Ex-Purgatory


Ex-Purgatory

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.

Ex-Purgatory is the fourth novel in the Ex series by Peter Clines.  The first three are Ex-Heroes, Ex-Patriots, and Ex-Communication.

Clines does an interesting thing with this entry into the series.  He takes the characters we’re familiar with from the first three novels and throws them into a world completely different.  A world where the plague never took place, where they’re all just regular old folks without any super powers.  Or, at least, that’s what they believe.  The truth, it seems, is a bit different.

The whole story line is very clever, and Clines pulls it off very well.  I found it fun to read along and find the heroes we know from the series as their “normal” counterparts.  I was even a bit disappointed when I missed a few. 🙁  There’s plenty of references to pop culture too.

As I mentioned in my reviews of the first two novels in the series, the writing isn’t going to win any awards for literary excellence.  It’s not meant to though.  It’s meant to be fun, light, and easy to cruise through.  And it is.  I tore through the pages, as I was dragged into the story, and the characters again.  I love the world that Clines has created, with it’s mix of Zombies and Superheroes.

It was also fun to see the superheroes struggle with what they perceived as the real world as it was invaded by memories and visions of the world they belonged in.  It didn’t get taken too far, and the resolution was believable.  The only part of the book I was even slightly disappointed with was the ending.  Mostly, that was because it felt like the overall resolution was a bit quick.  But, I also got the feeling that there’s another book in the works and so maybe some of that will carry over into the next.

If you’re a fan of Zombies, or Superheroes, I don’t think you can go wrong by reading this series.  Obviously, start with Ex-Heroes, but if you’re already into the series, certainly continue on with Ex-Purgatory.

Ex-Heroes

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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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