Maberry, Jonathan. Rot and Ruin. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010. ISBN 9781631401862
Zombies have taken over the world!! They are everywhere you turn, in movies, in books, in graphic novels and in television shows. Luckily I enjoy all things zombie which is what drew me to the book Rot and Ruin. A down side to having an abundance of zombie themed movies and books is that the stories tend to repeat themselves. Fortunately that is not the case with Rot and Ruin, the story is fresh and the characters are interesting.
The main character is Benny Imura, a fifteen year old boy. In Benny Imura’s world zombies have literally taken over the world. Benny was a baby when the world was infested by zombies he never had to fight or kill to survive. Benny grew up most of his life relatively safe and sheltered in a city built and fortified by survivors including his older brother Tom. Upon turning fifteen Benny must find a job or have his rations cut in half. He must decide between going into the family business of zombie hunting, or another zombie related job. The problem with going into the family business is that Benny cannot stand his brother. He believes his brother is a coward despite the fact that many people consider him a hero. After running out of options Benny decides to give zombie hunting a chance. Benny’s life changes forever after stepping out of his shelter and into the rot and ruin.
I would give the book three out of five stars. I like the story and the fact that one of the leading characters is a strong female, but I found the characters hard to distinguish at times because they all sounded like the same person. I do not mean to discourage anyone from reading the book because the story is excellent. You be the judge, read the book and comment what you think.
Review by: Diana Clardy Fox Public Library Staff