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Flesh & Bone (Rot & Ruin Series #3)

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?The third time?s the charm with even more adventure?and gore?as the Rot & Ruin series continues? (Kirkus Reviews).

Reeling from the devastation of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have ...

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Overview

“The third time’s the charm with even more adventure—and gore—as the Rot & Ruin series continues” (Kirkus Reviews).

Reeling from the devastation of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived…somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living.

But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. Fierce animals hunt them. They come face to face with a death cult. And then there’s the zombies—swarms of them coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. And these zoms are different. Faster, smarter, and infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead?

One thing Benny and his companions can’t afford to forget: In the great Rot & Ruin, everything wants to kill you.

Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

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Editorial Reviews

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"The third time’s the charm with even more adventure—and gore—as the series continues."—Kirkus Reviews
—Booklist
"Zombies have run amok in YA lit, but the standard bearer remains Maberry's straight-ahead, action-drama series that began with Rot & Ruin (2010) and Dust & Decay (2011)...Waiting for the full reveal in volume four won't be easy."
From the Publisher
"The third time’s the charm with even more adventure—and gore—as the series continues."—Kirkus Reviews
--Booklist

"Zombies have run amok in YA lit, but the standard bearer remains Maberry's straight-ahead, action-drama series that began with Rot & Ruin (2010) and Dust & Decay (2011)...Waiting for the full reveal in volume four won't be easy."
Booklist
"Zombies have run amok in YA lit, but the standard bearer remains Maberry's straight-ahead, action-drama series that began with Rot & Ruin (2010) and Dust & Decay (2011)...Waiting for the full reveal in volume four won't be easy."
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Benny, Nix, Chong, and Lilah are on a quest to find a jet that they believe can lead them to a better life. Currently, they are being chased by zombies. As if that is not bad enough, the kids learn that they are actually running headlong into a death cult called the Reapers. The leader of the Reapers is Saint John. His main purpose is to make the human race disappear forever. Chong seems to have a nice relationship with Lost Girl. Nix's Journal entries were very informative and added much to the story. The short chapters made it easy to read one more chapter before putting the book down—which readers will feel compelled to do since most chapters end with something of a cliffhanger. This book can be read without previous knowledge of the first two books in the series. While it is commendable that these teens must work as a group in order to survive, the book involves a lot of gore. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
Booklist
"Zombies have run amok in YA lit, but the standard bearer remains Maberry's straight-ahead, action-drama series that began with Rot & Ruin (2010) and Dust & Decay (2011)...Waiting for the full reveal in volume four won't be easy."
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Benny Imura and his friends are back fighting their way through a postapocalyptic world. Still reeling from the tragic ending in Dust & Decay (S & S, 2011), Benny, Nix, Chong, and Lilah continue moving east from California's Sierra Nevadas, searching for the jet that Benny and Nix saw and, hopefully, for a better life. As in the previous volumes, the ever-present zombies threaten the teens but they are hardly the most hazardous or scariest things stalking the wilderness. The kids run headlong into the "Reapers," a death cult led by Saint John, a serial killer turned prophet. The Reapers' mission is to finish what the zombie plague started-the extinction of the human race. Even as the teens struggle to stay one step ahead of these murderous freaks and close in on their goal, they discover that the zombie virus is mutating, resulting in startling and even more dangerous changes. A few of the passages (especially between Benny and Nix) get a little tiresome, and the Reaper philosophy stretches credulity a bit, but lots of action and generous helpings of blood and gore keep the story moving briskly and will keep series fans turning pages. The ending leaves open the possibility of a fourth installment, though one of the main characters might not survive that long.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442439900
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Series: Rot & Ruin Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 470
  • Sales rank: 59,890
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Maberry

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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Read an Excerpt

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BENNY IMURA THOUGHT, I’M GOING TO DIE.

The hundred zombies chasing him all seemed to agree.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted November 19, 2012

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    "Benny Imura thought, I'm going to die. The hundred zombies

    "Benny Imura thought, I'm going to die. The hundred zombies chasing him all seemed to agree."
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    With book three in the Benny Imura series, Maberry manages to impress me with the first two lines. Don't you love it when a book manages to do that? In Flesh & Bone, the reader follows Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong as they make their way east in search of the airplane and hopefully, a better life. Along the way, they discover things much more disturbing than they could have possibly imagined.
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    In spite of the dire circumstances, Maberry continues to mix in the humor:
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    "Yo! Deadheads," he yelled, waving his sword to taunt them. "Nice try, but you're messing with Benny-freaking-Imura, zombie killer. Booyah!
    And then the lip of the ravine buckled and collapsed under his weight, and Benny-freaking-Imura instantly plummeted into the darkness below.
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    What makes this so funny is that I can see someone doing this, even myself. Maberry's writing is so good it is easy to visualize the scenes. He manages to write something that could be translated to the big screen very well, yet does not sacrifice any quality to the writing. That's impressive.
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    Of course, the intelligence of the series also continues:
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    Chong leaned close to Benny again. "This is fascinating," he said quietly. "If there are other settlements out here, then they're probably like islands or distant countries used to be in the days before the world was mapped. So isolated that their own phrasing and references- all the slang and jargon that we've used since First Night- is going to be different."
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    I love how Maberry looks at many different aspects of the zombie apocalypse aftermath. Chong makes an intelligent observation about society in the Ruin rebuilding itself and compares it to societies in history. This type of detail seems largely ignored in your run of the mill zombie book. Not only does the author successfully incorporate it into his story, he also makes me wonder why all the other zombie books I read did not even consider this natural development.
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    Of course one of my favorite things about Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay was the weirdo religious storyline. If you are with me on this one, Flesh & Bone will absolutely, positively not disappoint. It only gets deliciously creepier.
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    In addition, the author throws all kinds of new stuff out there for the reader. Suffice it to say, Maberry obviously has a head full of ideas because he still manages to throw in some really good ones in book 3.
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    Finally, the quality of the writing remains remarkable:
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    "Hell? [She] knew hell. It had nothing to teach her, no new tricks it could play on her."
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    Wait until you read it in context. My heart dropped.
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    As I mentioned in my review of Dust & Decay, I was concerned that Maberry would not be able to keep up the engrossing storyline through four books and I was probably doomed to disappointment. Well that disappointment does not arrive in book 3. On the contrary, Flesh & Bone kept me on the edge of my seat. There were times that I was so anxious I felt like running around in circles just to ease some of the excess energy. But I didn't because I can't run and read at the same time. Anyway, three down, one to go. Can Maberry keep it up? I guess we'll find out when Fire & Ash is released on August 27, 2013 (according to Goodreads).

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Sup

    I love the first two, almost cried when tom died. Cant wait to read this one. Im a huge fan of zombie based movies and books

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    ALREADY AWESOME ALREADY AWESOME

    ALREADY AWESOME

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    zoms

    This book is better than any zombie book I have read

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    a must read

    Loved this book was really good wish there was another book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Awesomeness

    This series is totally thrilling,sad,and inspiring

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    I

    I love this series and really hope that theres another one

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

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    Highly recommend

    Grief as Maberry mentions in his foreword must be dealt with by all of the characters. For Bennie, grief pressures him to take over the role of his brother, Tom, in an effort to restore balance to his world. But Bennie is ever mindful of Tom's strong conviction that Zoms deserve sympathy and respect because they used to be people, and are now creatures roaming the Earth in a hell of their own. As Bennie and his friends continue to navigate a world repopulated with Zombies, questions regarding the cognitive abilities of Zoms linger in the air. Bennie and his friends find themselves in a desert that at first offers safety, solitude and quiet, but they quickly discover Zoms with ranges of intellectual abilities and encounter a religious group that is dangerously devoted to their own faith. This group of religious fanatics sheds light on some of the very thoughts and questions that plague most of society. Do the Scientists and pharmaceutical companies hold the cures to the diseases that plague mankind? Are they pocketing the money made from people suffering from terminal diseases? Is the government refusing to help the sick in an effort to control or reduce population? Finding the solutions to these questions forces Bennie and his friends to follow Tom's code of Warrior Smart ethics and become true Samarui.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    CHONG

    I swear if that guy kills off a character, im gonna be so mad...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    LOVE BOOK

    Awesome book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    RAWR

    Whyy!... why does chong have to die??.. i mean EVERYTHING lilah EVER loved has died so why does chong hadta die 2222222 WHY

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    THIS IS EPIC it stinks there are is a limit of 5 stars

    This was an epic book. It leaves you hanging---like the last two. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Great

    Love this series! This book moved the story along and answered some questions. Can not wait to read where the final book takes us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Series intertwineing

    Its so awesome that maberry thought to bring joe "greatest soldier ever" ledger into this series. Is this a variation of the first ledger book but they didnt stop sief al din from getting out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    This book series is so riveted. I have read the three books well

    This book series is so riveted. I have read the three books well over 4 times, and all within a matter of hours. I have even gotten my dad interested in these books. Jonathan Maberry is an exquisite writer. One of the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    This is possibly the best novel series on zombies that I've ever

    This is possibly the best novel series on zombies that I've ever read! The characters are on a level you get to know them and feel they're pain, as well as the triumphs in they're lives. This series is a home run indeed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Incredible follow-up to one of my favorite books of all time! T

    Incredible follow-up to one of my favorite books of all time! The "Rot and Ruin" series is quickly becoming a classic! I absolutely can't wait for each new chapter. This book was intense from beginning to end, full of unexpected twists and turns (and heartbreak). Thank you, Mr. Maberry, for writing with such depth and passion!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Random

    All in good time

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Fantastic!

    Yet another great book in the Rot and Ruin series.
    I would recomend this to any zombie lover!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Wonderful

    This triliogy is a wonderful one. I could read these over and over

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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