“This one looks good,” said Chong over breakfast the next morning.
Benny read out loud from the paper. “‘Pit Thrower.’ What’s that?”
“I don’t know,” Chong said with a mouth full of toast. “I think it has something to do with barbecuing.”
Published by Simon & Schuster on October 5, 2010
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 book starts off really slow and I had actually put it down for a week before picking it back up again. I picked it back up and it seemed like the story just took off from there. I really enjoyed it and could not put it back down.
The story begins with Benny and his friend looking for jobs. This part is actually hilarious. Each job they look into is not actually what they had expected and it gives them a real eye opener.
I would compare this book to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but while that book has a storyline of characters running from zombies, this book holds so much more. In this book, Benny learns what it means to be human. He finds himself fighting people that he had always looked up to and befriending the ones he thought were week.
There is a little romance, but with the characters only being 15, the romance is kept PG.
The ending of the book was fantastic and it kept me on my toes. All of the loose ends were tied up and it was open-ended to lead the reader right into the next book. Dust & Decay was published on August 30, 2011. I will definitely be reading it soon!
“They held each other and wept as the night closed its fist around their tiny shelter,
and the world below them seethed with killers both living and dead.”