Monday, September 17, 2012

Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry

Flesh & Bone is the third novel in a Zombie Apocalypse series that began with Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay.

Our heroes have been heading east to see if they can find any trace of a jet they saw flying over in book two.  In a world where the living barely hang onto grim survival, the hope of some remnant of advanced society holds tremendous hope.

What they find is that a band of zealots has found a way to control zombies.  They march them enmasse through the landscape killing any outposts of humanity they find.  In their minds, the zombies are the inheritors of the earth and it should be left to them. It is their mission to destroy any living beings who are now not part of the natural order.

Benny, Nix, Chong and Lila the Lost Girl try to help save the living people they come across who are on the run, even though those people are initially hostile, so deeply are they in survival mode.

This is my favorite of the three novels.  It is tightly plotted, a real page turner and the characters have come a long way since we first met them.  Strong female characters are a bonus.  If only there had been girls like these in novels when I was a teen.

Maberry really has given readers much to think about between battles, as his characters see the zombies as humans gone awry and they feel for them, they examine their own beliefs and motives, and mourn those they have lost.

Highly recommended for anyone who likes adventure, road novels, or the delights of the Zombie Apocalypse.

A side note: in the front and back of each book are cards depicting heroes and villains of the era.  Kids collect these in the books.  They are so cool and should be available as posters or something.

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