Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Hardcover: 458 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Benny Imura couldn’t hold a job, so he took to killing.
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
Rot & Ruin is the first in a five book series geared to teens and young adults. Set nearly a decade and a half after the zombie apocalypse, humanity is still struggling. Most of the surviving humans live in small fortified strongholds fenced away from the “rot and ruin” of the zombie wastelands.
Benny Imura was just 18 months old the night the zombies rose. Both of Benny’s parents were killed. Benny would have been as well if his teenage half-brother, Tom hadn’t saved him. For that Benny has never forgiven Tom. Benny believes Tom is a coward for running away and not trying to save his parents.
Benny spends his days talking with friends (especially Nix, a girl that has a crush on him) and dreaming about life beyond the fences that protect them. He looks up to the bounty hunters that venture into the rot and ruin to find food, supplies and lost souls. Benny thinks that maybe one day he’ll become a bounty hunter.
When it is discovered that a group of bounty hunters have killed two of the townspeople and kidnapped Nix, Tom and Benny head out into the rot and ruin hoping to save her.
Maberry scores again! I look forward to reading the other books in the series. (PS – If I was a younger reader I know I would have scored Rot & Ruin even higher.)