Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry reviewed by Heather

Dust & Decay by Jonathan MaberryTitle: Dust & Decay (Benny Imura, Book Two)
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Younger Readers
Pages: 528 pages
Source: personal copy

It has been six months since the battle with Charlie Pink-Eye in the Rot and Ruin and six months since Benny and Nix saw the large jet in the sky over the forest. In those six months, Benny and Nix, along with their friends Lilah and Chong, have been training with Tom.

They’ve been training for their trip into the Rot and Ruin to head east in search of the large jet. They know it’s not going to be an easy trip, but they are ready to leave Mountainside behind, probably for forever.

Almost as soon as they head into the Rot and Ruin everything that could go wrong, does go wrong. It seems as if everything out there, including the zombies, is trying to kill them. From wild animals one usually doesn’t see in the wilderness to mad men hell bent on murder, this group is in for the fight of their lives.

Since Rot and Ruin established much of the history and characters, Maberry was able to jump right in with the action in this book, which made me extremely happy. The zombies seemed to be much more ghoulish and the fights more frequent.

This book made me fall even more in love with Tom Imura. His character is such a humble person even though he has always been seen by most people as some kind of hero. He doesn’t see himself that way at all though.

Dust and Decay is full of resilience, action, plot-twists and even a little heartbreak…who am I kidding? This book has the biggest heartbreak I didn’t see coming, at all. That being said, I am absolutely looking forward to book three of series and the continuance of Benny’s story.

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