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Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry
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it was amazing
bookshelves: victimisation, zombies, series, survival

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 don't know is that they have bounties on their heads, created by two EXTREMELY nasty SOBs out for revenge, their identities rather surprising, especially the older of the two (although it makes perfect sense).

I thought this story tied into the last one perfectly, and was extremely well structured. Yes, I knocked off half a star, but only due to some slower pockets in the story, but I still wouldn't have wanted it changed, because every book has some areas were it needs to allow the reader to breath, and the ending sure as hell almost made me knock it up to a full 5. But, I'm reviewing this book as a whole, and 4 1/2 stars is still pretty high up there, so if you come across any slower areas, don't worry, because the ending is even better than the first book's, though, a lot sadder, one of my favourites going down, which I preferred didn't happen, but I understand it was needed with what I know of the third book, the death pushing the main star of the series further into his journey as well as dealing with the theme of grief.

In regards to the third book, which I now have, I would love to see Benny further his growth, coming into his own completely. Although Benny did wonderful in this story, he is still a kid, and what I want in the next installment is for him to be even more like his brother - to eventually become a man of legend, as well as that person everyone looked up to, which Tom achieved.

All the characters were very well portrayed, Chong also being one of my favourites. The way he grew in this story was wonderful. Plus, I liked how his relationship with Lilah progressed and how it was a great plot device as well, creating a storyline which had many moments of "I can't stop reading." There was also a new lot of characters, an introduction to a wonderful cast of bounty hunters who were like Tom - heroes.

In relation to the writing style, it is very good. And the author's ability to put you in the scene was fantastic, his settings very well written, his descriptions spot on.

In addition, I like how this story has a number of mysteries weaved in, which I assume will be major issues in the next book, like:

1) Why some people didn't reanimate into zombies after dying? My theory is that it relates to the cadaverine potion that is put on to ward off zombies. The cadaverine may possibly be reacting like a vaccine.
2) Why they came across some zombies who were really fast.


3) And what is so bad that the preacher warned them not to continue on their journey, where they saw the plane headed to. And who was flying that plane, and what is their role in the next story.

All the above gets the reader to snap up the next book, wanting to know the answers. Plus, of course, the reader is now very much tied to the characters, wanting to continue on with their journey, to see how they get through more hard times and come out at the end as the victors.

All up, I definitely would recommend this series to readers who love YA books with bite, zombie stories, survival books and authors who know how to keep their readers enthralled.


Benny Imura in my eyes. He has the right look, half-Japanese, half-Irish/American.

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Reading Progress

September 27, 2012 – Shelved
March 7, 2013 – Started Reading
March 7, 2013 –
page 24
March 8, 2013 –
page 34
March 9, 2013 –
page 40
March 11, 2013 –
page 105
March 13, 2013 –
page 139
March 13, 2013 –
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March 14, 2013 –
page 157
March 18, 2013 –
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March 19, 2013 –
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March 20, 2013 –
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March 21, 2013 –
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March 21, 2013 –
page 248
March 22, 2013 –
page 364
March 22, 2013 –
page 476
91.71% "I thinking cadaverine is acting like a vaccine. We'll see if I'm right."
March 22, 2013 – Shelved as: victimisation
March 22, 2013 – Shelved as: zombies
March 22, 2013 – Shelved as: series
March 22, 2013 – Shelved as: survival
March 22, 2013 – Finished Reading

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