Flesh & Bone (Rot & Ruin Series #3)
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Flesh & Bone (Rot & Ruin Series #3)

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by Jonathan Maberry
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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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."
--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
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:
08/13/2013
Series:
Rot & Ruin Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
470
Sales rank:
58,811
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.08(h) x 1.28(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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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"The third time’s the charm with even more adventure—and gore—as the series continues."—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and Marvel Comics writer, and was named one of the Ten Best Horror Authors Alive Today by BestHorrorAuthors.com. 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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