Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

By teen lib

March 22, 2013

The zombie apocalypse, better known as First Night, occurred more than 14 years ago.  Now the world is mostly “Rot and Ruin,” filled with zombies, with small pockets of humanity sandwiched within the wasteland.  This is the only world that Benny can remember since he was a toddler on First Night when his much older step-brother rescued him and found them both a safe place to live in the town of Mountainside.

Now that Benny is turning fifteen years old, he needs to find a job or have his rations cut in half.  After exploring several other options with his best friend, Chong, over the summer, Benny is down to the wire and finally accepts his brother’s offer to become his apprentice, an apprentice to a zombie bounty hunter.

You may be wondering why Benny didn’t just take this job first and skip exploring all those other options.  But Benny’s opinion of his brother, Tom, is not very good.  Benny is impressed by the other zombie bounty hunters in town, Charlie Matthias and the Motor City Hammer.  Benny is always down at the general store listening to their exciting tales, but Benny thinks of Tom as a coward, and he never hears a word about Tom’s exploits out in the “Rot and Ruin.”  But Benny might have his mind changed for him on his first trip outside the fences, since there is no law in the “Rot and Ruin.”  

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