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Benny Imura

Rot & Ruin

Written By:Jonathan Maberry - 2010

  • Rot & Ruin - Jonathan Maberry cover


This book is full of heart... They just don't beat anymore.

Benny lmura couldn't hold a job, so he took to killing.

In the zombie-infested world Benny has grown up in, teenagers must work once they turn fifteen—or they'll lose their food rations. Benny isn't interested in taking on the family business, but he reluctantly agrees to train as a zombie killer with his boring big brother, Tom. He expects a dull job, whacking zombies for cash. What he discovers is a vocation that will teach him what it really means to be human.

As his worldview is challenged again and again by the lessons he learns from Tom, Benny is forced to confront another horrifying reality: Sometimes the most terrible monsters are human


Critically acclaimed author Jonathan Maberry crafts a terrifying future vision of a zombie apocalypse, brought to life through the rich emotional struggles of a teenager trying to find his place in a tumultuous new world.

An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

Bram Stoker Award short list

Winner of the Cybils Award, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction category

"In turns mythic and down-to-earth, this intense novel combines adventure and philosophy to tell a truly memorable zombie story, one that forces readers to consider them not just as flesh-eating monsters or things to be splattered, but as people." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"This is anything but another zombie novel." —Charlaine Harris, Author of the Sookie Stackhouse southern vampire series

"Thrilling, enticing, and surprisingly touching. Rot & Ruin will grip readers from beginning to end, and make them question who the real monsters are. It had me hooked from page one." —Heather Brewer, author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series

"This is a romping, stomping adventure. And while most zombie novels are all about the brains, this one has a heart as well. With the dead prowling all around, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura learns the bittersweet lessons of life, love, and family in great Rot and Ruin. Anyone with a pulse will enjoy this novel, and anyone with a brain will find plenty of food for thought inside." —Michael Northrop, author of Gentlemen

"George Romero meets The Catcher in the Rye in this poignant and moving coming of age novel set during zombie times. I welled up at the end, then smiled through my tears when I realized there was going to be a sequel. Bravo, Jonathan Maberry" —Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Series and Possessions

"This is no ordinary zombie novel. Maberry has given it a soul in the form of two brothers who captured my heart from the first page and refused to let go." —Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Inside Out

"An action-packed, thought-provoking look at life—and death—as readers determine the true enemy." —Kirkus Reviews




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