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This was a good sequel and does Rot and Ruin justice. It is pretty similar in the story-telling and plot but with some notable differences - bigger anThis was a good sequel and does Rot and Ruin justice. It is pretty similar in the story-telling and plot but with some notable differences - bigger and badder baddies, religious fanatics and tricked out zombies.
Synopsis with spoilers below.
(view spoiler)[Benny, Nix, Lilah and Tom have been preparing to leave Mountainside and find the jet. Tom has been training the group and gathering supplies but the town leaders are not happy about his plans. They try to convince him that he needs to stay to protect the town. He reminds them that he has proposed a militia many times but they have always refused to act. After an elderly man dying and re-animating leads to two families dying (one of which was Charlie Pink-Eye's brother's family) Tom decides to push up their trip and leave early, starting with a one night camping trip with Chong as a last minute measure to make sure they are ready. Tom encourages the others to say their goodbyes to the towns people; Benny tries to say goodbye to Morgie but Morgie says he hates him and is glad he is leaving.
Benny, Nix, Tom, Lilah and Chong head out from Mountainside for a pre-find-the-jet camping trip as a way to prepare and say goodbye to Chong. However things in the Rot and Ruin are starting to change, new Bounty Hunters have entered the territory since the death of Charlie and the Hammer, a new creepy religious fanatic named Preacher Jack is making waves and it appears that not every person who is killed is reanimating as a zombie. Things go awry when the group encounters some exotic wildlife, causing Chong to panic and put everyone in jeopardy. The group makes their way to the Waystation to stay with Brother Andrew and his group but arrive to find the Waystation abandoned. Fueled by embarrassment and feeling he does not have a chance with Lilah (who is oblivious to his feelings for her), Chong decides to run away from the group and make his own way back to Mountainside where he thinks he belongs. However soon after he leaves the group he is captured by the new big and bad bounty hunter Whitebear, and is taken to the newly re-built Game Land.
Tom goes to find Chong and discovers Sally Two-Knives who has been shot after trying to save Chong. He nurses her wounds and tells her of his plans to leave, she tells him that if he leaves White Bear will have no opposition and will rule the territory. She thinks Tom will attack and destroy Game Land once and for all before leaving, but he insists he will just save Chong and leave.
Benny and Nix become separated from Lilah when their safe house is attacked and Benny and Nix decide to keep heading east to their next rest stop. However the hotel that was meant to be a sanctuary is the new location of Game Land and they are captured when they arrive. After capturing some of Whitebear's men Tom finds out that Whitebear has put a bounty on Tom and his entire group. He also discovers where the new Gameland is, and knowing that Benny, Nix and Lilah are probably headed there he races to try to save them.
Chong fights in the zombie pits and because of Tom's training manages to kill two zombies, but not without getting bitten, he manages to escape the zombie infection however and is rescued from the pit by Tom. They fight their way into the hotel, while everyone else is distracted by Benny and Nix's own zombie-pit fight.
Preacher Jack and Whitebear announce to the gathered crowd that from that point on the Zombie pits were the way those who have been captured can be either purified by defeating the zombies or become one of the chosen by becoming a zombie. If the captured person defeats the zombies they will be set free as it is a reflection of god's will. Benny and Nix are placed in the pit and told that if they find and ring a church bell that has been hidden they will be cleansed of their sins and set free. He also orders Whitebear's men to open the flaps of a large white tent to reveal hundreds of "Children of Lazarus" (zombies) each of which have been tied to a chair, who are there to "witness" the event. The crowd is upset at seeing the zombies but calm down after realizing the zombies are bound and Whitebear orders silence. Before they were placed in the pit Benny and Nix were held in an empty room and managed to salvage some supplies to make rudimentary weapons which they use to fight their way through the maze of tunnels while the crowd watches.
In the hotel Tom and Chong find a group of children who have been captured to fight in the pits, they set them free and find a stock-pile of weapons. In the hotel Tom is surprised by a group of bounty hunters, including Sally Two-Knives who decided to back Tom as he takes on Whitebear, Preacher Jack and the entire Game Land crew. Dramatics ensue and the battle for Game Land begins. Lilah, after spending some time the has also made her way to Game Land and is staking the place out hoping to find her friends. Tom goes out alone to face White Bear and Preacher Jack, who is revealed to be Charlie's brother and father and are determined to kill the Imuras because they believe they are responsible for his death and the death of their family in town.
Assuming Tom is alone Whitebear orders one of his men to go and get Tom; Tom warns the gathered crowd, including some people from Mountainside, to leave now or else they would not be spared. No one listens to him however and when Tom signals the approaching man is shot by one of the bounty hunters stationed in the hotel. Two other of Tom's allies sneak into the tent and free the zombies and chaos ensues. Tom's loyalists flood the field and attack Whitebear's men and the spectators and the zombies attack whoever they can get.
After killing the zombie of Charlie Pink-Eye, who had nails and armor implanted in his skin, Benny and Nix escape the pit with the help of two of Tom's allies. Lilah also joins the battle and she and Chong are reunited and there is some kissing. Tom, Benny, Lilah, Nix, Chong and the remaining loyal bounty hunters try to make their escape but while running into the woods Tom is shot by Preacher Jack. Preacher Jack follows the group into the woods, he is determined to kill Tom as he now holds him responsible for Whitebear's death as well. Tom lacks the strength to kill preacher Jack, who is an ex-soldier of fortune but Benny manages to kill him with Tom's sword.
Tom's injuries are too severe however and after telling Benny to find a place where he and the others can live free and promising to try to not return as a zombie he dies. Earlier in the book they encountered a corpse of a man who was not "quieted" and did not re-animate as a zombie, like that man Tom does not re-animate. Benny and his group realize that the world is changing and they all decide to head east and pursue the jet seen in the previous book; Chong decides to accompany them instead of heading back to town. The loyal bounty hunters who survived the fight give the group as much supplies as they can and offer to let Chong's parents know about his decision. Back in Mountainside Morgie goes to sit on the porch of Benny's old house, he is full of regret of how he and Benny parted ways. (I think that is everything... feel free to comment if I missed something or got something wrong) (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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