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Simon & Schuster has bought Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin: Broken Lands, which will push reset on his YA series Rot & Ruin, about teenagers surviving the zombie apocalypse. In Broken Lands and its sequel, Lost Roads, Maberry introduces a new cast of characters and puts a new spin on the walking dead by exploring bizarre mutations, new human threats, and a nightmare landscap Simon & Schuster has bought Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin: Broken Lands, which will push reset on his YA series Rot & Ruin, about teenagers surviving the zombie apocalypse. In Broken Lands and its sequel, Lost Roads, Maberry introduces a new cast of characters and puts a new spin on the walking dead by exploring bizarre mutations, new human threats, and a nightmare landscape of nature gone wild and weird.


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Simon & Schuster has bought Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin: Broken Lands, which will push reset on his YA series Rot & Ruin, about teenagers surviving the zombie apocalypse. In Broken Lands and its sequel, Lost Roads, Maberry introduces a new cast of characters and puts a new spin on the walking dead by exploring bizarre mutations, new human threats, and a nightmare landscap Simon & Schuster has bought Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin: Broken Lands, which will push reset on his YA series Rot & Ruin, about teenagers surviving the zombie apocalypse. In Broken Lands and its sequel, Lost Roads, Maberry introduces a new cast of characters and puts a new spin on the walking dead by exploring bizarre mutations, new human threats, and a nightmare landscape of nature gone wild and weird.

30 review for Lost Roads

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen’s Library

    I’ve been such a huge fan of Jonathan Maberry’s Benny Imura series for years. In fact, his Rot & Ruin series were the very first zombie books I’d ever read and is what started me on my love of the genre. Who knew?! I’d stayed so far away from anything zombie related until then. Thanks Jonathan for writing characters that I absolutely adore. And I still hate you for the heartbreaks along the way. (Just kidding. It’s a love/hate relationship.) Lost Roads is the end of the road for the characters I I’ve been such a huge fan of Jonathan Maberry’s Benny Imura series for years. In fact, his Rot & Ruin series were the very first zombie books I’d ever read and is what started me on my love of the genre. Who knew?! I’d stayed so far away from anything zombie related until then. Thanks Jonathan for writing characters that I absolutely adore. And I still hate you for the heartbreaks along the way. (Just kidding. It’s a love/hate relationship.) Lost Roads is the end of the road for the characters I love so much that appeared in two of Maberry’s series; Benny Imura, Nix, Chong, Lilah, Riot, Morgie, and now in this new series - Gutsy, Spider, and Alethia. Or is it really the end of the road? Maybe Maberry has something up his sleeve... But if not, this book was a very satisfying ending to this aspect of the post-apocalyptic world created by Maberry. Also appearing in both series is Joe Ledger and Sam Imura. Both of these characters are in Maberry’s extremely popular Joe Ledger series. I have a feeling there’s more to come for Joe and Sam. I listened to Ray Porter perform both books in the Broken Lands series. I now have a Ray Porter hangover. He’s just so brilliant. I highly recommend these books if you enjoy the zombie or apocalypse genres, even if this particular series is YA and you don’t read YA. If nothing else, just do it for more Joe Ledger.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    The Lost Roads was a worthwhile sequel.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    Most of this one was everyone moving from one disaster to another taking big hits along the way. Towards the end things got so bad that the only ideas left were ones where people might not survive, but if they didn't do anything they were dead, so why not. Then right at the end things finally turned in their favor. The aftermath was brutal though, so many good friends were lost along the way it was hard for some of them to have a will to live, but in this world that is all a person can do, live. Most of this one was everyone moving from one disaster to another taking big hits along the way. Towards the end things got so bad that the only ideas left were ones where people might not survive, but if they didn't do anything they were dead, so why not. Then right at the end things finally turned in their favor. The aftermath was brutal though, so many good friends were lost along the way it was hard for some of them to have a will to live, but in this world that is all a person can do, live.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This series involves some of my favorite characters I've ever read. This is a fitting conclusion to the first book, but is it the end? The world of Benny Imura, the Rot and Ruin, the Broken Lands - it's still full of billions of zombies, so there's plenty of opportunity for Maberry to do more with this world. Honestly it's worth going back and re-reading the whole Rot and Ruin series just to be with these characters again. Maberry is an expert at creating really bad villains. While this one was o This series involves some of my favorite characters I've ever read. This is a fitting conclusion to the first book, but is it the end? The world of Benny Imura, the Rot and Ruin, the Broken Lands - it's still full of billions of zombies, so there's plenty of opportunity for Maberry to do more with this world. Honestly it's worth going back and re-reading the whole Rot and Ruin series just to be with these characters again. Maberry is an expert at creating really bad villains. While this one was ominous, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Joe Ledger would have something to do with his demise. I had hoped we'd get some closure on Joe's life since First Night, but no. The fate of his family remains a mystery. There's a lot of tragedy at the end of this book and some of it broke my heart. But Benny, Gutsy and friends save their little corner of the world as we expected they would. It was fun getting to know Gutsy a little better in this book, with her problem-solving abilities shining through. Other relationships between characters got deeper and more complex. Overall, this was a fitting end to a brilliant series. And nobody but Ray Porter could have narrated better.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Edgar Reyes

    I really like the original rot and ruin series but this whole broken land series has taken a nose dive. The author started multiple plot lines in the first book that he completely abandoned or rushed in the book. I hated how the author played the whole mix part on the heroine making her only switch to speaking Spanish when she says one word every couple of chapters but not displaying that language even though New Alamo takes place in Texas and you would expect more Spanish speaking people. The a I really like the original rot and ruin series but this whole broken land series has taken a nose dive. The author started multiple plot lines in the first book that he completely abandoned or rushed in the book. I hated how the author played the whole mix part on the heroine making her only switch to speaking Spanish when she says one word every couple of chapters but not displaying that language even though New Alamo takes place in Texas and you would expect more Spanish speaking people. The author did leave the door open for characters to come back hopefully if he writes more books in this world they are better.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Jonathan Maberry is an amazing author, and my 3-star rating here has nothing to do with the quality of the actual writing. The man has a way with words, and he knows how to manipulate language. My three star rating comes from the fact that after reading the Rot & Ruin series and about half of the Joe Ledger series, this book felt like the same-old, same old. Yes, the zombies are coming. Yes, they're going to destroy the town. Yes, we're all going to die unless we come up with a plan that seems l Jonathan Maberry is an amazing author, and my 3-star rating here has nothing to do with the quality of the actual writing. The man has a way with words, and he knows how to manipulate language. My three star rating comes from the fact that after reading the Rot & Ruin series and about half of the Joe Ledger series, this book felt like the same-old, same old. Yes, the zombies are coming. Yes, they're going to destroy the town. Yes, we're all going to die unless we come up with a plan that seems like it will never work. And on and on we go. Truthfully, I skimmed through the middle of the book, and I didn't feel like I missed anything. Maberry's focus on the town of Los Alamos for the latter half of the story got a little old, especially considering there were other characters who'd gone out on special missions who didn't show up again until the very end and the epilogue. And, wrapping it up with a long epilogue? Ugh...pet peeve of mine. Another pet peeve? Pandering to the masses with a gay relationship. So predicable at this point. All in all, fans of the series will want to read this book because it wraps up the Broken Lands series and to some extent, Rot & Ruin. However, Maberry left the door wide open to continue on with these characters, so I wouldn't be surprised if another book showed up at some point. As much as I loved the Rot & Ruin series (and I do mean LOVED), the Broken Lands series never captured my imagination to the same extent. I think it was hard to keep the same amount of excitement, tension, and "newness" going after all the excellent storytelling of the Rot & Ruin series. I'd love to see Maberry apply his excellent writing skills to a new series that's not zombies. If he could capture the Rot & Ruin "magic" with something new, I'd be a happy camper. For me, personally, Broken Lands wasn't it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    I really liked this sequel to Broken Lands. Gutsy, Spider, and Alethea are very interesting characters, and I enjoyed their development. The evolution of the zombie plague and mutations are excellent and intricate. The ending is left open, so I'm very curious what will happen next. I really liked this sequel to Broken Lands. Gutsy, Spider, and Alethea are very interesting characters, and I enjoyed their development. The evolution of the zombie plague and mutations are excellent and intricate. The ending is left open, so I'm very curious what will happen next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Strengths: • Rot and Ruin Backdrop • Deals with contemporary issues • Amazing female heroine Full Review I have read every single one of the Rot and Ruin series. If you haven't read them, you'll want to check them out before picking this one up. Lost Roads (and the previous book, Broken Lands), is a sequel duology to the original series. One of the things that I love about Jonathan Maberry's zombie books is the entire backdrop. It feels real. I like how explains the science behind the virus in a way Strengths: • Rot and Ruin Backdrop • Deals with contemporary issues • Amazing female heroine Full Review I have read every single one of the Rot and Ruin series. If you haven't read them, you'll want to check them out before picking this one up. Lost Roads (and the previous book, Broken Lands), is a sequel duology to the original series. One of the things that I love about Jonathan Maberry's zombie books is the entire backdrop. It feels real. I like how explains the science behind the virus in a way that feels natural and engaging. This leads to a better, more engrossing story. I also like that the zombies are definitely a danger, but they aren't the real threat in the books. This holds true in Lost Roads as well. Gutsy and her friends have to not only deal with being teenagers and making sure they don't get bitten by zombies, but they have to worry about the terrifying things that the living are trying to do as well. Maberry does a great job of meeting contemporary issues head on in his books. Gutsy and the survivors are living in what seems like an ICE detention center near the border. Despite the entire population on the world being decimated, there is still racism and bigotry that Gutsy has to face. Speaking of Gutsy, I thought she was super awesome. She is tough, strong-willed and protective of her friends. She also has flaws that feel realistic and round her character out. Her budding relationship with the girl next door feels real and adds tension when things go awry. I would definitely want her on my side in the zombie apocalypse. Final Verdict If you like well executed zombies, be sure to check this series out.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ricky

    I admit, I'd almost forgotten that Jonathan Maberry was continuing the Rot and Ruin with a second series, but now, it's good to see that he's got a second book out with Gutsy Gomez, Benny Imura, and all our favorite zom-hunters - and yes, Joe Ledger, whose main series of (adult) sci-fi thrilllers, I remain perennially behind on. Just like Broken Lands before it, Lost Roads is terrifyingly fast-paced, blistering and bloody the whole way as we unravel even more of the secret origin of the zoms, an I admit, I'd almost forgotten that Jonathan Maberry was continuing the Rot and Ruin with a second series, but now, it's good to see that he's got a second book out with Gutsy Gomez, Benny Imura, and all our favorite zom-hunters - and yes, Joe Ledger, whose main series of (adult) sci-fi thrilllers, I remain perennially behind on. Just like Broken Lands before it, Lost Roads is terrifyingly fast-paced, blistering and bloody the whole way as we unravel even more of the secret origin of the zoms, and witness the rise of the Raggedy Man, naked except for his aged hospital scrubs and sounding seriously like something out of Mad Max. (That I'm reading this on the day that the Toecutter, and more recently Immortan Joe, passed away feels a bit oddly on the nose.) Though this book ends on a pretty solid note, it also stays open to the promise of further adventures for Gutsy, Benny, and all their friends and allies - and if Maberry gives us a third book in this series, I'd be a most happy camper indeed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    If Joe Ledger wasn't part of this book, I would have given it one star. This book is intended for adolescents, so I shouldn't even be reading it, but it is technically part of the Joe Ledger world of books, so I have too. The parts with Joe Ledger aren't bad. I have a hard time connecting with the heroine - Gutsy - who is extremely clever and resourceful, but unable to understand how other people can have a different perspective. After reading Ready Player One, I feel that this novel relies on un If Joe Ledger wasn't part of this book, I would have given it one star. This book is intended for adolescents, so I shouldn't even be reading it, but it is technically part of the Joe Ledger world of books, so I have too. The parts with Joe Ledger aren't bad. I have a hard time connecting with the heroine - Gutsy - who is extremely clever and resourceful, but unable to understand how other people can have a different perspective. After reading Ready Player One, I feel that this novel relies on unnecessary drama and a worse overall plot followed by dues ex machina. Ready Player One didn't need the extra drama - its plot was strong and interesting and exciting without throwing in random plot twists at every turn.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mysky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was okay. I wish it was better. It’s lacking in the emotional scenes that made me fall in love with the series and seemed to be all over the place plot wise. I was very excited to see all these characters interact and bond but it didn’t happen. Also like am I suppose to ship Benny and Gutsy? Cause I do, I just don’t know what Maberry wanted their relationship to be. The whole thing seems unfinished, even though it’s suppose to be the final book. There should’ve been a third book to flesh out It was okay. I wish it was better. It’s lacking in the emotional scenes that made me fall in love with the series and seemed to be all over the place plot wise. I was very excited to see all these characters interact and bond but it didn’t happen. Also like am I suppose to ship Benny and Gutsy? Cause I do, I just don’t know what Maberry wanted their relationship to be. The whole thing seems unfinished, even though it’s suppose to be the final book. There should’ve been a third book to flesh out these relationships. The plots are fun but the relationships were the best part of both series and this book kind of just ignored them. Like Sam wasted space. Benny and him had no scenes. Nix and Benny’s relationship is all over the place. And Benny and Gutsy were vibin’ the little scenes they had but nothing came of it. I hope he decides to write more of them in the future. This was not the ending both series deserved.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Faith Hurst-Bilinski

    Lost Roads takes me back to my first Maberry series. Rot and Ruin started it all for me. Started me on the winding path through the worlds that all intersect with Benny and his friends at some point. So here, we go back to that world. In Broken Lands everything came together even more. Lost Roads ties up this part of the world. At least for now. I would recommend this series, and any by Maberry, to readers who want a new spin on something that may seem like it is done and done again. Zombies are Lost Roads takes me back to my first Maberry series. Rot and Ruin started it all for me. Started me on the winding path through the worlds that all intersect with Benny and his friends at some point. So here, we go back to that world. In Broken Lands everything came together even more. Lost Roads ties up this part of the world. At least for now. I would recommend this series, and any by Maberry, to readers who want a new spin on something that may seem like it is done and done again. Zombies aren't exactly uncharted territory, but Maberry always brings more into it, more depth, more background, more diversity. His monsters are more than monsters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Mossey

    You guys. *Blinks.* You GUYS. *Blinks some more.* This book. This was such a great book. There is so much to this book. Just like the one before in this series. There are characters who have been beaten up and broken down and yet they still fight. Who have lost almost everything but still can find hope. There are characters who are quirky, kind, detestable, cowardly and badass. Is this a zombie book? Yes. But it’s a lot more. Reminds me of The Walking Dead because that series is also a zombie series bu You guys. *Blinks.* You GUYS. *Blinks some more.* This book. This was such a great book. There is so much to this book. Just like the one before in this series. There are characters who have been beaten up and broken down and yet they still fight. Who have lost almost everything but still can find hope. There are characters who are quirky, kind, detestable, cowardly and badass. Is this a zombie book? Yes. But it’s a lot more. Reminds me of The Walking Dead because that series is also a zombie series but it is so much MORE. Folks, do yourself a favor and read these two books. I’m going to go back and check out some of the other books by this author. I encourage you to do the same!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carmel McKenzie

    Loved it I thoroughly enjoyed reading all these series. They were about bravery and courage and cowards and the evil ones. It took a long time for me to purchase these last two books I hadn't read because they were so EXPENSIVE. Nevertheless they were outstanding,. I'm glad the kids and the old soldiers saved mankind Loved it I thoroughly enjoyed reading all these series. They were about bravery and courage and cowards and the evil ones. It took a long time for me to purchase these last two books I hadn't read because they were so EXPENSIVE. Nevertheless they were outstanding,. I'm glad the kids and the old soldiers saved mankind

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I loved this new installment of the Broken Lands series (spin-off of the Rot &Ruin series). I loved all of the characters from Rot & Ruin and was glad to see them back in this new series. The new characters are well-developed and likable. The book is exciting and action-packed.

  16. 5 out of 5

    E. Lynn

    Omg this book was amazing. I cheered and I cried!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sittingduck

    Seemed a little slow, but the ending was great!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Bocock

    Awesome! Can't get enough of these books. Absolutely love the character crossover. Awesome! Can't get enough of these books. Absolutely love the character crossover.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Advani

    Outstanding as usual.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Now, if we can convince Jon to finish the tale of the girls from that school in Cali who rescued Mike Sweeney... maybe with the boys from Overdue Books and Rags....

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joel A.

    Excellent

  22. 5 out of 5

    George Solorio

    It is a great conclusion to the series with a few surprises. I loved every minute of it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    This is such a creepy world! I found the story very hard to put down!

  24. 5 out of 5

    John Gensel

  25. 5 out of 5

    MonsterShannon

  26. 4 out of 5

    Raisa

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie Pezzeca

  29. 4 out of 5

    Barrie Miles

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ian Riley

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