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The World of Dust and Decay
on 18 December 2011
Dust and Decay is the follow up to the superb Rot and Ruin. As all that remains in Mountain Side is bad memories and boredom the crew which is Benny, Tom, Lilah, Nix and Chong (all though Chong is only planning to spend the night and then return to Mountain Side) set out into the vast plains of the Rot and Ruin in the slim hope of tracking down the mysterious passenger jet that flew off East into the distance. And unfortunately things go bad very early with a very strange but dangerous encounter with a Rhino! From that point things continue to get worse the further they venture into the Rot and Ruin.
Things get a lot more interesting after that and they also get split up after Chong goes missing. So suddenly the formidable team turns into scared stragglers. Also we see a lot more of Gameland in this book as it was only mentioned in Rot and Ruin as a few of the characters are thrown in themselves, this shows the reader why the characters in Rot and Ruin always frowned in disgust when it was mention because it really is something sick and disturbing. Gameland is where the force kidnapped children to fight for their lives in pits full of zombies.
This book really impressed me as the world feels so real and believable which is a very hard thing to do considering its based in apocalyptic world full of zombies. The characters are easy to relate too but for me personally Nix is just annoying. But they are all well rounded and again believable. The book has a really sad ending and I was genuinely sad. For me this is the best Young Adult zombie book out and I have read quite a few so I have a decent experience on this genre.
Judging by the ending there will be a third instalment to the series and I can't wait.
Hope I was helpful.