Rot & Ruin

Rot & Ruin

(Book #1 of Rot & Ruin)
For Ages: 12 and up
  • 14
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.


The zombie world's gone to ROT & RUIN....

A teenager grows up in a post-apocalypic, zombie-infested America in Jonathan Maberry's ROT & RUIN, now in paperback.

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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About the Author

Jonathan Maberry
Photograph by Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author and five-time Bram Stoker Award winner. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, and steampunk, for adults, teens, and middle grade. His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, Mars One, the Nightsiders series, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, Captain America, and many others. He writes comics for Marvel, Dark Horse, and IDW. And he is the editor of several high-profile anthologies including The X-Files, V-Wars, Out of Tune, Baker Street Irregular, Nights of the Living Dead, and Scary Out There. Several of his works are in development for movies and TV, and there is a tabletop board game out based on his novels and comics. He is a popular workshop leader, keynote speaker, and writing teacher. He lives in Del Mar, California. Find him online at