Fire & Ash – Childrens Books Ireland
Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. It's been less than a year since the events of Rot In the end, this gripping zombie saga is really about Hope & Love. ( Science fiction. 13 & up) (Kirkus Reviews) "Maberry delivers a fitting conclusion to his popular. Lives will be crushed, people will be changed, and a war to end wars is coming. I have never had a book, in my life, affect my heart like Fire & Ash has. Like the infamous Tom Imura, Jonathan Maberry shows how much of sense of self- worth, and our relationships with those we love and care for most. "Maberry delivers a fitting conclusion to his popular Rot & Ruin series In the end, this gripping zombie saga is really about Hope & Love." (Kirkus Reviews).
However, I felt the first two books were much more powerful than the third and fourth.
The Fire & Ash review that became a love letter to Jonathan Maberry (by Cuyler Creech)
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. 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.
If you've read my reviews of the other books in the series, I'll probably sound like a broken record now, but 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 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.
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One thing that did make me happy, though: 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. 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 And by that I mean, I think we were told a little too often that the characters had changed.
I'm not who I was, thought Benny as he fell into step behind Nix. This is who I am. They prove to be more lethal than the hordes of undead. This theme is not only resurrected in the fourth book, it is intensified by the commingling of evil men and the undead. The Reapers of the Night Church can control the undead and wield them like a tool. While the military is working on a cure, the Night Church is a fairly sophisticated operation as well.
Saint John commissioned a secret lab where the opposite of a cure was created — a mutagen that would turn the bumbling walking dead into super fast, and even methodical, hunters.
Another theme in this series is the coming-of-age sequence for Benny Imura. He began as a bratty little teenager in the first book, but by the end he steps into and fills the shoes of his deceased brother. But they were all trained by Tom Imura.
They are all Warrior Smart. In only one year, Benny has become a man. Tom Imura is a legend. Everyone in Nine Towns knows his name.
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He even has his own zombie trading card. He stood up for justice and would always persevere in the face of evil. He was revered as a hero. As an expert in samurai fighting with Katana blades, he trained many of the teenagers in his home town, including his younger brother. I enjoyed this because his brother Tom was my favorite character and I still mourn his loss. Could Benny do the same thing? If it came down to it, could Benny do the unthinkable to win?
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He would have to become a monster as well. The theme is reinforced several times by Nix the reader who quotes Nietzche with a deeply profound impact. But Benny has a plan, and to fight a monster, he becomes a monster. Skillz, and Sally Two-Knives.