Flesh & Bone (Rot & Ruin Series #3)

Flesh & Bone (Rot & Ruin Series #3)

by Jonathan Maberry

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ISBN-13: 9781442439894
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Series: Rot & Ruin Series , #3
Pages: 469
Sales rank: 838,880
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.48(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and adventure; and he writes for adults, teens, and middle grade. His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Glimpse, the Rot & Ruin series, the Dead of Night series, The Wolfman, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, Mars One, and many others. Several of his works are in development for film and TV, including V-Wars, which will be a Netflix original series. He is the editor of high-profile anthologies including The X-Files, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Out of Tune, Hardboiled Horror, Baker Street Irregulars, Nights of the Living Dead, and others. He lives in Del Mar, California. Visit him at JonathanMaberry.com and on Twitter (@JonathanMaberry) and Facebook.

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Flesh & Bone


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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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    Flesh & Bone 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
    Suvorov More than 1 year ago
    "Benny Imura thought, I'm going to die. The hundred zombies chasing him all seemed to agree." ----- 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. ----- In spite of the dire circumstances, Maberry continues to mix in the humor: ----- "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. ----- 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. ----- Of course, the intelligence of the series also continues: ----- 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." ----- 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. ----- 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. ----- 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. ----- Finally, the quality of the writing remains remarkable: ----- "Hell? [She] knew hell. It had nothing to teach her, no new tricks it could play on her." ----- Wait until you read it in context. My heart dropped. ----- 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).
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is better than any zombie book I have read
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved this book was really good wish there was another book
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This series is totally thrilling,sad,and inspiring
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    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
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love this series and really hope that theres another one
    BookAffair More than 1 year ago
    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.
    KyaAliana More than 1 year ago
    Flesh & Bone is a high-intensity, emotional thrill ride of a book! This is a really intense installment of the Rot & Ruin series, and one of Maberry’s best books yet! It’s no secret that this book deals with grief in a multitude of ways. Each character has their own, separate and shared, reasons to grieve. And Maberry hits the nail on the head with this one - realistically portraying the minds of the characters, their inner feelings, their outer actions, and the venerable state that grief can put you through. Benny, Nix, Chong, and Lilah all must navigate through the inescapable hard times of adolescents and growing up…they also have to deal zombies, monsters, the ugly side of humanity, AND all the heightened emotions that comes with the grieving process. This is an intense book filled with non-stop suspense, action, and mystery all tied together with a strong emotional core. Jonathan Maberry is a master of YA horror and he’s raised the bar with this book! I laughed, I cried, I related to the characters. My heart was broken and healed all at once. This is not just a book, but a journey. A journey that I recommend to any and all!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I swear if that guy kills off a character, im gonna be so mad...
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Awesome book
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This was an epic book. It leaves you hanging---like the last two. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Love this series! This book moved the story along and answered some questions. Can not wait to read where the final book takes us.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    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.
    DreaEmilia More than 1 year ago
    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.
    LowKeedOne More than 1 year ago
    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!
    Curtis_A_Orton More than 1 year ago
    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!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    All in good time
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Yet another great book in the Rot and Ruin series. I would recomend this to any zombie lover!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This triliogy is a wonderful one. I could read these over and over
    walawa More than 1 year ago
    I bought this book for my granddaughter. I have not had a chance to read this book yet but if it's anything like the first two in this series I am sure I will totally enjoy it.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This was a awesome book i can not wait for the next one!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Another wonderful book in the rot and ruin series. Although F&B is slower than the first two, it has a darker tone and an ending that leaves you crushed.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Number three did not disappoint! Excellent description of thoughts & emotions that would run through teenager, child & adult! Huge fan of zombie/post apocalyptic/ ITEOTWAWKI stories & I am impressed with these. Beautiful and scary at the same time.....so loving these stories! Come on #4!!! :-)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    very good book! maberry continues to write a great story - finished it in 2 days...
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Fast paced, and excellent character development. Gripping to the very end!