Title: Dead & Gone
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Pub Date: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: Benny Imura #2.5
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How did Riot escape from the Night Church? How did she survive the Rot & Ruin—and the horrors of her own past? There’s only one way to find out….
Jonathan Maberry explores the origins of a fascinating new character in an exclusive e-short story set in the land of the Rot & Ruin.
“I’m thinking of kicking you in a bad place.” - Riot
Yup, I think Riot is going to be a nice addition to Flesh & Bone, the third book in the Benny Imura series. Dead & Gone is a novella, about 85 pages long, that focuses solely on fifteen year old Riot. We get to know Riot as she flees a group that call themselves reapers. She’s pretty tough though, so she’s not easy to apprehend.
The beginning of Dead & Gone is a little on the slow side, but I think it did a good job at doing what it was meant to do – give background on Riot. She meets some other interesting characters that I’m curious about, and their role in Flesh & Bone. I really enjoyed getting Riot’s perspective, especially knowing that she’ll eventually meet up with Benny and the rest of the group. This takes place about 3 year prior to Rot & Ruin (book #1), so it’s interesting to think about what connections there might have been throughout the first two books. And I’ll be honest, I’m glad that this was released as a novella instead of trying to add the information into Flesh & Bone.
If you’re a fan of the series, this is a must read, especially before reading Flesh & Bone. If you haven’t started this series yet, then you need to do so immediately.
You can read First Night Memories (#0.5) for free, which gives insight to what it was like for some of the characters when the world changed.
In the Land of the Dead (#1.5) is bonus material for between Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay.