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.
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The narrator developed a personality with each character. Not sure if I would be that precise reading it
I'm reading the rest of the series & looking to read other from Mayberry
Yes but didn't have the time
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.
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.
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.
Tom Imura was spot on an older Brother and performed excellently by the narrator .
Honestly it seems more like a TV Series to me, and one I would most likely watch.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This was a spectacular post-apocalyptic zombie read. I am honestly a bit burned out on this genre, but I loved this book. It has a more philosophical tone to it than a lot of zombie books out there. I really enjoyed the characters, the world, and the just the way the book was written in general.
I listened to this on audiobook and really enjoyed it. The narrator graspes the mood of the book very well and does a good job with all the different character voices.
Benny Imura is fifteen and it is time for him to choose his trade. If he doesn’t find a job his rations will be cut. Benny lives in a world where most of humanity has been wiped out by/turned into zombies. He lives in the small fenced in community of Mountainside, where most people do their best to ignore the world beyond the fence. Benny lives with his brother, Tom. Tom is one of the few bounty hunters who venture outside the fence into the Rot and Ruin. And...well...Benny is about to find out what Tom really does.
This was a really well done post-apocalyptic zombie read. Tom is really what makes this whole book. Tom has this samurai-like way of looking at the world. He is noble, incredibly tough, and ridiculed by those who don’t understand him. Tom sees the zombies and the Rot in Ruin in a way that is wise, sympathetic, and contemplative. Tom is determined to make the zombie-hating Benny see what he sees.
Benny is a brat. He hates zombies and wants them to die, he hates Mountainside and doesn’t understand why the people in Mountainside won’t reclaim some of the land. He is an all around fifteen year old know-it-all. But as he spends more time with Tom that starts to change.
Nix is the heroine in the story and she has led a rough life. Unfortunately for her it’s about to get rougher. Some old grievances between her mother and a bounty hunter named Charlie Pink-Eye are about to come to light.
As the story progresses we find that the evil in the world is more about certain people that inhabit it than the zombies. Benny learns the hardest rule of all, which is that there are no laws in the Rot and Ruin.
The book was incredibly well written and very interesting read. I enjoyed the zen-like samurai warrior feel that Tom brings to the story. It was easy to engage with the characters and I really felt Benny’s pain as he learned the truth of how the world works. The pace is somewhat deliberate, slowly building tension until things explode into danger and action.
Overall I loved this book. It was an incredibly well done zombie book. It has good action and excellent characters, but also an introspective quality to it that many zombie books lack. Highly recommended to fans of post-apocalyptic zombie books. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series, Dust and Decay.
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co
I am a huge fan of post apocalyptic zombie books so I am always looking for something in that genre and while I love maberry, I just didn't like this one as much.
I love zombie books. always looking for the next good one.
big let down on this one.there is very little focus on zombies and not much horror in this book they constantly use the word zom almost like they are not that big of deal. this book reminds me of a old western how the town is set up and all the interaction i had the second book on my wish list and now i will take it off.
I loved the audio version of this book. The narrator was fantastic, and really allowed me to differentiate between characters without any problem.
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.
When Bennie and Nix were in the lookout tower... I cried, and hoped that help was coming for them!
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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