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Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin Series #1)

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17 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo.com

Benny just turned fifteen. In his world, that means he must find a job in order to continue receiving his rations. The problem is, Benny can't find a job he likes. He and his best friend, Chong, waited too long to get one and all the easy jobs are gone. What's left isn'...
Benny just turned fifteen. In his world, that means he must find a job in order to continue receiving his rations. The problem is, Benny can't find a job he likes. He and his best friend, Chong, waited too long to get one and all the easy jobs are gone. What's left isn't very appealing. He's tried being a locksmith, a fence tester, a fence technician, a carpet coat salesman, a pit thrower, a crank generator repairman, a spotter, a bottler, and an erosion artist. It seems like the only option left is to join the family business.

Benny's brother, Tom, is one of the most respected and successful zombie killers. The problem is, Benny doesn't know why people think Tom's that great. He's never seen Tom do anything especially exciting or impressive - in fact, he's actually turned away from violence, which makes Benny think Tom's a coward. Tom is nothing like the totally cool Zombie Killers like Charlie Pink-Eye and Motor City Hammer. Benny has never intended to do what Tom does. He's always said no every time Tom asked him to become his apprentice. But, his lack of success in any other job has left him no choice.

Benny learns a lot while out in the Rot & Ruin with Tom. He learns about his own past, what it is that Tom really does, and what separates man from monster. Benny's outlook on life completely changes as he begins to realize there might be more to life than just his small town of Mountainside.

ROT & RUIN is a perfect choice for readers who enjoyed THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH. Both books take place in a small town of survivors surrounded by fences that keep the zombies out. ROT & RUIN is set in a time when people still remember what happened when the zombies started rising, so the reader gets some first-hand accounts of First Night (the night the world changed). ROT & RUIN also gives us some of the blood and gore that we sometimes want in a zombie novel.

Jonathan Maberry did an excellent job developing the characters and creating an interesting setting. The reader can get lost in Benny's world. ROT & RUIN gets the Gold Star Award because I couldn't put it down. In fact, I stayed up until 3:30 A.M. one night to finish. This story caused me to cringe, gasp, chuckle, and cry. Absolutely amazing!

posted by TeensReadToo on August 18, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I think this book was a really good and different view of a zomb

I think this book was a really good and different view of a zombie apocolypse. It was Awesome! Gives another view of going through a world epidemic in a way i can almost relate to.

posted by julianH-Beavers_3Period on January 20, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2015

    Help!!! IM IN LOVE WITH MY FRIEND!!!!

    Asked boy to dance (not going to say his name here) he say yes we go to dance we share candy and even drink out of same cup(but different straws) we both have fun next day boy avoids me ask friend to talk to him he tells her he only likes me as a friend and now he blushes when i look at him in class and avoids eye contact does he like me more than he says should i ask him out even though im not aloud to date should i ignore him or just forget about him and the dance?if you have advice post to confused cupid!PLEASE HELP ME HES MY FIRST CRUSH!!!!THANK YOU TO ANYONE WHO HELPS ME WITH MY CONFUSING ROMANCE ?(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Horrible

    Really BAD TEEN GARBAGE. HORRIBLE?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    New genre combo

    Teen trash

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Fine

    Its okay.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 28, 2011

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