Rot & Ruin
is a four-book series written by Jonathan Maberry. It takes place 15 years after a zombie virus spreads around the world. Benny Imura is a teenager who lives in the town of Mountainside with his brother, Tom (a bounty hunter), and his friends. After his fifteenth birthday, he is forced to get a job and reluctantly joins Tom, with whom he has a strained relationship.
The books in the series are:
- Rot & Ruin
- Dust & Decay
- Flesh & Bone
- Fire & Ash
Provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Benny suspects that Zak Matthias's dad had been beating him.
- Action Girl: Lilah.
- After the End
- Asian and Nerdy: Chong.
- Back from the Dead: Eh, sort of. In the second book,when Benny and Nix are thrust into the Zombie pits, they find out that Jack had found Charlie, (who Benny thought he killed at the end of the first one) as a zom, decked out in armor.
- Badass Bookworm: Chong becomes this later on.
- Battle Couple: Benny and Nix.
- Big Bad: Charlie Matthias for the first book. Saint John from Flesh and Bone onwards.
- But Not Too Foreign: Benny is half Japanese, half Irish.
- Cool Bike: The reapers have these.
- Corrupt Church: The Reapers are a group of people who worship Death and want to basically kill everyone and "send them to the darkness".
- Downer Ending: While Benny, Nix, and Lilah make it to Sanctuary, Chong dies and Mountainside gets invaded by zombies sent from Saint John.
- Fiery Red Head: Benny and Nix.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Used by both Tom and Benny.
- Killed Off for Real: Tom and later Chong.
- Meaningful Name: A girl named Phoenix has fiery red hair.
- Nicknaming the Enemy: The slang term for zombie is "zom".
- Our Zombies Are Different: The zombies affected by the mutagen are much faster and more intelligent, able to use tools, open doors, and perform other simple tasks. Luckily, they rot and fall apart within a week. They also ooze black slime everywhere, and are crawling with parasitic white worms, which are actually the hatched parasites that cause the Reaper Plague.
- Schizo Tech: Inverted. Stuff like electricity and cars are considered to be "part of the old world", since the apocalypse happened 15 years ago.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Both Benny and Nix.
- Unsafe Haven: Somewhat subverted with Santuary. Sanctuary is a safe place,but once you get in,you can't ever leave.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Well, duh.