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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This story follows teenager, Benny Imura, who has lost both of his parents to the zombie infection. The story starts out with Benny’s teenaged boy attitude and his need to find a job. He doesn’t like his older brother, has no respect for him, and doesn’t really understand what his brother does. He searches out all of the other jobs available and finally decides he has to go out with his brother into the place referred to as the ‘Rot and Ruin’ and learn the family trade.
Outside the walls of their city, zombies walk around in the Rot and Ruin and will go after anything that moves, makes loud noises, or smells good to eat. There are also some other people out there and they can be just as dangerous as the zombies. Benny starts getting real lessons in what his new zombie-infested world is all about.
I really enjoyed this story. I had some reservations when it started off and I got to know Benny a little, but once the story took off, I was hooked. These aren’t your typical zombies and this isn’t your typical zombie story. The world created by Jonathan Mayberry was very well done and I was left wanting more!
Although this was the first book in a series, I was not left hanging with a giant cliff hanger. I was left with the feeling that I had just heard a really good story and wanted more. I will definitely be looking for the next book in the series, Dust and Decay!
The Narration Review
Brian Hutchison has a nice, clear story telling voice that is very easy to listen to. Although he didn’t have a whole cast of character voices in his pocket, I could easily differentiate between people when they were speaking in dialog.
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!
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.
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.
And I almost *didn't* get past those first two hours. So much teenage angst! And worse, predictable angst. It was obvious from the get-go that there was more to the past than what Benny believed. I just couldn't wait for his eyes to be opened.
But once the story moved out into the Rot & Ruin, it got more exciting and interesting. It's a zombie story with a twist, with true evil found not in the shambling undead but in those who would take advantage of the apocalypse for their own personal gain.
After listen to several other books by Maberry I was expecting the same kind of writers. It was hard to continue listening at first but I powered through. It turned out to be good. Wasn't Joe ledger but good.
I "read" Patient Zero and liked it as far as zombie books go. My husband and I listen to the books in our many travels across the country. I got Rot and Ruin for a trip from texas to vegas. This book was awesome. It was a whole new take on zombie stories. What would I compare it to? World War Z, maybe. It stretched your imagination and had a fresh perspective.
The story starts out a little slow with the main character being self centered and immature. Then the plot takes off, and it is great. Some parts were a little drawn out, but it kept us on the edge of our seats and awake the whole drive. That's the making of a great audio book for us.
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!
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.
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.
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