. Lots of feeling in his telling of the story. Also distinct differences in characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It scared me! Read with the covers pulled up.


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    Joshua Pittsburgh, PA, United States 04-20-12
    Joshua Pittsburgh, PA, United States 04-20-12
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    "Not A Typical Zombie Tale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I shied away from this book multiple times because I didn't think the idea of a 15 kid trying to avoid working in the family business sounded like a compelling zombie story.

    I was wrong.

    I finally gave in and listened.This story is just as much about zombies and the world after the dead rise, as it is about honor, bravery, evil, justice, love and family.

    What a refreshing take on the genre. Not only do we get hordes of Ramero-style lumbering zombies, but we are also treated to a story about right and wrong and having the strength to overcome fear and the status quo.

    Rot & Ruin didn't quite have me as soon as I started listening, but it had me pretty early on in the story. The work of the author and the narrator wove together to create a world in which it was quite believable that such things might be happening. That's not to say I didn't find faults with the book, I just don't think they impacted the overall experience enough to warrant mention.

    Check it out for yourselves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fresh take on the struggle to survive in a world full of the undead.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ROT & RUIN: THE UNDEAD AREN'T THE ONLY MONSTERS OUT THERE.


    Any additional comments?

    Use your credit, and get this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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