Review: Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberryon September 17th, 2012
Purchase from Amazon
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.
I can’t believe it’s over! Flesh & Bone went by way too fast. This series is one of my most favorites, and one of the few I read as soon as the books are released. I know it seems like my blog is becoming a Jonathan Maberry fan page lately, but the man has an amazing gift for writing that I can’t get enough of.
Flesh & Bone picks up about a month after Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong disembarked on their journey east. Leaving the only home they’ve known in the Central California mountains behind, in search of the mystery jet. The book is action packed right from the start. Their skills are put to the test, not only physically, but intellectually, as well. Of course, Maberry has to make me cry at least once in these books, so get your tissue ready.
Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong were great as always. Nix and Lilah are fierce, and anyone should think twice when crossing them. I love those girls so much, especially Lilah. She’s truly one tough chick, yet she really does want the love she’s only read about in books. And I love how everyone is so confident in her abilities. Sometimes I felt a little sorry for Benny and Chong, because I know it can be tough with not only one, but two dominant females. Mostly, though, it made me laugh. Chong especially made me laugh, with all of his smart-ass remarks.
There are new monsters in Flesh & Bone, and I don’t mean the zombies. The Night Church is making their way across the country, killing everyone who doesn’t join them. It’s a good idea to read the novella Dead & Gone prior to starting this book. It’s not necessary, but it’s a lot nicer to have some background on Riot and the Night Church. Riot has ties to the Night Church, but wants nothing to do with them. I don’t blame her, because they psycho! It gets very ugly when it all come to a head in Nevada, with Benny and the gang right in the mix.
Those who are fans of Maberry’s Joe Ledger series are in for quite a treat! Prior to the release of Flesh & Bone, I saw on Maberry’s facebook that Ledger would make a cameo, so I thought it would be something small, like just a mention in passing. Wrong, there is a lot of him! I was beyond giddy. The way he was incorporated into the story was brilliant! There were a few other references that I found humorous, too.
Overall, Flesh & Bone is a great addition to an amazing series. I highly recommend this series, even to people who aren’t into zombies. I can’t wait to get my hands on the fourth and final book, Fire & Ash, due out in 2013.