Rot & Ruin (Unabridged)
by Jonathan Maberry
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Multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry’s Rot & Ruin is his debut work for young readers. Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.
Not your typical Maberry
First of all, I have all of the Joe Ledger series, and they are extremely crisp and well written, with exceptional combat descriptives! However...DO NOT expect this in the Rot and Ruin series. I have three theories which would apply:
1) These stories are made far less sophisticated to appeal to young teen readers
2) Maberry agreed to publish another amateur writer's story under his name to capitalize on his fame (yes, the style is THAT different)
3) this book was written MANY MANY years ago before Maberry really developed into the world class writer demonstrated in the Ledger series.
That being said, his is a decent story with decent characters. Nothing riveting (for a mature, avid reader anyway), and with a decent setting. I'm a zombie fantastic so I have all of this series, but be prepared for some early teen level literature. I think so many of the elements that are just a little off could have been better. I am really leaning toward options 2 and 3 above. These aren't amazing but they are readable...so check them out.
Also, if you haven't tried the Joe Ledger series, they are phenomenally well written. They. ARE more special ops oriented with main character loaded with personality, and yes, they do have one book in the series centering on a zombie-like outbreak...which is how I found them.
Great awesome fantastic
I've listen to almost all the zombie books on iTunes yea I know I'm a looser lol. But this is by far the BEST zombie book I've ever listened to. It is unlike the rest. The plot and the narrater are great. And the second book DUST AND DECAY is just as good. Buy this book you won't be dissatisfied.
An interesting setting and an interesting story idea, but it
In truth, I liked the idea of this story more than the story itself. The post apocalyptic world is made more interesting coming from the perspective of those who grew up after the end of the world already happened since they view zombies as an everyday natural hazard rather than a horrible surprise. However most of this story is setting up this world from the rude, bad mouthed, and somewhat slow witted teenage Ben Imura. Ben becomes a bit tiring after a while because he’s so whiney about everything good or bad that happens to him. He also ignores most attempts at deep thought useless it coaxed slowly out of him by his dry yet somehow super heroic half brother Tom making it feel as though Benny is parroting what he hears rather than actually growing as a character.
The plot building is so slow that nothing of any real interest happens until half way through the story and by then the main characters have become almost boring because none of them have much personality that stand apart from their stereotypical roles. Ben is a VERY reluctant main character learning to be a hero. Tom is an overly patient and stoic mentor. The other characters, with the exception of “The Lost Girl”, are equally predictable and do not stray from the first impressions given to the listener. In other words, no real surprises happen in Rot & Ruin. In fact, this entire story feels as though it meant as filler to prepare readers for a different, longer story. Simply because of this, I’ve decide to borrow the sequel, “Dust & Decay”, as a book from the local library instead of purchasing another audio book outright or ignoring it’s existence.