Peter Clines has written not one, not two, but three books about superheroes in the zombie apocalypse. I’ve read the first two, and they were so good I had to share.

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That’s right, superheroes and zombies! Zombies and superheroes!

Ex-Heroes:

4 star

Told in then and now chapters–as the outbreak occurs, and after, the survivors holed up and still fighting to survive against the exes (ex-humans.) Stealth, Gorgon, Regenerator, Cerberus, Zzzap, and the Mighty Dragon  are ordinary humans who gained extraordinary powers just before the ex-humans appeared. They’ve survived, but even superpowers can’t prevent the problems everyone faces in the zombie apocalypse. Food, water, shelter, and not getting bitten are priorities.

Darkly comic, with fascinating insights into the mind of the heroes, though the changes in point of view can sometimes get a little confusing. This is a book for superhero, dystopia, and zombie fans alike.

Ex-Patriots:

4 star

(Mild spoilers for Ex-Heroes)

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St. George, Stealth, Zzzap, and the other heroes are still protecting The Mount–a group of survivors in Los Angeles. Things are going pretty well when a Predator drone flies over head. It turns out there’s another group of survivors, a military base in Arizona, home to the super-soldiers of Project Krypton. They want to help–but also help themselves to the resources of The Mount. It’s all about more than surviving–reclaiming the world from the zombies. And if a few people have their rights trampled on, it’s all for the greater good, isn’t it?

More background on the characters and the history of the apocalypse, as the story once again bounces from then and now. Action packed, this book had several tense moments where I read feverishly, hoping the heroes would get out of the situation.

Ex-Communication came out July 9th. Review sometime in the future.

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About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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