by Jonathan Maberry
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: September 11th 2012
Edition: Hardcover 469 pages
What the inside flap says...
Reeling from the tragic events of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived…somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living.
But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. They are hunted by fierce animals escaped from zoos and circuses. They must raid zombie-infested towns for food and medical supplies. They discover the very real truth in the old saying: In the Rot & Ruin…everything wants to kill you.
And what is happening to the zombies? Swarms of them are coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. These zoms are different. Faster, smarter, infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead?
In Flesh & Bone, Benny Imura, Nix Riley, Lou Chong and Lilah the Lost Girl are pitted against dangers greater than anything they've ever faced. To survive, each of them must rise to become the warriors Tom trained them to be.
OH!! If anyone has caught on by now, I love me some Jonathan Maberry. I just love his writing and his ability to expertly tell a story. This book is no exception. It is just as great as the previous two in the series. What it makes up for in the loss of a certain favorite character of mine (I'm still sad about that) it makes up for with one of my favorite type of villains. That's right, there are multiple of them. My favorite thing about those villains is that they truly believe what they are doing is for the greater good of man-kind. No matter how evil and vile everyone else around them believes they are, they live their lives thinking they are doing the right thing. They even make it into some kind of religion. One that they believe they are doing the handywork of god and it is how god wants things to be.
Like I mentioned before, I'm still not happy with my favorite character being gone but Mr. Maberry makes up for it by adding Joe Ledger into the story. If you don't know of Joe Ledger, see my review of Patient Zero. He is a great character and he comes along in this book at the right time and even explains on what the heck is going on a little bit in what caused the event that made the world the "Rot & Ruin."
You know, I really had to stop and think about this one so that I wouldn't be able to use my previous "Maberry" cop out and say that I didn't dislike a thing in this book. Didn't want to make that excuse old and used. So after much thought, I did think of some small gripes.
As much as I praised the villains in this story and how I loved their purpose in the story, there were times where they were pretty annoying. It seemed like as soon as things calmed down and the characters were getting somewhere, they would pop up again. At times I was like, "Holy crap! Let these kids do something besides worrying about you crazies every five minutes!"
My last small gripe is not really a gripe at all. It was more of me being a whiny baby and not accepting the fact that my favorite character is gone and is not coming back. Heck, even the characters in the story are having the same issue. Especially Benny. Oh Benny, I know your pain.
Who would I recommend this to:
I would only recommend this wonderful book to the folks who have read the first two. If you haven't read the first two, don't you dare touch this yet. You will spoil such a great story. If you haven't read the first two, seriously, what the heck is wrong with you? It's a wonderful story with great characters and a wonderful different take of zombies in a very dystopian America. I have reviewed the first two and you can check them out here and here.