Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic/Super Heroes
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Stand Alone or Series: 5th novel in the Ex-Heroes series
Source: Xmas Gift
Rating: 4/5 stars
“It’s been years since the tidal wave of ex-humans washed over the world. Since then, thanks to St George and his fellow heroes, the community known as the Mount has been the last known outpost of safety, sanity, and freedom left to humanity.
But even for the Mount, survival still balances on a razor’s edge—and after a disaster decimates the town’s food supply, the heroes must make a risky gamble to keep its citizens from starving.
And then the news arrives of a strange, man-made island in the middle of the Pacific. An island populated not just by survivors, but by people who seem to be farming, raising children, living—people who, like the heroes, have somehow managed to keep the spark of civilization alive.
Paying this place a visit should be a simple goodwill mission, but as the island reveals itself to be a sinister mirror-image of what the heroes have built at the Mount, the cost of their good intentions becomes dangerously high.”
This is the fifth book in the Ex-Heroes series. I continue to enjoy this crazy post-apocalyptic blend of zombie survival and superhero themes. The books are fun and easy to read and always action-packed.
This book deals with two main issues. The first is the expansion of the Mount into another area called New Eden. The Mount is strapped for resources and needs the gardens/food that New Eden can supply. However, New Eden is not well fortified and something fishy is going on with the super soldiers who are stationed there.
The second story involves Zzzap’s continuing search for survivors outside of the Mount. He finds a strange island that appears to be populated by a number of people. Him and St. George go out to offer these people help but find out that the situation is not as it first seems.
The story is fun and fast-paced and I enjoyed reading about all my favorite super heroes. There isn’t a ton of character development, aside from Danielle’s struggle with not having Cerebus to wear.
My only complaint is I feel like each book has a somewhat similar themed story. Since I only read one book each year in this series that’s fine with me. I think if you were going to read the series back to back you might get a bit bored with the similarities.
Overall I enjoyed the story and recommend to fans of the series. I love the zombie/superhero mash-up and all the action in here. I would recommend to fans of superhero or zombie stories.