Review: Rot & Ruin

Rot & Ruin
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reading another zombie book – this one so different from the last romantic, lighter-hearted one. This one is a doozy – WARNING: some spoilers on the zombies themselves, not the plot!

In it, the dead have taken over much of the land, and the living are in walled in enclosures, small cities of 8000 or so. Some amenities still exist, depending on the talent pool that made it into that city. The world fell in a week. It is very deep into not how the disease started, or gory scenes of chomping zombies, but more an introspective on what these living dead are – what they might mean to those who love them, and how best to keep them in check. For the most part, they stay where they died, and only move when they see something move or a loud noise. They will eat meat, human or animal, but only the human reanimate. They do not need to feed – they can exist without rotting for years, with vines growing up around their legs, if not disturbed.

This is a character study of some people cope with this scenario, how others don’t, how some defy moral codes, and others live by them at great cost to themselves. This is about the living dead, not zombies. A wonderful book, with a nice adventure thrown in for good measure. Characters are well drawn, and interesting – flawed, but good.

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