Superheroes? Check. Zombies? Check. Los Angeles, Hollywood, and clever pop culture references? Check, check, and check. Ex-Heroes, a fun mash-up of a novel by Peter Clines, contains all the above referenced items. I could also have mentioned the fast-moving plot and good writing, as well. I have to say, I'm not a huge zombie fan, but I love a good superhero story. When I saw they were together in one book, I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. The story of how The Mighty Dragon, Stealth, Zzzzap, and Cerberus help a group of normal humans survive against zombies and a rival gang is a lot of fun.
Using Los Angeles as a backdrop, the survivors create a community in the Paramount Studios lot. They have established a pretty good routine, as far as apocalypses go. They only have to avoid the "exes" (ex-humans) and the Seventeens, a street gang and rivals for the remaining supplies. The fun comes with how Clines builds the tension between the three groups. He also cleverly uses flashbacks to reveal origins and other information regarding the superheroes. As the story races to a climax, all the threads come together. The ending is satisfying, and leaves an opening for the next book in the series.
This was a fun and entertaining book. I look forward to reading the next three books in the series.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.