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Flesh & bone
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2012
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  Booklist Review

Zombies have run amok in YA lit, but the standard bearer remains Maberry's straight-ahead, action-drama series that began with Rot & Ruin (2010) and Dust & Decay (2011). Number three mostly sets up the stakes for the fourth and final volume, but it does so with Maberry's usual deft mix of inhumane humans and zombie tweaks, including newly developed fast zoms, zombie animals, and the ability for some of the dead to resist zombification. Here our gang of teen samurai trainees are split up but all heading to the mysterious and ominous Sanctuary and along the way encounter a fan-favorite character from one of Maberry's adult series. Waiting for the full reveal in volume four won't be easy.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

The third time's the charm with even more adventure--and gore--as the series continues (Dust Decay, 2011, etc.). With their beloved trainer Tom now dead, Benny, Nix, Chong, and Lilah carry on their search in the Rot and Ruin for the still-elusive jet. Just when the teens didn't think anything could be stranger in a zombie-infested world, they cross paths with Mother Rose and Saint John of the Knife, rival leaders of the Night Church, a death cult seeking the extinction of the human race. Separated from one another early on in the story, the teens battle nonstop with various factions of the Night Church and their zombie minions. As Mother Rose and Saint John secretly try to double-cross one another, the battles turn deadlier. The blood bath is tempered by each teen's personal struggle with grief and realization of his or her "Warrior Smart" training. Short chapters, punctuated by suspenseful, cliffhanger endings, heighten the tension throughout. Of course, zombies still play a large role, and Maberry keeps each zombie chase terrifying as more evolved and cross-species zombies enter this already dangerous environment. While the teens learn more about the genesis of the zombie plague and the history of the nation (or what's left of it) since First Night, many more questions remain unanswered. Good thing there will be another sequel. (Science fiction. 13 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
The stakes are higher and the zombies are deadlier in this third of an action-packed series that's "an impressive mix of meaning and mayhem" ( Booklist ). <br> <br> Reeling from the devastation 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.<br> But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. Fierce animals hunt them. They come face to face with a death cult. And then there's the zombies--swarms of them coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. And these zoms are different. Faster, smarter, and infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead?<br> One thing Benny and his companions can't afford to forget: In the great Rot & Ruin, everything wants to kill you.
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