Who are the real monsters?

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Benny hates zombies, or zoms as folks usually call them. Of course he does. His earliest memory is of his mother handing him to his step-brother Tom, telling him to run while their Dad, already undead, grabbed her. Benny knows that zoms are evil monsters.

Tom is a bounty hunter, though he prefers to be called a closure specialist. He ventures into the Rot and Ruin, the wilds beyond the town’s fences, to quiet zoms. People in town call him brave and respect him. But Benny knows that Tom is a coward. After all, he ran away that night 14 years ago instead of saving Benny’s Mom. Benny is sure that other bounty hunters, like Charlie Pink-Eye and Motor City Hammer, are the real heroes.

So when 15-year-old Benny must find a job or face having his food rations cut in half, he resists apprenticing to Tom and joining the “Family Business” until he has no other options. Soon Benny’s first venture with his brother into the Rot and Ruin has him questioning everything he thought he knew.

This isn’t a book about zombies. OK, it is. But it is so much more. It is a book about family, courage, and love. It is a book about what it means to be human. For in this book, the real monsters are not the zoms.

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I'm the Children's Services Coordinator for the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Central Virginia.
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