johnathan maberry

Church said, ‘I have a friend in the industry.’
I suppressed a smile. Church always seemed to have a friend in “the industry”, no matter which industry was in question.
'Can you get the Ark of the Covenant?’ I asked dryly.
'The real one or the one from the movies?’ Church asked with a straight face.
— 

The Dragon Factory

A Joe Ledger Novel

by Johnathan Maberry

pg 120

8

Mag7 cast + Horror

Good horror is built on suspense. Shock has its moments, but it isn’t, and should never be, the defining characteristic of the genre.  - Johnathan Maberry

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry: A Review in GIFs

You may have noticed, if you are a frequent visitor to the GPL Teen Tumblr, Facebook page or Tumblr, that we have a number of obsessions.

Like:

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But, if you know us, you know, there is one thing that we are TRULY obsessed with

Yep.  Zombies.   We talk about them, a LOT.  And, of course, we read every zombie book we can get our hands on.  Which brings us to today’s review.

Rot and Ruin is set after the zombie apocalypse.

Things are not good.  Exactly, but they could be worse.  Humanity has survived. 

Benny Imura has just turned 15.  He has to get a job. 

Benny has no taste for the type of hard labor that makes life possible in the post-zombie world.  So, he decides to train with his older brother Tom, who hunts zombies.  

However, Benny doesn’t think much of Tom.  Benny pretty much worships the loud, flashy bounty hunters who travel between towns.  Benny thinks a zombie killer should be like this:

But Tom is more like this.

As Benny learns more about the bounty hunters, it radically changes the way he sees the world.

  This book has so many good things in it.  First of course – zombies.

And not one, but TWO kick-ass girls.

And… Tom.  Oh, Tom.  You are on the VERY short list of YA Boyfriends (who are totally O.K. for me to crush on ‘cause you’re an adult and it’s not creepy)

Even though Jonathan Maberry writes awesome scary zombies, it would be a mistake to think of Rot and Ruin as “just” a zombie book.  It’s about zombies, yeah, but its also about brothers and growing up and falling in love and ….

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.
—  Dust & Decay by Johnathan Maberry