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In the gripping conclusion to the action-packed standard bearer (Booklist) of zombie series, the threat of death is given new life.Benny Imura and his friends have found the jet and Sanctuary, but neither is what they expected. Instead of a refuge, Sanctuary is a hospice, and the soldiers who flew the plane seem to be little more than bureaucrats who have given up hope forIn the gripping conclusion to the action-packed standard bearer (Booklist) of zombie series, the threat of death is given new life.Benny Imura and his friends have found the jet and Sanctuary, but neither is what they expected. Instead of a refuge, Sanctuary is a hospice, and the soldiers who flew the plane seem to be little more than bureaucrats who have given up hope for humanity's future. With Chong hovering between life and death, clinging to his humanity by a thread, Benny makes a startling discovery: A scientist may have discovered a cure for the zombie plague. Desperate to save Chong, Benny and his friends mount a search and rescue mission. But they're not the only ones on the hunt. The reapers are after the cure too, and they want to use it turn all the zombies into superfast shock troops and wipe humanity off the face of the earth.In this riveting conclusion to the Rot & Ruin series, the battle to end all battles is just beginning....

Title : Fire & Ash
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ISBN : 9781442439924
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Number of Pages : 537 Pages
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Fire & Ash Reviews

  • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
    2019-01-25 02:08

    Benny waited, his whole body tensing for the argument, the outrage, the refusal that he knew was coming. The ranger looked past him at the three fierce girls on the other side of the trench. Then he turned and looked at the zoms, who were less than a quarter mile away. Finally he looked down at the torn piece of paper in his hand."You're doing all of this because of your friend? Because of that Chong kid?" "I'm doing this because this is our world too. You don't have a right to shut us out of the process of saving it."WARNING: This will contain major spoilers for books 1-3!So, it took me a little over two months to get through the entirety of Fire and Ash. I did like it over all, and altogether this is a good series. However, I felt the first two books were much more powerful than the third and fourth. I found the third book a bit disappointing, but I was still really looking forward to the fourth book since I knew it would be the final installment of the series. On top of that, the third book had quite a cliffhanger ending, what with Chong starting to turn into a zombie and all. After finishing this one, I'm mostly happy with the way the series ended. However, in general I felt like the third and fourth books were kind of repetitive of each other, and might have just been condensed into one book. I think there were a lot of redundant scenes, some unnecessary point of view shifts, etc. that could have been cut out and it could have been focused on a more concrete plot. While there are exciting parts in books three and four, I think the story wandered a bit too much in both.But I did still really like some of the characters in this one. I've always especially liked Lilah and Chong, and their relationship is probably the most compelling thing about the series for me. In this book it was especially painful to see what Chong was going through, especially since he's such a sweetheart and is usually the comic relief and everything. Lilah is just super awesome, and her dedication to Chong is so touching; it was heartbreaking to see her suffer so much over thinking Chong might die. Just ... agggh, so many feelings. If you've read my reviews of the other books in the series, I'll probably sound like a broken record now, but ... yeah, I am not a huge fan of Benny and Nix––not as a couple, and not as individual characters. While neither of them is an awful character, I just never found anything super likeable or engaging about either of them. In terms of their relationship, I felt it kind of just happened with little development in the first book and continued to frustrate me throughout the series. I know relationships aren't perfect and that couples argue in real life and all that, but ... they just argue so much over stupid things and it always drove me a bit crazy. They would claim over and over again that they liked each other, but honestly I never really understood what they saw in each other or why they were compatible. One thing that did make me happy, though: (view spoiler)[At least at the end, they admitted that maybe they'd "fallen in love too fast" and that they'd never really gotten a chance to know each other before they rushed into a relationship. Props for that, because I don't think I've ever read a series where at the end, a couple just decides "Hey, maybe we kind of rushed things and we should start over." And especially considering all the issues I had with their relationship, I'm glad they came to that conclusion. (hide spoiler)]I do think the characters changed and matured over the course of the series. It's nice to see that change happen over the span of a few books. However, I also think the character development was kind of ... shoved down the readers' throats in a way. And by that I mean, I think we were told a little too often that the characters had changed. For example:I'm not who I was, thought Benny as he fell into step behind Nix. This is who I am. I'm not Tom and I'm not little Benny anymore. I'm me.See, I don't think the reader needs to be told this. It's supposed to be shown through the characters' actions, through how their attitudes and decisions change throughout the story. That isn't to say that the character development in the series wasn't good. All the characters did go through a lot, and they did change realistically, but I just wish we hadn't been told over and over again that the characters had developed when that was already pretty clear.I had kind of mixed feelings about the ending. As I said earlier, I was happy with the conclusion to the series. But ... in some ways it felt kind of abrupt and I think it copped out a little. Maybe it's because the books are relatively long and the second half of the series dragged a bit, but the ending felt sort of rushed to me. (view spoiler)[Also, the way Chong was semi-cured at the end felt a little too convenient, I think. I mean, of course I didn't want him to die, but ... I also didn't want the problem to be solved so easily. I guess it was a tricky conflict to resolve, seeing as he would either have to die or there would have to be some kind of miraculous solution. So, oh well. At least I'm glad that he didn't die! (hide spoiler)] But anyway, I do like that the ending wasn't perfect and that while it was happy in some ways it didn't just magically resolve everything.(view spoiler)[Also, I've seen some other reviewers say that they were hoping Tom would somehow still be alive ... I didn't really think that would happen, but I did still really miss him since he was pretty much my favorite character from the first two books. *Sniffles* (hide spoiler)]The final word: I really enjoyed the series over all. The third and fourth books were not my favorite, but I still do think it was a solidly good series. Pre-reading/reviewing rants under the spoiler:(view spoiler)[------------------------Before reading:Update (8/13/13): WAIT WHAT. WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME THE RELEASE DATE OF THIS BOOK WAS CHANGED?! I THOUGHT IT WASN'T SUPPOSED TO COME OUT UNTIL SEPTEMBER AND I JUST FOUND OUT IT CAME OUT TODAY?!?!?! AAHHH. Well ... now I just have to get my hands on it. ... I also didn't know it was the LAST BOOK IN THE SERIES. WHAT.Ah-hem, anyway. Sorry for all that. I'm just excited, is all.----------------------Update (4/21/13): OOHHH it has a cover! Awesome. Looks intense.----------------------*TABLE FLIP*I WANT THIS BOOOOOOOOK.And I have to wait until SEPTEMBER.Man, I have to wait until September for like every book in every series. It's killing me. Just ... why. WHYYYY. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2019-02-10 05:02

    Now is the time when I wish I had a better gift of writing to express my thoughts on these books. I do not understand why they are not more popular than they are because yep I'm gonna say it. These are my new favorite series of all times. Next to Lonesome Dove. I am a stingy bitch when it comes to giving books five stars. The book has to blow me out of the water. Guess what? This did it.5 teenagers. Yes teenagers are out to save the world. Some of the better characters I've ever seen in books.You have:Benny Imura In the first book of this series I so wanted to smack the taste from his mouth. He was a whiny little turd. Over the series you see this boy grow up. He becomes a hero with a smart mouth and no fear. Facing the reaper group (a group of religious nuts bent on killing off everyone) "I know. Red mouths, tongues cut out. What is it with you guys and threats? you need to work on your people skills. Lilah aka the Lost girl I think she has become my favorite female character ever. She is a survivor. "My reapers of te Red Brotherhood will slaughter you." Lilah said, "Look into my eyes. Tell me if you think I care." She frigging does not.Nix RileyProbably my least favorite of the group but I still love her so that is saying a ton.Chong A "town boy" who wasn't supposed to come along with the group. Every time I think the boy is going to get himself killed he pulls a fast one on me and not only pulls through. He shines doing it.Rion She is the daughter of one of the cult leaders who left mom behind when she proved to be cuckoo for cocoa puffs. This is one tough little redneck talking girl.So what do these teenagers do? They leave the safety of their town because they know that the town isn't going to last forever. That the zombies can't be all there is out there. Along the way the take down a place called Gameland. Where kids and adults are placed in pits and made to fight zoms for bets placed. They then come up against the Reapers. A religious group that belief the end is here. They think that their god has told them to cleanse the earth of all mankind. (They are some scare turds). Throw in millions of zombie action and hold on for the ride. These books do not leave you hanging with questions. The author does a n amazing job of telling this whole story in a way that you believe every second is happening. I'm gonna go fangirl for awhile now.

  • Christina
    2019-02-03 03:01

    And this is how you end a series (yes I'm talking to you Charlaine Harris).So, how shall I sum up the whole Benny Imura series? I'll let Maberry do that himself:...nothing was more dangerous than living men. p241Fire & Ash is a worthy ending to a very good series. And as it turns out, this series may actually be longer than I thought... but I don't want to ruin any surprises so I'll just leave you with that little teaser. You can read the series and decide for yourself.The final book in the Benny Imura series brings the final confrontation between Benny's people, the Reapers and of course, the zombies. Will the Children of Lazarus inherit the earth?Yes, the weirdo religious theme reaches full force in Fire & Ash, which of course made me very happy:"There is a storm coming," he said. "It is the breath of my god, and it will be more powerful than any hurricane you've ever seen. The clouds will open and a rain of blood will pour down upon you. The coming storm will blow down the structures of your old world; it will seek out the blasphemers no matter where they hide. It will cleanse the earth, and when it has passed there will be no proof that you- that any of you- ever even lived." p233Maberry also continues with the intelligent, profound life statements as well. As a military brat and spouse, this one hits close to home:And that sparked a memory of something Tom once told him, an old samurai maxim that describes the apparent contradiction of those who prepare for war but do not crave it. "We train ten thousand hours to prepare for a single moment we pray never happens." p282Of course there is also the humor that is characteristic of the predecessors as well:"Should we split up?" asked Lilah. "I can-""Not a chance," said Joe. "This isn't a bad horror movie. We stay together and we watch each other's backs. No one goes into the basement in a negligee to investigate a strange noise." p314I love that this is in there. I don't know how many times I have screamed at the television, yelling at the dumb girl who refuses to take off her stiletto high heels as a monster or murderer is chasing her. And I love that the teenagers don't get it. Why would they?And the last thing I want to highlight- In a post-zombie-apocalyptic world, it makes sense that there would be a lot of profanity. However, since this series is a Young Adult series:Riot proved that her earlier demonstration of foul language had only been a warm-up. She described an act so physically appalling and improbable that even Benny winced- and he appreciated this kind of thing. p225Man that cracks me up! I'd include the iguana remark as well, but I want to leave something for you to discover for yourself.By the way, the Walking Dead reference was a nice touch.Fire & Ash is an outstanding book and a great ending to the entire Benny Imura series, which consists of 4 books. I highly recommend the series to adults and young adults alike.

  • Shannon
    2019-02-09 03:56

    Some things bugged me and if I didn't love this series as a whole I'd probably dock another star. This was a great ride though.

  • Dana
    2019-02-09 07:11

    “It's just that I'm fifteen, and I have this crazy idea I might actually have a life in front of me. I don't see how it's going to do me much good to believe that the world is over and this is just an epilogue.” ― Jonathan Maberry, Rot and RuinNot sure how I feel about this installment. I think that the plot was intriguing but the pace dragged a little too much for my liking. I normally love big books but this one actually felt long if you get what I mean. I may be a little unfair in my criticism of this book though, in that I found myself comparing it slightly to the walking dead. The sheriff Rick Easter eggs in the series didn't really help to take away that comparison . The "romance" in the story was irritating and I often wondered if I was reading a bad ass zombie novel or Twilight. The constant " I love you" " I hate you" over and over really tested my patience. I don't need romance in a novel to enjoy it and I feel like this book didn't need the romance aspect at all to make it a good novel. I felt like the "love story" actually took away from the overall quality of the book.I did however love the ending. Benny's final monologue was insightful and wise and bittersweet, a perfect close. I did still have a lot of questions left at the end of the book, particularly pertaining to (view spoiler)[the zombie cure... seemed kind of farfetched. I think an immunization to the zombie plague rather than a " back from the dead miracle cure" would have been a more realistic road to go down. (hide spoiler)] At the end of the day though, this is a zombie book and not everything is going to line up perfectly and I'm okay with that. 3.5/5

  • PaigeBookdragon
    2019-01-23 00:50

    This is it lovers. I'm a little sad when I finished this series. To be totally honest, even though Jonathan Maberry irked me a little because he killed Tom Imura, this series one of the good ones. The type that you can't sleep because you just finished the book and you didn't buy the sequel so you're wondering and suffering what will happen next?This is it.The ending is okay (I guess). I'm at peace with Benny and Nix's change of relationship and Chong and Lilah are two thumbs up for me.The last two chapters are sort of a badass and Joe Ledger(sigh)is starting to become a favorite.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-01-28 06:04

    I love the Rot & Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry! The only exception would be Tom, and that is all I'm going to say on that one. These new zombies in this book are freakin scary! I mean if all of the zombies were like those I don't think there would be much left on the planet for them to eat! I was so happy that Joe played a big part in this book. I have been wanting to get a hold of that series as well. Now that I have a crush on him, I'm guessing I need to get them all up to date :) OH and I love Grimm! I was about ready to blow up some peeps if they hurt Grimm!!There are many unexpected twists and turns in the book but I'm not giving out spoilers, just read it! Lilah is still bad as ever! She is my fav! Although, I'm starting to really like Riot too. She's one tough cookie. She has some sad stuff happen to her, but who don't in the zombie apocalypse! I loved the book and I have the next one on pre-order! Wahoo! www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.com

  • Lazybee
    2019-02-10 02:11

    An epic conclusion to the much coveted Benny imura series. The only star left is for Tom. There was action, adventure, romance, suspense, zombies, what more could you possibly want. If you want more then you are in the wrong place. Get out of YA category. And one more there is an epic friendzoning( it's a suspense). Although not awesome as Tom, ledger fills the role neatly. As whole, the book was awesome.

  • Kat
    2019-02-05 06:57

    Straight after finishing the third book in the Benny Imura series, Flesh and Bone, I started reading Fire and Ash. It's quite rare that I binge read a series anymore - blogging tends to make it a bit too much of a balancing act, but once I had the momentum going, I really wanted to find out how this series ends.As with the other books, Fire and Ash picks up pretty much immediately where the prior book left off. Benny, Lilah, Nix and their new friends, Riot, Eve and Joe, have found Sanctuary, where monks tend to the humans dying of diseases that would have been easily cured prior to first night, but the scientists are isolated from the survivors. This in itself poses an interesting question because more people are dying of disease than being bitten and rising from the dead - how quickly and severly would diseases such as TB, cholera and typhiod decimate survivors in any apocalyptic scenario once the stockpiled medicines and treatments run out?I have mentioned previously that all the Benny Imura books follow a similar formula - what I didn't realise until reading Fire and Ash are that books one and two are closely linked, as are three and four - but the transition between books two and three is actually the biggest directional change in the whole series. This helps break up the feeling of rinse and repeat, and also allows more room to expand on the two major scenarios of this series.The major introduction in Flesh and Bone is the religious zealots who believe that murder of the human race is the only answer to the zombie problem - and in Fire and Ash their intentions are really notched up a level - in both books I had a macabre fascination with them, but particularly in Fire and Ash I was shocked at the lengths they were willing to go to in the name of their cause.Relationships continue to develop and change as they did in Flesh and Bone, but in particular, Benny and Nix begin to reevaluate their relationships as adults rather than teenagers, and are incredibly mature and measured in their approach. For me, this is the biggest arc in the growth of the characters - a theme that began with book one and ends perfectly in book four. Looking back and realising how the characters have grown, changed and adapted both physically and emotionally is bittersweet but also a great example of how Maberry can develop characters from immature teens into independent young adults.I was once again excited to see Joe Ledger reappear in Fire and Ash and take on a far more pivotal role. By doing this, Maberry has also got me excited to continue the Joe Ledger series itself - I was reminded of how much I enjoyed Joe as a character as well as being curious as to whether the tie-in runs in both directions. Joe is an extra bonus for Maberry fans, but it's definitely not necessary to have read the Joe Ledger series to appreciate him as a character.Fire and Ash is pretty much non-stop action, and it definitely kept me entertained all the way through. The fight scenes are particularly intense in relation to the rest of the series, and it also reflects again the growth and evolution of the characters.The reason behind the zombie plague is touched upon for the first time in Fire and Ash, and there is also a lot more delving into the long-term plans of the survivors and the science that started to emerge in Flesh and Bone is finally explained in greater detail, and it makes for fascinating reading.I'm quite sad to say goodbye to Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong, but I really enjoyed the journey I took with them, and seeing them grow. This is a series that has it all for zombie lovers - there's lots of new zombie ideas, great characters and action scenes that keep all the books flowing but without sacrificing some of the other aspects of the storyline.

  • Marc Williams
    2019-01-31 07:51

    This book was so good, and so much better than the third book in the series that Flesh and Bone actually seems better in reflection. Everything that I have complained about with this series in the past was not only fixed in this final installment -- it was proven to be intentional. What I thought was a lack of character development was actually character development so slow and gradual and deliberate that I could not even recognize it was taking place until it clicked in this book. What I thought was distracting and clumsy religious imagery was actually an introductory course in one of the most interesting and disturbing treatises on belief and fanaticism that I have seen, culminating in a terrifying pair of villains in Saint John and Brother Peter. By the end of this series, Benny, for all of his faults and shortcomings, is on par with a Tavi of Calderon in a discussion of favorite characters. Seeing him grow over the course of these novels was so rewarding, and put to shame the first book's "Tom is a badass, but you don't know that yet" coyness. Was the book perfect? Of course not. Some of the dialogue (between Benny and Captain Ledger, between Benny and (view spoiler)[Chong (hide spoiler)], plus anything involving Riot, J-Dog, or Dr. Skillz) was outright painful, Some of the character epiphanies were still a little hard (and long) to come by. (view spoiler)[And, frankly, in a series that has not often shied away from meaningful character deaths, the ending was WAY tidy. Especially having just read Light, which killed lots of beloved characters in very heart-wrenching and important ways. SUPER SPOILER:Just about everyone you care about makes it out of this one. (hide spoiler)] Also, Rot and Ruin had that AMAZING scene where Benny witnessed his first quieting, and the book transcended it's genre. Do not look for such a moment in Fire & Ash.All told, a great and redemptive ending to a series that is one of the best (and least known) that YA and zombie culture has to offer. If you're reading this and haven't picked up Rot and Ruin yet, check it out. If you read Rot & Ruin and haven't continued the series for any reason, I assure you that you will not regret following this path.

  • Janie Johnson
    2019-02-06 08:52

    Ok so this installment was by far my favorite one, and also the end of the series. What a journey this has been through a dramatic zombie apocalypse. And so very thought provoking! I think that Jonathan Maberry did an amazing job constructing the world, the premise, antagonists, and the protagonists. I really could not put this book down. It wrapped the series up nicely. I am also somewhat sad that the series has come to a close, but at the same time I applaud Maberry for knowing it was time to end it. So many authors often sabotage their own series because they can't find that end point and the series often turn monotonous and boring.We get some new characters introduced into this book and of course all of our old favorites come back full tilt. One of things I love best about this series is the characters. And in this book they come into themselves and become different people, not because they wanted to be different, but because of being forced into the changes. Although I loved their innocence in the beginning of the series, I also love their growth into who they become, and I loved being able to watch them as they grew and made names for themselves.I have to say that Riot fast became a favorite character for me in this book. She is tough as nails because of what she had witnessed and experienced, she learned from that. She also grew a heart of gold as well. She has so much spunk and energy. Even though she was not always likeable, she did grow on me starting in the last book and then full blown likability in this installment. Nix was another favorite! She can get a little uppity at times, but usually with good reason. She has a good head on her shoulders. All of them did I think. I loved how Maberry molded them and I got to watch all of them grow into who they eventually became. It says a lot about human nature and makes us think about what we would do in their circumstances.There were also some pretty great villains in this book as well. Such as Sister Rose, Brother Peter, and Saint John. Wow I loved hating them, I hated what they stood for, and I hated the air about them and their holier than thou personalities. They were developed beautifully. Maberry did well making them grate on my nerves.I actually wish that one part of the ending would have been a bit more dramatic. I don't wanna mention it here though because I don't wanna give anything away. I guess I should say I wish someone would have had their just due, but it says something about the characters when I think about it, and who they were. So I understand why it was the way it was. This book is so deserving of the 5 star rating.As Tom would say "Be Warrior Smart!"

  • Jason
    2019-01-26 07:43

    4 StarsThis is a series that is the perfect read for the young adult crowd, and adults as we'll. This is the final book in the series and is a great conclusion to the tale. Maberry is one of my favorite authors and one to not be missed.

  • Jen
    2019-02-11 03:51

    This was an incredibly satisfying ending to a series with characters I have grown to love; it's sad to have to say goodbye to some of them for sure.What I have loved most about this series is that it's a fantastic "gateway" book for my reluctant boy readers; I have hooked several boys over the years with Rot & Ruin which leads them to the other books in the series and then others past that. This is not to say that girls don't enjoy this as well-- it's successful with almost anyone I can get to read it-- but there's a tough, cynical population of boys that can be hard to get to read. I still have former students (boys, usually) who pull me aside to ask me eagerly in excited whispers if I know there is a new Rot & Ruin book that has come out? How cute is that?? The books have a wonderful blend of action, philosophy and incredible heart. This final installment had everything I hoped for-- Benny really came into his own and cast off some demons that had been holding him back. All the characters-- Nyx, Morgie, Chong and of course Benny all flourished into the young samurai warriors that Tom set out to make them in Rot & Ruin. The young women in this series I find especially inspirational, yet another reason I absolutely love my young men to read about them; they are tough, intelligent, loving and completely hold their own right along with all the boys. In fact, there is a moment when Benny starts to realize that the women he fights alongside are probably tougher than him even though his instinct is to always protect them... lovely. We also get more Joe Ledger here which makes me curious to read Maberry's Joe Ledger series. Can I also say that Benny gets this really cool Inigo Montoya moment that gave me chills?It's sad that the series is finished, but I anxiously await the next Jonathan Maberry series for young adults... at least there BETTER be one!

  • Melanie
    2019-01-29 08:07

    When I first started the Rot and Ruin series I wasn't sure I would like the book. I hadn't read a lot of books with zombies in them. But this series isn't just a book about zombies, it's about the characters inside of it also. Fire and Ash is an amazing conclusion to the series, it's by far the bet series I've read since the Hunger Games.Each character is amazing and well thought out. Benny is the main character, when we were first introduced to him he was self-centered and immature. But through out the series we saw him grow up. Benny became kind, caring, and he learned valuable lessons. Unlike most characters in book series, Benny had amazing character development. Nix, Lilah, and Riot are my most favorite trio of heroines. These three girls aren't portrayed as damsels in distress, they are in fact the rescuers in this book. I loved each and every girl, even Lilah. Each girl was kind and caring (except Lilah), but they also didn't wait for the men to come along and save them if they needed to kick ass, they most certainly kicked ass. I also loved their individual relationships with their friends. Chong wasn't featured very much through the book because he was a zombie most of the book, but I still loved him and his relationship with Lilah. The reapers were the enemy through out the whole book. I hated these characters especially Saint John and Brother Peter, their deaths were very much celebrated when I got to those parts.The final battle between Benny (his friends) and the reapers was awesome, I loved how everyone was involved and it perfectly summed up the series. You would think the final battle would be between the zombies and humans, but it wasn't. I also loved how we got to find out about how the zombies came about.Overall I loved this series and this book was an epic conclusion to an awesome series. I give it 5+ stars.

  • Jodi Papazian
    2019-02-11 03:59

    This was an exceptional end to what has become one of my favorite YA series. Jonathan Maberry excels at keeping readers on the edge of their seats. There were many points throughout this book when my stomach was in knots wondering what was going to happen. I could not read fast enough trying to get to the end. I won't get in to a lot of details because I wouldn't want to spoil what is sure to be a highly enjoyable read for others. I will say that Jonathan Maberry created wonderful characters who readers grow attached to and it is wonderful that he let us keep many of those characters. I was worried that he would go the route of many other series writers and start gratuitously killing off characters.Many series tend to fizzle out as they progress but Fire & Ash never lost any of that initial terror and excitement that you found throughout the others. This one is jam-packed with action, violence and survival as well as the sarcastic wit of Benny's that readers have come to expect. With the current trend of turning all YA books in to a movie, I eagerly await the day when I read that Rot & Ruin et al will be given that treatment.This is a series that I have turned to time and time again when I have bored looking middle schoolers come in to the library because their parents want them to read something. It has not failed me once. I now have kids coming in begging me for the next book in the series and the hold list for this item began months ago. Thank you Jonathan Maberry for this series. It is right on trend and has actually made my job easier many times. (OK, enough gushing).

  • Alondra
    2019-01-26 05:55

    5 StarsA great ending to a great series. I am not sure how I feel about this story ending; not visiting with these characters anymore, except in a reread; and not knowing what the future holds for Benny and his friends.As I have said so many times; this series is not about the zombies; it is about us. It is about human nature in the face of great adversity. Do we fight, run, or allow it to swallow us whole? How many would give up and how many would try and find that plane? Entertaining, funny, tender and thought provoking; in my humble opinion. If you are ready to get hooked on another series, then this one is highly recommended.

  • Tommy Hancock
    2019-01-28 07:02

    Not quite as good as the first two books, all and all, but it was a very good ending to a very good series. So glad I read this series.Highly recommending to fans of The Walking Dead. Also for people who don't read/watch much zombie stuff and want a way in that's a bit different than the average zombie tale.

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    2019-02-15 02:05

    Leave it to a bunch of teenagers to save the world!! I loved this last book. It wrapped up this series quite well. I wasn't sure if I would like this at first or not, but it grabs a hold of you from the first book. Excellent writing, great story building and characters are some better ones I have come across in a series. Good job indeed!!!

  • Raul
    2019-02-06 00:52

    My favorite YA series to date!! Maberry is king!!! Even though it had a slower pacing at the beginning that ending more than made up for it!! EPIC!!!

  • Hybrid Creature (devours books instead of brains)
    2019-01-26 07:11

    “Benny Imura sat in the dark and spoke with monsters. It was like that every day. It had become the pattern of his life. Shadows and blood. And monsters. Everywhere. Monsters.”The epic conclusion to my favorite zombie series of all time. That's correct, my favorite zombie series of all time is YA Sci-Fi/horror. It shocks me as much as you but if you sat down and took the time to read it, you would understand why.If you've followed Benny and his friends from the beginning then you know, they've seen some shit. It all begin in a small fenced-in mountain town at the edges of the Ruin (what they call the decimated lands of the United States where only the dead wander), friends trading Zombie Cards of their favorite legendary mercenaries on the steps of the general store, innocent in their knowledge of life beyond fences. Their world was turned upside when they moved out from their safety net and began exploring a lost world. Blood, death and destruction followed in their wake. It all culminates to this, the last epic showdown for the sake of humanity. Saint John of the Night Church brings not only his flock of reapers (his holy flock tasked with sending all living people into the darkness) but a massive horde of zombies, in his quest to please the god of death, Thanatos. The one true god. He and his flock will send the blasphemers of the Nine Towns to the darkness or they will kneel and kiss the blade to take up Thanatos' work. How would several teenagers defeat a mad man and his horde of religious zealots and the hungering dead? Well kids, there's three other books leading up until this point for that tale. Unfortunately, it was a time before I did reviews and I couldn't possibly review it all for you now. SO much happens. It all leads up to this, stop this mad man now or stop him never. They may have to die to save the last chance humanity has to reclaim their world from the dead. Will they succeed?I'm not telling. READ THIS FUCKING SERIES.

  • Wendy F
    2019-01-29 06:08

    Shadows and blood. And monsters.So... I guess you have to ask yourself, young samurai, how far would you be willing to go to stop Saint John if he was coming after you and yours? How scary are you willing to be in order to take the heart out of the enemy? Are you willing to be the monster in the dark? Are you willing to be the boogeyman of their nightmares? If you can look inside your own head and see the line that you won't cross, the limit that's too far, then I can guarantee you Saint John will win. No question about it."I hate when you reach the final book of a series that you love. It's always so sad, especially when the last book is so good. And Fire & Ash was so good. It was hard to put down, and it was action packed. You're proud of these kids, proud of how far they've come. The series spans only one year, but by the end they're adults and they've seen and been through a lot.There are ups and downs, sad things and wonderful things, and in the end I'm very satisfied with where the book was left. Not everything was perfect, but things were on the mend. You have no idea how much I love a zombie novel that ends with hope. I like to think that humanity will win in the end, overcoming all the odds. And there were also the funny's, not a lot of them, but a few times that you'd snicker are grin. Annnnnd there was even some name dropping! Let me know when you get there! :)The only thing that I found disappointing was (view spoiler)[that despite all odds I really hoped that somehow, someway, Tom wouldn't actually be dead and he would find his way back to Benny (hide spoiler)]. Realistically I knew that it wasn't possible, but I couldn't stop myself from hoping.The Benny Imura series is a consistent read from book to book, and it's really going to suck not having new ones to look forward to. America was born in the fires of a revolution, with people who wanted to push back against oppression. It was made tougher in the furnace of a civil war to make everyone free. In every single decade there were people who stood up and spoke out, people who made a stand. I look at you and what you represent, and I look at these four kids here and all their integrity and potential, and sister, you don't measure up too well.

  • Chris
    2019-02-15 08:47

    This is the final book in a YA series called "Rot & Ruin" by Jonathan Maberry. I think its a great series of books to start a kid reading for pleasure. As suggested by the title, the series is part of the currently trendy "Zombie Genre" but this a cut above the rest. Maberry manages to tell a scary, action-packed, post-apocalyptic, zombie story WITHOUT gratuitous violence, foul language and utter gross outs (but again it is a zombie book so there is a little gore) like I said perfect for a young teen. At times, I forgot I was reading YA. There's a real moral center to this series and manages to portray the "Zoms" as former people and are not continuously mowed down. The story itself is still packed with Zombies, bounty hunters, samurais, and action. I think the entire series is really great and had me watching the calendar for when the next book was available, but it always manages to leave a hook leading right to the next book. Maberry writes adult fiction as well and I can't recommend his writing highly enough, whether its super soldier Joe Ledger and Echo Team, the Pine Deep trilogy, or "Dead of Night". Again if you like a helping of zombie action don't miss this series!!! The best author I've found in five years, highest recommendations!!!

  • Mary Grace Nakao
    2019-01-30 07:09

    3 Stars because the whole series was a total letdown. I expected so much from it but it failed to deliver. Though the last few chapters were great, I still couldnt believe it took me 3 months to finish it. And i even stopped right at the middle. I simply couldn't bring myself to finish it right away.Probably not my cup of tea :((I bought all books before reading the first one so I have no choice but to finish them. Ugh, I should really stop hoarding books D: )

  • ~Tina~
    2019-01-21 06:06

    Fire & Ash is the heart-stopping, gripping and touching conclusion to a fascinating and desperate story of surviving against monstrous odds.Jonathan Maberry turned a book about Zombies into an inspiring and emotional journey with flesh and blood characters that will fight till the bitter end. This is one series that I won't soon forget. Masterfully done!

  • Martin
    2019-01-29 09:02

    http://bookbloke.weebly.com/In the last book of this awesome series we find Benny Imura and his gang of Nix, Lilah and Riot faced with the dilemma that Chong, their best friend, has been infected with the zombie virus. Poisoned by the Reapers, a group of crazy arseholes, intent on sending everyone into the darkness by opening them up with knives. Benny and the gang must race to find Doctor McReady and a potential cure whilst at the same time keeping the Reapers at bay.The book offers many exciting and tense scenes of action and Jonathan Malberry is excellent at building suspense and keeping you on the edge of your seat. One thing I love about Malberry’s writing is his ability to describe fight scenes in detail using his own knowledge and experience to help the reader visualise what is happening as well as what is going on in the characters mind. Malberry is also excellent at incorporating humour into his books for example "Should we split up?" asked Lilah. "I can-""Not a chance," said Joe. "This isn't a bad horror movie. We stay together and we watch each other's backs. No one goes into the basement in a negligee to investigate a strange noise." I thought this was great and I did laugh as it reminded me of the many frustrating occasions when watching movies and seeing groups split up only to meet their end.The characters in the book are well developed over the series and continue to develop throughout the book, Benny and Nix especially with the realisation that their relationship might have come about a little quickly, both transform from teens into adults and samurais, putting aside their relationship until the current situation was dealt with. We also see how Benny is adapting to his role as leader and how far he must go to defeat his enemies. I was happy to see the return of Joe Ledger which I had been looking forward to since the last installment, being a massive fan of the Joe Ledger series. Joe asks Benny “How scary are you willing to be in order to take the heart out of the enemy? Are you willing to be the monster in the dark? Are you willing to be the boogeyman of their nightmares?” In Fire and Ash we find out just how far Benny is willing to go in order to protect that which he loves.There’s a great set of obstacles the gang must face including the fast and smart 'zoms' as well as those Reapers. Brother Peter and Saint John both provide some edge of your seat action and the dialogue between them and Benny is great.Lilah, the tough wild girl, shows us her more caring side and is always there threatening violence at the mention of quieting Chong. Riot also had a big part to play in the story having originally being part of the Night Church (Reapers), she is also involved in a part of the story which, if I wasn't a manly man, might have produced a tear or two. Joe and Grimm were also excellent, right in the heart of the action, both as awesome as each other.The story finishes with the gang having to prevent the fall of the nine towns which includes their original home, Mountainside. The ending although not as climatic as I expected did end on a high and finished the series off perfectly and I won’t be disappointed if it is the last time I read about Benny and the gang just a little sad to say goodbye.

  • Stephanie Scott
    2019-01-27 07:59

    n the gripping conclusion to the action-packed "standard bearer" (Booklist) of zombie series, the threat of death is given new life.Benny Imura and his friends have found the jet and Sanctuary-but neither is what they expected. Instead of a refuge, Sanctuary is a hospice, and the soldiers who flew the plane seem to be little more than bureaucrats who have given up hope for humanity''s future. With Chong hovering between life and death, clinging to his humanity by a thread, Benny makes a startling discovery: A scientist may have discovered a cure for the zombie plague. Desperate to save Chong, Benny and his friends mount a search and rescue mission. But they''re not the only ones on the hunt. The reapers are after the cure too, and they want to use it turn all the zombies into superfast shock troops-and wipe humanity off the face of the earth.In this riveting conclusion to the Rot & Ruin series, the battle to end all battles is just beginning.WOAH. WOAH. WOAH. THIS BOOK. Definitely the best book in the series!! I was a little worried because I didn't really like book 3, it was a tad bit unsettling for me, and I still had some anger towards the whole character elimination in book 2, so I didn't go in to this book with the expectation of being blown away. Boy was I wrong!!!Fire & Ash is fast paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time! The characters are as amazing as ever and even the characters that I wanted to scream at in the last book made a come-back! Honestly, if you have any doubts of picking up the last book after reading book 3, throw them out the window, this book is definitely worth the read. There are new mysteries in this book and the whole zombie "evolution" I guess you could say, really interested me. I'm glad the story ended the way it did, but I hope to see more books set in this world! I think there is a lot of potential for more books to come out!! I really love Jonathan Maberry's writing style too, it's so action packed and it almost reminds me a little bit of comic book writing style. This series is just so, so good and I definitely want to pick up his other books soon! Fire & Ash comes out on August 13 (according to the Chapters website), and I HIGHLY recommend you go get it!!! Seriously, a movie needs to be made of this book, like, today.

  • Jennifer Lavoie
    2019-02-04 07:50

    Okay, so it's been a few days and I'm well rested enough to write a review for this EPIC. AMAZING. FANTASTIC end to the Benny Imura series that started with Rot and Ruin. This book has so much going on it will leave your head spinning. If you're a fan of the first books, this one is by far the best, and you will not want to put it down. I know I didn't. I even had students argue over who got to read it first, second, and third. And I'll also add that by the end of the book, especially part five, I was cheering out loud! The author does an amazing job describing what EXACTLY the Reaper Plague is, FINALLY. Some of it went over my head and I had to reread parts, but it felt so real I freaked out. I even looked up the jewel wasp to see what it was. This series shows so much growth in the characters. Benny went from a young, naïve boy who had never left the safety of his town and hated his brother, to a battle-hardened young man who is willing to sacrifice EVERYTHING for the good of the world. Nix, Chong, Morgie, Riot, Joe Ledger, and Grimm are excellent characters who also show growth - yes even Joe Ledger, though Grimm just grows in how awesome he is. I cannot recommend this series highly enough. When I started it two years ago I hated zombie books and had to grit my teeth, but my students were so excited about it and begged me to read it, too. I did. And I think I surpassed their excitement as time went on, because this is truly a spectacular series. I'm sad to see it end, but I guess that just means I'll have to reread the books and live the adventure again!

  • Nina O'Daniels
    2019-01-29 05:00

    It’s tough growing up. It is even tougher growing up in a world plagued by zombies and by the evils of men who are more of a threat than the zombies. But Chong, Lilah, Nix, Benny, and Morgie- the last of Tom Imura’s samurais- do just that. They do it with skill, pride, fear, brains, love, loyalty, and above all, the belief that the world has to be better than this.The conclusion to this series is very satisfying but somewhat rushed (not that I minded). The search for a cure (Chong is still infected, but not a full fledged zombie) leads them back to places they never thought they see again and to new horrors they thought they had escaped. This is when Benny has to ask himself how much of a monster does he need to become to survive? Faced with the Reaper army’s new weapons, Benny and the others struggle to stay morally above the fold but with what price? And is it worth it?Thank you to Jonathan Maberry for creating this series. It has brought many non-readers to the library and gotten them excited to read again! I will have the pleasure of hearing Mr. Maberry accept his award for Rot & Ruin, which won first place in the Missouri Gateway Reader’s program this past spring. He will be in St. Louis in April accepting it at the Missouri Association of School Librarians' Spring Conference. So excited!!

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-11 03:41

    I completely inhaled each and every one of the books in the Benny Imura quartet. And this was a fitting end to the series ... or is it the end? Hmmm ... best you judge for yourself until Mr. Maberry lets us know for sure!As with the previous editions in the series, the action kept coming. I could literally feel the swords swooshing by me. The explanation of the Reaper Plague? Well, I admit that the science went over my head - but it did have me thinking, "Wonder what a techy would say about this explanation?" And the characters? Their growth throughout the series has been touching to watch and I liked seeing the people they were becoming.(view spoiler)[ I must thank Mr. Maberry for not killing off another major character. I admit, I read this book a little more detached as feared turning the page and finding Lilah or Nix getting bested by a zom. It was a relief to get to the end and have the main characters still kicking around.(hide spoiler)]This continues to be my favorite zombie series. I wish I could lure even more of my teen patrons into the series. I keep telling them that I didn't like reading about zombies either until I met Benny Imura and Jonathan Maberry!

  • R.S. Carter
    2019-02-18 09:11

    4.5 big, bloody, samurai starsThis is it. The end of the Imura brothers' adventures; the last book in the series. I wish it wasn't. As with the previous books, the stumbling and slow zombies aren't the most dangerous things out there. People are. Although Gameland was officially closed, Saint John and his army of reapers were out there. And something else - fast zombies. Like Hollywood's version of WWZ fast. The threat is intensified.The end? A complete and literal bloodbath. Twice over. The death toll is off the charts. Now just who do you think is going to make it?Yeah, there are going to be deaths in our growing group of heroes and favorites, and one in particular that will make you cry like a newborn. sob!But in all, great finale. And Benny's character growth throughout the entirety of the series was probably the best part. He would have made Tom proud. sobs again!I took off one half star for the infuriating pep talk (not) that Nix delivers to Benny right before they enter the heat of the battle.