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Fire & Ash

(Rot & Ruin #4)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  7,100 ratings  ·  706 reviews
In the gripping conclusion to the action-packed standard bearer (Booklist) of zombie series, the threat of death is given new life.

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
Hardcover, 537 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Brigid ✩
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.

"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
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Now is the time when I wish I had a better gift of writing to express my thoughts on these books. I do not understand why they are not more popular than they are because yep I'm gonna say it. These are my new favorite series of all times. Next to Lonesome Dove. I am a stingy bitch when it comes to giving books five stars. The book has to blow me out of the water. Guess what? This did it.
5 teenagers. Yes teenagers are out to save the world. Some of the better characters I've ever seen in books.
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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

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

Some things bugged me and if I didn't love this series as a whole I'd probably dock another star. This was a great ride though.

“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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I love the Rot & Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry! The only exception would be Tom, and that is all I'm going to say on that one.

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
Paige  Bookdragon
This is it lovers.



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
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
An epic conclusion to the much coveted Benny imura series. The only star left is for Tom.

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.
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombie, ya
Straight after finishing the third book in the Benny Imura series, Flesh and Bone, I started reading Fire and Ash. It's quite rare that I binge read a series anymore - blogging tends to make it a bit too much of a balancing act, but once I had the momentum going, I really wanted to find out how this series ends.

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,
Janie Johnson
Ok so this installment was by far my favorite one, and also the end of the series. What a journey this has been through a dramatic zombie apocalypse. And so very thought provoking! I think that Jonathan Maberry did an amazing job constructing the world, the premise, antagonists, and the protagonists. I really could not put this book down. It wrapped the series up nicely. I am also somewhat sad that the series has come to a close, but at the same time I applaud Maberry for knowing it was time to ...more
Marc Williams
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This book was so good, and so much better than the third book in the series that Flesh and Bone actually seems better in reflection.

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
So sad to say goodbye to this series...I know there if a 5th and 6th book coming out, but with different characters. Blah. Hopefully the gang shows up a few times in the next book.
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredibly satisfying ending to a series with characters I have grown to love; it's sad to have to say goodbye to some of them for sure.

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
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
Jodi P
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-reads
This was an exceptional end to what has become one of my favorite YA series. Jonathan Maberry excels at keeping readers on the edge of their seats. There were many points throughout this book when my stomach was in knots wondering what was going to happen. I could not read fast enough trying to get to the end. I won't get in to a lot of details because I wouldn't want to spoil what is sure to be a highly enjoyable read for others. I will say that Jonathan Maberry created wonderful characters ...more
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone with a pulse...or not
5 Stars

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,
Leave it to a bunch of teenagers to save the world!! I loved this last book. It wrapped up this series quite well. I wasn't sure if I would like this at first or not, but it grabs a hold of you from the first book. Excellent writing, great story building and characters are some better ones I have come across in a series. Good job indeed!!!
Tommy Hancock
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as the first two books, all and all, but it was a very good ending to a very good series. So glad I read this series.

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.
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2014
4 Stars

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.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My favorite YA series to date!! Maberry is king!!! Even though it had a slower pacing at the beginning that ending more than made up for it!! EPIC!!!
Cupcakes & Machetes
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: zombie apocalypse fans
“Benny Imura sat in the dark and spoke with monsters.
It was like that every day.
It had become the pattern of his life.
Shadows and blood.
And monsters.

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
Tangled N Books
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I want to sob for Benny, Nix, Chong, Morgie, Lilah, and Riot's lost childhood, loss of innocence, and forced to face the darkest demon of a human's soul. I want to wail for Benny's lost love, of losing his family, of turning into a monster to face a monster, of coming to terms with the decisions made prior to First Night (14 years ago), and the choices he'll make that will shape the world; existing in a new world of infected, non-infected, and zombies.

Book 4 is powerfully written and it takes
Wendy F
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Shadows and blood. And monsters.

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
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the final book in a YA series called "Rot & Ruin" by Jonathan Maberry. I think its a great series of books to start a kid reading for pleasure. As suggested by the title, the series is part of the currently trendy "Zombie Genre" but this a cut above the rest. Maberry manages to tell a scary, action-packed, post-apocalyptic, zombie story WITHOUT gratuitous violence, foul language and utter gross outs (but again it is a zombie book so there is a little gore) like I said perfect for a ...more
Mary Grace Nakao
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
3 Stars because the whole series was a total letdown. I expected so much from it but it failed to deliver.
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: )
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fire & Ash is the heart-stopping, gripping and touching conclusion to a fascinating and desperate story of surviving against monstrous odds.
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.
Masterfully done!
Stephanie Scott
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
n the gripping conclusion to the action-packed "standard bearer" (Booklist) of zombie series, the threat of death is given new life.
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
Jennifer Lavoie
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so it's been a few days and I'm well rested enough to write a review for this EPIC. AMAZING. FANTASTIC end to the Benny Imura series that started with Rot and Ruin.

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,
What a stunning conclusion! And everything I ever wanted it to be!

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.
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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

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