Author: Jonathan Maberry
Series: Benny Imura #5
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Return to the zombie apocalypse wasteland that is the Rot & Ruin in this short story collection from Jonathan Maberry.
Benny Imura’s zombie-infested adventures are well-chronicled in the gripping novels Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, Flesh & Bone, and Fire & Ash. But what else was happening while he was on his quest? Who were the others navigating the ravaged landscape full of zombies?
Bits & Pieces fills in the gaps about what we know about First Night, surviving the plague, and traveling the land of Rot & Ruin. Eleven all-new short stories from Nix’s journal and eleven previously published stories, including “Dead & Gone” and “Tooth & Nail,” are now together and in print for the first time, along with the first-ever script for the Rot & Ruin comic books.
First of all, if you haven’t read the Benny Imura series yet, do it!
I admit, I was a mix of excitement and hesitation when I discovered Bits & Pieces. On one hand I was extremely happy to get more of the Rot & Ruin world. I’ve missed the gang a lot. Then on the other hand, I thought this would be just a bunch of short stories that I’d have no real interest in. *snort* I really should have known better.
Jonathan Maberry laid this out so well, I was applauding the cleverness of it all. So yes, Bits & Pieces consists of several stories that seem random at first, but then you start to notice there’s actually an order to it all, a rhyme and reason for each one and its placement. What you end up getting is this collection of shorties that overall feels like a novel. Brav-freaking-o! So it’s best not to skip around.
I planned to read a little here and there, but that turned out to be impossible. Once I started, I became so engrossed and couldn’t stop. We get to see Benny and the gang during different points throughout the series, which I enjoyed, especially getting to see Tom and Joe together and the impact that had. What I really, truly loved though, was getting to see new characters during these times and how they were connected in various ways. I seriously want a couple of the storylines to continue in their own spinoffs!
I also want to say how much I love that Maberry has included characters from his other series. It’s fun as a fan of all of his work to see how he weaved some of them in.
So anyway, if you’re a fan of the series, do not miss out on Bits & Pieces!