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Rot & Ruin

Book 1, Rot & Ruin

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 27, 2010 – The delineation between man and monster, survivor and victim is fiercely debated in Maberry's (Patient Zero) thoughtful, postapocalyptic coming-of-age tale. In Mountainside, an oasis of civilization in a world ravaged by zombies, residents must find work at age 15 or have their rations halved. With every other option exhausted, Benny Imura reluctantly apprentices with his older brother, Tom, as a zombie killer, despite blaming Tom for their parents' deaths. As Benny accompanies Tom into the hostile wilderness, he learns how wrong he was about many things, from the supposed "coolness" of larger-than-life bounty hunter Charlie Matthias to the inhuman nature of "zoms" and the true purpose of Tom's work. The eye-opening experiences continue when Charlie kidnaps Benny's potential girlfriend, Nix, as part of his efforts to track down the fabled Lost Girl, who holds the key to a deadly secret. In turns mythic and down-to-earth, this intense novel combines adventure and philosophy to tell a truly memorable zombie story, one that forces readers to consider them not just as flesh-eating monsters or things to be splattered, but as people. Ages 12 up.

Customer Reviews


I just got done reading the lost hero by Rick Riordan (another great book) so my expectations were preeettyy high, but I wasn't let down one bit. The description, pace and creativity were amazing, don't skip this one.

HIGHLY recommended

I am usually EXTREMELY picky about what books I read for instance I have only found three other books in my life time that I have actually enjoyed. Fulfilled my expectations exponentially. Can't wait to read the rest of them.

Mind blown

This book series is completely unlike anything I have ever read. It's so *real*, which isn't something that you get a whole lot from zombie books. The heroes, with all they've been through...they way they deal with what happens to them. It's relatable. This whole book series is relatable.

Every time I think it couldn't go any deeper into the truth and emotion, every time I think that there couldn't possibly be someone more psycho than the nutjob in front of me, every time I think the hero might make it, every time I think I know where this is headed, Manerry pulls the rug out from under me and catches me by surprise. Every time. There's no filler in these books. Everything has a purpose in the rhythmic chase towards the end. Warrior Smart.

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Rot & Ruin
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  • $9.99
  • Level: Grades 7 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Action & Adventure
  • Published: Sep 14, 2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Print Length: 464 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Rot & Ruin
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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