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Fire & Ash (Rot & Ruin Series #4)
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Fire & Ash (Rot & Ruin Series #4)

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by Jonathan Maberry

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In the gripping conclusion to the action-packed “standard bearer” (Booklist) of zombie series, the threat of death is given new life.

Benny Imura and his friends have found the jet and Sanctuary—but neither is what they expected. Instead of a refuge, Sanctuary is a hospice, and the soldiers who flew the plane seem to be little more


In the gripping conclusion to the action-packed “standard bearer” (Booklist) of zombie series, the threat of death is given new life.

Benny Imura and his friends have found the jet and Sanctuary—but neither is what they expected. Instead of a refuge, Sanctuary is a hospice, and the soldiers who flew the plane seem to be little more than bureaucrats who have given up hope for humanity’s future. With Chong hovering between life and death, clinging to his humanity by a thread, Benny makes a startling discovery: A scientist may have discovered a cure for the zombie plague. Desperate to save Chong, Benny and his friends mount a search and rescue mission. But they’re not the only ones on the hunt. The reapers are after the cure too, and they want to use it turn all the zombies into superfast shock troops—and wipe humanity off the face of the earth.

In this riveting conclusion to the Rot & Ruin series, the battle to end all battles is just beginning.

Editorial Reviews

"[Readers] will be taken by this finale, which manipulates the large cast with wonderful clarity."
VOYA - Kate Conklin
Benny's best friend is slowly turning into a zom, and he is running out of time to save Chong's humanity. Thanks to a crashed jet full of research, Benny is sure that a cure is possible. If he can manage to find the last missing pieces, scientists in Sanctuary might just be able to cure Chong and save the world. This is no easy task, however, because Saint John and the Night Church are set on ending human life once and for all. The reapers send people into the darkness with their knives and are making their way from village to village, burning everything that stands in the way of their goal. Surrounded by zombies, reapers, and devastation, Benny must pick up where his brother, Tom, left off and rescue humankind from the terror of the undead. Maberry continues to terrify in this satisfying fourth book in the Rot & Ruin series. The author develops his characters so well that it is easy to empathize with even the most frightening villains. The depth of the story makes this whopping 544-page novel read quickly, and the action never relents. Fans of the other books in this series, and even those new to Maberry's zombie world, will enjoy the conclusion of Benny's story. Reviewer: Kate Conklin
Kirkus Reviews
Maberry delivers a fitting conclusion to his popular Rot & Ruin series. Filling in back story throughout, this fourth novel picks up three weeks after Benny and his teen allies discovered the elusive jet that guided much of the series' story arc. Now bunkered in a monastery that also serves as a government laboratory, they await the fate of their friend Chong, who was bitten by a zombie at the end of the third novel. As the teens search for a missing government researcher who may just hold the antidote to the zombie plague, religious zealot and psychopath Saint John continues his genocidal holy war, using an army of living dead. The focus of this novel is less on gory battles (though there are still plenty to keep fans entertained) and more on successfully tying together the characters and storylines from the series. The suspense comes instead from the teens' race to find a cure for Chong, save their hometown from zombie attacks and ultimately regain control in their part of the new American Nation. Benny's conscious realization that he has crossed over from boy to a man with a future ahead of him and that his generation must fix the problems of the previous one will particularly strike a chord with adolescent readers. In the end, this gripping zombie saga is really about Hope & Love. (Science fiction. 13 & up)

Product Details

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
Rot & Ruin Series , #4
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.66(d)
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Fire & Ash

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    BENNY IMURA SAT IN THE dark and spoke with monsters.

    It was like that every day.

    It had become the pattern of his life. Shadows and blood. And monsters.



  • Meet the Author

    Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and Marvel Comics writer. He’s the author of many novels, including Assassin’s Code, Dead of Night, Patient Zero, and Rot & Ruin. His nonfiction books cover topics ranging from martial arts to zombie pop-culture. Jonathan continues to teach the celebrated Experimental Writing for Teens class, which he created. He founded the Writers Coffeehouse and cofounded The Liars Club, and he is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries, as well as a keynote speaker and guest of honor at major writers’ and genre conferences. Jonathan lives in Del Mar, California, with his wife, Sara, and their son, Sam. Visit him at JonathanMaberry.com and on Twitter (@JonathanMaberry) and Facebook.

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    Fire & Ash 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I am an adult and have loved the entire series. Fire and Ash does not disappoint it is a wonderful ending to a great series. I love how Jonathan Maberry included Joe Ledger and Carl from the Waking Dead
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Havent read it yet but I have read one two and three waiting my my school library to get them in so I can read the last book of the series but im sad because i hate zombies but I love this series
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Sorry for series to end! I wish there were different illustrated zombie cards at end though!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Omgsh...this is the final book in the series...wow hated to see it end but what an ending it was...highly recommend this series!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love what they did with the characters over time in the series how they muchered in a reckless and wise way. This book series has a great messege about young adults have rights and independents in there world that they inharit when they grow older also about us nott knowing what is around the corner and haveing faith in fate and always being prepared.sad that the series is over i want another but even if they wont i will always be WARRIOR SMART!!!!!!
    myonlyvice More than 1 year ago
    I loved every bit of this book! An excellent end to the Rot & Ruin series. Just when it seems that the world is going to end, up rises Benny Imura and his friends to save the day. In 537 pages there are so many ups and downs and sideways that happen to Benny and his friends that I found my emotions roller coastering all over the place as well. Not only are Benny and company fighting the zombies to stay alive, but they now have a new enemy in The Reapers. Determined to send humankind and zombies alike into the darkness Saint John and his crew are wreaking havoc on anyone that gets in their way. When Benny finds coordinates to where Dr. McReady and a possible cure could be, hope springs new for their friend Chong who is slowly deteriorating with the zombie disease. But will The Reapers get to Chong and send him into the darkness before Benny can get back with the cure? I love the bravery and heroics of Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Riot. And I can't forget Captain Ledger and his dog Grimm, an excellent duo that help Benny and friends. I really liked how much Benny has matured into his own person in this last book. He quits trying to be just like his brother Tom and becomes a hero/legend in his own right. I found myself forgetting though that Benny is still a young person. He is only 15 years old and having to deal with so many decisions and emotions that would crush even an adult. He has matured way beyond his years which is understandable in this new world that has come about because of the zombie disease. If you are a fan of zombie stories, if you enjoy YA and teen hero's then I definitely recommend this series for you. Fast-paced and full of adventure and calamity, I'm definitely a fan!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love this series sooo much its like the walking dead book lol I wish tom didnt die thoo
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I really hope they make it a movie. I think it would be a great storyline and a superb action movie. Zombie movie always have an adult as the main character and it would be cool to have a teenager as the main character because i can relate to that character.
    dee2264 More than 1 year ago
    you will love these storys I could not wait to get the next book great zombie action
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    5-stars on AWESOMENESS (and because it's a well writen book & has great plot,but mainly 'cause it's AwesomE !!!) —PEACE OUT, YO AAWESOMENE$$$ ;)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Everyone, dont ruin this book for me or else i will throw you into the rot and ruin! P.s this series is awesome
    kenjacks2 More than 1 year ago
    I absolutely LOVE this series! 
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Ive read about most of the books except tooth&nail and the other book but i hope that jonathan makes another book! Because its looks like its only the beginning
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    Amazing book but i swear if anyone else dies im gonna hurt somebody
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Cool beans and rice im chong
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I think that you should write a fifth book because the fourth one just ended at a cliffhanger and im not a big fan of those.... ummm... and i guess these books should be made into movies.... aaand.... i just think that your an awesome author all in all, i love your work and i hope to see a fifth book soon...... (This was not a complant... just a statement...) ~JOjo Z. &bull;^_^&bull; <-- those are dimples :)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Is beautiful. The cliff hangers left me on the edge of my seat. Hopefully there is a second book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Love the series i havent read this book yet but im going to read it!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Best book ever love it need to get it
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The root and ruin series is a great series, with high detail and creativity he has made these books come to life! And I would and will highly recommend these books to others.
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    LOVE this book and the series! Would give it 10stars if I could