Thursday Review: Rot and Ruin series

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Blurb: In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human

I picked up the first Rot and Ruin book from a friend in my cohort a year ago. The book seemed standalone, and was pretty good, so when I saw the next two novels in the library, I grabbed them.

This series gets super dark. The world building is very similar to Walking Dead. Everyone comes back as a zombie when they die, but bites speed up the infection. And as in most post-apocalyptic zombie scenarios, the people are almost worse than the undead. Everyone lives in these secure settlements, but every now and then children go missing. Our protagonists discover theres a place called Game Land where children are given weapons and thrown at zombies for entertainment. Really, humanity just goes down hill from there.

These books were scary, and not just because of the zombies, but because the descent into the dark side of humanity, and the rage and fear that lives there, was realistic. If you like zombies, this series is a must read.

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