Ex-Heroes: A Novel

By: Peter Clines

Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book to review. As is my policy with books that I receive for review, if I don’t like it, I don’t review it.

As a huge fan of The Walking Dead, and as someone who’s been a fan of superheroes since I learned how to read a comic book, I’ll have to admit that I was pretty excited to give Peter Clines’ book, Ex-Heroes, a read.  After all, it melds both the recent zombie popularity with the never-ending popularity of superheroes.  But, could he do it without making either genre seem like it didn’t belong?

I’ve read a few other reviews of this book, and it seems that many of them disliked the book because of one thing or another, but it really boils down to them reviewing it for literary fiction.  I think that’s a mistake.  It’s a book about zombies and superheroes, not depression era interpersonal politics.  Or, maybe those reviewers need to just learn to read for fun once in a while.

Those reviewers are right; it isn’t an instant classic on the literary fiction scale.  But, what it is, is a really fun read.  From the very beginning of the book, the reader is picked up and carried along into the story.  The prose is written simply, which makes it a very easy read. Necessary, I think, to a good pleasureful read.  It does have a few spots of adult subject nature, but could easily be called a YA novel.

The comic book reading, zombie watching reader in me really enjoyed this book.  If either of those genres are in your repertoire, I suggest you do yourself the favor and pick yourself up a copy of Ex-Heroes.  (and probably the sequels as well)


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