Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Flesh & Bone (Benny Imura, #3) by Jonathan Maberry
Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry
Reeling from the tragic events of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived…somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living.
But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. They are hunted by fierce animals escaped from zoos and circuses. They must raid zombie-infested towns for food and medical supplies. They discover the very real truth in the old saying: In the Rot & Ruin…everything wants to kill you.
And what is happening to the zombies? Swarms of them are coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. These zoms are different. Faster, smarter, infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead?
In Flesh & Bone, Benny Imura, Nix Riley, Lou Chong and Lilah the Lost Girl are pitted against dangers greater than anything they've ever faced. To survive, each of them must rise to become the warriors Tom trained them to be.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The cover is still kick ass, but that’s not the only kick ass thing in this one. With new baddies come new allies… but now, the gang’s faced with other stuff as well. Benny and Nix are not living the HEA I was hoping for; Chong is Chong and so is Lilah. And while more than one of the four seemed to be losing touch with what’s real, it’s how they dealt with it that choked me up a little more. And while some of them seemed to be losing touch, losing faith… there were others of them seeing things for what they were, admitting these to themselves. But that twist near the end?! That I didn’t see coming at all! Why you do this, Maberry? Why?! It came out of nowhere and now I’m slightly broken hearted for all of them. *sniff*
Long before that, some more interesting things are thrown at them. Take those baddies for instance, Saint John of the Knife and Mother Rose. I like how I am not supposed to like this Saint John but that there’s this absolute faith in his actions had me looking closer at him, just like Benny seemed to be looking closer at him, just like how all of them seemed to be looking closer especially at the world they found themselves in. So if past events already had them questioning certain things, the Reapers' actions had those questions pushed to the forefront. Basically, good stuff.
But it’s the four as a group that had me loving every moment of this. That they’re not necessarily a completely cohesive unit, each has a thing they do well. With Benny, it’s him screwing up but trying his best to be Warrior Smart; with Chong it’s him being the Town Boy and thus being so funny; then with Lilah, it’s all about being Lost Girl, more skilled than all of them put together, Except there’s Nix *cue the water works* who is not all that simple, but I loved her part in this the most.
Over all fun, except that twist… I’m still dazed!
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