Fire & Ash
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 ...more
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....more
"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
5 teenagers. Yes teenagers are out to save the world. Some of the better characters I've ever seen in books.
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 ...more
One of the better books in the series so far.
So Benny and his friends have found the jet in a place called Sanctuary. They've learned that people have formed a new government. That there is even the possibility of a cure to the zombie plague. But the doctor who has the missing piece of the puzzle was supposed to be on the jet only she wasn't. The people at Sanctuary have pretty much given up trying to find her. But now that Benny's best friend Chong has been infected by a Reaper's arrow dipped
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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, ...more
Highly recommending to fans of The Walking Dead. Also for people who don't read/watch much zombie stuff and want a way in that's a bit different than the average zombie tale.
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.
It was like that every day.
It had become the pattern of his life.
Shadows and blood.
The epic conclusion to my favorite zombie series of all time. That's correct, my favorite zombie series of all time is YA Sci-Fi/horror. It shocks me as much as you but if you sat down and took the time to read it, you would understand why.
If you've followed Benny and his friends from the beginning then you know, they've ...more
Book 4 is powerfully written and it takes ...more
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...more
Though the last few chapters were great, I still couldnt believe it took me 3 months to finish it. And i even stopped right at the middle. I simply couldn't bring myself to finish it right away.
Probably not my cup of tea :(
(I bought all books before reading the first one so I have no choice but to finish them. Ugh, I should really stop hoarding books D: )
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.
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 ...more
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, ...more
Okay, so, Chong, as we all know, was turned into a zombie in the previous book. When it left off, we weren't sure of what his condition would be, if they'd be able to reverse it, if he'd have to be silenced. I won't ruin it for you, but he doesn't have to die! Honestly, it was my biggest worry because he was left in such a precarious situation. And Lilah would have been devastated.
Lilah did not handle Chong being sick very well. ...more
He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT ...more