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Ex-Isle: A Novel (Ex-Heroes) Paperback – February 2, 2016
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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.
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The Avengers meets The Walking Dead with a large order of epic served on the side.”—Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One.
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- Publisher : Crown (February 2, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553418319
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553418316
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.17 x 0.89 x 7.98 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #348,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For you Star Trek geeks out there, reading this book is kinda like watching most of the Next Gen movies. They weren't bad. They'd actually have been perfectly legitimate episodes. But they weren't great *movies*. Most of what happens is fairly predictable. In the end you're glad you watched, but you're thinking less "opening night" and more "RedBox" in terms of time and money investment.
In Ex-Heroes, you're constantly in awe of the amazing characters (and backstories) and their epic battle with PZ aka Legion (oh, and there's *zombies*! Cool!) Then comes Ex-Patriots with a bunch of new exciting characters along with a new nemesis, Agent Smith, whose power leaves you with that Sixth Sense feeling of awesome. That's followed up with Ex-Communication where our heroes (including a dead one) go toe-to-toe with Legion again, but with the additional character of Cairax Murrain that leaves the audience on the edge of its seat in anticipation. The final battle in this book alone would make it worthwhile for Hollywood to produce all three movies. Without doubt. Then, in Ex-Purgatory, Clines takes the whole story and turns it upside-down and inside-out. During most of the book you're left wondering what on earth is going on - almost to the point of wondering if the author has lost his way - and then your mind is blown by the final reveal. Absolutely brilliant!
How does Clines follow up on all that in Ex-Isle? With an entertaining narrative about some of our strongest heroes fighting against... a somewhat strong but otherwise not-very-intimidating bad guy. It's like someone took The Governor from The Walking Dead and made him about as threatening as the whip-wielding nemesis from Iron Man 2. Oh, and throw in some Waterworld stuff too, as Clines unashamedly did. There was witty dialog, a believable-for-that-world plot (though seriously, Stealth? You thought sending Corpse Girl along was a good idea??), clever restraints on our heroes' abilities and some fun (and disturbing) "THEN" throwbacks, but taken as a whole, when this book was over, I realized that I couldn't recommend this book with half the enthusiasm as the other four. I might still suggest people read it if they're craving more interactions with St. George, Zzzap, Corpse Girl and the rest, but I'd temper their expectations that this is just an episode, not a movie. Redbox rather than opening night.
Now let's be fair. Clines still hit a home run 4 out of 5 times with this series, and I'll still buy whatever comes next in this series or his 14/Fold world. But I'll be slower to pre-order next time. Make me a believer again, Peter!
This is that. I like how a good portion of the book took place in another environment outside the mount. A new place adds new elements, characters, and bad guys. But that's always a risky approach if the bad guys, characters, elements, etc. aren't as interesting as the bad guys, characters, etc. in the environment the movie series, book series, or Netflix series typically takes place in.
And that's the issue with this book the characters aren't as interesting as the characters at the mount and on top of that, the bad guy is perhaps the most boring of them all so far.
His abilities are not as interesting as the previous guys...and his backstory well it's like he doesn't really have one or something. So it's hard to be invested in a villain you don't know anything about...let alone one that is kinda strong but not really.
I also, wasn't into this whole focus on Daniel thing...cause I mean outside of the suit (Cerebus) she's just not that interesting of a character compared to the others. So focusing on her for a good portion of the book wasn't a great idea in my opinion. Not to mention I kind of wonder why Bee isn't talked about anymore...wasn't she a part of the inner crew? what happened to her?
Conclusion: But yeah a solid book...it just wouldn't make my....top 2 list of books from this series.
And then there was book 5.
It is not bad on its own, but it clearly suffers in comparison to its siblings. While it entertains (well, at least in the final third) it is just not building on what came before in any meaningful way. I found myself checking on how much of the book was left, wondering if there were enough pages left with which to carry out the big reveal and twist that Clines' earlier work had led me to expect. Without giving anything away, I'll just give my opinion that book 5 did not measure up. (You do gets lots of Corpse Girl. If you are a fan of her, there's that.)
So, if Clines is building to a conclusion in the ExHeroes universe, and this is just a metaphorical catching of the breath before a big finish, all is forgiven. I'm in to the end. If, on the other hand, this is just a universe Clines plans to revisit repeatedly without progressing to a destination, then I don't think I'll be back. The novelty of the premise is no longer sufficient.
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The writing style is similar to Matthew Reilly (Scarecrow series) in that it reads like a movie and is easy to picture in your head. Peters history of working as a prop manager and writing articles on the movie industry have given him a fantastic insight and he uses it to fantastic effect.
Buy the whole series and work your way up to this one, only 230 pages in to it so far and haven't been disappointed.
Unlike certain other book series, the Ex's haven't lost any of their polish or substance. This book follows on perfectly from the previous three. Bring on book five!
Why four star? At time of purchase, it's simply too expensive for a small paperback book. Twice the price of the equivalent Pratchett. I want a hardback at this money. That is adequately explained in the original listing but it was the only way I could get this fourth book in the series.
Start off with Ex-Heroes and work your way up from there, you won't be disappointed