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Flesh and Bone – Jonathan Maberry

So as yesterday was supposed to be the “apocalypse” here’s a review of what could have happened 😛

Flesh & Bone (Benny Imura, #3)I hate you Jonathan Maberry. First you kill off my favourite character. Then you kill off my second favourite character… ;( WHY?!?!?! Why do you have to be such a good author and who then makes your readers suffer. And then you make me depressed and sad for characters who are already dead. WHY?
I have so many feelings.
But on a slightly calmer note (hopefully) here’s the summary:

Summary
Benny, Nix, Chong and Lilah are still in the Rot and Ruin. Benny goes off because he’s still sad about Tom and because he is so smart and such a “hero” he falls into a ravine full of zombies who want to bite him! While he is in the ravine he sees this girl who is still alive about to fall and get eaten, so of course he goes all macho and tries to save her, but in the end his friends end up saving him. So then they have a new mystery on their hands; who the girl is and where her family is. So to cut a long story short and to avoid spoilers; They get split up and they find themselves in the middle of a “war” between humans (NB not zombies). And lets just say in this war, there is no good guys… And everyone; the good guys, the bad guys, the zombies (kinda), EVERYONE, is trying to reach this place called Sanctuary.

Cons
er… This is the rare occasion where I can’t think of any…

Pros
Cover
I’ve always loved the Benny Imura covers, and by covers, I mean the UK ones. And I guess the US ones…. But not as much, I think I got put of mainly because it had someone’s face on the first book… (I don’t particularly like books with real people on it…), and also the UK covers are so much brighter, and more lively!!!

Dead and Gone
It was the short story given between Dust and Decay and this book. I read it a while ago and I think it really helped actually! It tells the story of Riot, the new character introduced, and it gives a lot of background information and I would definitely recommend it! But it did give me some ideas of what was going to happen (so maybe you should read it after?)

The bad guys
AKA the really weirdly obsessively religious people who think killing is what is the right and moral thing to do.
So you might be thinking why this is in the pros section…
WELL…
If the zombie apocalypse actually happened; I can actually imagine this happening. There would be people who would go kinda weird and think that zombies means lets kill everyone on the planet! So Jonathan Maberry has captured this PERFECTLY. Either that or I have been brainwashed by him 🙂

The Ending
To be honest I’m not sure whether this should go in the cons or pros… It was a such a good ending but at the same time it tore my heart out ;( In fact. It RIPPED my heart out.

;(
There’s no other way of describing this paragraph. It’s just full of tears and depression.
First he kills my favourite character. Then he kills my second favourite character. Then he makes my feel so sad for characters who are already dead.
Tom ;(. He was going to propose… ;( and Mrs Riley… ;(

Favourite Quotes

  • “The whole world turned into an all-you-can-eat buffet”
  • “He never did get right all the way again. And every once in a while he’d come down all bitey”
  • “Death is like that. Relentlessly efficient”
  • “What the hell was that all about?” he asked the elk.
    The elk, being and elk, said nothing.”
  • “When Chong made to sit down next to her, Lilah drew her knife and stabbed the point into the earth between them.
    “I can see that you need some quiet time,” he said and scuttled quickly away.”

Summary
So what are you thinking? 3 stars? 4 stars? 5 stars?
No question. It’s a zombie book. That will just explain everything. 5 shuriken stars. Definitely worth a read; but probably after reading the other books; Rot and Ruin and Dust and Decay and Dead and Gone- the short story.

Dead and Gone- Jonathan Maberry

Dead & GoneSo this is a short side story (about 60 pages maybe?) set in the Rot and Ruin.

It’s good.

Summary
THERE’S A NEW CHARACTER!!! Her dead name is Sister Margaret, but her new name is Riot (which I prefer by miles, it just sort of seems to suit a zombie book? :P). And she has escaped from her old home.
That’s right.
I said escape. Not leave.
But the book doesn’t involve that part of the story. The story begins with Riot, alone and starving, the hunger about to overwhelm her. And some people (unknown at the moment) decide to give her food :P. How kind. Oh yeah. Before I forget, her old “friends” and trying to hunt her down and kill her, because their religion says so. Yeah, Zombie- apocalypses are a strange world… And then she makes some new friends, who have the opposite religious beliefs.

So because this is a short story, I’m going to do a short review, well, as short a review of me rambling is going to ever be…

I love the new character. She seems so bad-ass and awesome. She knows how to hunt, to kill, and has loads of survival instincts. I imagine she will probably be featuring in the third book (Flesh and Bone. I can’t wait!). And her ethics were so good! She was completely brought up in a killing humans environment, and she could still see that it is wrong!
I loved all the other new characters as well, but I don’t know if they will be in the next book… 😦 because they were only introduced at the end. But anyway, they were AWESOME! And the group that they belonged to was so cool! It completely contrasted with the reapers!
Note. The reaper’s religion is that it is right to kill people, and by people I don’t mean zombies…
Second Note. Jolt’s religion is that it is never right to kill people, whether they are zoms or not.
Loving the cover. In fact I love all of the covers! (The UK ones anyway… They just all seem to fit together so well!)

I don’t think they are as good as the other Benny Imura books… 😦  Perhaps its just not long enough, or that it isn’t thoughtful enough, if you know what I mean; The other two books made me see zombies in a completely different light, but this one… it just didn’t have that sort of effect on me… 😦
But don’t get me wrong. It IS still and AMAZING book! Written by an AMAZING author!

Thats about it 🙂

4 and a half Shuriken stars!

You should definitely get your hands on this book! (side note. Plus, with this book, is a WHOLE CHAPTER of FLESH AND BONE!)

Dust and Decay- Jonathan Maberry

Dust & Decay. by Jonathan MaberryI LOVE THE CHARACTERS, I LOVE THE PLOT, I LOVE THE WRITING STYLE, I LOVE THE AUTHOR, I LOVE THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As you can probably tell this book is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! This book is the second in a series, called the Benny Imura series, by Jonathan Maberry. The first book in the series is called Rot and Ruin (as seen in an earlier review) and the next two books are called Flesh and Bone, and Fire and Ash!- but they haven’t been released yet… ;( This book could even be better than the first!!! (which, if you haven’t read the first book, is very hard to beat…)

Summary
This book follows the story of Benny Imura, as he goes into the Rot and Ruin with his friends, towards the East, to try to find the jet!!! The main part of the story starts when they go out into the Rot and Ruin for an overnight camping trip, for practice!, but pretty much as soon as they go out they run into trouble… 😀 I mean, getting attacked by a rhino is trouble right ?(!) 😀 and then they find out that CHARLIE PINK EYE COULD BE ALIVE!!! (note. I did say could…- YOU HAVE TO READ THE BOOKS!!!) Dum. Dum. Dum!!!

Cons
Just one!

The speed
Usually I really like face- paced books and don’t get me wrong, this is a really fast-paced book… just sometimes I found that it was perhaps too fast- paced. Some parts were a little rushed, as pretty much the whole contents of the book happens in under a week (I think…), but even so THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!

Pros
The Characters
It was really good how we got to watch them develop- especially Chong. At the end, it was so sad… and he just took it so easily… (I know it sounds like he dies, but he doesn’t!). Another character who I enjoyed watching develop was Lilah; how she gradually became more like a teenage girl, than a lonely hunter… and it was so sweet when she finally accepted Chong’s flirtatious comments… :D… Chong is so funny… 😀

Tom Imura
He is so awesome he gets his own paragraph. He is just such a nice person, and he is an awesome brother… I wish I had a brother like that… He is also so funny and it is really good that he is still able to make us laugh; he has been through so much… like with Nix’s mum dying and him almost dying… ;( And I really need to have a rant about what happens at the end, because none of my friends have read it because they couldn’t be bothered to, because they didn’t like Rot and Ruin (SHOCK ;O – and they are supposed to be my friends… ) So as I am about to rant about a major plot spoiler, so be careful, if you don’t want to look…- I was going to type it in white… but it didn’t work… ;(
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I CANNOT BELIEVE HE DIES… HE WAS MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER AND I CANNOT BELIEVE HE DIES… I AM STILL IN SHOCK, and I read this a few months back… HE WAS AWESOME… AND THEN JONATHAN MABERRY DECIDED TO KILL HIM OF… I wish he had killed Nix… She really annoys me… and TOM IS SO MUCH MORE AWESOME….  How the hell are Benny and his friends supposed to survive now?… and if he died in this book, and Nix’s mum died in the first… WHO IS GOING TO DIE NEXT…!!!!???? (Please don’t let it be Chong or Lilah or Benny- THAT ONLY LEAVES NIX!!!)

The Rhino
It was funny, and for that it gets it’s own paragraph!

The main bad guys
THEY WERE SO EVIL…. I CANNOT BELIEVE THEY DID WHAT THEY DID… And sorry, but I have to go on another rant…- it will be in invisible ink again! (and by that, I mean, black!)
PREACHER JACK AND THE WHITE BEAR WERE SO EVIL!!!, EVEN THOUGH CHARLIE DID DESERVE IT… But… he was their family… and I can’t believe that they put him into a zombie pit… EVIL. EVIL. EVIL. But I have to admit, they are smart… because they did get part of what they wanted…; Tom died by their hand… ;(

The Cover
It says all that needs to be said for a zombie apocalyptic book.

Favourite Quotes! 😀
Some are quite lengthy, but they are all really good!!! 😀

  • “It’s important to know the past, but your survival depends on knowing the present”
  • “No matter what choice you make, it doesn’t define you. Not forever. People can make bad choices and change their minds and hearts and do good things later; just as people can make good choices and then turn around and walk a bad path. No choice we make lasts our whole life. If there’s ever a choice you’ve made that you no longer agree with, you can make another choice”
  • “Walls, towns, rules, and day-to-day life doesn’t make us civilized … That’s organization and ritual. Civilization lives in our hearts and heads or it doesn’t exist at all”
  • “Then you might be the cavalry,” said Tom, “but I’m Santa Claus. Let’s go downstairs and open some presents”
  • “…but it was death that changed. People are still people. Some good, some bad. Death changed, and we don’t know what death really means anymore. Maybe that was the point. Maybe this is an object lesson about the arrogance of our assumptions. Hard to say. But the world? She didn’t change. She healed. We stopped hurting her and she began to heal. You can see it all around. The whole world is a forest now. The air is fresher. More trees, more oxygen”

Overall
Overall I love this book! It is amazing!! I strongly suggest for all of you readers out there to go and read it!!! 5 SHURIKEN STARS!!!- and I’m not always that nice… 😀 Do yourselves a favour, and get your hands on this book!!!! It is, in my opinion, THE BEST ZOMBIE BOOK IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!

Rot and Ruin – Jonathan Maberry

Rot & RuinI LOVE THIS BOOK! IT IS AMAZING! IT’S ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVOURITES! I LOVE THE CHARACTERS AND THE PLOT AND THE WRITING STYLE, AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING!

Ok, I’ll try to stop ranting… But OH MY GOD THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!

Summary
One of the best books in the world. (I was so tempted to leave it at just that.)

It follows the story of Benny Imura who survived the zombie apocalypse. He lives in a small town which belongs to a group of towns called the Mountainside (for obvious reasons). have to find a part time job, and he ends up having to do a job with his older brother, Tom, who he hates. The book basically talks about how zombies are people too so it’s wrong to mistreat them – you wouldn’t mistreat a corpse, and zombies are a type of corpse, only they’re half alive.

Cons
THERE AREN’T ANY CONS… except that the beginning was quite slow… BUT OTHER THAN THAT THERE AREN’T ANY.

Pros

The Characters
TOM – I love him, he’s so awesome! He is so sweet when someone dies, and he’s a good brother. (I know my brother wouldn’t ever do any of the things that he did for Benny)
Benny: He is so funny because he is sometimes so idiotic.
Nix: I don’t actually like her that much. She’s just so needy and she always blames stuff on other people, but I found it interesting watching her develop and becoming tougher and stronger. It’s amazing at the end, that after all she has been though she still is half sane.
Charlie: HE IS PURE EVIL. But to be fair, he is smart – in fact I actually admire his smartness,especially with his traps. He is also very ruthless.
Lilah: She is so cool! I cannot believe that she was able to survive for so long just on her own! It must have been a really lonely life and I feel really sorry for her 😦

The Plot
It was so breathtaking and awesome that I was overwhelmed.

The Quotes
I know this is quite a small point, but I felt that it deserved to be mentioned. I loved the quotes that separated each of the different sections of the book, One that I really liked was the last one:

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air… but only for one second without hope.” – Hal Lindsey

It suited the book so well and it was really sweet and inspirational.

Favourite Quotes! 

  •  “There are moments that define a person’s whole life. Moments in which everything they are and everything they may possibly become balance on a single decision. Life and death, hope and despair, victory and failure teeter precariously on the decision made at that moment. These are moments ungoverned by happenstance, untroubled by luck. These are the moments in which a person earns the right to live, or not.”
  • “Closure isn’t closure until someone’s ready to close the door”
  • “Often it was the most unlikely people who found within themselves a spark of something greater. It was probably always there, but most people are never tested, and they go through their whole lives without ever knowing that when things are at their worst, they are at their best.”
  • “They won the war but lost the peace”
  • “That’s stupid.”
    “That’s people”
  • “We had the whole ‘when you assume you make an ass out of you and me’ speech in school”
  • “Language”

Overall
Overall THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! IT IS THE BEST ZOMBIE BOOK EVER! The concept of it really twists and turns your mind. It is easily 5 shuriken stars. As I don’t want this review to be all about me ranting, if you want to take anything away from this review you should take this: GO BUY A COPY OF THIS BOOK! 😀