Rot & Ruin

Rot & Ruin

Book - 2011
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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 BFYR, 2011.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster BFYR pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781442402331
Characteristics: 458 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Rot and ruin


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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.

Mar 17, 2015

I love Maberry's Joe Ledger books, but this is pretty tame by comparison. Definitely for a younger audience.

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.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

For a book that I tagged "horror" this is not very horrific. In fact, it's kind of the Tom Clancy novel of zombie books -- glibly action-oriented without a real emotional center to actually create tension. Ben's irrational hatred of Tom just doesn't ring true - and, since that is the main source of tension for the first half of the book, it kind of sets the tone. If, as a reader, you can accept the emotions of the characters just because the author tells you they are there, you'll love this book. If you can't, read "The Forest of Hands and Teeth."

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.

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Ben Imura needs a job or his rations will be cut. Sadly, the only job available that doesn't completely suck is to work with his brother, zombie-killer and "closure specialist," Tom. Tom seems pretty awesome, but due to childhood prejudice and adolescent arrogance, Ben hates his guts. Their trips into the Rot and Ruin start to change Ben's mind about his brother...and a lot of things. But when very human monsters threaten Ben's friends, will both brothers make it through the trial to come?


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