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Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
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May 20, 11

Read from May 18 to 19, 2011

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 relative safety of Mountainside but Benny is far from happy especially because town law says that at fifteen his food rations are to be cut off unless he can find a job. Jobs being hard to come by, Benny's hand is forced and he agrees to become Tom's apprentice. For Benny's first day on the job Tom takes him out into the "Rot & Ruin", the world beyond the high fences of Mountainside. This is where Tom does his work. His bounties are zombies and his clients are the family members of these former humans. He calls himself a "Closure Specialist", giving relief to these poor zombies and their families by quieting them for good. But there are other bounty hunters out there in the Rot & Ruin, ones with a far less noble purpose. When Benny comes face to face with what they are up to he is horrified. But this knowledge also brings Benny and his friends and familiy into danger and circumstances bring him out in the Rot & Ruin to try to stop these evil bounty hunters.

Wow, this was a fun a book! I hope this going to be a series. (Please, Mr. Maberry?)
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05/18/2011 page 145
32.0% ""He's going at it like he's fifteen and out of food!""

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Robby Chandra This book is probably up in my favorites list. This book is unlike other zombie apocalypse where it depends on the entire theme of survival of the fittest, but instead the setting is in humanity's future after they rebounded from the entire zombie apocalypse. Benny, a typical 15 year old teenager, has and always been blinded to the truth that is outside of the city they live in. His grudge against Tom has always blinded him, but it no longer affects when he actually experiences it outside. Also, Tom has always continued being enigmatic and calm as usual. The plot to this book also intensified at the right moments and is not fully action themed. This book relies more the aspect of emotions, and plot theme to it. Also the zombie theories in this book were splendid, and the fact that it plays off of zombies still being people, was actually legit. Before this book, i wouldn't have thought that zombies could still be seen that way. I really truly would recommend this book to anybody whose open to books regarding zombie apocalypses that are more plot-based and complexity of it rather than the action scenes.


Stephanie Robby wrote: "This book is probably up in my favorites list. This book is unlike other zombie apocalypse where it depends on the entire theme of survival of the fittest, but instead the setting is in humanity's ..."

I agree with all your points, Robby. This is one of my favorite series (yes, a series, thanks Mr. Maberry!) And I was able to share in the reading of it with my son, who also has enjoyed very much.


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