Bits & Pieces by Jonathan Maberry

Posted September 20, 2015 | 55 Comments

Bits & Pieces by Jonathan MaberryBits & Pieces
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Series: Benny Imura #5
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 592
Source: Publisher

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!

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55 responses to “Bits & Pieces by Jonathan Maberry

    • Christy

      If he already loves the series, then definitely get it. Has he rad Dead of Night and Fall of Night? They’re the prequels to this series, all that leads up to First Night.

    • Christy

      Yeah, I’m sure you’d love it. Maberry always puts great emphasis on humanity, so it’s so much more than just zombie novels.

  1. Oh, man, you bet I am going to read this! Even though I’ve only read like one book of the Rot and Ruin series, I am such a fan of Maberry’s zombie books in general! He writes them so, so well! Plus, the fact that this is composed of different stories makes up for an intriguing read – because you get to see what is happening at different places while the thing is going on 😀

    • Christy

      You definitely need to read this series. It’s not all zombie horror and gore, the humans and humanity are the main focus.

    • Christy

      I know, right? Honestly, Jenny, I think you’d be surprised and really love this, because it’s WAY more than zombies.

    • Christy

      Believe me, Sophie, don’t focus on the zombies. This series is soooo much more than that and very character driven.

  2. No idea why I haven’t read any Jonathan Maberry since I love me some zombie apocalypse! I love that you enjoyed this collection of short stories. I’m with you, I’d be scared it wouldn’t interest me. I’m not one for shorts 🙂 Great review!

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  3. Haven’t read Benny Imura yet but it’s on my TBR…especially since I love zombie anything 😛 So since this book is a short story compilation from what I understand, is it okay to read it first? I’m thinking it would give me a taste of this world and the author’s writing!

    • Christy

      Trust me when I say you don’t have to like zombies to read this series, because the humans are the focus. This is definitely a reluctant reader series. This is one of the only series my son truly loved. The others just so happen to be Maberry’s Joe Ledger series. You should really try R&R, I bet you’d be surprised.

  4. Is this a spin off series from Rot & Ruin, or is this still the same series? lol. Sorry I haven’t read any of these books, but I recently stumbled across R&R, and wanted to check it out! For one, this cover is seriously calling my name. I’m getting some strong Resident Evil vibes, which used to be one of my favorite games, so I really want to pick this up. I have alot of catching up to do it seems lol.

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