Source: Received an ARC from Simon and Schuster Canada for an honest review.
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Release Date: Already Released.
Number of Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Blurb 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 and 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 and 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 and Ruin everything wants to kill you. Everything…and not everyone in Benny’s small band of travelers will make it out alive.
I've already reviewed Rot and Ruin, and I loved it...I also loved Dust and Decay! I know I've said it before, but I will say it again....I...LOVE...ZOMBIES! They are fabulous (okay, not in the traditional sense, but I think they rock haha), and I love reading about them, especially when it's not all about the gore. I don't mind gore, but I'm not a fan of a book only being about gore. Jonathan Maberry's Benny Imura series is a good mix of gore and other stuff. Other stuff being like feelings, and talking, and all those good 'ol bookish things. Okay, I'm being extremely general on purpose, but I'm trying to not spill any spoilers for Rot and Ruin in case you haven't read that one yet. Some will be unavoidable, like the ones that are already given away in the Goodreads blurb though, so if I spoil stuff that the blurb already spoils...I'm sorry, but this is a review for a sequel. lol
I'm gonna start off with the action. The action was even more intense in Dust and Decay, than it was in Rot and Ruin...which is saying something because that one was pretty intense and action-packed, too! Benny's stronger...and more buff, which yes, he does mention, since the last book, and he's also grown up a lot. Mostly because he's had to. He went through so much in Rot and Ruin, as did Nix and Tom. They've been through tonnes, so it isn't a surprise that they've decided to try to leave Mountainside. You'll have to read Dust and Decay to see how that turns out for them because my lips are sealed. :P
Oh Tom...I confessed that I love Tom in my Rot and Ruin review, but I will say it again, he is a sexy dude! I think it's because he's so fierce, but he doesn't even want to be doing what he does. He's noble, and he's a great role model for Benny. Plus, he can cook...I can't cook that well, or rather, I don't try to cook most of the time...I might be able to if I tried, but I know he can, and I like that. Anyway, I'm gonna stop gushing, and move back into the review. (Yup, I just dedicated a nice little chunk to Mr. Imura, but he's so worth it. ;D )
This one made me sad, it made me happy, and it made me laugh. I totally cried, but I won't tell you why, when, or how many times (it was more than once though). I'm not a fan of crying, although you might have noticed that I do it a lot when I read, but it's one of the ways that I judge how much I like books. If I cry over something, I can tell I'm invested in the story, and that I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I don't cry if I don't like a book, so crying for me is like a seal of approval. It means I care (and that the book is either sad or happy), and the fact that Jonathan Maberry has managed to make me care about his characters and their story so much, in a zombie book I might add, makes me smile every time...even if I might not be happy about why I was crying.
Dust and Decay is a fantastic sequel. It has double the action, definitely double the zombies---they were EVERY WHERE in this one, and it's one massively awesome zombie-tastic ride! If you haven't started this series yet, and you like zombies...or you want to try a zombies series, I definitely recommend that you go out and get yourself a copy of Rot and Ruin...and once you devour that, a copy of Dust and Decay, or both at once, whatever you fancy. :)