Jonathan Maberry’s new book Rot & Ruin corrupted me. I couldn’t do anything else on my airplane flight to San Diego but read obsessively. Susan Norwood told me about this book first in the following facebook message:
WE NEED THIS BOOK IN THE LIBRARY. I just finished a fabulous young adult ZOMBIE book– Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. I sat around for half a day in my nightgown, not wanting to shower til I finished the book–it’s that good– right up there with Hunger Games. Gritty, gory–filled with violence and romance, yet virtually no profanity. Fortunately there is another book in the series. I’m almost sad I finished it.
I thought to myself, okay, Susan is totally into The Walking Dead and everything zombies, but I’ll check out the reviews and see what they say. (Of course I didn’t want to mention the reason I haven’t popped by her house to watch a marathon of The Walking Dead is because I am a big scaredy-cat, screamer at all scary movies, and might be too afraid to drive home after watching. )
Susan insisted that I take Rot & Ruin with me and I am so glad I did. I couldn’t believe a book of zombies could tell a romance story from a boy’s point of view (definitely not mushy) while being a mystery and paranormal dystopia.
Next Susan told me I have to visit the author Jonathan Maberry’s website. When I mentioned how much I enjoyed Rot & Ruin, she handed me The Enemy by Charlie Higson. Next on the list are In the Forest of Hands & Teeth and Patient Zero. We are looking for some seriously scary books, not Goosebump style for her eighth graders.
Do you think anyone will notice if I keep staying up to read all night and walk like a zombie through school this week?