Zombie Book Review: Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan Maberry

 Zombie Book Review: Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan Maberry


Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura #1)
by Jonathan Maberry

Published October 5th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

From Goodreads:
In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

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This Brunette thought:
WOW. Just WOW. I have never read a more emotionally driven and powerful “zombie” book. This story is about soooo much more than zombies… but they make it intensely freaking fantastic!

Okay there is SO much I want to say about this book, and I really tried to condense it… I did!

First sentence:

Benny Imura couldn’t hold a job, so he took to killing.

Dear God- if that’s not enough to pull you completely in from the extremely meaning of ‘beginning’, then I don’t know what is!

Benny’s parents were killed when he was just a baby- but he remembers that night vividly. First Night, the night the dead rose… he remembers his mother running- terrified from what used to be his father, shoving him into the arms of his older brother Tom and begging Tom to take care of him- then he saw his father take her.

In Mountainside, once you turn 15 if you don’t have a job your rations are cut in half. We follow Benny on his job hunt, (it’s quite comical… read it and see!) and nothing seems to pan out the way he thinks it should… Benny VERY reluctantly agrees to apprentice for his brother, the famous Tom Imura.

Benny thinks his brother is a coward, he has for 14 years. Ever since Tom ran away and didn’t help their mother… Benny HATES zombies, they’re dead, they’re nothing- and then Tom takes him out into the great Rot & Ruin (aka: what was once the USA) and NONE of what Benny has been holding onto for all these years is reality.

Benny is SO well written, at the beginning of the book Benny COULD have been my little brother when he was 15. He was completely irritating, bitter and had a huge chip on his shoulder. I loved him.

The pictures Maberry paints with his words are incredible. It’s not often that I get completely lost and overcome in a story. But with Rot & ruin that is exactly what I did, I literally had to FORCE myself to put this book down and do other things. You know… feed my children and whatnot.

  • I cried like a little girl through the end of Part 1. (Good thing I’m a chick or that might embarrass me!)
  • Chapter 34- all 1.5 pages of it are absolutely freaking incredible! If I could copy every word and put it up for you I would… (but I’m lazy so I won’t. Read it!)
  • I cried AGAIN shortly after chapter 34… I mean *ugly cry*
  • I NEED zombie trading cards.
  • The end of this book will rip your heart wide open.

This is nothing short of EPIC people. If you have not read Rot & Ruin, I need you to stop everything you are doing, get in the car and go buy it right now. No joke.

Maberry will break your heart, sew it back together, shock you, have your mouth hanging open and leave you reading through your tears. This is one of the rare books that I need MORE than 5 stilettos for… still thinking on that one.

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46 Responses to Zombie Book Review: Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan Maberry

  1. Misha says:

    This is one zombie book that I actually own, though I haven't read it yet. After your fabulous review, I HAVE to read it soon. I love books that make me cry! lol

  2. Marla says:

    I just picked this one up on clearance at Books-A-Million on Sunday for $3.97! For whoever is thinking of buying it, it wouldn't hurt to check there.

  3. Jessi says:

    Wow, if I had read this post yesterday, I totally would have picked this up at B&N yesterday. Fabulous review!

  4. I started reading this yesterday, and couldn't stop until I -had- to go to bed or be a zom myself at work today! I can't wait to read more.Love the design of your site. Totally not what I expected when I saw a link to this review on Twitter. Zombie books + stilettos = awesome

  5. Cait says:

    wow this sounds really really good!! I'm slowly warming to zombie stories and I'll definitely be checking this out. Feel free to link this up to my review blog hop here

  6. Kristina says:

    The second one is in the months Galleygrab and seemed interesting, but wasn't sure if I wanted to read the first one. Now after this review, I am definitely going to be checking out the first one too!

  7. Jenny says:

    Wow Ashley! I wouldn't have thought a zombie book would be so emotionally intense, but obviously I suck and have a zombie prejudice and I need to be more open minded:) I really want to read this one and a half page chapter 34 and the end:)

  8. Wow…..I mean wow is all i can say. I love your review and your reviews period. You just have a way with words that really get you in love with these books. Also i smile everytime love your sense of humor. Ok enough about you. You prob think now I have a crush on you…lol im married, but just love your blog. Anywho. I def will be reading this book. Also I just finished my first zombie book,,,, I know what was I waiting for, but I finised The Forest of Hands and Teeth and cried like a baby.Thanks and great review.

  9. Thanks for the wonderful review of ROT & RUIN. I'm delighted that you were able to look past the word 'zombie' and see the heart of the story.I'm currently sitting at a Starbucks writing the third (of four) books in the series, FLESH & BONE.

  10. Sounds like a great book…thanks for sharing! I'll be adding it to my zombie wishlist!

  11. Mel says:

    I knew you'd love it! I think Rot & Ruin has been the book that has blown me away most so far this year. :)and Jonathan – 4 books in the series? I'm suddenly really impatient and happy at the same time!! Yipee!

  12. Missie says:

    Wow Ashley,I really wouldn't expect a book like this to make you ugly face cry. Must be pretty amazing. I'm always interesting in heartbreaking tales. I love that first line. Thanks for this awesome review.

  13. Wow, what a rave review! I'll have to check this one out if you liked it so much. Thanks for the review!

  14. Ahh I've wanted to read this FOR EVER but have never gotten the chance. Then Dust and Decay showed up on GalleyGrab and your review are totally making me want to go out and buy it so I can read it already!!

  15. Sarah says:

    Sounds really good! I haven't gotten much into the zombie books, but with all your zombie-liciousness it's making me want to! lol~ Sarah ♥ I'm Loving Books

  16. I haven't read this one yet! Sounds good and with your fantastic review it makes me want to read it all the more!Gooo Zombies! Kristi

  17. Chey says:

    Ahh! I want to read this one so bad! I should probably pick it up soon…I need to make a list of books I want most. This will definitely be on it!

  18. Okay, you had me until the crying parts. You know I hate to cry (even tho I am a chick too). Darn it! It still sounds so good… but the crying! Good thing mermaids are already wet. Tears don't show. Team zombie mermaid! Sushi rules!

  19. Small Review says:

    Holy cow! What an excellent review. I already wanted to read this book, but I"m totally bumping it up my TBR now. Thanks!

  20. Awww this sounds really good even if I'm not a huge fan of zombie books. I may have to check it out!Sniffly KittySniffly Kitty's Mostly Books

  21. Jennie says:

    I've heard a lot about this book but haven't read it yet. I need to because it sounds amazing.

  22. Vivien says:

    Love this book….and FLESH and BONE!!! OMG! love

  23. I love books that can make me ugly cry! Bring. It. :)

  24. Wow! What a review! I never would have thought, looking at the cover or reading the blurb that it would make me cry. Maybe cringe, but cry? So now I REALLY want to read it. ♥ TrishJust a YA Girl

  25. Alexa says:

    I just picked this one up from the library yesterday for the boytoy to read for the blog. I hope he enjoys it as much as you did. Great review :)

  26. Book Sake says:

    I can't wait to read this series, keep hearing great things about it. And now I know I'm gonna cry too!

  27. Chrystal says:

    I am dying to read this book! I keep seeing it and I read a short story in The New Dead that had Benny and Tom in it and LOVED IT! I can't wait to read it – I am sure I will bawl my eyes out, since I cry all the time while reading. LOL

  28. Great review! The cover is.. wow! And the first line, that is like.. wow! :) I want to check this book out. Thankfully it's out already and I don't have to wait or pre-order it. Yay! :D

  29. Andra says:

    Um yeah…so because of this review I literally just ordered Rot and Ruin on Amazon…I SWORE that I wouldn't buy any more books until I tackled most of my TBR pile…you made me break my promise :P lol

  30. Great a Zombie 5-hanky book! Yep going to order it now and I blame you. I will be sending you a bill for my kleenex, so just watch for that!

  31. ParaJunkee says:

    I need to read this book now. Thanks for the great great great review.

  32. shitshitshit. I've had this book on my list forever but haven't read it. This review just surprised the heel out of me. I have to read it NOW!!!!!!

  33. Andrea says:

    I am going to have to check this one out. Thanks for the great review!Andrea @ Reading Lark

  34. StephanieD says:

    This just might be the book that will lure me to zombie literature. I love to cry (secretly – don't tell anyone)!

  35. i have to get this book! its on the wishlist, along with all the other books on here. lol thanks!

  36. Miss Lauren says:

    I am dying to read both of these! So awesome!! I need some $ for books. Haha.

  37. GABY says:

    I'm definitely going to read this one. At first I thought it wasn't for me, but now I think I should give it an opportunity.

  38. Ashley says:

    Alright Miss, I'm going to read a verse novel if Ashley reads Rot & Ruin! :) I got it from the library and shall read it soon! :D & your review definitely makes me very hopeful!

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