Saturday, August 11, 2012

REVIEW: DUST & DECAY (BENNY IMURA # 2) BY JONATHAN MABERRY

Title: Dust & Decay
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Published:  August 30, 2011 by Simon and Schuster for Young Readers
Book Description:

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.



My Thoughts:


Oh look after a whole month of absence here I am again making a review. Lets start this comeback with the review of the second installment of Benny Imura Series.
In this book Legends are made. Just like in my other reviews, I will give my honest review without giving out details and spoilers.

So to start of the story, it was several months after the events of the first book. So now we have a fair grasp of the characters and the overall atmosphere the world they are living in. They are stil in the post apocalyptic world of zombies and now their goal is to explore the world out there and find the plane they found on the first book. I think the start of book is good. A little bit slow but definitely worth the pages. The author tries to explore the feelings of the character and their thoughts about living the place they grew up on. We all know it is not easy to just leave everything and it was clever to include this part in the story.

Onward to the middle of the book wherein it becomes a lot more action filled and also fast paced. There comes a point in the story wherein suddenly a lot of things are happening and everything and everyone is on the edge. The minute you think "oh finally they can relax" another thing shows up and it continues up to the end of the story. It was written good and makes you excited to turn the pages.

By the way I forgot. At certain intervals you can read Nix's journal in between the chapters and its really entertaining to read them.

Lots of characters are introduced specially the Bounty Hunters and some villain and it made the story more rich and diverse. New characters are always good since the story does not become stagnant.

Towards the end of the story it became more battle-like survival-mode just like at the end of Book 1. Battles are on the large scale which makes it better. With surprises here and there (specially at the end) you will surely enjoy this second part and you will not be disappointed.

I give this book 4.5 whales



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