Rot & Ruin

Maberry, Jonathan

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Rot & Ruin
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: FIC M
Characteristics: 458 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternate Title: Rot and Ruin


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Mar 17, 2015

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

Oct 21, 2014
  • walkermom rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I read this because my daughter recommended it. While a great deal of current YA fiction is entertaining for even adults, this book was rather simplistic and naive. Great for ages 12-16, but any more sophisticated readers they might want to skip it.

Jan 24, 2014
  • AlizontheAmazon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Argavius117 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 29, 2013
  • Portlandian1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite post-apocalyptic/zombie book series. It may be aimed at young adults but its still pretty good especially rot and ruin.

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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."

Aug 29, 2013
  • samdog123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 11, 2013
  • cmayzing rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very well written, unique plot and characters worth cheering for.

Aug 11, 2013
  • meanderthal rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 04, 2013

"After the zombie apocalypse, teens must find work by the age of 15 if they want to keep their food ration. And that’s why lazy, resentful, 15-year-old Benny reluctantly leaves the safety of home and joins his bounty-hunting half-brother Tom in the zombie-riddled wilds of the Rot and Ruin. As the brothers encounter villains far more inhuman than the undead, Benny begins to question his understanding not only of Tom, but also of life, death, and what bravery really means. Before you devour this thought-provoking, gore-splattered thriller, beware - it’s the 1st in a series of three books, with a 4th and final volume arriving in the next few months." June 2013 Teen Scene newsletter

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Oct 21, 2014
  • walkermom rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

walkermom thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 16

Aug 19, 2013
  • clayq rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

clayq thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

May 04, 2012
  • i_like_cows rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

i_like_cows thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jun 15, 2011
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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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?

Aug 17, 2012

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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