Book: Rot and Ruin
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Rating: three stars (out of four)
Release date: Sept. 14, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Initial thoughts: Whoa, INTENSE. Said in a rush: Letmejustsayafewthingsrealquick. It felt like..A zombie book about the human condition/a mash up of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan/was a super thrilling read! I had so much trouble putting it down. Whew! Okay, so there's just a smattering of my thoughts...I'll have to let it seep into my head a little bit before I even think about writing a full review. It's in the works, folks!
Now, I’m not normally a person who reads zombie books. Something about the idea living dead kinda sets me on edge. Plus my overactive imagination is GREAT at setting up all sorts of horrific possibilities. (I tend to have strange enough dreams as it is, so no need to encourage THAT mental department.)
But still, I was drawn to this book and once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. It was intense, dark, scary, and emotional. All in a good way. I so desperately wanted the characters to be okay and I followed their plights, eyes riveted to the page, fingers cradling the book. And even though it was a zombie novel, I was completely immersed in the world and I wanted to know more. How did the people survive? What did society look like? Where was society headed? It reminded me a little of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but not as bleak.
I pretty much tore through the first book and was glad I had the second book near by to read as well. The story was engaging and the characters were dimensional and fleshed out (no pun intended.) But it was a good story and I’m so glad I picked it up. Definitely something I’d recommend to others – especially if you like the edgy stuff they’ve been putting recently and don’t mind some minor gore. Hey, if I can stand this book, it’s probably not too bad because I’m a wimp. Read it!