Ex-Purgatory by Peter Clines: A REVIEW
The fourth book of Peter Clines Ex-Series runs a different course than the previous three, showing us not only does this series still have a lot of life left in it, but that Clines himself is an amazingly versatile wordsmith.
A mystery riddled novel from the very beginning we start off in the life of ordinary George Bailey a maintenance man at a local college in Los Angeles. George has been having some odd dreams, dreams of him flying, dreams of things coming after him, dead things, he’s starting to realize these two worlds are starting to come together, and that’s where the fun begins. We get to see what St. George might have been like had his life not taken the turns it had, we get to see what a lot of the heroes might have been like, and how much different, or in some cases similar they would have been, all while trying to figure out who is behind switching over the worlds, and that one major looming question where did all the Exes really go. A trip between two places, one that is dark and desolate and the other bright and mundane, Clines takes us on a trip of discovery we didn’t expect, and the end leaves us wondering what could happen next.
Author Peter Clines not only brings us mystery, but also brings back some of our favorite characters from the novels such as Stealth, Captain Freedom, St.George, Corpse Girl, and a few more familiar faces all in a way we haven’t been able to see them before. Beyond the great nerdy dialogue, the twists that make you wonder what could happen next, and the action sequences that make you feel as if you’re witnessing one of the greatest battles novels have to offer, Ex-Purgatory brings with it a lot of love, a lot of heart, and the sense that these misfit heroes are truly a family.
A well written book in a fantastic and well put together series Peter Clines shows us what it would really like to be a Superhero in a post-apocalyptic society, and all I can say is I want more. A highly recommended series with Ex-Purgatory showing us the best has truly yet to come.
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