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Flesh & Bone

(Rot & Ruin #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  11,366 ratings  ·  903 reviews
Reeling from the tragic events of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived…somewhere. Finding it is ...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 469 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (first published September 10th 2012)
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Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Very much like the previous books in this series. So if you liked those you'll probably like this one too.

I very much enjoyed the first two books but found this one to be a little too of the same thing. About fifty or sixty percent of the way through it I just felt stalled. I felt like, "Okay I've been here before can't you offer me anything new?" Don't get me wrong, there was plenty of action and I still really enjoy the characters. It was just a bit too much of the same thing.

Now once I pushe

Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This was more of a 4.5 star book.

This series is fast becoming my favorite zombie series ever. Benny Imura in the first book Rot and Ruin was beyond childish. He has started growing on me in the last books and now I'm actually a fan of his.
This book is very fast moving. With zoms/gray people/walkers every where. The virus is starting to mutate and I'm fascinated to see where Maberry goes with it.

In this book the four teenagers are still trying to find the jet that they saw fly over in book o
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it

Arrrrggghhhh, this book is so frustrating! I likedit, don't get me wrong, but it is my least favorite in all the books. Why, why, why, why did there have to be another group of wrong doers introduced into this series? Hasn't Chong had it hard enough as it is? Why the heck do they keep getting separated? Why are they always finding themselves deeper into trouble? I'm not sure frustrating even covers what I feel after reading this book. I did not like how it covered only one stinking day through
An in-between series book, with several major developments paving the way for a future ultimate conflict. It is worth reading if you are at all invested in a decent young-adult zombie series (yes, I realize that phrase may seem a contradiction in terms--however, they exist).

Benny continues to waiver in that in-between land of almost-grown-up, warring with feelings of inadequacy, emotional loss and growing self-reliance. The group is in badlands-like area, and Benny gets caught in a ravine, and

This book flirted with three stars a few times along the way. I found myself getting frustrated at certain points and harrumphing or sighing in exasperation. (view spoiler)
I need this! After the tragic ending in book 2 that left me in tears, I am sooooooooooo despersate to read this! These books just keep getting better and better! And I bet you, when this series ends, I am going to cry!

Thanks Jonathon for adding such a good series in the media!

P.S. The cover looks really creepy! But that is the theme right? Love it! =)


Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow. This was the best in the series by far. It takes place over a day... a single day and what a crazy day it is. The ending wasn't hopeful at all but in an apocalypse it's hard to find roses in a field of thorns. I really enjoyed this one and the character development that takes place from book one to this one is fantastic. The kids grow up, they change, they harden into something that is sterile to something wild. They still have some innocence but it's harder and harder for them to cling to ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rot & Ruin - ★★★★★
Dust & Decay - ★★★
Flesh & Bone - ★★★★
Fire & Ash - ★★★★★

“No matter how long the night is, the sun always comes up.”

With a series this long, some would say, it’s just the same as the first two books in the series. And I am telling you it definitely is completely different from the earlier books.

Flesh and Bone began on a very emotional high. With the loss that had happened throughout Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay. It finally caves in, it dealt with the grieving of the characters. An
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Religious maniacs rule the day; what was lost is found; a little girl is rescued; sanctuary exists; zoms are mutating; in which we lose one of our own.
Lots of action right from the start. Thumping good read.
Brigid ✩
Actual rating: 3.5 Stars

*Note: I can't really avoid spoilers for the first two books in this review, so if you're planning on reading them, then you probably shouldn't read this! (Unless you don't care about spoilers––in which case, go right ahead.)

So, don't get me wrong ... I'm a big fan of this series. Especially as someone who doesn't delve much into the whole zombie/horror genre, I find this series to be impressing over all. They're well-written, they're exciting, there are some terrific cha
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 Stars

“”‘He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster,’””

Flesh and Bone, book 3 of the Benny Imura series was one of my most anticipated reads for 2012 by one of my favorite authors. I am not really that big into young adult fiction, but when an amazing horror author like Maberry puts a zombie series to life, it is sure one not to be missed. The story of the two brothers Benny and Tom through the first two books found many of the main plot lines clos
Apr 06, 2012 added it
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

My Opinion Of This Book: Liked it.


The first book in this 4-book series, Rot & Ruin, blew my mind away and introduced me to a whole new world of zombies. The second book, Dust & Decay, was amazing, but the ending left me heartbroken and I was left unsure if that ending was good for the story. Now Flesh & Bone, the third book in the series, is my least favorite, but I still overall enjoyed it.

~Chong: There is some major characte
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
PROTIP: Read the novella "Dead & Gone" for a better understanding of the background of Riot and The Church of the Darkness, which are major facets of this book.

Hooray for another Maberry book! They really can't come fast enough. Flesh & Bone continues the story of Benny and his friends while they navigate the rot and the ruin, encountering everything from a dangerous death cult to a mysterious haven known only as "Sanctuary." Will it be everything they hope for?

Maberry delivers on the thrills as
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it

"It was why Lilah did not fear death. So many of the people she loved were waiting for her there" - Flesh and Bone

I liked this book BUT Kind of annoyed at how many times Benny says sorry to the zombies he kills. I'm Canadian and even I think this is getting to be too much. He is becoming way too deferential to these zombies and my eyes are getting exhausted from all the rolling.

And another thing, while I'm on a tangent and all, what the hell is up with Chong? He is the Lorrie of this boo
Another great book in this awesome series!! A felt it was a little action less then the previous ones but still good none the less. On ward to book #4.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 this series is so surprisingly awesome!
Heather Faville
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Having spent the month since the devastating ending of Dust & Decay healing their bodies and, attempting, to heal their spirits, Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong continue on in search of the jet they have seen flying overhead. Benny and Nix are having relationship troubles as a result of everything that has happened in the last year and the lack of communication between the two. Lilah and Chong are still working out the details of their relationship with her being The Lost Girl and him a mere Town Bo ...more
Alondra Miller
5 Stars

This was another twist on the fates of Benny Imura and his friends. After the death of one of their own; they are forced to fend for themselves in the great Rot and Ruin. With the continuation of their journey from their hometown, Mountainside; we meet a new set of foes... The Reapers. These are a collection of religious zealots following a known serial killer... great. Not only are they trying to survive zombies, but people who lust for the kill, too.?? And if that doesn't get you angry,
This was so good. I am glad I waited for the audio version to be produced. with Flesh and Bone Mayberry adds so much to the Rot & Ruin world. I was not sure he could do it given the characters that were killed off in the previous book. But wow, he did. This is a great book and I can't way to read #4. ...more
Jessica Meigs
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy cow. Just...holy cow.

When I get my thoughts a little better together, I'll come back for a more coherent review.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
*Genre* Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5-4


“Don’t forget the first rule about the RUIN; out here everything wants to kill you.”

Flesh and Bone is the third novel in the Benny Imura series. The story picks up a month after the devastating events of Rot & Ruin. Benny Imura, Nix Riley, Lilah the Lost Girl and Lou Chong are still searching for the mysterious plane they saw while trying to come to terms with Tom’s shocking loss.

They have left California behind, and are now in Nevada where Nix and Benny a
Christy LoveOfBooks
I can’t believe it’s over! Flesh & Bone went by way too fast. This series is one of my most favorites, and one of the few I read as soon as the books are released. I know it seems like my blog is becoming a Jonathan Maberry fan page lately, but the man has an amazing gift for writing that I can’t get enough of.

Flesh & Bone picks up about a month after Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong disembarked on their journey east. Leaving the only home they’ve known in the Central California mountains behind, in
Sue Smith
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is not an easy book to review. Why?, you ask. Well, I'll tell you ... but forgive me if I meander like a zombie after a bite to eat .... I want to give the story justice!

Firstly, let me assure you that it's a great book. I do love how Jonathan Maberry makes the existence of zombies a frighteningly realistic thing, with a human element that just adds to the horror of it. And this particular chapter into the 'adventure' of a group of young friends really brings that to light even more so
Karen’s Library
I just finished rereading this remarkable book but this time on audio, which I highly recommend! Just as good the second time around!

Here is my original review:
Another fantastic non-stop action book in the The Rot & Ruin Collection: Rot & Ruin; Dust & Decay; Dead & Gone; Flesh & Bone series! For the first time ever, I actually tried to slow down my reading because I knew that once I finished, the book would be over. I never want this series to end.

The new evil doers were everything I hate and mo
Jun 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: my-library
Can not finish. Loved the first one, the second was Ok, but this one is unbearable. If I had to read the phrase "Warrior Smart" one more time....
Chapter after chapter is dedicated to reminding us how short our memories are by telling us again and again what had happened in the first two books. Not just a sentence or two but page after page after page. The book has very little to do with zombies but everything to do with awkward teenage love. But being I hate not finishing a book, I will TRY to
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
The only series that has been able to fill The Walking Dead void in my life between seasons. Dropping everything else to binge and finish off this series. Love. It.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 3.5

Another enjoyable read in the series. Looking forward to the next one.
Shannon Kitchens
I'm a writer. And when I read a book, I often notice little writery tricks. I can see where the story is going, and I can appreicate it on a technical level. But, what sets a story/book apart for me, is its ability to make me forget I'm a writer. Make me forget it's following certain paths that stories take. Make me hope and wish for something that the logical part of my brain knows can't happen. Make me forget I'm reading a story but instead glimpsing a slice of some other place. Flesh & Bone d ...more
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
** spoilers for the previous books in the series**

In spite of tragedy, Benny Imura surges on to find the airplane he saw flying through the air with the help of his friends, Nix, Chong, and Lilah. They still traverse the Rot and Ruin towards the unknown, but their hope stays strong. The world is a wild place now. Exotic animals hunt them. Zombies attack them in swarms and not just slow, normal zombies, but faster, evolving zombies. A death cult grows large and picks off towns and villages one by
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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.

He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT &

Other books in the series

Rot & Ruin (7 books)
  • Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1)
  • Dust & Decay (Rot & Ruin, #2)
  • Fire & Ash (Rot & Ruin, #4)
  • Bits & Pieces (Rot & Ruin, #5)
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“When Chong made to sit down next to her, Lilah drew her knife and stabbed the point into the earth between them.
"I can see that you need some quiet time," he said and scuttled quickly away.”
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