Rot & Ruin

Rot & Ruin

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In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 458 pages
  • 140 x 206 x 38mm | 408g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint ed.
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1442402334
  • 9781442402331
  • 101,005

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* "The delineation between man and monster, survivor and victim is fiercely debated in Maberry's thoughtful, postapocalyptic coming-of-age tale...In turns mythic and down-to-earth, this intense novel combines adventure and philosophy to tell a truly memorable zombie story, one that forces readers to consider them not just as flesh-eating monsters or things to be splattered, but as people."--"Publishers Weekly, "starred review
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Rating details

28,467 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 42% (12,000)
4 35% (9,940)
3 16% (4,595)
2 4% (1,222)
1 2% (710)

Our customer reviews

This novel made it on my To be read list quite some time ago, and it's been out for a couple of years. Great news for me is that the following two novels are already out so I can pick this story up again any time I want. Excellent read to start out October, though it gave me a lot more than I expected. This is just not a novel of survival and kicking some zombie ass. There is a great story and a really deep, emotional storyline. This novel makes you go where you normally don't want to go as a reader of this genre.... giving the zombies a past and making you see them as once human. People that were loved, that once loved, that were fathers, mothers, children, husbands and wives. Once you allow yourself to see them in this light, it is so much harder to thirst for bloodshed - their blood to be exact. And that is the lesson that Benny Imura learns from his older brother. Though reluctant to see the 'zoms' any other way, he slowly begins to see what his brother Tom sees. With Benny's change of outlook, so does his life change. He begins to understand how deeply compassionate his brother is, and his eyes open to the injustices being done outside the safety of his sheltered little town of survivors. Not to mention, that he begins to understand just how amazingly formidable Tom is. Though this is a YA novel, don't think that you won't be kicked in the gut by this story. Not only did this novel make me feel sympathy for the one thing that gives me serious nightmares, but it also hit me on the emotional level. There is plenty zombie action to keep even the most hard core fan enthralled, but it also gives you a pretty original plot line and characters to keep you biting your nails to the very end. And an excellent ending it was. I can't wait to get into the next in the more
by Lily
OMZ, Jonathan Maberry, you have truly outdone yourself - and while I wasn't in love with Patient Zero last year, I am tempted to camp out on your doorstep and beg you for more tales of the Imura brothers, the Lost Girl, and ye olde world of Rot & Ruin. I cannot believe I did not pick it up until now! This book is a MUST-READ. It reminds me of THE FIRST DAYS with a little touch of ZOMBIELAND and dash of The Forest Of Hands And Teeth. It was almost like Jonathan Maberry threw all the best things zombie and cooked up such a rich and brainy story to sink our teeth into. Delicious! f(0_o)f THE GOOD BITS {A dynamic love-hate relationship between brothers who lost their parents on the First Night.} Rot & Ruin chronicles the post-zombocalyptic world through Benny Imura's eyes as he reaches the age of "adulthood" (15). He blames his older brother for leaving their parents to die, and he has a blind hatred for zombies. When Benny is forced to shadow Tom to learn what happens in the Ruin, he has to face the possibility that all that he has been taught and heard may not be true - or humane. {Tom Imura.} I wish there had been a little more about him because his story would definitely be phenomenal. He is a zombie samurai who has a lot of honor and heart. As an older sibling myself, I could relate to Tom and all his burdens/responsibilities. Not to mention living with a brother who makes no effort to hide his disdain for your very existence. {Parts 3 and 4.} Holy fried brainz on a stick! LOVE LOVE LOVE. Action-packed, horror-filled, tear-jerked, surprise-ended, zombie-loaded :D Well worth the journey! THE BAD BITS {Misleading Zombie Trading Cards.} I don't know if the paperback version will have the awesome Zombie Trading Cards illustrations on the inside front and back cover, but I was looking forward to an encounter with "The Bride Of Coldwater Spring." She sounded delightful - and by delightful, I mean downright frightful! However, because of the cards, I had prepared myself for a completely different zombie story. Like Benny, I had imagined the glory days of zombie bounty hunters - taking down zombies like nobody's business! On the flipside, I am more than satisfied with the actual Rot & Ruin story! {The deaths of certain characters} ...whom I shall not name here, but dearly wished that they had not gone the zombie way. However, I think that this also drove home what Jonathon Maberry wanted to get across. Yes, we all love our zombies getting blown to smithereens, but have we gone a little kill-kill-kill-crazy? Let's stop and remember that zombies had family who might still be human. {The book ended.} Granted, I thought the ending was the most beautifully-crafted piece of work, but I was seriously distraught that the story ended there. So many questions, so many ties left undone, and so much more revolutionary changes to make! Thank goodness that DUST & DECAY has already come out because I don't think I can wait much longer to find out what happens next! THE OVERALL Absolutely a stunning piece of storytelling that shines a whole new light on zombies! I loved the way that Jonathan Maberry envisioned them and how that idea served as a way to bring brothers together after a tragedy that seems hard to forget and forgive. This would make an excellent movie with all the right sort of tension, excitement, romance, and humor! For a title like Rot & Ruin , this book has built such a strong, flavorful world where the sky is the more
by theEPICrat
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