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Dust & Decay (Rot & Ruin #2)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  14,351 Ratings  ·  1,354 Reviews
“The zombie attacks are bigger, better—and gorier—in this nearly non-stop action sequel to Rot & Ruin” (Kirkus Reviews). Winner of the Bram Stoker Award.

Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also been six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw s
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jan 19, 2011 Lou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' that’s how I describe this story it all unfolds like a Wild West Battle.
The GOOD is Tom Imura and his band of warriors Benny, Nix, Lilath and Chong.
THE BAD is White Bear and other bad zombie hunters.
THE UGLY of course are the Zoms (zombies).

I have said it before Jonathan Maberry is really a masterful storyteller packing a punch across genres. Genre for genre a pound for pound a heavyweight contender for book awards. He has really knitted together a thrill ride o
MABERRY, YOU BASTARD!!! I knew you would do this to me!! ::sobbity sob::

Review to follow when anger and choking tears subside.

In the first book Rot & Ruin, Maberry spends a lot of time putting us into the world as it exists almost 15 years after a zombie apocalypse. We need to know about how things are now, how people live and how they relate to one another. This is Benny's world. Maberry also spends a lot of time and care developing a cast of characters he wants us to fall in love with befo
Jul 20, 2012 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: zombie fans, young adult UF readers
Recommended to Carol. by: Trudi
The second installment of the Benny Imura series delivers action, mysteries, and oodles of character growth. Oh, and at least two thousand and fifty-nine zombies. And a pair of rad surfer dudes, for anyone over 30 who might happen to be reading.

Benny and his friends have returned to their fortified hometown, training with Benny's brother Tom in preparation for the journey east. A week before they are supposed to leave town forever, plans are interrupted by neighbor grandpa dying in his sleep. As
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Steadily trying to catch up on all my reviews. La di da! So, sorry this review has taken me like a week or however long it's been. I don't keep track of time during the summer, sooo ... Whatever. *Checks* Oh, I finished this on August 4th. And now it's August 12th. Okay, so a little more than a week. Not that anyone cares. MOVING ON.

I'll keep this pretty brief because 1) I have a bunch of reviews left to write, and 2) I've already talked a lot about why I love these books in my review of the fir
Jan 22, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
5 Stars

“There is no God,” whispered the old man. “There’s just the devil and me and the Rot and Ruin.”

I am a biased reviewer and a huge fan of Jonathan Maberry, so to give this book less than 5 stars would not be fair to the overall feelings I have for this book and for this series. Maberry is a master at creating larger than life tough as nails adult heroes like Joe Ledger and Malcolm Crow, but in this series, it is the young adults, the hardly more than children, that are the heroes. Clearly w
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book is way more action packed than the first book in this series Rot and Ruin. Lots of zombie action going on and something weird is starting to go on with the Zom's. They are beginning to act and react differently than in the first book.

You still have some of the teenage angst that the first one had but it didn't bother me as much as it did in the first one. I guess because well I was kinda fangirling on Tom Imura's character.
Picture Glenn from the Walking Dead a thousand times cooler.

Dust & Decay picks up seven months after the events of Rot & Ruin. Our young heroes – Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong have been training with Benny’s big brother Tommy. They learn his “Warrior Smart” method of protecting themselves from the zombies because you never know when one of your friends or loved ones will become a zombie…

This is a brutal world. People live in fenced, gated, and well armed communities. Travel outside these towns requires planning, heavy carpet coats, and a disgustin
The Holy Terror
Yeah, so that ending fucking sucked.

(Not because of the writing or anything, but because I'm NOT happy with how things ended.)

No "Happily Ever After" here, my friends.
(4.5 stars)

no No NOOOOOOOO!! Dame It ! ! ! ~cries~

Dust & Decay is such a sensational sequel. This series is the best Zombie books I've ever read.
Action packed, heartbreaking and heart-lifting. Loved it!!!

We're getting more, right?

(Arc provided by S&S Galleygrab)
Paige  Bookdragon
Nov 25, 2014 Paige Bookdragon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all those who like zombies with a hot samurai







*crying piteously in the background*
Mar 20, 2015 Harlee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Within the first few pages, I remembered why I enjoy this series so much. The funny banter between Benny and Tom and Benny's friends made me smile and mentally laugh. It was nice to see that even after the horrific events in Rot and Ruin, and even after they all became different people, there was still that shred of themselves there. I believe Nix was the most changed. Although Tom may be a close second for most changed. He may have been more eager than the kids to get the hell out of that damn ...more
This book was amazing!! What a flipping ride. I loved it. Loved it. I can't believe I picked up the first in this series on a whim and by a recommendation only. I feel like this series should have been on my radar long before.

The narration of both Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay is very well done; so good that I had a hard time pausing the audio to live my life (get work done, be a parent, talk to my boss, etc. etc.)

Dust & Decay starts off slowly and at some points, Tom Immura's philos
Merve Özcan
Feb 14, 2017 Merve Özcan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, gr-4-20
Ortalarda biraz sıkılsam da harikaydı. Sonunda ağlayacaksınız ama. Ben ağladım. İçime öküz oturdu. Hatta biraz daha ağlayabilirim. T_T
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Wow! I am so glad this was just if not a tad bit better than the first. I'm very much looking forward to starting the third one after I'm done with the rest of the books in progress. :)
Sep 30, 2011 Lou rated it it was amazing
'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' that’s how I describe this story it all unfolds like a Wild West Battle.
The GOOD is Tom Imura and his band of warriors Benny, Nix, Lilath and Chong.
THE BAD is White Bear and other bad zombie hunters.
THE UGLY of course are the Zoms (zombies).
I have said it before Jonathan Maberry is really a masterful storyteller packing a punch across genres. Genre for genre a pound for pound a heavyweight contender for book awards. He has really knitted together a thrill ride o
Feb 21, 2014 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Forget the walking dead, this is where first class zombie action is at! My heart was pounding through the whole book! I usually prefer a single, first person narrative as opposed to several third person narratives(especially in YA novels) but Jonathan Maberry's writing won me over.

It reminded me of an awesome action/ adventure TV show where the movement from one scene to another is flawless. The pacing was great and I was eagerly awaiting the continuation of each characters story, even from char
Jo Anne B
I can't help but feel insulted by this book. I know it is young adult and I should probably not think too much about it since it is meant for a younger brain but I can't help it. This was just the ending of the first book, not a different one. I feel that Maberry took a cheap shot here or a cop out and maybe for the sake of drawing out the series longer to make more money.

I was expecting some new adventures not going back to Gameland to rescue some pesky teenager again. I didn't believe that Tom
Jan 19, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-zombies
I absolutely loved Rot & Ruin. It was an astounding zombie YA series starter, with just the right mix of the horrors that men can do verses the zombie carnage. There was a thought-provoking focus on the fact that zombies used to be people, and therefore they should be respected for what they were as well as feared for what they now are - something a lot of zombie stories fail to take into account.

Dust & Decay keeps the theme in the same general vein, but having already established that
Mar 24, 2013 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-physical
"Warrior smart."

I did not expect this one to be so good. But it is 'edge of your seat' adventure from page 1 on. And even though there was some back and forth confusion about didn't overwhelm the story or even get distracting.

The characters are just amazing. Benny, Tom, Lilah, Nix & Chong...I feel like we get to know them so much more in this one. There is some soul searching, some philosophy - which I think is pretty understandable when talking about zombies and the rebuildin
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Sep 02, 2014 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads, owned
Why did he have to die? WHY???

Jonathan Maberry kann Jiu-Jitsu. Ist das nicht abgefahren? In seinem englischen Wikipedia-Artikel steht, dass er den schwarzen Gürtel achten Grades hält. Ich kenne mich mit Kampfsportarten nicht aus, schätze aber, dass das eine ziemlich hohe Stufe ist. Maberry begann sein Training im Alter von 6, weil er zu dieser Zeit in einer unsicheren Nachbarschaft lebte. Ich hätte sowas niemals erwartet, weil es einfach nicht zu meinem Bild von Autor_innen passt. Es erklärt allerdings, warum Tom Imura, e
Marita Hansen
4 1/2 Stars.

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As far as I remember, the first of this series is being turned into a film, and hopefully this one as well, which I think is fan-frigging-tastic. As with the first book, this was a gripping read. We have the Imuras, Benny (the main character), Tom (his older sumari sword wielding brother), Nix (Benny's girlfriend), Lilah (the legendary Lost Girl) and Chong (his best friend) going on an adventure, all but Chong leaving town for good. Well, that was the plan! But what they
Jodi Papazian
Mar 02, 2012 Jodi Papazian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-reads
Here is the very quick, non-spoiler-y review. Dust & Decay was a fabulous follow-up to Rot & Ruin. Sometimes sequels don't live up to the fabulousness of the first book, but this one definitely did. It was full of edge-of-your-seat action and had great, gory details - perfect for a Zom book! This is such an easy sell to tween and teen boys. I have had so many in here begging for this book after devouring Rot & Ruin. Girls will enjoy the book as well.

OK, now I am going to get spoiler
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Karin Librarian for

Benny made it back from the Rot & Ruin only to start training with his brother, Tom, to leave again. After seeing the airplane fly over, Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Tom have been anxious to find out where it was going. Could there be civilization beyond the Rot & Ruin?

Every day, Tom trains Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong. He prepares them to fight the Zoms they are sure to encounter on their long trek across the dangerous country.

Everyone has diffe
Mark Wilson
Apr 17, 2012 Mark Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Mark by: Kyle Scott
Engaging, human, exciting, character-driven, beautifully written. Fine work sir.
The author exposes the fragility of human decency and the simplicity and ease with which people may sink to the depths of evil wonderfully.

Throughout these books Mr Maberry develops his characters in a wonderfully human and believable way, despite the unreal setting and extraordinary trials they face. The obvious villains he presents us with in Charlie pinke-eye's brood are just the rotten, public face of the "ordin
Jun 26, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! It keeps you constantly on the edge of your seat and it's a page turner! I loved the huge character developments of all the kids and the new relationship between the Imura brothers!
Benny is now much more mature and smart! He's a lot like his brother Tom! He makes a lot of tough, well thought out, "warior smart" decisions in this book that I was realllly happy about!
I also loved Lilah's, "Lost Girl", character development from the first book and throughout this second one!
Jun 09, 2013 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I am so happy to tell you that I love the sequel better than the first book! Dust and Decay is all about Tom taking Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong out to the Ruin to find out what the jet was they find in the first book.

But Tom hasn't been outside of town for months now, and things have changed for the worse in the Ruin. The group is separated and each battling their own demons. Gameland is still alive and well, and there's word that White Bear has taken over, and become more ruthless.

R.S. Carter
At one point, it reminded me of this, but for kids:

Maberry takes a giant leap from the first book and steps up the violence, horror and gore by 500%. The first book was quite tame by comparison. This one will have you shivering under your sheets when the lights go out.

The entire last section of the book was action-packed. It was fierce and bloody. And there was some parts that were straight out of a nightmare. **cough**Charlie**cough**

The somewhat familiar 'final' zombie-from-hell in studded le
Mar 31, 2012 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Shelves: books-i-own
I think 4.25 - 4.5 Stars and a big Wow!

I am still sniffling like a whuss. What an ending but not the end.

The Dust and Decay consumes, it eats, it tortures and blinds us to what is real and true. There are things worse than zombies. There are men. The dust and twists men's minds and turns them into inhuman beings that know nothing beyond their own survival.

The world as we know it is lost. How do you find it when everything you ever knew and loved is gone. Can you start new? Can you l
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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries.

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