Rot & Ruin

Rot & Ruin

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781442402324
Branch Call Number: YA FIC MABERRY, J.
Characteristics: 458 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Rot and Ruin


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Aug 07, 2018

I've never left a comment on a book before but I feel that Rot & Ruin deserves one. I usually read fantasy novels that are action-packed, but never before have I read a zombie thriller and boy it was worth it! Rot & Ruin is wonderfully written, with amazing character development and plenty of action that keeps you on the edge of your seat and your heart racing! Maberry's descriptive writing style puts the reader in the shoes of Benny as he experiences the apocalypses and becomes a young man. I've already read the second and third book and am so excited to read the fourth! Must read!!!

May 12, 2018

Perfect mix of drama and horror!
I agree with Agravius though it just starts with an appocalypse and tells how Benny and Tom's parents died, not much though, could use more.

Jan 24, 2014

This was a great book. If you like zombies then you need to read this. It looks at the relationship between Benny and his older brother Tom. Benny has little respect for Tom because he feels that Tom could have done more on First Night (the first night of the zombie apocolypse) to help save their parents. He sees his brother as a coward despite the fact that he goes out into the rot and ruin daily as a bounty hunter. When Benny decides to become Tom's apprentice, he sees that there is a lot more to being a bounty hunter than he originally thought and that the zombies are more complex that he thought. He comes to see his brother in a different light as he sees the corruption in the ruin

Nov 16, 2013

A great book! The character development of Benny was good, and the storyline better. I just wish there had been a bit more of a back story.

samdog123 Aug 29, 2013

Fans of zombie fiction, look no further. This book was an unexpected delight to read. After seeing World War Z, I became interested in zombie fiction. This book popped up when I searched the catalogue. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, does not disappoint. It's exciting, suspenseful, and its the first book in a long while that I really could not wait to finish reading! There are sequels, Dust and Decay, Flesh and Bone and soon to be published, Fire and Ash. Terrific stuff.

meanderthal Aug 11, 2013

This was good - I'm disappointed I'm the first person to comment on it. I'm quite looking forward to reading the others in the series.

May 16, 2013

I CANNOT BELIEVE THERE AREN'T MORE COMMENTS ON THIS! It seems to me like this series barely has any publicity, and yet it's such an amazing series. To be honest, I kind of like it being an underground jewel, because I don't have to wait for books that have fifty holds and such. I like keeping this series to myself because it is, by far, one of my favorites. This first book is good by itself, but if you don't like it, keep reading the series. I promise you, the second book is better than this one (Dust & Decay). And I believe the third book is best of all, so far (Flesh & Bone). I haven't read the 4th book (Fire & Ash) because it isn't out yet. I adore the characters, though I don't really like Benny as much as I could. But despite that, I LOVE this series. Need I elaborate any more? For anyone who is an avid zombie-lover or just a good old bookworm, I recommend you this book and the series that follows and I'll tell you this: you won't regret reading it. It's a fantastic book, and I can't say enough good things about it. This series caused me to lay there writhing on the floor in wait for the next books! Read it. You won't regret it.

Kayado Aug 29, 2012

In my opinion, it's one of the best books Iv'e read. I couldn't stop reading because you just want to know what happens next.

Jun 27, 2012

2012-2013 Gateway nominee. First in a series and surprisingly good--I didn't think I would enjoy a zombie book, but the story is really about the relationship between the two brothers left behind after the death of their parents.

BakerStreetIrregular May 08, 2012

I'm not usually a fan of post-apocalyptic/zombie novels, however I couldn't put this book down! The characters are wonderfully like-able and the world Benny and his friends live in is quite interesting. The way society coped with First Night (when people started turning into zombies) and how it has progressed slowly since is fascinating to read. After finishing this book I immediately had to pick up the second in the series as I couldn't wait to find out what happened to Benny and his friends.

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