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.
vocation: a particular occupation, business, or profession; calling. (Thank you, Dictionary.com)
Rot and Ruin is the pretty cool first book of the Benny Imura series. I didn’t like it as much as Enclave, to be honest. But then again, Enclave is one of the only books I’ve ever given five stars to. Nevertheless, I still give this book four stars because I loved the concept, beginning and transformation of Benny Imura.
There were some cool quotes too.
Example: “People need something to blame. If they can’t find something rational to blame, then they’ll very happily blame something irrational.”
and, more poetically:
“There are moments that define a person’s whole life. Moments in which everything they are and everything they may possibly become balance on a single decision. Life and death, hope and despair, victory and failure teeter precariously on the decision made at that moment. These are moments ungoverned by happenstance, untroubled by luck. These are the moments in which a person earns the right to live, or not.”
The action in this book was really great. It was something that I really liked about it. I’d recommend it more for teenage boys than teenage girls, but it’s a great all around read with tons of gore, zombies and violence. I liked that Jonathan Maberry made two intelligent, capable, young tough heroines/allies.
It was well written too, I always give points for that especially after I read Shatter Me. Shatter Me was
so, so, so, so, so, so awesome annoying. This was Jonathan Maberry’s YA debut, and I have to say I’m really impressed. I’ve read my share of really good and really bad debuts.
This was a really emotionally charged novel that really pleasantly surprised me. It was heart breaking and heart warming, suspenseful and thrilling. Again, the transformation Benny shows is remarkable, and I loved the way Jonathan Maberry wrote his journey. Through the eyes of 15 yr old Benny Imura, we come to understand that zombies are not just mindless monsters out to gouge and consume humans. We see the tragedy of what they’ve become. 4.5 stars.
pg count for the hardcover: 458
series: Benny Imura #1