Review: Rot and Ruin

Aug •  28 •  2015
Review: Rot and RuinRot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Published by Simon & Schuster on August 28, 2015
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
Source: Bought
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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.

So I have had this book on my shelf for a long time now. A really long time. And so I discovered it when unpacking some boxes of books and seeing what was in them and out came this book so I decided why not give this book a chance and see where it leads me and well it led me to wanting more.

I feel that this is the walking dead but for teens. I haven’t seen the show but I am going off based on what I have heard. We follow these characters as they live in a settlement surrounded by land they call the Rot and Ruin. The characters are faced with wondering if the true evil is the zombies or is it the people who call themselves the protectors or “hunters” in this case.

We follow Benny who needs to find a job for himself so that he can keep receiving rations from the town and the last job he will ever decide to do is working with his brother as a bounty hunter. I feel that we feel a lot of hate in this book coming from Benny and it is not just towards his brother but for the zombies as well. However, as events play out Benny starts to question his hatred and wonder if it is just misunderstanding. I think the relationship that the brothers have is one that was out aside because of past events and it something that time will heal.

Now in terms of relationship status there isn’t really much going on in the love category? Yes Benny and Nix have a little thing going but I don’t know if that is going to last. I am a little confused about it and wonder if it is really true love these two characters are having or is it just a phase.

The book did start off a little slow for me but once I got into a comfy spot and started to get further into the story, everything started to progress easier. The ending brought out a little bit of the emotions, not going to lie, and I feel that the ending left the book off at a good place for the next book in the series to start.

I am excited to see where the story goes and if you are a fan of the walking dead please do not hate me because I haven’t sat down and watched them but check out this book because you might find yourself surprised just like me.

Happy Reading!





  1. I have been interested in this series for a while…. sort of because the covers are SO scary looking. I’ve also been intimidated to read them, because the covers are SO scary looking!! HAHA, I guess that really doesn’t make sense. Anyway, I like the brother aspect, that sounds interesting. I don’t think I’d be into a heavy romance while zombies are threatening to eat people’s brains. That just seems a little bit secondary. Great review!

  2. For me this is better than the Walking Dead b/c of the character nuance. I think Nix will become more prominent in the upcoming books. I’ve only read this one but can’t wait to start on the others.