Flesh and Bone (ROT AND RUIN) Paperback – 25 Oct 2012
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Lots of action and generous helpings of blood and gore keep the story moving briskly.
"Zombies have run amok in YA lit, but the standard bearer remains Maberry's straight-ahead, action-drama series that began with "Rot & Ruin "(2010) and "Dust & Decay "(2011)...Waiting for the full reveal in volume four won't be easy."
"The third time s the charm with even more adventure and gore as the series continues."--Kirkus Reviews"
"The third time's the charm with even more adventure--and gore--as the series continues."--Kirkus Reviews
-The third time's the charm with even more adventure--and gore--as the series continues.---Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jonathan Maberry is a multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His novels include Ghost Road Blues (winner of the Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2006), Bad Moon Rising, and Patient Zero. He writes The Black Panther comic for Marvel, as well as a variety of projects involving Wolverine and Spider-Man.
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The third in Jonathan Maberry's BENNY IMURA QUARTET is a return to form with an action-packed, fast-paced YA story that expands on Benny's world and introduces a new and dangerous threat to everything he knows. As Maberry says in his foreword, this is also a book about grief - both Benny and Nix are dealing with the deaths of those closest to them, which is having consequences for their own relationship and gives the book a solid emotional core. St John is an interesting antagonist, whose background I won't spoil but who represents a very real physical and ideological threat but Mother Rose was less well rounded and I wished there'd been a scene between her and new character Riot to expand on their relationship. That said, it's another dark book, I enjoyed the pace and the ending is such that I will definitely be reading the conclusion.
Fans of Maberry will be delighted to see the introduction of Joe Ledger from his `grown up' books and I liked the way he brought a sense of the wider world to this quartet. His scenes with Lilah (who remains my favourite character) were some of my favourites and I loved the dog. The zombies are even more dangerous in this novel and there's more scientific explanations for what's happened, which I thought gave more credibility to the book.
The mystery surrounding the poison used by reapers went on for too long given how obvious it was but it does set up a gut wrenching ending to take readers into the final book. I also would have liked a bit more of a set up for how the teens set about their search for the jet and I wanted a bit more about Riot who reads to me as being a little too similar to Lilah (and in fact, I'd have loved a scene between them). However these are minor nitpicks and certainly won't stop me from reading the finale.
However, the Benny Imura series has had the opposite effect on me. I enjoyed, but didn't love, Rot and Ruin, and Dust and Decay had me a little more charmed, so I was curious to see where Maberry took things in Flesh and Bone and whether the upward trend would continue.
Flesh and Bone begins shortly after the end of Dust and Decay. Benny, Nix, Chong and Lilah are on the track of the jet they saw flying overhead earlier in the series, determined to find out what is really out in the Rot and Ruin. The action begins straight away as Benny finds himself in a rapidly decaying (yep, I totally went there) situation alone, and the first new character of the series is introduced in rather dramatic fashion.
Introducing a new character halfway through a series can be hit-and-miss because the long-term characters are so much more familiar, but Maberry brings in a completely unexpected character which makes it far more interesting and emotionally compelling.
The Benny Imura series has a familiar theme in pitching the teens (the good guys) against a range of characters who have completely different intentions (the bad guys) and although it could get a little stale having the same formula, Maberry's imagination saves the day. The bad guys in Flesh and Bone stomp all over the previous baddies in the series and are far more frightening than even than those in Dust and Decay. These guys are completely crazy and so far removed from normal human behaviour that I was completely aghast at what they were actually trying to do.
Maberry is very good at developing characters and relationships in the midst of action scenes, and Flesh and Bone is no exception. There are two couples in the awesome foursome, and both are developing along with the characters and the series itself and I love that it all fits together so well. All four are becoming braver and stronger physically, but they also develop emotionally and start to have more insight into themselves and relationships which endeared them to me even more
For fans of Jonathan Maberry there is one awesome thing that happens in Flesh and Bone that was completely unexpected but I totally loved it - and that is one of the characters from his other series pops up as a recurring secondary character.
This series continues to go from strength to strength, growing the 'old' characters and introducing new characters for a fresh perspective - I'm going to be very sad to say goodbye to Benny and the gang.
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