Ex-Heroes Synopsis: “The first in a spectacularly genre-mashing adventure series that pits a small group of courageous, flawed, terrified superheroes against hordes of undead.
Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes, using their superhuman abilities to make Los Angeles a better place.
Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Now, a year later, the heroes struggle to overcome their differences and recover from their own scars as they protect the thousands of survivors huddled in their film-studio-turned-fortress, the Mount.
But the hungry ex-humans are not the only threat the survivors face. Across the city, another group has grown and gained power.” -Goodreads Synopsis
My decision to read this book went something like this: “Its super heroes versus zombies. Super-heroes versus zombies! Who thinks this stuff up?! Ahh, Peter Clines wrote it. That explains it. Hmm, Peter Clines wrote it. Well, 14 was good. The Fold was decent. This could either be better, or worse. Gaaahh, decisions, decisions, decisions!”*Prays to Google for a bibliography*“Written before 14 or the Fold? Hmm… Screw it, its Super-Heroes versus Zombies,(and I can return the book if it sucks!)”
Luckily, it didn’t suck. Ex-Heroes is a fun romp through the zombie apocalypse (well, part of it anyways) with Clines’ own version of the Avengers. He never really goes into detail on how each of the super-heroes gained their abilities, which I actually liked, because I don’t need a ton of backstory. The flashbacks he does give you are needed parts of the story to make you understand the characters relationships to each other. But… best of all?
Lots of action! You get everything from your minor “Ba-ha. Ba-ha. Ba-ha-ha-ha-ha! You call yourself a criminal? Pffffffffft” scenes to your most epic of “DIE DIE DIE! No. Don’t you DIE! YOU DIE! Oi! Joo dirrrty rat, joo kilt my – ” fight scenes. Awesomeness abounds.
Plus, there’s basically zero kissy-face. Oh, there’s hormones, unrequited love, and love lost, and bumping uglies is definitely referenced… but no dramatic love story being played out in the middle of the apocalypse. Thank. you. sweet. little. baby. drama. llama. …Well, I guess you could say it was a dr… NOPE! No spoilers here!
The only criticism I have is about the narration. They should have got one really talented male narrator versus a guy and a girl both doing it. The splits were jarring in a lot of cases.
Overall, Ex-Heroes is a fantastic book by Peter Clines, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Super Heroes OR zombies!!