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Zombie Apocalype Book series for Teenagers: Rot & Ruin
Zombie Apocalypse Series for Teens by Jonathan Maberry
This zombie series is written for teenagers and mainly revolves around a fifteen year-old boy named Benny Imura and his friends. The series follows Benny as he comes of age in this post-apocalyptic world, out-numbered by zombies that have taken over most of the world. Since Benny was very young when the infection began, this is the only way of life he has ever really known. He and the rest of the survivors live in a small town, behind a fence that surrounds the entire community. The other side of the fence is simply known as the "Rot and Ruin".
The zombies that inhabit the Rot and Ruin are slow-moving, completely mindless creatures that only want to eat the flesh of the living. But when there are so many zombies beyond the fence, and a single bite will infect the living, you have to be very careful.
In this new society, modern technology has been blamed for the demise of humanity, even though no one knows the real cause of the zombie infection or uprising. No one wants to talk about "First Night" or discuss the future, they just want to survive the present. But Benny and his friends are too young to remember the "old days" and they want to look forward to a brighter future. Will they have to find their futures beyond the fence? Is there a future out in the Rot and Ruin?
Book 1: Rot & Ruin
The story of Benny Imura begins 14 years after "First Night", the night the world as we now know it, ended. In the post-apocalypse society that Benny has grown up in, you must get a job when you turn fifteen, or face having your rations cut in half. Even though his half-brother Tom has offered to take him on as an apprentice in the "family business", Benny refuses. Tom has raised Benny all by himself since "First Night", but Benny still holds great resentment toward him. All Benny remembers of that night is his mother shoving Benny into Tom's arms through a window and asking Tom to run away and keep Benny safe. His very last memory is of his mother being dragged away from the window by their now-infected zombie father. He cannot forget or forgive Tom for being such a coward and not trying to save Benny's mother.
After a fruitless job search, however, Benny decides to become an apprentice to his brother Tom--as a zombie bounty hunter. He thinks that being out in the Rot and Ruin and killing zombies will be exciting and fun, but instead he learns that the zombies aren't the biggest threat to humanity. Benny begins to see the zombies as more than just monsters. They were all normal people with normal lives before the infection and they couldn't help that they got sick. He even starts to begrudgingly respect his brother Tom and realizes that the other bounty hunters that he was idolizing are much more sinister than they appear.
The zombies are mindless creatures who are diseased and driven mad with hunger, but it's the uninfected humans who are the cruelest and most inhumane. There is no law out in the Rot and Ruin, except for the survival of the fittest. Once outside the fences, the other bounty hunters are committing atrocities against not only the zombies, but also children. They are kidnapping and forcing children to fight for survival against zombies at a place called "Gameland." At Gameland, also known as the Z-games, people place wagers on the unarmed kids like they would at an illegal dog fight. Children fight to the "death", only they won't stay dead for long...
After a series of unfortunate events, Benny and Tom must work together to try to save Benny's friend Nix before she dies at the hands of her captors Charlie Pink-Eye and the Motor City Hammer--or before the zombies kill her at the Z-games. But can they find the secret location of Gameland in time to save her?
Book 2: Dust and Decay
Okay, spoiler alert if you haven't read the first book! The author is not prone to killing off any of the main characters...so the second book picks up after Tom and Benny Imura, along with the help of the "Lost Girl" named Lila have managed to rescue Nix and destroy the second "Gameland".
At the end of the first book, while they are still all out in the Rot and Ruin, the kids see a jet fly over, heading east. They have never seen a plane or jet in their lives, but they have heard about them in their history books. Obviously, their curiosity is peaked. Does this mean that somewhere there is another colony or society out east that might be more civilized? With this type of technology, is it possible they might have found a cure to the zombie infestation?
Nix, Lila and Benny make a pact that they will leave the town and search for the jet and whatever else might lie beyond the Rot and Ruin. With the help and training of Benny's brother Tom, they head out into the unknown.
But things aren't ever easy out in the Rot and Ruin. Things go bad from the start and they are soon being pursued by the living dead and the insane living. Is it possible that Gameland has been built for a third time? And will the children be the main attraction?
More books to come
There are two more books still to be released in the Benny Imura series. The third book in the series, Flesh and Bone, is set to be released September 11, 2012. The story will pick up right where the last book left off, and the children will continue on their journey eastward in search of the jet.
The fourth book, entitled Fire and Ash, won't be released until 2013. This should be the conclusion of the series, though no description is available yet.
Book 3: Flesh & Bone
- Flesh & Bone: Book 3 in the Rot & Ruin Series by Jonathan Maberry
Jonathan Maberry, author of the Benny Imura Rot and Ruin zombie series, has published book three entitled Flesh & Bone. Here is a review of the latest installment.
Another zombie series for Teens
- Zombie Book Series for Teens: The Enemy
Zombie apocalypse series "The Enemy" is the perfect summer read for your teenager. If you are a fan of the horror genre, you won't want to miss this rivoting series. When everyone over the age of 16 becomes a flesh-eating zombie, the children of Lond