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Book Review: Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

Aug 09, 2012

In a post-apocalyptic world, 15-year-old Benny Imura must learn the art of zombie hunting from his legendary older brother, Tom. Kidzworld reviews the first two books in Jonathan Maberry's amazing zombie series for young adults - Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay.

Rot & Ruin Summary

In the settlement of mountainside, 14 years after the zombie apocalypse, life is a struggle. The community relies on brave traders who risk their lives in the Rot and Ruin - the zombie infested area beyond the fenced-in settlement.

At 15-years-old Benny Imura needs to find a job fast in order to prevent his rations from being cut in half. But the last thing he wants to do is follow in his lame older brother Tom’s footsteps and become a zombie hunter. He and his best friend Chong apply for a series of jobs, but only Chong lands one, leaving Benny with his last resort - Tom.

While Tom trains him beyond the fence, Benny learns that the zombies aren’t the horrible monsters he always believed them to be. And that many of the zombie hunters have less humanity than some of the zombies themselves.

Dust & Decay Summary

Six months after Rot & Ruin takes place, Benny, his brother and his friends leave Moutainside behind in search of a better future. But on their quest, more than just zombies threaten to stop them in their tracks. Enemies and old ghosts crop up when they’re at their most vulnerable. Some are dragged to Gameland - a place where kids are forced to fight in zombie pits. Another will pay the ultimate price. In this invigorating sequel, romances bloom, friendships are tested and family bonds are stronger than ever.  

The Bottom Line

Jonathan Maberry’s Rot & Ruin series is a rare find. Rarely do you come across a fantastic teen book with a sequel that is just as fantastic. Zombie lovers will adore these novels. In fact, even those who are on the fence or don’t particularly enjoy anything zombie-related will find these books worth reading. Maberry has created a unique world with excellent characters that you can’t help but root for.

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Fairkss
Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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Fairkss
There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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nqme
nqme posted in Debating:
I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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Igiveuponthename
That's because of our own human nature. We often value ourselves more than anyone else. Everybody affects everybody indirectly. People value progress over everything. One day the world will come crashing down, and with this crumbling and twisted society with it. Want to make a difference? Well, it's not too late to start.
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Fairkss
Fairkss posted in Say Anything:
I really hate how society is built. I really hate how unaccepting people are and how we have gotten this far due to sacrifices and inflicting pain on others. Why do we do this to our own kind? ​We are just destroying ourselves because we are unable to understand why some people do what they do. Why can't we just accept people for how they are? They're heart and their soul. I know the world can't be perfect but honestly right now the world isn't okay. Of course I'm just a kid so whatever I say won't matter but anyways that's just what has been on my mind lately :)
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