Review: Dust & Decay

I received this book for free from S&S Galley Grab in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Dust & DecayDust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry
Series: Benny Imura #2
Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR on August 30, 2011
Genres: Adventure, Horror, Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic
Pages: 519
Format: eARC
Source: S&S Galley Grab
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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.

I liked Rot & Ruin. It was a solid read, if nothing completely exceptional. If you liked it, I can pretty much guarantee that you’re going to like Dust & Decay. The formula is similar, just as full of action, zoms and danger. Actually, I think I liked this one a bit better, with one exception, although I can’t say whether that’s because I knew what to expect or because it was higher quality.

So I might as well begin here with the one thing I could not get over and did not like, even though I did try to come to terms with it: they get attacked by a rhino. My first reaction was approximately, “lol whut?” because, well, rhinos don’t generally chill out west. Then I thought about zoos and how they wouldn’t be manned anymore, so animals might just roam, which did turn out to be the explanation. I also briefly wondered if rhinos can survive here what with not being native and perhaps not used to rough winters, but gave up since I don’t know much about rhinos. Anyway, explained or not, I really don’t know why the rhino attack happened. I mean, it was a disheartening thing to have happen on their quest, but couldn’t it have been a less ridiculous animal, like a big ass boar, which is what I expected?

Rhinoceros aside, I really liked the pacing of this book (except for the little snippets of Nix’s notebook, which made her seem like an airhead and not like the badass we all know she is). It kept the action coming and blended in some interesting ideas and thoughtful moments well. For example, I really loved the Greenman’s (please tell me this is a reference to It’s Always Sunny…) observation that the earth was actually recovering because of the zoms. Oh, and the scene where a horse and zombie did a little do-si-do with the horse just staying out of reach.

Unfortunately, I am totally ready to read the next alliteratively titled book in the series right now, but I’m guessing it won’t be published for another year at least. Sigh. It promises to be even better, because I really want to know what’s happening in other parts of the country. How cool if different places reacted in different ways!

 

One response to “Review: Dust & Decay”

  1. Glad to hear it. And Maberry is from PA, so the It’s Always Sunny reference might be intentional!

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