Book Review: Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

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Dust & Decay (Benny Imura #2)
by Jonathan Maberry

Expected pub: 8/30/2011 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
From 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.
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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.

→BUY this book!!!

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Read my Review of Rot & Ruin

Side Note:

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…
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Lilah… aka: The Lost Girl 

• Sad history… Maybe a happy future?

“Running makes you prey. It’s better to fight than be hunted.”

*Images of Lilah & J-Dog and Dr. Skillz by
Rob Sacchetto*
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• Teenage surfers, Pre-First Night

“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 portraitsand they are freaking AWESOME!


Benny Imura and his friends will return in:
FLESH & BONE (2012) and FIRE & ASH (2013)

There are thirteen pages of free prequel scenes for ROT & RUIN available on the Simon & Schuster webpage. And there are twenty-five pages of free scenes set in the months between ROT & RUIN and DUST & DECAY.

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25 Responses to Book Review: Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

  1. Kate says:

    Hmm, I've had Rot & Ruin on my Kindle for awhile but I had plans to save it for October's readathon, maybe I need to move up the reading timetable? Love the zombie portraits!

  2. Sarah says:

    Awesome review. I still haven't read the first one, but it's on my gignormous to-read list. lol ♥ Sarah @ I'm Loving Books

  3. It's on my TBR mountain I promise.

  4. I really need to read this series! Our library has the first book. I should check it out! Great review! Can't wait to get started reading these!

  5. I am thinking of trying this series but going to wait to see if I win a copy from Library Thing. If I do then I will get the rest of them :)Great Review! They do sound wicked great!

  6. Shelagh says:

    Another great review Ash! And another series to add to my wishlist it seems. ;)Wait…you're three years younger than me? (God I feel old!)Shelagh<a href=">The Word Fiend</a>

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    Ok zombies totally! freak me out but still, oh I just have to read abut them ;)

  8. Jenny says:

    You're reviews always make me smile Ashley. You're just so enthusiastic, it makes me want to run out to the bookstore and buy the book your talking about immediately even though it's not a genre I like to read:)

  9. Missie says:

    I have to agree with Jenny. Just when I think I couldn't possible add another zombie book to my TBR, you do your magic with words that makes me hungry for more flesh. LOLThat is a pretty wicked quote. Yikes! Remind me to never get on his bad side.

  10. I saw this one in the bookstore the other day…gonna have to read it after your awesome review!

  11. I have been wanting the first book so much and now you introduce the second to me! I want this one too! Needs it! Plus, I love those pics and quotes. Yepper… I need to read this series.

  12. StephanieD says:

    I believe only a zombie apocalypse would ever leave you speechless :) Again, your reviews are nudging me to embrace the zombie lover inside of me.

  13. Mel says:

    I adored Rot & Ruin and now I really, really can't wait to get my hands on Dust & Decay!! SO glad that it lives up to the first book – and even more excited that there will be 2 more in the series!! Yay!!

  14. Tia says:

    What a great review! Your making my tbr list even longer!Tia @ Falling For Books

  15. Kathy says:

    This sounds like a fantastic, heart stopping series! You really made me want to read it! Great review!

  16. Loved your review, dudette!!! I loved the book to infinity! I haven't written my review yet because I've been busy with therapy etc… but I'll get to it!Wasn't the ending awesomeness? I can't wait for the next! It just seems like forever….. ! I hate waiting…. whine, waaahh, stomp my feet :o] (think it'll come any quicker? Teeheez!)Such a fab review, Chicky-poo! I lurved it!

  17. I'm just waiting for my local bookstore to call me and say my copy is in!!!

  18. Book Sake says:

    Can't wait to read this one, after I read Rot & Ruin of course!

  19. Great review, most awesome series!!! I dint know there was a fourth book..yay!! I shall be checking out those 25 pages!!!MIchelle

  20. p.s. Those drawings how cool are they..I LOVED!! Dr.Skillz and J-Dog!!!they made me laugh when I was crying:DMichelle

  21. Andra says:

    OMG I am DYING to read this! Your reviews always make me want to run out to the store and get EVERYTHING lol

  22. Benny Imura and his friends will return in FLESH & BONE (September 11, 2012) and FIRE & ASH (2013)

    In the meantime, there are thirteen pages of free prequel scenes for ROT & RUIN available on the Simon & Schuster webpage for the book.

    And there are twenty-five pages of free scenes set between ROT & RUIN and DUST & DECAY. Here’s a link to the main page; access the scenes by clicking on the banner that reads: READ BONUS MATERIAL BY JONATHAN MABERRY:

    Additional free bonus scenes will be posed in 2012 prior to the release of FLESH & BONE.

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