Rot and Ruin, by Jonathan Maberry
Benny Imura has just turned fifteen and now needs a job. His older brother Tom wants him to join the family business but there’s one problem; the family business is zombie hunting. Great, right? What teenager wouldn’t want to whack a few zombies?
The answer is Benny because he hates his big brother.
After a virus swept the world 14 years ago, people began turning into members of the undead. Like most people in town Benny rarely thinks of the zoms. They are kept at bay by the town’s fences and their numbers are controlled by zombie hunters.
Tom convinces Benny that bopping zoms over the head is a good way to go and Benny agrees to go out of the town fences and into the great Rot and Ruin beyond where zombies rule.
Not all is as it seems in the wilderness and Benny quickly realises that the zoms aren’t the only monsters hunting in the Rot and Ruin and that Tom is completely different to the man he thought he was. Benny is thrown into the harsh reality of the Rot and Ruin where people force children to fight zombies in pits while bets are taken. He must save his friend Nix, find the Lost Girl and fight monsters all while trying to keep the zoms from ripping the flesh from his bones.
Read Rot and Ruin if, like me, you like a good adventure filled with monsters and just the right amount of guts and gore.