Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Fangirls, I’d like to start this off by saying that I did not have high expectations for this book. I threw it onto my stack of books to buy at Barnes and Noble because I had a gift card, and thought “what the heck, why not?” That doesn’t mean this book is bad, it just isn’t the book for me.

Ex-Heroes is an apocalyptic superhero survival story. Heroes and normal humans are living together at The Mount (what used to be Paramount Studios in California) because there are zombies everywhere. Zombies (or exes, as they’re referred to in this universe) are slow moving, easily distracted creatures that are drawn to light and noise, and have a taste for human flesh.

The main difference between this and other zombie stories is the superheroes. There are a handful at the Mount, brought together by Stealth (a female combination of Batman and Nick Fury) who came up with the plan to get survivors together in one place to defend themselves.

There is another group that lives in the Los Angeles area, though, who has issues with the folks at the Mount. The Seventeens were a gang before the Ex madness, and they’re still a gang. They have kept some other civilians safe in exchange for labor, and have an incredibly dangerous weapon, someone who can control the exes.

This book is exactly what the back cover boasts; a combination of the Walking Dead and the Avengers. There are some fantastic characters, and we get to see the “Then” and “Now” of the lives of many of them. But it wasn’t for me. I read it easily, I just didn’t feel any sort of way about it. If you’re super into zombies and superheroes, it might be worth checking out, especially since it’s the first book in a series. Happy reading, Fangirls!










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