Rot&Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)

My Thoughts: Rot&Ruin is the second zombie-themed book I've read. And it's also the second best so far. I liked this book a lot, but Warm Bodies still remains my favorite. And I have to admit, I like to read zombie books. There is a lot more potential in them, than I thought. So will definitely be reading more of them . 

Rot&Ruin is the story of Benny Imura. He is a 15 years old, half-Japanese kid who lives in a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies.  It's a "new" world where people are living behind fences, in their relatively safe towns, but still very much in fear. Because the zombies are still out in the Rot&Ruin. And since First Night (when the Dead first rose), everyone who dies could become a zombie.  It's like a post-apocalyptic Western. There is no electricity or internet or cars anymore. But there're bounty hunters like Charlie and the Hammer or Benny's brother, Tom. And they hunt the zombies.

Benny was sometimes TSTL (too stupid to live), but he kind of grew on meHe was sort of funny. And he changed, matured a lot in the book.

I liked Tom very much. He is different than the other hunters. He's like a Western samurai with his katana and zen mentality. And he's not just an older brother to Benny, but also a teacher. He likes to teach with questions, like: "Why?" "What do you think?" and "Think about it!". Very zen, but also a little annoying, but he was otherwise pretty cool, so it was okay. And I loved how the relationship has changed between the brothers. It starts with Benny pretty much hating his brother, then they go out together to the Rot&Ruin . . .

Benny Imura couldn't hold a job, so he too to killing.

The story starts a little slow, but then catches up. It's kind of scary, but nowhere near to Stephen King's level of scary. And there're not just hunts, zombies and killings in it, but also girls and love. No huge cliffhanger at the end, still I can't wait to start the next book. I have to know what will happen next.

I've listened to the audiobook version of Rot&Ruin, and enjoyed it. I liked the reader's voice and the pace of the reading was great.

If you like the Gone series by Michael Grant, the chances are good that you'll like Rot&Ruin, as well.

Title: Rot &Ruin 
Series: Benny Imura #1 
Author: Jonathan Maberry 
Blurb from Goodreads:  
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. 

2010 by Recorded Books

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