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.
This is the first book in a five book series. The author is Jonathan Maberry and the book is 468 pages long.
Benny Imura has always thought Charlie Pink-Eye was cool for him killing zoms. Ever since Benny's parents died on First Night, he's had a burning hatred for zoms. When Tom Imura, Benny's brother comes back from a hunt to turn Benny into his apprentice, he takes him into the vast Rot and Ruin. Tom is a zom hunter, but he doesn't kill for fun. Tom and Benny go on a journey to the Rot and Ruin where Tom is on a mission to teach his brother his ways. What is Tom's job? What will Benny learn from this journey?
I loved how Jonathan Maberry captured how zoms aren't just evil parasites. They are just sick people, with no choices. Jonathan also captured all the mixed emotions of Benny and Tom's journey in the Rot and Ruin. It was different from a lot of the other zombie books I've read. Also, out of all the zombie books I've read, I've never heard the term zom before. I hope to read the second book soon.