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Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura #1)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  19,352 ratings  ·  2,538 reviews
In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach h ...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 458 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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This is what I learned from reading Rot & Ruin:

1. Zombies iz people too. So they should be treated with respect, yo. (more about this later)

2. Books containing zombies can be really irritating and boring.

You see, I didn't know this was a possibility. I mean, it's zombies we're talking about here. How could zombies be boring? Turns out all you need to do is add a lame teenage romance and BAM! What really matters (ZOMBIES!) gets shoved onto the backburner in favor of the not-so-important (lo
Kat Kennedy
My little brother and I generally get along very well. Except for an occasional intellectual disagreements on ethics, morality, religion or politics we're pretty close. However, he can sometimes be a naive pain-in-the-butt. Until reading Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, I assumed this was something that would have to be cured by time, experience, and several well-timed and well-placed blows to the head.

However, parents and old siblings can now breath a sigh of relief because Jonathan Maberry
You know when you see yourself in a picture and think, "Ahhhhhhhh! Is that me?"

You just don't look right because you're used to seeing yourself from a different angle in the mirror. That's how this entire book felt because I thought I was seeing it all wrong. Something just seemed off. But more on that later *long drawn out dramatic pause*............ Dun, dun, duuuuuuun.

Beware! Minor Spoilers are afoot (and tagged). That's if you can spoil something that's already 'Rot'ten and 'Ruin'ed to begin
Morgan F

I am. I so am. BRING IT

I'm just kidding. When there is a zombie apocalypse (no, not if), I'm about 98% sure I would not survive. I would be like those chicks in horror movies who get killed off in the opening credits. But there is the 2% I do survive initially, and then after that, I have a plan.

I am skilled in no way shape or form. I hate the wilderness and physical activity. I am not a quick thinker and I panic under pressure. So basically, I am screwed unless I find Tom Imura. Tom Imura was
I have been on a zombie reading frenzy lately – I see a zombie book and I must read it, I can’t help myself. And the books are coming fast and furious, especially in the YA area. Some are good, some are awful, and some are outstanding. Jonathan Maberry’s Rot and Ruin falls somewhere just shy of outstanding. It reeks of EPIC WIN.

So yeah, I love this book and before I go all fangirl over Tom Imura and squee my head off let me highlight why you should start this series:

1) It is very well-written -
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*

God damn, I'd written like half this review and then I accidentally pressed backspace and went back a page, and lost EVERYTHING I'D WRITTEN. ARRRRGGHGHGHGHGHHDKH;ASKDG;ALSDJJLK.

... You get the idea. I'm pretty flipping angry right now. GARRR. Well, I will try to recreate what I'd written. And this time I will select and copy everything I have repeatedly. Probably after every single word.

SO I tremendously enjoyed this book. It's probably the best zombie book I've read
Long overdue for this zombie fan, I am finally - finally - reading this series! As you can guess I've been hearing a lot about this award winning author, Jonathan Maberry, and although I'm only on book 2 at the moment, I can already see why it garnered so much popularity (and book 2 is even better so far!).

This novel is set years after the zombies came, so it's not your run of the mill survival of the fittest story happening in the midst of an apocalypse, this one is about what happens after th
This story is about two brothers, The Imura brothers, Tom the bounty hunter and Benny the not so yet bounty hunter. Benny since First Night, the time when the Zombie outbreak began has not yet killed, has now come to the stage in his life where he's going to have to make some big decisions. Will he embrace the path of a bounty hunter like his brother or not? What sets Benny on a stepping-stone to his chosen destiny is the sea
Jul 21, 2012 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carol. by: Trudi

I know, zombies, right? So passe, so early century, so urban fiction--so yawn for so many people. The genre is erroneously underrated; the best zombie and apocalypse fiction is about wrestling with humanity, ethics and survival, with some hair-raising action to leaven the philosophy. At worst, they're Cracker Jacks, caramel popcorn fun with a prize at the end. I love me some apocalypse fiction, and when Trudi recommended this series, I knew I had to give it a go.

It opens in a small town of 28 th
May 23, 2012 AH rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young adults, boys
Is the zombie apocalypse close at hand?

Are zombies the new vampire? Both are undead. Both bite. Unfortunately, zombies have gotten the short end of the stick. Zombies are not glamorous. They are not sexy or sparkly either. Zombies are just ….well ewww.

I must preface this review with the fact that I usually don’t like zombies. I don’t go out of my way to read about zombies, or watch *shudder* zombie movies. I get squeamish at the sight of blood and gore.

Rot & Ruin is a great read. Aimed at
Nov 07, 2010 Janina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Janina by: Tina & Teccc (don't you love how this sounds with the title?)
Rot & Ruin was the first zombie book I ever read and judging by how much I liked it, I think it won't be the last (recommendations are welcome; I'm not exactly an expert). I would categorize it as middle grade, though, so if you're looking for a 'hard-core' ;) zombie book, you might want to look elsewhere.

First of all, I really like the makeup of this book: We have an eye-catching – and slightly creepy cover – and then on the inside we have some 'zombie-cards' (the kids in the story collect
To say I am a fan of zombie books and films would be putting it mildly. As a small child in church, I'd sit on the kneeler and watch people going up for communion and imagine who I would want in my post-zombie village.

Another fact you should know: I read half of Jonathan Maberry's Patient Zero and I just wasn't into it. I kept putting it down and stopped picking it up, not because it was bad, but because I didn't really care about what happened next. I remember finding the dialogue awkward and u
May 20, 2011 Mariel rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the three r's
Recommended to Mariel by: retch & roll
I don't really have anything new to add about Rot & Ruin other than throwing in my voice to chime with the naysayers in a bored "Nay!" I may even be lip synching. I'm not feeling the effort at all.
Imagine the most stereotypical response of a fifteen year old boy and apply that to any points the zombie killing concept/teenaged boy living in a post apocalyptic world can dredge up and that's your book. Stir in a dash of "I should have cared all along!" and generic teen friendships story. Add a
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
The ratings from my friends on this book are all over the place. Some loved it-some hated it. I almost took it back to the library without reading it because of that. Glad I gave it a go.
Benny is a typical teenager in the beginning of this book. I didn't like his smart little butt and spent most of the time wanting to smack some sense into his head. Honestly, he kind reminds me of Carl from the Walking Dead. I couldn't stand that kid in the beginning of the series and half the time now I want to
There are moments that define a person's whole life. Moments in which everything they are and everything they may possibly become balance on a single decision. Life and death, hope and despair, victory and failure teeter precariously on the decision made at that moment. These are moments ungoverned by happenstance, untroubled by luck. These are the moments in which a person earns the right to live, or not.

Inspiring? Moving? Emotional? These are just some of the words I didn't expect to express r
Loved this! It was zombie killers a la Clint Eastwood. There was a western flavor to this that I really liked.

Benny Imura is fifteen years old and looking for a job. His older brother Tom is a bounty hunter but Benny can't stand the idea of working with him because Tom is a coward. What kind of "man" would run away from his parents and not try to save them from the zombie horde? But that's just what Tom did, taking his infant brother Benny with him.

Now, fourteen years later, they live in the rel
Benny Imura has a couple of days till turning fifteen. Fifteen year olds in his post apocalyptic world are expected to contribute to society otherwise they find their rations cut in half (Everything I’ve said happens in the first couple of pages.) He also lives with his half brother, Tom Imura, whom he loathes. Why? You’ll just have to read on. Things get really exciting as he looks for a job only to find that the only viable option is to go into the “family business” with Tom who happens to be ...more
Marita Hansen
When I went into reading Rot & Ruin I did not expect to find it so engrossing. I’ve only read one other zombie book, Outpost, and liked it, but that one was a totally different look at the zombie lore. In Rot & Ruin zombies act like expected, but apart from that, the author doesn’t present his zombie story like others. Instead, he takes it from a very human angle, following the lives of Benny, his brother and friends. We get down to how life is for Benny, what it is like to live in a tim ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Benny just turned fifteen. In his world, that means he must find a job in order to continue receiving his rations. The problem is, Benny can't find a job he likes. He and his best friend, Chong, waited too long to get one and all the easy jobs are gone. What's left isn't very appealing. He's tried being a locksmith, a fence tester, a fence technician, a carpet coat salesman, a pit thrower, a crank generator repairman, a spotter, a bottler, and an e
2.5 stars

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I’ve read several zombie books in the recent months. Because of this I know that it’s important for the author to come up with some original aspect to centralize their story around. I don’t feel that this book did it… what this book felt like to me was a typical YA story with zombies thrown in as an after-thought.

Rot & Ruin’s ‘original aspect’ focused on a group of people trying to change the world to make people see and understand th
It would be nice to think that this is simply a reflection of my reading tastes being very different from Jonathan Maberry's writing style. After all, I despised Patient Zero when so many people loved that book. And here again, I very strongly dislike Rot & Ruin. But is it really just me?

Maberry is the king of telling, not showing. One dimensional characters who seem so cliched. Even the zombie attacks couldn't make this more enjoyable. It was a chore to finish this and no matter how cool th
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
"Rot & Ruin" is a difficult review to write. It took me almost a month to finish and yet I really enjoyed it. It's quite a lengthy novel but for the first 250 pages, not very much happens other than a lot of ground work and characterisation, which I must say is out of this world.

However, although the first half took me weeks to get through due to putting it down, reading something else and then picking it up again, the second half of this book I gobbled up in two days, and now I've finished
Before I get into the heart of my review on "Rot and Ruin" - I just want to say that I think it takes a certain stroke of genius for a writer to make a reader somewhat misty-eyed after reading a zombie novel. I don't say that in the sense that the book made me sad (though it certainly had its harrowing moments; my heart started doing jumping jacks and backflips in the transition of certain scenes). Rather, "Rot and Ruin" manages to do what a good book should do - take its readers into the heart ...more
Steve Lowe
An absorbing read, but my gripe with this book is the same as the first Maberry book I read, Patient Zero: it's about 50-100 pages too long. Maberry gives us some great scenes full of moral strife and touching emotion, but then he goes out of his way in the very next paragraph to explain that strife and conflict. Come on, dude, I understand this is a YA zombie book for teens, but give those kids some credit. They'll pick up what you're putting down without the ham-handed spoon feeding. The messa ...more
5 Stars

This is a very different Maberry novel in that Benny Imura, our main protagonist, is just a 15 year old, somewhat naive and innocent boy, about to grow up into a man. There is no Joe Ledger or Malcolm Crow in this one, and that is just fine.

Clearly written to have the YA appeal, and to be current with one of today's most popular genres, that of Zombies. Maberry's fresh take on this is apparent right from the start and from the characters that he portrays.
As many other reviewers have alrea
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I missed my zombies. The last time I read a full-length zombie novel was back in November, Married with Zombies , and it wasn't really an awesome read at that. I think I got a bit grossed out with the surprising gore part in that novel that's why I took a break from reading zombie novels. Then the holidays came and I didn't want to read about the living dead so I just let them wait a bit more. John Green's Zombicorns whetted my appetite for zombies again, so I go
This is one of those books that feels too long, but unlike many of the others I couldn't tell you what should be cut in it. It just needed to not be as long. Or, oh! I've got it! More tension would be NICE! As a reader, I think I have a right to expect not to be bored reading about the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.

Yes, that is a terrible hook and yes, I know and no, I couldn't come up with something better because that really is the note I want this review to start out on.

I'll give Maberry some cr
Janie Johnson
When I first started this book I did not know if I would like it. It seemed very mild for a zombie book. And this was my first book about zombies, so I was not overly thrilled with what I was reading. It seemed too tame, but as I read and I got it into my head that this was 14 years after the zombies started the book grew on me. It made me want more.

The characters are all very memorable, very real. The author did a great job with them, the plot and the location. The book touched on many emotions
I've had this book on my bedside table for over a year now. The cover really grosses me out, but the good people at the HarperTeen booth at ALA insisted that I take it. I've been putting off reading and it and putting off reading it . . . then my sister read it a week or two ago, and can not stop raving about how good it is. So I thought, All right, fine, I'll get it over with . . .

Picked it up yesterday morning. Could not put it down.

The book isn't about zombies, gross nasty zombies, and scream
I had this book on my TBR list for awhile, so when I won it in a giveaway it just allowed me to read it sooner. So glad I did! Rot & Ruin wasn't exactly what I expected... it was better. Way better. There are three things that I love in any book... 1. When it has those "ooohhh snap!" moments, 2. When it can make you choke up, and 3. when it has those moments that just make you sit back a think. Not only did this book have all three of those, it had zombies too! But the real monsters in this ...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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“There are moments that define a person's whole life. Moments in which everything they are and everything they may possibly become balance on a single decision. Life and death, hope and despair, victory and failure teeter precariously on the decision made at that moment. These are moments ungoverned by happenstance, untroubled by luck. These are the moments in which a person earns the right to live, or not.” 165 likes
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