In the third novel in the series, the characters are mourning the loss of a loved one and the fact that everything seems to be falling apart. After surviving the horrors of Gameland, we want them to be able to relax and make some progress in their journey. Unfortunately, that isn't meant to be when you live in a place called Rot and Ruin. They come across a religious cult called the Reapers, who are hell bent on turning everyone into zombies.
Despair is the overwhelming feeling of Flesh & Bone. At several occasions, the characters remark that they never have time for laughter or conversations, they are just trying to survive. The book feels that way, but is paving the way for the finale. I still have hope that although beloved characters keep dying and strange new villains appear, the end will be satisfying.
One of my favorite things about the book is that we finally get to see the famous Zombie Cards that the kids collect and trade. To the right, you'll see the major villain for the final book, Saint John of the Knife. I'm eagerly anticipating how our heroes will face off against him.