By Jonathan Maberry
Series: Benny Imura #1Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Zombies
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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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I’m an admitted prereading fangirl of Jonathan Maberry and proud of it, haha. What the heck is a prereading fangirl you ask? Well do you ever have that moment where you know you’ll love a book before you’ve even gotten your hands on it? That’s how it was with me, I knew I would love Maberry’s work. So what happens when a prereading fangirl finally reads one of the books?! I read Rot & Ruin during the Books, Brains ‘n Blood Read-a-thon so I can happily answer that question for you.
From the beginning I could definitely see that there was a lot of room for Benny, the main character, to grow. A lot! Honestly, I wanted to get to know Tom, Benny’s brother, more than Benny. The two have a rocky relationship at best and it was interesting to see what happened with them both throughout the book.
This isn’t your typical zombie apocalypse survival book. The apocalypse is a thing of the past and what’s left is Rot & Ruin. Zombies still exist and are still feared and this book is about how that fear can change us and our humanity. I will definitely continue to read this series!
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5