Title: Rot and Ruin
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Level: Young Adult
Published: September 14, 2010
Rot and Ruin is the story of Benny Imura, a 14 year old who needs to find a job by 15 or get his rations cut in half. He lives in America, except this America is zombie infested. Benny tries to find a job anywhere he can get one, but no one will hire him. This leaves him with no choice but to apprentice with his cowardice and boring big brother Tom. Tom is a bounty hunter out in the rot and ruin. But Tom is different from other bounty hunters, he doesn't just go out and kill zombies for cash. He is a closure specialist, someone who kills zombies who were once part of their client's family. Out in the rot and ruin Benny learns all about the right and wrong in the zombie infested world.
Well, let's start off with the fact that generally my type of novel is realistic fiction so this was out of my comfort zone. I find post-apocalyptic zombie stories better for movies and television than I do for books. It's just not my cup of tea, but I gave it a shot anyways.
This book was okay, I felt that reading the synopsis and then reading the first 250 or so pages that there wasn't a clear plot and it was all just a really long introduction.
After the plot was introduced it got better and I was mildly interested, but only mildly. I felt that because it took so long to get into I had already given up on the book and I was just trying to finish it.
I'm not sure if I'll be reading the second one, you might enjoy it if you like reading about zombies, personally I don't.
Character Rating: 3/5