Thursday, September 10, 2015

Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry

Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry
2012, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Series: Book 3 of Benny Imura

Synopsis: Reeling from the tragic events of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived…somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living.

But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. They are hunted by fierce animals escaped from zoos and circuses. They must raid zombie-infested towns for food and medical supplies. They discover the very real truth in the old saying: In the Rot & Ruin…everything wants to kill you.

And what is happening to the zombies? Swarms of them are coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. These zoms are different. Faster, smarter, infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead?

In Flesh & Bone, Benny Imura, Nix Riley, Lou Chong and Lilah the Lost Girl are pitted against dangers greater than anything they've ever faced. To survive, each of them must rise to become the warriors Tom trained them to be.

The Good: I love everything Jonathan Maberry writes and Flesh & Bone was no exception. Benny and the gang face yet another evil, in addition to the ever-present zombies, and it's the craziest one yet. I was on the edge of my seat, so to speak, the entire time I was reading this book. I couldn't put it down. This series is very much like a young adult version of The Walking Dead. Same horror, same creeptastic situations, same level of danger and excitement - just with teenagers as the main characters. I felt like we got to know the characters a lot deeper in this book, especially Chong and Lilah. The book ends smack dab in the middle of some plot progression - a total "To Be Continued" moment that makes me desperate to continue on to the next book in the series.

The Bad: Not a thing.

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