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What’s Flesh and Bone about?

Reeling from the devastation 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. Fierce animals hunt them. They come face to face with a death cult. And then there’s the zombies—swarms of them coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. And these zoms are different. Faster, smarter, and infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead?

One thing Benny and his companions can’t afford to forget: In the great Rot & Ruin, everything wants to kill you.

Our Flesh and Bone Review

A great third book in the Rot and Ruin series. If you don’t aready know, the Rot and Ruin series is a zombie YA story that follows Benny Imura and his friends Nix, Chong and brother Tom.

The story itself is quite good, and soon, we follow a bunch of different perspectives as the group of friends splits up and meets up with other friends and foes. Jonathan Maberry strings along the story at an excellent pace through the various view-points and gives the reader a roller-coaster ride with everything going on. Of course he ties all the storylines together nicely and leaves the reader with a solid ending. However, despite how much I enjoyed the book, I didn’t think this book was as strong as Dust and Decay. Flesh and Bone is the set-up book for the final installment, Fire and Ash (I believe that’s the title). Jonathan Maberry leaves us hungry for more as the end of Flesh and Bone forecasts a great danger for Benny and friends in the next book, and we know there’s going to be a huge clash in this one.

Characters: The character development of Benny and Nix is fantastic. Even Chong and Lilah—characters you don’t see much of—have strong heartbeats. *spoiler for Dust and Decay if you haven’t read it yet* Benny’s grief over Tom’s death is very realistic and it really shows Benny Imura in a new light, and we see how much Benny has grown since the days he hated his brother in book 1. I still miss Tom. end spoiler

Overall: Even though this is a YA novel, it also reads well for adults. Jonathan Maberry has a very fluid and fantastic way of writing, and his ability to create tangible worlds and loving characters is a true example of literary craftsmanship. The Rot and Ruin series is way above par and if you’re looking for a well-written series with great characters and a high octane plot, look no further than the story of Benny Imura.

Where can you get Flesh and Bone?

You can purchase Flesh and Bone from Amazon.

About Kevin Walsh

Kevin Walsh is an insane and disturbed individual with an appetite for anything zombie related. He's an avid reader and reviewer of horror fiction. Between reading, reviewing and stalking the nightly streets of Prescott, Ontario, he finds time to work on his own crazy writing projects. Kevin's first zombie novel, The Way of All Flesh, will be published by Crowded Quarantine Publications on July 2nd, 2013. He welcomes anybody to contact him via facebook or email to talk about zombies, hockey (How Canadian) and the genius of padded-rooms.