Re-release Date: February 26, 2013
Published by: Crown Publishing Group
Source: ARC via Netgalley
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. Billions died, civilization fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland.
Now, a year later, the Mighty Dragon and his companions protect a last few thousand survivors in their film-studio-turned-fortress, the Mount. Scarred and traumatized by the horrors they’ve endured, the heroes fight the armies of ravenous ex-humans at their citadel’s gates, lead teams out to scavenge for supplies—and struggle to be the symbols of strength and hope the survivors so desperately need.
But the hungry ex-humans aren’t the only threats the heroes face. Former allies, their powers and psyches hideously twisted, lurk in the city’s ruins. And just a few miles away, another group is slowly amassing power . . . led by an enemy with the most terrifying ability of all.
Fantastic debut featuring a group of superpowered heroes and heroines that kick ass all through the zombie apocalypse!
When I first read the synopsis for Ex-Heroes, I thought the combination of superheroes and the undead was a definite win and there was no way that I was not going to like this story. But I had no idea it would be quite this good.
What immediately impressed me was the amount of bad ass heroines throughout the story. This is honestly something that I wasn't expecting. Aside from the Mighty Dragon, the two characters that I was most intrigued by were the heroines Stealth and Cerberus. They each brought something unique to the story and I'm looking forward to reading about them again in the sequel.
Clines has an obvious talent for character development. He has managed to introduce us to a handful of new characters and provides each of them with enough depth to make them memorable, along with giving us glimpses into their individual background stories.
We follow these characters as they work to provide survivors with food and shelter, as well as offering protection from both the ex-humans and any outsiders who pose a threat. The heroes give everything they have physically, mentally, and emotionally but the obstacles they face continue to grow.
Near the story's conclusion Clines reveals the cause of the zombie plague and his explanation was brilliant. I always love reading about the various ideas that authors create regarding the triggers for the zombie apocalypse and this was no exception.
Overall, Ex-Heroes is a novel that I would suggest to any fans of post-apocalyptic stories, superheroes, and the walking dead. I'm looking forward to the sequel, Ex-Patriots, that releases this April.