Dust and Decay Playlist

Inspired by the novel by Jonathan Maberry

Overview of the Playlist

The following playlist is for Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry; it is the second in the Rot and Ruin series that tracks the lives of Tom and Benny Imura as they search for a future while "quieting" zoms.


I've selected songs mostly from the classic rock genre because that would reflect the slowing of progress since the zombie apocalypse in the book.

Song 1: "Back in Black" by AC/DC

Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/acdc/backinblack.html


At the book's open, Tom Imura and the crew are training in their hometown, safe behind the fences of the Rot and Ruin. However, they know that their destiny lies outside the fences. I imagine this song playing as they re-enter the Rot and Ruin and facing the zombie danger once again.

Song 2: "Enter Sandman" by Metallica

Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/metallica/entersandman.html


Early on, the crew runs into Preacher Jack, and immediately they recognize him as a sketchy character who should not be trusted--even though acts as if he is "holy" and trustworthy. As the book progresses, Preacher Jack becomes the major villain, and similar to the Sandman in the song, wants to see the demise of the Imuras and all their friends.

Song 3: "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi

Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bonjovi/livinonaprayer.html


Benny and Nix find themselves in a near-impossible situation at the climax of the book, as they are tossed into the zombie pits. They must fight to survive, depending on their grit and love for each other. In essence, they're "living on a prayer," because they have very little chance of survival. They have to figuratively "take each other's hand" and work together to survive.



Song 4: "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa

Lyrics: http://genius.com/Wiz-khalifa-see-you-again-lyrics


Although this is certainly not classic rock, it fits the ending of the book as Benny has to say goodbye to his big brother and mentor, Tom. Due to the way he died, Benny has hope that he will see him in a better life, not as a zombie in the Rot and Ruin. The song focuses on themes of brotherhood, family, and working together--themes that exemplify the relationship between Tom and Benny Imura.