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458 pages, Hardcover
First published September 14, 2010
Look at that woman. She was, what? Eighteen years old when she died. Might have been pretty. Those rags she’s wearing might have been a waitress’s uniform once….She had people at home who loved her….People who worried when she was late getting home.So the zombies are not just plot devices or mere window dressing here; they serve a real purpose and are an important part of the story.
They held each other and wept as the night closed its fist around their tiny shelter, and the world below them seethed with killers both living and dead.4) Tom Imura – squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited over a character from a book and reading as much YA as I do, most male protagonists are still battling hormones and attitude. But not Tom. Tom is in his 30s. He is a survivor. He is a specialist. He has been forged in battle and now is as strong and unbending as his katana - (no, not that! ... the Japanese long sword he uses). In a world that's been plunged into Hell and lived to tell about it Tom has retained his humanity. He is deep and soulful and will kick your ass in 2 seconds flat. He’s a mix of Master Li Mu Bai from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Morpheus from The Matrix, and my beloved Dean Winchester from Supernatural. How could a girl NOT fall in love?
WOW! Talk about an excellent read!
It only took the first two or three chapters to find me deeply immersed in this novel. The story surrounds Benny, a fifteen-year-old, growing up in a zombie-infested world and is basically his coming of age story.
I couldn't help but become attached to the characters in this book. Benny and his brother Tom, Benny's girlfriend but "not the girlfriend," Nix. There is her competition, the Wild Girl. Finally, there are Benny's heroes Charlie Pink-eye and the Hammer. Even though you don't get much backstory on anyone other than Benny and Tom, they still end up being very real and developed characters.
The plot, although not super exciting at first, kept my interest for the entire length of the novel. I looked forward to when I could pick the book up and read for a few minutes and hated to put it down. I became completed invested in Benny and his life.
Unlike so many other series I've read recently, this was a complete story and not a cliff-hanger that makes you read the next book to see how it ends. It built up to a wonderful and satisfying conclusion but still managed to include enough to lead you to into a sequel. I have to admit the whole process was done quite skillfully. Bravo Johnathan!
I'm very much looking forward to reading the second book in the series and highly recommend Rot & Ruin!