Rot and Ruin - Jonathan Maberry “It's just that I'm fifteen, and I have this crazy idea I might actually have a life in front of me. I don't see how it's going to do me much good to believe that the world is over and this is just an epilogue.”In a zombie apocalypse book I never expected to feel sorry for the zombies but it seems that is the case here. In most zombie books they are the enemy (brains…..brains….brains…). It is run away from them to survive and I don’t suggest you hug one is this book either, but did you every stop to think, who are the zombies? They are your family and friends and neighbors. Everyone has lost someone in the Rot and Ruin. Benny and Tom are brothers who escaped on first night zombies came into the world and found refuge in a small walled town. Benny was so young when it happened but he still has a few memories from that time and blames Tom for running away and not helping their parents. They have an estranged relationship, but that all starts to change when Benny teams up with Tom and learns the brother he thought he knew his whole life is not at all what or who Benny thought he was. This is a story of friendship and loyalties. You don’t have to be a zombie to be bad, there are plenty of people who are as evil as they come and Benny learns that the hard way as he explores outside of the fenced town he grew up in. More than just that town survived and Benny comes to realize that living in a gated town isn’t the only way to go. Some people have survived out in the wilderness and he is inexplicably drawn to a lost and wild girl named Lilah, who has lived in the wild practically all her life. There are some great side characters in Benny’s friends that will probably come into more play later in the series but Jix was by far my favorite with her quick tongue and sharp humor."Benny Imura," she said with a rare flicker of a smile on her mouth, "if you are going to say something like 'I love you' and you choose here, in a way station out in the Rot and Ruin to do it, so help me, I will kick your ass."Benny has to decide how much he will risk to save Jix and ultimately choose between the friend he had all his life and the strange lost girl on a trading card he feels drawn to.This book had plenty of action and adventure along the journey to introduce this world. There are a few disturbing scenes of cruelty to zombies. It was a fun and fast read and great if you or your kids like zombies or dystopias