Monday, December 15, 2014

Middle Grade Monday with Ava: Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura #1)
by: Jonathan Maberry
Now available!!!
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Purchased finished copy
Cover image and synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
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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Ava's Thoughts:
Rot and Ruin is a book that takes place after First Night, a time when zombies invaded cities and infected people all over. Not the town of Mountainside, though. Not Benny and Tom Imura, though. Tom is known for being a closure specialist, someone who kills zombies peacefully. He journeys beyond Mountainside to quiet zombies, into a place called the Rot and Ruin.

Benny collects zombie cards along with his friends Morgie, Cong and Nix. He has a passion for listening to Charlie Pinkeye and the Motor City Hammer's outrageous zombie stories. That is, until Tom takes him out to the Rot and Ruin. And he gets a rare zombie card, about the Lost Girl.

Benny soon learns that friends become enemies if you have what they want.  And Charlie Pink-Eye wants the Lost Girl card. He is taking people to Gameland, a place where you are forced to fight zombies in a pit, sometimes without something to defend yourself. So Tom and Benny set out to destroy Gameland and quiet some zombies along the way...including two who are very close to the heart.  

I give this book an 8/10 because it was clearly intended for an older audience. Enjoy!

Ciao, Ava


  1. Zombies are so trendy right now, I'll watch or read anything about them. This seems an interesting read, I'll add it to my maybe pile

  2. I haven't reviewed MG lately. This reminds me that I should... Zombies are really cool too! I don't personally read a lot of them so maybe this book isn't for me, but I do love the title at least!

  3. Hmm. Despite the fact that this about zombies (and I'm none too fond of them), it otherwise sounds like a good read. Due to the subject material, though, I think the writing may be MG but the audience may be more intended for high school age.

  4. I read this book a couple of years ago, and I REALLY enjoyed it. I thought it was very interesting especially because I saw a lot of similarities with Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye. I'm glad that you enjoyed this book! Great review! :)

  5. Great review! I'm glad you liked it. :)