After spending the weekend tinkering with coding as I participated in Bloggiesta, I'm excited to get back to reading and sort of leave confusing HTML and CSS alone ... I broke a few things and it was maddening trying to figure out what I messed up - took forever!
Dust & Decay (Benny Imura #2), Jonathan Maberry.
Published: Aug. 2011
Pages: 519 (hardcover)
Series: Benny Imura #2 (Rot & Ruin is book 1 - my discussion)
In post-apocalyptic America, 15-year-old Benny Imura and his friends set out into the great Rot & Ruin hoping to find a better future but are soon pitted against zombies, wild animals, insane murderers, and the horrors of Gameland.
This second installment in the Imura series is just as good as the first. Benny, the main character, is much more likable, and as with the previous book, this one is not just about the zombies - though they are some nasty attacks in here - but it's also about the relationships - between brothers, friends & young love. Speaking of love, I adore how Maberry treats it here. It's simple & age-appropriate (enough to satisfy us prudish parents - i.e. I don't recommend books with much romantic entanglement to my now teen step-son - yes, prudish and proud of it), plus he recognizes, and deals with the fact that when you're in danger on a daily basis, falling in love is complicated, and not something you even want to happen.
Maberry is pretty much the master of this genre. He delivered a fast-paced, action-packed book, that has depth and multi-dimensional characters, yet it's not too "horrific" despite it's genre. At 520 pages, this was still a quick read as I was really into the story. And the ending * insert sad face here* There were some loose ends left, so I'm excited to get to the final book in the series - plus explore other works by Maberry.
Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion
Published: April 2011
Pages: 241 (paperback)
R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn't enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. After meeting Julie, a human girl who the zombie "R" impulsively saves and hides away in an abandoned plane, he begins to experience thoughts and feelings that he'd forgotten he'd ever had.
This is a re-read, and it was actually in the FIRST book discussion post here on Girlxoxo.com, way back on October 10, 2011 - Weekly Reads About Zombies, Werewolves and Polygamy Plus a Who Done It Tale. Back then, I said, "Weird but interesting - devoured this in a little over a day. Not sure if I liked the ending though." This time around, I took the time to let more of the details sink in. There are just so many layers to this book - so, if one is expecting a typical zombie novel, this will probably disappoint. But I kept an open mind, and I loved how the author took me into the story and made me feel for a creepy zombie - how evolution went from human, to zombie, and then back to human again - or at least, back to thinking, having emotions, compassion and passion.
So, this is so much more than a zombie book, and it is beautifully written as well. I'm only saddened that the author went on a little tirade last year against his book being categorized as "Young Adult" - "This YA thing is going to be a rash on my eyeballs for this book's entire run..." The sequence of events around this mess can be seen at YA Shame and Stigma @ Read Now Sleep Later. He's probably blind now or at least bleeding heavily through his eyeballs since the movie version of his book is aimed solidly at a teenage audience. (Amazon| Goodreads)
This book had the most votes over the weekend, when I asked - Which Book Next? Liar Or Above. And can you believe that I didn't realize the author is Australian?!
- Linked to It's Monday, What Are You Reading @ Book Journey.