Benny tries out many different jobs and none fit him quite right. His brother, Tom, offers to train him as a zombie hunter and he reluctantly agrees to go into the Family Business.
My first taste of this story came from The New Dead. The short story, Family Business, was one of my favorites and I wanted more. I am so, so glad that I immediately ordered Rot & Ruin.
I can’t say that Rot & Ruin is a lot of fun as there is a good bit of death and violence. But, Jonathan Maberry can really tell a story. There is a lot of action while still providing a story full of feeling. The relationships are interesting and well-formed. Benny and Tom are a complicated duo. They come a long way from that first zombie hunt to the final scene. The friendship between Benny, Nix, Chong and Morgie is an integral part of the story and I hope that it continues to grow in the next installment. Lilah – well, you really have to read to learn about her. (Side note: there is a character in The Passage / The Twelve named Lila. I hope this is a coincidence. Both are a little crazy.)
Overall, this is one of my favorite reads so far this year and a great start for this zombie series. 5/5 stars.