Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Rot & Ruin: Warrior Smart

Maberry, J. (2015). Rot & Ruin: Warrior Smart.San Diego: IDW Publishing.

Mature YA / Graphic Novel / Post-Apocolyptic

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

This book will be released in April, 2015.

Lukewarm best describes my response to this graphic novel adaptation of a zombie book I really liked, Rot & Ruin. For those unfamiliar with Rot & Ruin, I think you could jump in and be okay starting here, and maybe like it better since you don't know what you're missing! I only read the first book in the four book Rot & Ruin Collection, (the rest of the series is definitely on my TBR list) but I had no trouble with keeping up with the story line in the graphic novel since it covers new adventures.

I liked that the graphic novel took care to catch-up readers by providing some background on the kids and situation.   In "The Farm" story,  Maberry did go in a bit more mature direction than he did in the book. Fortunately, it was handled well, without any explicitness, and the build-up was good -- though you didn't want to believe where it was going.

I did have trouble with some of the illustrations -- there were a few that I had to really study to figure out -- but there were others that were eerily clear and harrowing. And as far as formatting, I actually thought there was too much text on some of the pages. Also, Lilah wasn't quite right to me as far as how she was drawn. I did review an eBook copy, so the physical print copy may have felt better than the electronic experience.

The story was entertaining and did, again, force readers to think about who are the real enemies here: the living or the undead?

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me a free eBook copy in exchange for my honest review -- the only kind I give. 



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