Rot & Ruin

Rot & Ruin

(Book #1 of Rot & Ruin)
For Ages: 12 and up
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In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 480 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442402331 | 
  • May 2011 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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A teenager grows up in a post-apocalypic, zombie-infested America in Jonathan Maberry's ROT & RUIN, now in paperback.

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BENNY IMURA COULDN’T HOLD A JOB, SO HE TOOK TO KILLING.

It was the family business. He barely liked his family—and by family he meant his older brother, Tom—and he definitely didn’t like the idea of “business.” Or work. The only part of the deal that sounded like it might be fun was the actual killing.

He’d never done it before. Sure, he’d gone through a hundred simulations in gym class and in the Scouts, but they never let kids do any real killing. Not before they hit fifteen.

“Why not?” he asked his Scoutmaster, a fat guy named Feeney who used to be... see more

Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide for Rot & Ruin By Jonathan Maberry Discussion Questions 1. Consider what Tom says: “There’s the town and then there’s the Rot and Ruin. Most of the time they aren’t in the same world, you know?” Are there any divides you notice in your daily life where two things exist in “different worlds”? 2. On Benny’s first venture out into the Rot and Ruin, they encounter the “Children.” Tom later says, “I think a lot of the Children are people who didn’t survive the Fall. Oh, sure, their bodies did, but I think some fundamental part of them was broken by what happened. I was there, I can relate.” In what ways are they broken? Why do you think they choose to live as they do? 3. In what ways does the absence of electricity impact life in the new world? Are these changes all practical, or are some of the changes emotional, as well? 4. Secrecy, mystery and ignorance all play important roles in this story. In what ways do these themes impact the choices of the characters and also affect their emotions throughout the book? Are there differences between the three words? When in the book does each come into play? 5. What are the differences in the attitudes and outlooks of the characters who survived and remember First Night, and those who did not live in the old world and are see more

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