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Broken Lands

(Broken Lands #1)

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New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry returns to the world of Rot & Ruin with this first novel in a brand-new series that’s more thrilling and filled with exceptionally terrifying adventures.

Ever since her mother’s death, Gabriella “Gutsy” Gomez has spent her days flying under the radar. But when her mother’s undead body is returned to her doorstep from th
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Hardcover, 544 pages
Published December 11th 2018 by Simon & Schuster
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Karen’s Library
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
ALL the stars to Jonathan Maberry's return to the Rot & Ruin world in book 1 of his brand new series, Broken Lands! I'm so happy he chose to return to this world and to return to some of my favorite characters ever, Benny Imura, Nix, The Lost Girl, Chong, and especially Joe Ledger!!

Broken Lands opens with a brand new character, Gutsy Gomez, who lives in New Alamo, Texas, in the part of the U.S. they call the Broken Lands.

The book opens with Gutsy burying her Mama, twice, first on Monday and
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Annette
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow! I'm so happy to be back in the Rot & Ruin. Well, actually, I'm very glad I'm not actually there, but Broken Lands was such a welcome addition to the world that Maberry created in his Benny Imura (Rot & Ruin) series.

Gutsy is our main character. She lives in New Alamo, a very protected and seemingly thriving community, safe from the "Los Muertos" (her mother's name for the undead.) Her mother has just died from tuberculosis - yes, many of the old diseases have returned. And
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Darcy
I really like the world these books are set in, like how the different series connect. This book seems like a continuation of the Rot & Ruin series, set in a different place with new characters and some old favorites.

The events at New Alamo were a bit crazy and more crazy the more you learned. I liked that Gutsy did her best to learn what was going on, to hold people accountable and to do something to save those in her town when they needed. I really loved the people that came to her aid, lo
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P.M.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here I was - thinking that Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong were all living happily in Mountainside after defeating St. John. Apparently not! It seems like they are off on a new adventure to find out what happened to the fledgling government in Asheville, North Carolina. Needing to detour because of the hordes of zoms in their path, they uncover a plot to annihilate New Alamo, Texas. (Seriously? Who would name a town New Alamo considering what happened to the Old Alamo?) The author introduces some n ...more
Cindee
I loved this book it exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds the best Rot and Ruin book yet and now I really want the sequel in my hands now. I really loved the characters Benny and his group I really liked Gutsy and her group so much too I liked the LGBT part too pairing Gutsy with Alice. I liked how well the characters have developed so far and I really liked the new characters. I loved the story starting with Gutsy and then picking up right where we left off with Benny the story was so w ...more
Preston Stell
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m pretty excited about this series. It’s got a lot of classic characters and some new promising ones. Maberry is impressive in that he can switch over to YA pretty easily and write the characters very well...as if he was recently a YA himself. I enjoyed the Rot & Ruin series but think I’m going to like this a whole lot more. And you can’t ask for a better narrator!
Jenny Robinson
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was everything I wanted. It was such an awesome reunion of characters from my favorite stories (Joe Ledger Series and Rot & Ruin Series). And the new characters are forging a way into my heart. I found it hard to put down. I will admit, I was dancing when the "hunter" appeared. These are such dark horror with an amazing drive towards the positive. I can't wait to ready Book 2!
Debbie
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had thought the Rot & Ruin series was over so seeing this one was a pleasant surprise. I was happy to see what Benny and his crew were up to after defeating the reapears. There is a lot going on especially with the relationships between friends and the couples which was interesting to see evolve. It's understandable that after everything that happened that they might start looking at each other and their way of life differently than when they were constantly fighting for their lives.

We als
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Alison Paulette
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Maberry's newest about Benny Imura and the Rot and Ruin does not disappoint. I am a huge fan of the Rot and Ruin series and loved his characters. This newest endeavor introduces a few new characters, most notably, Gutsy Gomez. Gutsy is smart and analytical. As the story begins, she has just buried her mother and someone has returned her mother (who is now a zombie because as a Catholic she was not spiked) to Gutsy's home. Gutsy, along with her friends Spider and Alethea seek to find out ...more
Lou
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Towns and settlements swamped by the dead, zoms, or the biters aka los muertos vivientes, the living dead. There is some kind of evolution in these dead there are the Ravagers, living dead but with some brains in ways still able to kill and maim.
“The Broken Lands were broken indeed.”
There are some theories about these new batch of zoms things unspoken and secretive research with the plague, right from the genesis with patient zero.
You have the memorable crew of men and women from Rot and Ruin se
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Aaron Advani
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are not enough Stars available to give to this book, if you have read the Rot & Ruin quartet then you know just how good Jonathan writes, until now I thought I knew how good his stories are, this has just raised the bar to a new and even better height.
The story picks up from the end of the last series seamlessly and adds new characters and plots to add to the overall experience.
I won't reveal any of the storyline here but I urge anyone reading this to read these books as a matter of co
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Phair
Yaaaay! So glad to be back in the Rot & Ruin world with the promise of even more books to come after this #1. The setting in the remnants of a Texas border immigrant detention center and the dastardly deeds now going on there anchors this future tale firmly in the actions of our present. Loved how it brought Maberry's Joe Ledger and Rot & Ruin characters into the mix. Our guys are often a little too lucky to believe and coincidences abound but the story is never less than exciting and in ...more
Holly  McDade
Zombies take over the world

I’m sure some students may like-story involves zombies, zombies with changing viruses & destruction of world. I thought I would like but dragged out for me :(
PP9000
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Maberry is one of my favourite authors. This is the start of a new trilogy set in the rot & ruin zombie world. It's so well read. I stayed up really late to finish it & I don't regret it at all. If you're a fan of zombie stories go get this out. Highly recommended!
Robin
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really liked the way Joe Ledger and others were brought into the story.
Cat Weaver
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
O.M.G. I love this zombie universe. Hurry, Jonathan...write the next one!
Keith
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy spending time in Maberry’s zombie apocalypse. The Rot & Ruin series was a huge hit with my students. This new series will be too. Great read!
Loschuler
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Tracy
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this series.
T Lee Hunt
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yass

I loved how it all built up and ledger is back. More action.. more back story for the virus that ends the world.
Jason Wippich
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Always good to get back to the end of the world. Benny and team are back. Joe is there and a new group of teenage bad-asses have joined the party. Now when’s the next book coming out????
Emma
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this world! Some of the content was really emotionally tough, but such great characters and story. Everyone comes together in the rot and ruin. The last line of the epilogue is a doozy....
Brandy
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What the what!? The book has a great mix of old and new characters. And, as true in the original Rot & Ruin series, the characters are deep and complex. I love it!!
Abroadbent
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always a pleasure

Such a good book... Couldn't put it down. Love the popular references. Keep up the good work. Another one to add to the series.
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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.

He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT &a
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