Expected pub: 8/30/2011 by Simon & Schuster Children’s PublishingFrom Goodreads:Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, after months of rigorous training with Benny’s zombie-hunter brother Tom, Benny and Nix are ready to leave their home forever and search for a better future. Lilah the Lost Girl and Benny’s best friend Lou Chong are going with them.
Sounds easy. Sounds wonderful. Except that everything that can go wrong does. Before they can even leave there is a shocking zombie attack in town. But as soon as they step into the Rot & Ruin they are pursued by the living dead, wild animals, insane murderers and the horrors of Gameland –where teenagers are forced to fight for their lives in the zombie pits. Worst of all…could the evil Charlie Pink-eye still be alive?
In the great Rot & Ruin everything wants to kill you. Everything…and not everyone in Benny’s small band of travelers will make it out alive.
The Bookish Brunette thought:
After a very emotional and thrilling ride with Benny Imura in Rot & Ruin, Jonathan Maberry has left me almost speechless by Dust & Decay. (I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t always have something to say!) If you haven’t read Rot & Ruin… Oh my God. PLEASE, GO get it and Dust & Decay because it comes out today!
Dust & Decay picks up just a few months after we left Benny and his friends in the last book. They are preparing for their trip across the great Rot & Ruin in hopes of finding the origin of the JET they had seen while rescuing Nix from Charlie and Hammer in last book.
An unexpected zombie outbreak IN TOWN causes Tom to drastically move up the date of their departure. He invites Morgie and Chong to go with them on an ‘over-night’ camping trip as a farewell. Chong is less than thrilled, and Morgie completely refuses to go. Morgie is still harboring some WICKED hard feelings over Benny and Nix being together and the last words he says to Benny are,
“I hope you die out there Benny. I hope you all die.” ~Morgie
From the MOMENT their camping trip begins… YOU will NOT be able to put this book down. Danger, adventure and carnage ensue in one heart-stopping/breathe-catching moment after another.
Chong disappears into the forest, Charlie ‘Pink-Eye’ may still be alive and there are rumors that Gameland is back up and running. White Bear is scarier than ANY zombie, and has every bounty hunter in the Ruin looking to bring in the famous Tom Imura, Benny, Lilah and Nix… dead or alive…
Dust & Decay is FIERCE, fast-paced, gut-wrenching- and BEAUTIFULLY written. With each chapter the intensity increases, grabs a hold of you and doesn’t release you until the very last page…
Jonathan Maberry weaves together witty humor, sob inducing emotion and the horror of unabashed reality in a story about family, friendship, love, loss, life… death… and of course ZoMbIeS.
Read my Review of Rot & Ruin
Jonathan Maberry has managed to not only write some of my FAVORITE books of all time, he has also created some of my ALL TIME favorite characters in my 21 years of reading (figure I started at about six right?)
“It’s easier to be like a character in a story than the star of your own tragedy.” ~Tom…
• Sad history… Maybe a happy future?
“Running makes you prey. It’s better to fight than be hunted.”
“Dudette’s no Barbie, brah.” ~J-Dog
“I know, right? Kahuna [meaning Tom] was on when he said little cat’s hyper-fierce gnar gnar.” ~Dr. Skillz
Rob Sacchetto also does ZoMbIe portraits… and they are freaking AWESOME!