Book Review: Benny Imura #2: Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

RATING: StarStarStarStarStar

(Benny Imura #2)

Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, after months of rigorous training with Benny’s zombie-hunter brother Tom, Benny and Nix are ready to leave their home forever and search for a better future. Lilah the Lost Girl and Benny’s best friend Lou Chong are going with them.

Sounds easy. Sounds wonderful. Except that everything that can go wrong does. Before they can even leave there is a shocking zombie attack in town. But as soon as they step into the Rot & Ruin they are pursued by the living dead, wild animals, insane murderers and the horrors of Gameland –where teenagers are forced to fight for their lives in the zombie pits. Worst of all…could the evil Charlie Pink-eye still be alive?

In the great Rot & Ruin everything wants to kill you. Everything…and not everyone in Benny’s small band of travelers will make it out alive.



 Dust & Decay sated my thirst for more zombie action! All the elements that guarantee a spectacular sequel is there: crazier villains, bleaker situations, and more terrifying truths. I love Benny Imura and his unusual story! Man, I almost cried when one of my beloved characters died. 😦

Months of training and hardwork given by Tom to Benny, Nix, and Chong seemed futile once the horror of Rot & Ruin came upon them blow after freakin’ blow – they were still unprepared. The Ruin is meaner and more terrifying than before. I’m used to Benny‘s humor by now, and pair that with Chong’s wisecracks and i’m enjoying the book! I really like Chong – why he loves reading, that’s why! I love his character’s development the most. Gosh, i hate Nix – i didn’t like what she became after her horrific ordeal in book 1. Lilah is more like my girl. Tom… sigh. i’m such a fangirl when it comes to Tom. Every time he gears up for battle, i’m so excited! The emotional and mental preparations Tom did is admirable. That’s the legend of a hero i want!

Dust & Decay is told in different POVs – from Benny, to Chong, to Tom, even to Sally Two-Knives who was only a secondary character! It made the story fuller and easier to understand. White Bear is just a big bloke, but Preacher Jack… that’s a scary one. He reminds me of Charlie from The Knife of Never Letting Go. Preacher Jack is crazy, crazy, CRAZY. But oh so invincible! Tom Imura was almost no match for him. Almost.

The ending was brutal. Even if Maberry killed off one of his main characters, I felt no hard feelings on how the story turned out. He showcased Benny as a potential zombie hero worth of my praise, skill-wise and ‘warrior-smart’-wise.


Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Imprint: —

Pub Date: 08/30/2011

Thank you Simon & Schuster Galley Grab for the free e-copy.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


7 thoughts on “Book Review: Benny Imura #2: Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

  1. Yours is the second 5-star review I’ve read of this book today. I need to get with the program and read the first two books already! Glad you enjoyed it and found it a satisfying sequel. Yay for zombie books!

  2. Pingback: Book Review: Benny Imura #3: Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberrry « reading is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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