After the events that took place in Rot & Ruin the main characters Benny, Tom, Nix, and Lilah were discussing plans to leave mountain side( the place where these characters live) because of what they saw out in the Ruin; which was a jet that flew east from the town. For weeks they have been practicing how to correctly use swords in case of any dangers.For example any zombies or any bounty hunters that weren’t friendly. Two weeks before they were going to leave someone had died in the town but no one knew and when a little boy went to the back yard of this person’s house, the person came out a bite the boy.After that the towns people started to surround the house and killed both the boy and the man now turned zombie.But while that problem was coming to an end another one was rising. Benny’s friend Zak Jr. was going to his father’s house when his dad had turned in to a zombie. He bit Zak then went outside the house to bite other people. That is when a woman screamed to the top of her lungs. Tom( Benny’s older brother) heard the scream and told everyone else( Benny, Nix, and Lilah ) to stay where they were. Tom went in to town but he was gone for a very long time. Benny got scared and ran in to town. Everyone else followed. They all ran to Zak’s house because that is where they heard the screaming coming from. Then someone else screamed from the town hall. Lilah went to check that out. Nix was worried about his friend Zak so he knock on the door; only to see that Big Zak ( Zak’s Jr. brother) was telling him to run. But while saying that he fell over top of Benny and turned right in to a zombie in his arms. Nix came in front of them and pulled Benny from under the zombie. Then the zombie got up. Benny grabbed a solid wooden stick that was very heavy. Then he swung it to take down the zombie but in doing so threw himself of balance and he fell to the ground only to see Zak and his father coming straight towards them. As Benny struggles to get to his feet Nix ran kick the zombies in the chest to keep them away from Benny. Benny finally got to his feet, and saw that nix brought the two solid wooden swords they have been training with all day.She passed one to Benny and they started to charge at the zombies with full force. Nix manage to get Zak’s father away from Benny and the other zombie. Nix quickly got the zombie to the ground and began to kill it once and for all.But Benny was struggling because he couldn’t kill his friend and that’s when the zombie leaped for Benny but he blocked it just in time. But the zombie close it jaw on the sword.Benny tried to get it off but it wasn’t letting go then the both of them fell to the ground but only time the zombie scratch Benny’s head and he was hit so hard it knock him out. He was awoken by Nix. She told him that she had dealt with the zombies and everything was going be okay. But Lilah jump from the roof of the house forcing Benny on the ground. She was getting ready to kill him but Tom came running out and said wait. Lilah thought Benny got bitten and was going to turn but Tom said he is not going to turn. The next day there was a funeral for the family. But the towns people were acting indifferent about it because the family was related to Pink-Eyed Charlie who was disliked among the town because of his actions in book 1. After the funeral Tom told everyone that they were going to leave tomorrow at the break of dawn. Nix was excited, Benny was excited but then changed his emotions because he was leaving two of his friends. Chong and Morgie. Tom told them to say their goodbyes to everyone and ask to ask Chong’s mom if he can go camping with them for a day. A couple of hours later everyone including Chong was at the gate. The gate opened and they took off running. 3 miles later they began to take a break from running. That’s when Lilah heard something move in the woods. Everyone got ready to attack anything that was about to come out. They thought it was a zombie but instead it was a huge rhino. It began to charge at them at full speed. The group split up and got to higher ground so they wouldn’t be killed. Tom told everyone to get in a cave that was near by. Nix fell out of the tree hitting her head. Everyone jumped down to help her out. Tom wasn’t in the line of sight and they hurried to the cave. They waited for hours until he back. Lilah said that they all should go back so the doctors can see if Nix is okay. But Nix said she was fine. So the next morning they began to travel east. That’s when they ran in to some trouble. Some hunters were playing around with zombies and one of the threw some TNT on the ground causing a huge explosion, that attracted a horde. The hunters fled the scene, but Tom and the others were stuck there fighting for their lives. They manage to escape but ran in to hunters that disliked Tom. These hunter’s names were The Green Man and White Bear. White bear knocked out Nix, Benny, Chong, and Lilah. Before Benny went unconscious he saw his brother being dragged away in to the darkness.
I predict that Benny is going to try to look for his brother. But in doing so someone might be captured or die because of the reading on the back of the book. So far the book has me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next “action scene” in the story. Hopefully Tom gets reunited with his brother and the others. I really like Tom’s character and the influence he has over the group.
After Benny and Tom rushed to Nix’s mom house they found that one of Benny’s friends( Morgie) was knocked out on the floor in the living room. Soon the mayor came with two guards and all five of them went upstairs to see a horrific scene. Nix’s mother took a beating by the hunters( Hammer and Pink-eyed Charlie). Blood was everywhere around the bedroom. Tom lifted her head to hear if she was still breathing. She was but it was very faint, he knew that she was going to die very soon and be reanimated in to a zombie. He ask for everyone to leave them room. About 20 minutes later he went down stairs and told everyone in the room it was down. Benny knew what he had done. He ended her life before she could turn. That night Tom and Benny discussed a plan to find the lost girl, bring back Nix, and possibly bring the hunters to justice for what they have done. The back up plan was to kill the hunters if Tom and Benny were getting attacked by them. The next morning the went in to the rot and ruin. It was about three hours until they came upon the first clue as to where the hunters took Nix. Small footprints were appearing on the side of the road, but there was also large footprints as well. This meant that the had stopped her for a break. Tom and Benny walk for another two hours until they cam upon a rest stop that had a monk waiting for them telling them that the hunters went north from their current position and that they should in the house because it was getting late. The next day the monk gave Tom and Benny some extra food, two horses, and expired raw fish to put on their bodies ( zombies aren’t attracted to anything that is undead or smells undead). They began to cover a lot of ground riding the horses. An hour has passed and they had to take a break from riding the horses because they animals were beginning to act dazed so they walked over to a near by tree, sat there and refreshed themselves. Benny grabbed the container with the rotten fist and put some on his skin he tossed it to Tom but it was a terrible pass because a lot of the fish spilled over Tom’s shirt, pants, skin, and shoes. Time passed when they were sitting under the tree. Benny finally broke their silenced and ask about the lost girl. Tom told him that he has seen the girl more then 4 times since last year. She was very dangerous and often was hard to find. She knew how to take down zombies and find food sources by herself. Benny was amazed but also nervous because of the wild nature the girl was displaying based on what Tom said. A couple of minutes later they got on the horses and was riding like the wind they got to a area where there was rocks on both sides of them then Benny heard someone say it was a trap. He look around and saw Nix trying to run but a figure that look like hammer grabbed her and they disappeared in the forest. Then a huge explosion happened on the both sides of the rock walls, The rocks came crashing down and Tom and Benny was cut off from going straight like they planned to do. But at least they knew they were close to the hunters. They took a detour in a area filled with zombies and cars they made the horses stay where they were and Tom told Benny to go in front of him just in case some zombies wanted a little snack. So Benny did what he was told but he quickly regretted is decision because the zombie hunter Hammer appeared and shot at Benny but missed but shot at Tom and he fell back in to the crowd of moaning zombies. Benny saw something run and hit Hammer from the corner of his eye. It was Nix! He quickly grabbed her and ran back on top of the cars while other hunters including Charlie were firing at them but they soon change the direction of their shooting because zombies were starting to reach for them. Nix and Benny ran in to the forest and didn’t stop running for awhile. They soon find a tree house and climb the ladder to get in there. They both talked started to cry then they started to comfort each and ended a the night with a kiss. Benny was awaken by the sounds of Nix screaming, he saw that the twin brothers( who is working for Charlie) standing around them. Benny tried to fight one of them of but Benny was weak and was easily defeat until a girl stabbed one of them in the back of neck(he middle of the neck where the brain and spin connects) and shot the other one in the back of the neck. Once the twins were dead(officially) the girl look like the girls on the back of the card Benny had earlier. It was the lost girl. She looked exactly the same as she did on the card. She couldn’t put her words in a normal way t talk but she could speak. She told Nix and Benny to follow her in to the forest. they followed her to a camp where there was 12 children and 5 hunters including Charlie and Hammer. Nix said this is were they take children for the Z-Games. Then the lost girl told them to follow her again to a cave where she lived. There Benny and Nix found out that the lost girls name is Lilah. They both ask her all types of questions about her life and how she knew where the camp was. She said she was taken there before but she escaped. Benny had a thought about how to get all those children out of the camp. Then he told Nix and Lilah that they would use the zombies to their advantage to circle around the camp. Lilah said she will get the zombies. Nix and Benny waited till it was almost night. The they made there move. Nix got one of the older girls free to help cut loose the other kids while Benny kept watch. That’s when a big, deep, grim voice telling them to stop what they are doing. I was Charlie. The rest of the Hunters came out and was standing in front of them. Benny was worried that Lilah ran away but that’s when he saw something move from out of the shadows. It was Tom! He said that he survived because of Benny’s mistake of throwing and getting all the rotten fish on him. Charlie said to Hammer “this guy must be dumb to come back for his pup”. Tom didn’t take to kindly to that. Charlie said they was out number and that was out of no where a large amount of zombies surround them and they look hungry. One of the zombies came at Charlie and that’s when the rest started to follow. It was a blood bath. 3 out of the 5 hunters were down almost immediately. They only two that was left was Hammer and Charlie. Benny got a sharp metal object from the ground and started to kill some zombies after that he threw it with all his might at Hammer. He made a direct hit, Hammer drop his club and fell in a pit filled with zombies. That’s when Charlie grab Nix but Lilah was there waiting to make a move and tried to attack him but failed. Benny picked up Hammer’s club and bashed it across the head of Charlie. He fell of a cliff and fell in the mild of the crowd of zombies. Tom, the 12 children, Benny, Nix, and Lilah all escaped with the lives but with some bumps and scratches. They all returned to the town but just before they got in the gate of the town they saw a jet fly around the town and in the direction that was south. Nix said in a couple of weeks she was going to leave the town and find the place where that jet came from. The next day Tom and Benny went to a house that was 100 miles from town. Inside Benny saw photos of Tom and himself when they were younger(baby pictures of Benny). That’s when two zombies appeared. They was Tom’s and Benny’s parents. Tom took down his father in a way that made Benny cry. Benny then tripped his mother and ended her. They both look at each other and cried. But after Benny realized that Tom wasn’t running away from their parents because he was scared. He ran because he was told to by their mother. At that moment Benny was thankful for Tom and they went back to the town to greet everyone. The end.
My opinion of the “Rot and Ruin” is that it is a great story and that I would highly recommend it for anyone who likes this type of books. The way the plot was set up was amazing. The way of the development of each character was spot on. Over time I was introduced to new characters that was related to a past, present, or future event that would either change the way of the story or give a little more background information about the time before the story takes place. I really enjoyed this book. I can’t wait to continue to read the series.