Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Rot and Ruin, by Jonathan Maberry- Review
Carrie Ryan, Jonathan Maberry and Cherie Priest have each introduced me to such different post-apocalyptic worlds that the genre is not likely to get old for me anytime soon. The one consistent thing they each do, which is the second part I love about these books, is they each segregate their population into those who know what the world was like before and those who don't.
Generally speaking the teens have only experienced the after and so have less of the horror embedded in their view of their world (the exception being Carrie Ryan where the zombies came so many generations before, that knowledge of the pre-zombie world is mixed in her society, depending on what your family has passed down in both tokens and stories). And something about that really works for me. Maybe it just opens it up to more than just the creepy crawlies, and maybe it's why all these stories have enough to explore to have multiple parts to them. I'm not sure, but like I say, I dig it.
Benny Imura is turning 15, which means he has to get a job or lose half of his rations. The obvious choice would be to apprentice with his brother Tom who's a Zombie bounty hunter, but Benny has no interest in his brother or zoms. Unfortunately his brother, the zoms, and the rot and ruin beyond the towns fence are not as straight forward as he thinks they are, and he won't be allowed to remain ignorant forever. Can he survive the reality?
It's official, I'm zombie crazed. I'm also now dying to dig into Jonathan's large body of super diverse work, not to mention his awesome blog. Mr Maberry, more zombies please!
Rot and Ruin, by Jonathan Maberry
Published by Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, September 2011
Jonathan Maberry's Blog
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