Broken Lands (Broken Lands, #1) by Jonathan Maberry

Broken Lands (Broken Lands, #1)

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 the grave and Gutsy witnesses a pack of ravagers digging up Los Muertos...

Details Broken Lands (Broken Lands, #1)

TitleBroken Lands (Broken Lands, #1)
Release DateDec 11th, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreHorror, Zombies, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Reviews Broken Lands (Broken Lands, #1)

  • Karen’s Library
    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 Guts...
  • Annette
    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, ma...
  • Haley Hope Gillilan
    Oh man, it's incredible to be back in the Rot and Ruin. I mean, not really. This is truly one of the bleakest dystopias I've ever read. But Fire & Ash (the last book in this world) came out when I was a freshman in college, so it's been a while. I was really pleased with the new characters, and it's so great to see Lilah, Chong, Nix, and of COURSE, my son Benny Imura- one of my favorite Japanese-American YA characters of all time. Even though I f...
  • Heaven Ashlee
    This is a sequel series (duology?) to the Rot & Ruin series by Maberry. I read that series previously and thoroughly enjoyed it. From the artwork on the end pages, to the drab and gory and horrifying world of Mountainside and the Rot & hooked me! So I was super excited to see this pop up in my library and read it immediately.As a sequel series, we spend half the book with familiar faces from Rot & Ruin (Benny, Nix, Layla, Chong) and ha...
  • 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 re...
  • Ricky
    Maberry's back to his old world of YA zompocalypse action, and more than ever, we get to see just how screwed up the world got After The End. No longer simply focusing on Benny Imura and his crew, we also get to follow the POV of a new survivor: Gabriella "Gutsy" Gomez, a bi Mexican girl with more than a passing resemblance to Chloe Bennet according to that stunning cover art - and hell, in text it's stated that likely due to her Native-looking f...
  • P.M.
    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 happen...
  • 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 rig...
  • Preston Stell
    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 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
    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!
  • Lou
    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 th...
  • Debbie
    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 w...
  • Alison Paulette
    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 wi...
  • Meg McGregor
    Oh, Mr. Maberry! Did the zoms eat your heart? How could you leave me like that; right at the most exciting part!Of course, this entire book is full of exciting parts!There were a couple of places that really stood out for me!When Gutsy was talking about her love for her deceased Mama, it really struck home for me!"It was different when Mama died. The hurt seemed to live on both sides of the street, and that street was a dead end.""Oh, Mama," crie...
  • Mel
    *Deep breath*This book was awesome! I have read maybe one of the Rot and Ruin books and one of the Joe Ledger series.When I picked this up, I didn't realize it was somewhat of a continuation.Memorable characters, action, a strong teenage Latina (who is also bi) protagonist, and a plot that somehow ties in with current events. I couldn't put it down.When Gutsy's mom mentions "Rat Catchers" in a sickness induced haze (from tuberculosis) before she ...
  • Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
    Wow. In this new series set in the world of Benny Imura, we meet some new characters and some surprising ones. Joe Ledger continues to be the entertaining badass that he has always been. Benny and friends now are more saviors than kids who are learning how to defend themselves and their own. Maberry expertly crafts yet another part of this world with zombies that are more complex and we get a glimpse into their creation and the motives behind it....
  • John Perrone
    Enjoyed the series "Rot and Ruin" so this continuing adventure for Benny and his friends is a delight. New characters and new zombies that make one not put down the book for a breath occurs. Jonathan Maberry knows how to tell a story. Does it stand alone? With the continuing tale involving Benny I would say no. One must get some background on this group of recurring characters but the new group of teenagers led by "Guts" begin a new chapter for t...
  • Sheryl Salvage
    Okay! At first I thought this would be the first book that flopped, but after the first 50 pages I finally started to get hooked once again. Jonathan Maberry is an amazing author who has changed the view on zombies. I honestly have loved every book and cannot wait for the next one to find out what happens. I am so glad Sam finally popped up!! I totally forgot about him. I am not going to lie.. I really dont care for the new characters yes. Gutsy ...
  • Regina
    Hardback with red and black cover.Returning to the apocalyptic world of Jonathan Mayberry's "Rot & Ruin" with a new teen survivor, Gutsy Gomez. Reflecting political and ethical topics of current times: racism against BIPOC and immigration. Gutsy is a great character and I truly enjoyed her story. I found it interesting that Benny Imura and his "warrior smart" gang, along with Joe Ledger, were also brought in to tie everything together but the wor...
  • Lola Snyder
    I can scarely say enough good things about Maberry's Joe Ledger series or the Rot & Ruin series. And now he gives us a new series set in the Rot & Ruin with some of our favorite characters, introducing new characters, and continuing the storyline that all began with Patient Zero. So, do you...... like zombie stories - read this book... like heros young and old - read this book... Like cliffhanger endings (C'mon this was the worst, best ending!) -...
  • Aaron Advani
    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 read...
  • 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 th...
  • Kelley Wood
    Can I add more stars?! I was nervous about going back to Rot and Ruin. Could Broken Lands really be as good as that? A hundred times yes! Gutsy Gomez is my kinda girl. She, Spider, and Alethea are great characters - who doesn’t love tiaras and rain boots? The backstory of the virus is chilling and surprisingly plausible. I would love to know which authors Urrea and Ford are. Many tears were shed. Can’t wait for book 2!
  • Cait Mitus
    This book was everything!! What a great read. Benny and friends have always held a special place in my heart. They are so relatable, funny, caring, badass and more. I liked Gutsy and friends as well, I think they were a nice addition. Don't even get me started on bringing Joe and Sam back. Two very readable characters that play very well off one another. I can't wait for what's next for the group. I have a feeling some significant losses are comi...
  • Mika
    I rather have read a direct continuation to the Rot & Ruin-series than a new story line next to the old. I wasn’t deeply fond of the new main character and the new angels of zombies, that at least for my taste are too extraordinary despite being a big fan of the genre of zombies. The old characters supports this new series, which saves it. Consistent and follows the theme from Rot & Ruin. A solid book and forced to follow the series to find out...
  • Edgar Reyes
    This book was just okay after reading the Rot and Ruin series, I was expecting something of that caliber but fell short greatly. I'm looking forward to reading the Joe Ledger series as there was a twist in this book relating to the Imura Family that makes me want to learn more of Joe's background. I will be looking for when the second book releases as the book ended on a cliffhanger, so maybe the series will get better.
  • Wendy Bocock
    Loved it! Loved the new characters, Gutsy and her friends, and was absolutely thrilled to see the returning characters again (one in particular brought got me all teary-eyed). My only complaint is that it kind of left you hanging in many ways. Thank goodness Maberry writes quickly, as it is difficult to wait and see what happens next with all these characters that I have grown to love!
  • Melissa
    I LOVED the Rot & Ruin series and was sooooo excited when I found out there was going to be more Benny and the gang! I really enjoyed getting to know Gutsy and her friends in this book. I have a feeling I’m gonna like this series as much as the Rot & Ruin!Jonathan definitely did not disappoint!! I can’t wait for the next book!!
  • Darren Dilnott
    The genius that is Jonathon Maberry predicably delivers yet another master class in ZA.Just brilliant fromthe 1st page until the last.Wonderful new characters, and of course the appearance of some of JM's greatest characters.