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Dust & Decay

(Rot & Ruin #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  16,052 ratings  ·  1,440 reviews
Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, after months of rigorous training with Benny’s zombie-hunter brother Tom, Benny and Nix are ready to leave thei ...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 519 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' that’s how I describe this story it all unfolds like a Wild West Battle.
The GOOD is Tom Imura and his band of warriors Benny, Nix, Lilath and Chong.
THE BAD is White Bear and other bad zombie hunters.
THE UGLY of course are the Zoms (zombies).

I have said it before Jonathan Maberry is really a masterful storyteller packing a punch across genres. Genre for genre a pound for pound a heavyweight contender for book awards. He has really knitted together a thrill ride o
MABERRY, YOU BASTARD!!! I knew you would do this to me!! ::sobbity sob::

Review to follow when anger and choking tears subside.

In the first book Rot & Ruin, Maberry spends a lot of time putting us into the world as it exists almost 15 years after a zombie apocalypse. We need to know about how things are now, how people live and how they relate to one another. This is Benny's world. Maberry also spends a lot of time and care developing a cast of characters he wants us to fall in love with befo
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A lot like the first in the series and wow what an ending!!!

Tom, Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong head out into the Ruin to spend the night before Chong says goodbye to his friends and returns home while the others continue east to see if they can find where the jet they saw in the previous book came from. But things don't go quite as they expect.

As with the previous book, there is a lot of fighting off zombies and bad humans. I have to admit it did get to be a bit repetitive which almost brought th

Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: zombie fans, young adult UF readers
Recommended to carol. by: Trudi
The second installment of the Benny Imura series delivers action, mysteries, and oodles of character growth. Oh, and at least two thousand and fifty-nine zombies. And a pair of rad surfer dudes, for anyone over 30 who might happen to be reading.

Benny and his friends have returned to their fortified hometown, training with Benny's brother Tom in preparation for the journey east. A week before they are supposed to leave town forever, plans are interrupted by neighbor grandpa dying in his sleep. As
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book is way more action packed than the first book in this series Rot and Ruin. Lots of zombie action going on and something weird is starting to go on with the Zom's. They are beginning to act and react differently than in the first book.

You still have some of the teenage angst that the first one had but it didn't bother me as much as it did in the first one. I guess because well I was kinda fangirling on Tom Imura's character.
Picture Glenn from the Walking Dead a thousand times cooler.

Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
5 Stars

“There is no God,” whispered the old man. “There’s just the devil and me and the Rot and Ruin.”

I am a biased reviewer and a huge fan of Jonathan Maberry, so to give this book less than 5 stars would not be fair to the overall feelings I have for this book and for this series. Maberry is a master at creating larger than life tough as nails adult heroes like Joe Ledger and Malcolm Crow, but in this series, it is the young adults, the hardly more than children, that are the heroes. Clearly w
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up.
“he knew that there was only one path to walk, and that path was a red one.”
i like the way these teenagers are still going through their YA moments, while being forced to grow up really quickly to survive. I think part of my attraction to survivalist and zombie fiction is that I could never cope myself! Excellent and action packed.
Mark Wilson
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Mark by: Kyle Scott
Engaging, human, exciting, character-driven, beautifully written. Fine work sir.
The author exposes the fragility of human decency and the simplicity and ease with which people may sink to the depths of evil wonderfully.

Throughout these books Mr Maberry develops his characters in a wonderfully human and believable way, despite the unreal setting and extraordinary trials they face. The obvious villains he presents us with in Charlie pinke-eye's brood are just the rotten, public face of the "ordin
Yeah, so that ending fucking sucked.

(Not because of the writing or anything, but because I'm NOT happy with how things ended.)

No "Happily Ever After" here, my friends.
Dust & Decay picks up seven months after the events of Rot & Ruin. Our young heroes – Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong have been training with Benny’s big brother Tommy. They learn his “Warrior Smart” method of protecting themselves from the zombies because you never know when one of your friends or loved ones will become a zombie…

This is a brutal world. People live in fenced, gated, and well armed communities. Travel outside these towns requires planning, heavy carpet coats, and a disgustin
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
(4.5 stars)

no No NOOOOOOOO!! Dame It ! ! ! ~cries~

Dust & Decay is such a sensational sequel. This series is the best Zombie books I've ever read.
Action packed, heartbreaking and heart-lifting. Loved it!!!

We're getting more, right?

(Arc provided by S&S Galleygrab)
Well that was exhausting ! Intense action, horror filled pages, with a spark of love. This book had much more zombie action than book one. I thoroughly enjoyed it, well except towards the end when my heart cracked and I cried my heart out
Levi Walls
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full dark, no stars. That ending. Damn you Maberry. I don't want to read the next one after what you just did to me.........but I'm reading it already, right now, anyway. I have to know what happens. Eastbound and down Maberry, let's do this.
Paige  Bookdragon
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all those who like zombies with a hot samurai







*crying piteously in the background*
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Within the first few pages, I remembered why I enjoy this series so much. The funny banter between Benny and Tom and Benny's friends made me smile and mentally laugh. It was nice to see that even after the horrific events in Rot and Ruin, and even after they all became different people, there was still that shred of themselves there. I believe Nix was the most changed. Although Tom may be a close second for most changed. He may have been more eager than the kids to get the hell out of that damn ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The 2nd in Mr. Maberry's saga of post-apocalyptic America after a virus wipes out the majority of the population. In California, close to Yosemite, a settlement tries to contain any un-deadness that may creep inside.

The story centers on Tom Imura, his teen brother, Benny, and Benny's group of friends/acquaintances: Nix, Chong, Lilah and Morgie.

A different twist on the zombie yarn, with plenty of action as the group leaves the town and ventures east into the unknown.
This book was amazing!! What a flipping ride. I loved it. Loved it. I can't believe I picked up the first in this series on a whim and by a recommendation only. I feel like this series should have been on my radar long before.

The narration of both Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay is very well done; so good that I had a hard time pausing the audio to live my life (get work done, be a parent, talk to my boss, etc. etc.)

Dust & Decay starts off slowly and at some points, Tom Immura's philos
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Wow! I am so glad this was just if not a tad bit better than the first. I'm very much looking forward to starting the third one after I'm done with the rest of the books in progress. :)
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' that’s how I describe this story it all unfolds like a Wild West Battle.
The GOOD is Tom Imura and his band of warriors Benny, Nix, Lilath and Chong.
THE BAD is White Bear and other bad zombie hunters.
THE UGLY of course are the Zoms (zombies).
I have said it before Jonathan Maberry is really a masterful storyteller packing a punch across genres. Genre for genre a pound for pound a heavyweight contender for book awards. He has really knitted together a thrill ride o
Rot & Ruin - ★★★★★
Dust & Decay - ★★★
Flesh & Bone - ★★★★
Fire & Ash - ★★★★★

"The big kahuna is riding a permanent wave."

Minor Spoilers from Rot and Ruin.

Dust and Decay is the sequel in the series. From how things ended with Rot and Ruin, it is hard to pass up not knowing where and what are the characters doing now.

As you saw I had been gushing over the character from Rot and Ruin. Here in Dust and Decay, it faltered. There were inconsistencies in the facts presented by some characte
Jo Anne B
I can't help but feel insulted by this book. I know it is young adult and I should probably not think too much about it since it is meant for a younger brain but I can't help it. This was just the ending of the first book, not a different one. I feel that Maberry took a cheap shot here or a cop out and maybe for the sake of drawing out the series longer to make more money.

I was expecting some new adventures not going back to Gameland to rescue some pesky teenager again. I didn't believe that Tom
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Forget the walking dead, this is where first class zombie action is at! My heart was pounding through the whole book! I usually prefer a single, first person narrative as opposed to several third person narratives(especially in YA novels) but Jonathan Maberry's writing won me over.

It reminded me of an awesome action/ adventure TV show where the movement from one scene to another is flawless. The pacing was great and I was eagerly awaiting the continuation of each characters story, even from char
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: para-zombies
I absolutely loved Rot & Ruin. It was an astounding zombie YA series starter, with just the right mix of the horrors that men can do verses the zombie carnage. There was a thought-provoking focus on the fact that zombies used to be people, and therefore they should be respected for what they were as well as feared for what they now are - something a lot of zombie stories fail to take into account.

Dust & Decay keeps the theme in the same general vein, but having already established that
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-physical
"Warrior smart."

I did not expect this one to be so good. But it is 'edge of your seat' adventure from page 1 on. And even though there was some back and forth confusion about didn't overwhelm the story or even get distracting.

The characters are just amazing. Benny, Tom, Lilah, Nix & Chong...I feel like we get to know them so much more in this one. There is some soul searching, some philosophy - which I think is pretty understandable when talking about zombies and the rebuildin
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Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and heartbreaking, I never want to reread this book again. Or even continue the series. The vividness, clarity, and strength of this book has scarred me for life. Maberry has an amazing gift for writing and making the undead seem just a little more human. As much as I respect it, I do not enjoy it. I have a love/hate relationship with this beautifully written book. The ending has completely destroyed my heart and has ruined it for me. I am battling between a mix of fear, love, and respec ...more
Marita Hansen
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 Stars.

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As far as I remember, the first of this series is being turned into a film, and hopefully this one as well, which I think is fan-frigging-tastic. As with the first book, this was a gripping read. We have the Imuras, Benny (the main character), Tom (his older sumari sword wielding brother), Nix (Benny's girlfriend), Lilah (the legendary Lost Girl) and Chong (his best friend) going on an adventure, all but Chong leaving town for good. Well, that was the plan! But what they
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Even when you know it's going to happen, it still hurts when it does. I'll avoid telling you exactly what happened because of spoilers, but I will say that we say goodbye to one of the characters. It's a hard thing, but it does, unfortunately, happen.

Benny and Nix are strengthening their relationship. Benny is much more sure of it than she is, but that is completely understandable. After what happened to her mom, it's got to be tough to open up her heart for someone. And, honestly, they are
Sue Smith
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that this is one of the best post apocalyptic -zombie book series that I have read. Mind you - I haven't really read too many, sooooo I may be shooting off my foot. Regardless - this was a great read!

Firstly - the cover art is awesome. It's in line with the first concept book and has enough WTF factor to make you want to pick it up and see what's all the screaming is about. Hmmmmm......... or is she biting? Whatever. It's a great shot and the colour (or suggestively lack there of
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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 &a

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