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In the gripping conclusion to the action-packed standard bearer (Booklist) of zombie series, the threat of death is given new life.

Benny Imura and his friends have found the jet and Sanctuary, but neither is what they expected. Instead of a refuge, Sanctuary is a hospice, and the soldiers who flew the plane seem to be little more than bureaucrats who have given up hope for
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Hardcover, 537 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Benny waited, his whole body tensing for the argument, the outrage, the refusal that he knew was coming. The ranger looked past him at the three fierce girls on the other side of the trench. Then he turned and looked at the zoms, who were less than a quarter mile away. Finally he looked down at the torn piece of paper in his hand.

"You're doing all of this because of your friend? Because of that Chong kid?"

"I'm doing this because this is our world too. You don't have a right to shut us out of t
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Now is the time when I wish I had a better gift of writing to express my thoughts on these books. I do not understand why they are not more popular than they are because yep I'm gonna say it. These are my new favorite series of all times. Next to Lonesome Dove. I am a stingy bitch when it comes to giving books five stars. The book has to blow me out of the water. Guess what? This did it.
5 teenagers. Yes teenagers are out to save the world. Some of the better characters I've ever seen in books.
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Christina

And this is how you end a series (yes I'm talking to you Charlaine Harris).

So, how shall I sum up the whole Benny Imura series? I'll let Maberry do that himself:

...nothing was more dangerous than living men. p241

Fire & Ash is a worthy ending to a very good series. And as it turns out, this series may actually be longer than I thought... but I don't want to ruin any surprises so I'll just leave you with that little teaser. You can read the series and decide for yourself.

The final book in the
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Dana

“It's just that I'm fifteen, and I have this crazy idea I might actually have a life in front of me. I don't see how it's going to do me much good to believe that the world is over and this is just an epilogue.”
― Jonathan Maberry, Rot and Ruin

Not sure how I feel about this installment. I think that the plot was intriguing but the pace dragged a little too much for my liking. I normally love big books but this one actually felt long if you get what I mean. I may be a little unfair in my critic
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Paige  (LoveBooksThatBites)
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I'm a little sad when I finished this series. To be totally honest, even though Jonathan Maberry irked me a little because he killed Tom Imura, this series one of the good ones. The type that you can't sleep because you just finished the book and you didn't buy the sequel so you're wondering and suffering what will happen next?

This is it.

The ending is okay (I guess). I'm at peace with Benny and Nix's change of relationship and Chong and Lilah are two thumbs up for me.

The last
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Melissa Martin
I love the Rot & Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry! The only exception would be Tom, and that is all I'm going to say on that one.

These new zombies in this book are freakin scary! I mean if all of the zombies were like those I don't think there would be much left on the planet for them to eat!

I was so happy that Joe played a big part in this book. I have been wanting to get a hold of that series as well. Now that I have a crush on him, I'm guessing I need to get them all up to date :) OH and
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Janie Johnson
Ok so this installment was by far my favorite one, and also the end of the series. What a journey this has been through a dramatic zombie apocalypse. And so very thought provoking! I think that Jonathan Maberry did an amazing job constructing the world, the premise, antagonists, and the protagonists. I really could not put this book down. It wrapped the series up nicely. I am also somewhat sad that the series has come to a close, but at the same time I applaud Maberry for knowing it was time to ...more
Lazybee
An epic conclusion to the much coveted Benny imura series. The only star left is for Tom.

There was action, adventure, romance, suspense, zombies, what more could you possibly want. If you want more then you are in the wrong place. Get out of YA category. And one more there is an epic friendzoning( it's a suspense). Although not awesome as Tom, ledger fills the role neatly.

As whole, the book was awesome.
Jason
4 Stars

This is a series that is the perfect read for the young adult crowd, and adults as we'll. This is the final book in the series and is a great conclusion to the tale. Maberry is one of my favorite authors and one to not be missed.
Melanie
When I first started the Rot and Ruin series I wasn't sure I would like the book. I hadn't read a lot of books with zombies in them. But this series isn't just a book about zombies, it's about the characters inside of it also. Fire and Ash is an amazing conclusion to the series, it's by far the bet series I've read since the Hunger Games.

Each character is amazing and well thought out. Benny is the main character, when we were first introduced to him he was self-centered and immature. But through
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Kat
Straight after finishing the third book in the Benny Imura series, Flesh and Bone, I started reading Fire and Ash. It's quite rare that I binge read a series anymore - blogging tends to make it a bit too much of a balancing act, but once I had the momentum going, I really wanted to find out how this series ends.

As with the other books, Fire and Ash picks up pretty much immediately where the prior book left off. Benny, Lilah, Nix and their new friends, Riot, Eve and Joe, have found Sanctuary, whe
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Jodi Papazian
This was an exceptional end to what has become one of my favorite YA series. Jonathan Maberry excels at keeping readers on the edge of their seats. There were many points throughout this book when my stomach was in knots wondering what was going to happen. I could not read fast enough trying to get to the end. I won't get in to a lot of details because I wouldn't want to spoil what is sure to be a highly enjoyable read for others. I will say that Jonathan Maberry created wonderful characters wh ...more
Jen
This was an incredibly satisfying ending to a series with characters I have grown to love; it's sad to have to say goodbye to some of them for sure.

What I have loved most about this series is that it's a fantastic "gateway" book for my reluctant boy readers; I have hooked several boys over the years with Rot & Ruin which leads them to the other books in the series and then others past that. This is not to say that girls don't enjoy this as well-- it's successful with almost anyone I can get
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Marc Williams
This book was so good, and so much better than the third book in the series that Flesh and Bone actually seems better in reflection.

Everything that I have complained about with this series in the past was not only fixed in this final installment -- it was proven to be intentional. What I thought was a lack of character development was actually character development so slow and gradual and deliberate that I could not even recognize it was taking place until it clicked in this book.

What I though
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Alondra
Jan 28, 2014 Alondra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone with a pulse...or not
5 Stars

A great ending to a great series. I am not sure how I feel about this story ending; not visiting with these characters anymore, except in a reread; and not knowing what the future holds for Benny and his friends.

As I have said so many times; this series is not about the zombies; it is about us. It is about human nature in the face of great adversity. Do we fight, run, or allow it to swallow us whole? How many would give up and how many would try and find that plane?

Entertaining, funny, t
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Leave it to a bunch of teenagers to save the world!! I loved this last book. It wrapped up this series quite well. I wasn't sure if I would like this at first or not, but it grabs a hold of you from the first book. Excellent writing, great story building and characters are some better ones I have come across in a series. Good job indeed!!!
Wendy F
Shadows and blood. And monsters.

So... I guess you have to ask yourself, young samurai, how far would you be willing to go to stop Saint John if he was coming after you and yours? How scary are you willing to be in order to take the heart out of the enemy? Are you willing to be the monster in the dark? Are you willing to be the boogeyman of their nightmares? If you can look inside your own head and see the line that you won't cross, the limit that's too far, then I can guarantee you Saint John
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Chris
This is the final book in a YA series called "Rot & Ruin" by Jonathan Maberry. I think its a great series of books to start a kid reading for pleasure. As suggested by the title, the series is part of the currently trendy "Zombie Genre" but this a cut above the rest. Maberry manages to tell a scary, action-packed, post-apocalyptic, zombie story WITHOUT gratuitous violence, foul language and utter gross outs (but again it is a zombie book so there is a little gore) like I said perfect for a y ...more
~Tina~
Fire & Ash is the heart-stopping, gripping and touching conclusion to a fascinating and desperate story of surviving against monstrous odds.
Jonathan Maberry turned a book about Zombies into an inspiring and emotional journey with flesh and blood characters that will fight till the bitter end. This is one series that I won't soon forget.
Masterfully done!
R.S. Carter
4.5 big, bloody, samurai stars

This is it. The end of the Imura brothers' adventures; the last book in the series. I wish it wasn't.

As with the previous books, the stumbling and slow zombies aren't the most dangerous things out there. People are. Although Gameland was officially closed, Saint John and his army of reapers were out there. And something else - fast zombies. Like Hollywood's version of WWZ fast. The threat is intensified.

The end? A complete and literal bloodbath. Twice over. The dea
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Martin
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Jennifer
I completely inhaled each and every one of the books in the Benny Imura quartet. And this was a fitting end to the series ... or is it the end? Hmmm ... best you judge for yourself until Mr. Maberry lets us know for sure!

As with the previous editions in the series, the action kept coming. I could literally feel the swords swooshing by me. The explanation of the Reaper Plague? Well, I admit that the science went over my head - but it did have me thinking, "Wonder what a techy would say about this
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Jennifer Lavoie
Okay, so it's been a few days and I'm well rested enough to write a review for this EPIC. AMAZING. FANTASTIC end to the Benny Imura series that started with Rot and Ruin.

This book has so much going on it will leave your head spinning. If you're a fan of the first books, this one is by far the best, and you will not want to put it down. I know I didn't. I even had students argue over who got to read it first, second, and third.

And I'll also add that by the end of the book, especially part five,
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Stephanie Scott
n the gripping conclusion to the action-packed "standard bearer" (Booklist) of zombie series, the threat of death is given new life.
Benny Imura and his friends have found the jet and Sanctuary-but neither is what they expected. Instead of a refuge, Sanctuary is a hospice, and the soldiers who flew the plane seem to be little more than bureaucrats who have given up hope for humanity''s future. With Chong hovering between life and death, clinging to his humanity by a thread, Benny makes a startlin
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Nina O'Daniels
It’s tough growing up. It is even tougher growing up in a world plagued by zombies and by the evils of men who are more of a threat than the zombies. But Chong, Lilah, Nix, Benny, and Morgie- the last of Tom Imura’s samurais- do just that. They do it with skill, pride, fear, brains, love, loyalty, and above all, the belief that the world has to be better than this.

The conclusion to this series is very satisfying but somewhat rushed (not that I minded). The search for a cure (Chong is still infec
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Cindy
Imagine a world where your children as young as 11 or 12 years old are forced to basically fight or die. Of course they could stay behind the "protected" areas with fences and guards, but eventually the integrity of these defenses would be compromised. What I loved about this series, and especially this last book, was the level of development in maturity of these kids. They were clever and showed a determination to take back the world at any cost. They fight through the fear with more courage th ...more
Jo-Anne Pfoh
I have been sitting here for a while trying to think of the right word to define this book, the only thing that keeps popping into my head is "WOW". What an amazing read this was a roller coaster ride for my brain.

The characters are so well defined that they leap out at you, grab your heart or your hatred and take you for a spin. This is now my favourite zombie book. I can always tell if I am reading a good book if I dream about it and boy the dreams just kept coming. I can still close my eyes
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Mikael Vanhoose
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Kristopher
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Mack Vinsonhaler
Benny and his friends have finally emerged from the Yosemite National Park and reached sanctuary, a place where civilization is finally getting a foothold in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. Scientists are on the verge of creating a cure for the zombie plague and it should be a time for joy. However, a group called the reapers are not big fans of the zombie plague ending and are planning to tear down sanctuary brick by brick. In the process of fighting the reapers (there are tens of thous ...more
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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.

His novels include the Pine Deep Trilogy: GHOST ROAD BLUES (Pinnacle books; winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2006), DEAD
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Benny Imura (5 books)
  • Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)
  • Dust and Decay (Benny Imura, #2)
  • Flesh and Bone (Benny Imura, #3)
  • Bits & Pieces (Benny Imura, #5)
Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1) Patient Zero (Joe Ledger, #1) Dust and Decay (Benny Imura, #2) Flesh and Bone (Benny Imura, #3) The Dragon Factory (Joe Ledger, #2)

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