Benny Imura barely remembers life before First Night. That was the night everything changed, when the dead no longer stayed dead. He's been living with his brother in a fenced community and now that he's fifteen, he's required to train for a job. He tries many jobs, but none of them suit. He finally decides to do the last thing he said he'd ever do, to continue in the family business of zombie killer. That means spending days on end with his older brother Tom, who he views as a coward.
As the training progresses, Benny starts to see Tom in a whole new light. He also learns much more about the world he thought he knew.
Through this story, author Jonathan Maberry considers the many ways that the survivors deal with the zombies from outright slaughter, to a compassionate approach that recalls that the zombies were once their family members, friends and neighbours. He also looks at the variety of communities that have sprung up, several of them were not ones that I would have considered at all.
This book is well written and should appeal to it's target YA audience. I am looking forward to reading the further books in the in the series.
The Rot & Ruin Series
- Rot & Ruin
- Dust & Decay
- Flesh & Bone
- Fire & Ash
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Shan at Curled Up With a Good Book and a cup of Tea
Cover image courtesy of author Jonathan Maberry.