Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry
As the sequel to Rot & Ruin, this book picks up where that one left off. Benny, Nix, Lilah, Morgie and Chong are training with Benny’s brother Tom as zombie hunters and survivalists for their trip into the ruin. They are planning to go east to look for the jet they all saw during the destruction of Game Land the previous year.
“The jet, and all that it symbolized, was a big silent monster that had followed them around since they’d returned last September. The jet meant leaving, something that Nix and Benny were going to do, and Chong and Morgie were not. Tom called it a ‘trip.’ suggesting that tyehy would eventually teurn, but Benny knew that Nix had no intention of ever returning to Mountainside…Once they left, though, he was pretty sure that their road trip was going to be permanent.”
While this book was not as satisfying as Rot & Ruin, it was a decent second novel in a series. I was a little disappointed about the direction the plot took (no spoilers here!), but still enjoyed the story and can’t wait for the next book. What really appreciated was that Maberry gave enough exposition about the first book to help readers remember what had happened. This also sets up readers who didn’t read Rot & Ruin, which is a great opportunity.