{Review} Dust & Decay

dust-decay Dust & Decay
by Jonathan Maberry
Series: Benny Imura #2
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: August 30, 2011
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, after months of rigorous training with Benny’s zombie-hunter brother Tom, Benny and Nix are ready to leave their home forever and search for a better future. Lilah the Lost Girl and Benny’s best friend Lou Chong are going with them. Sounds easy. Sounds wonderful. Except that everything that can go wrong does. Before they can even leave there is a shocking zombie attack in town. But as soon as they step into the Rot & Ruin they are pursued by the living dead, wild animals, insane murderers and the horrors of Gameland –where teenagers are forced to fight for their lives in the zombie pits. Worst of all…could the evil Charlie Pink-eye still be alive?

In the great Rot & Ruin everything wants to kill you. Everything…and not everyone in Benny’s small band of travelers will make it out alive.

This second installment of the series was even better than the first. Dust & Decay is packed with action, almost from the very beginning. It’s hard to believe that everything that happens fits into just one book. Every chapter was a new opportunity to bite my nails off for a different character. I really enjoy how Jonathan Maberry took me down a winding path throughout this book — from one characters predicament to another with each turn of the page. I literally could not put this book down. I read over 500 pages in a matter of 48 hours. That’s not always an easy feat with young children running around my house.

Dust & Decay begins with hope. Hope for an exciting adventure and a new life for Benny, Tom, and their friends. But it doesn’t take long for everything to go south once their journey begins.

In the months since the events of Rot & Ruin, Tom has been training Benny and his friends to be “warrior smart.” Preparing them, physically and mentally, for what lies beyond the ruin they already know. Before they even leave Mountainside there are unexpected events they must deal with. Once they decide to head out, the action never stops. Not only are they being chased by zombies, but they have Preacher Jack and White Bear (new characters in this series) to contend with. They also have to deal with the infamous and horrific place called Gameland – where children are taken to fight in zombie pits.

Dust & Decay completely blew me away. I could easily see myself reading it again.. just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. This is at the top of list of favorite books. Before you read this, check out the bonus content In The Land Of The Dead, which is a follow up to the first book, Rot & Ruin.

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Wife, mother, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.