Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ex-Isle (Ex-Heroes, #5)” as Want to Read:
Ex-Isle (Ex-Heroes, #5)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Ex-Heroes #5)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,580 ratings  ·  219 reviews
“It is an easy thing to rule by fear.”

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 decimat
Paperback, 389 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Broadway Books (first published February 2016)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Ex-Isle, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Issam According to the author, book 6 is on hold indefinitely. He posted this on the FAQ of his website:

Is Ex-Isle the last Ex book?

"Yeah, Ex-Tension is on …more
According to the author, book 6 is on hold indefinitely. He posted this on the FAQ of his website:

Is Ex-Isle the last Ex book?

"Yeah, Ex-Tension is on the back burner for the foreseeable future. Sorry.

The truth is, every series has a limited life. Book one always sells best, not as many people show up for book two, even less show up for book three, and so on. Not a lot of folks leap in on book five, y’know? Something may happen to give the first book a boost (and all the other books after it) but they’re always going to be on a near-constant downward slope heading for that big red line where things aren’t profitable. None of the Ex-Heroes books ever lost money (thank you all for that), but when the publisher looked ahead to book six... well, hitting said line was pretty much unavoidable."

Source: http://thoth-amon.blogspot.com/2021/0...(less)
Sister Sable by T. MountebankVicious by V.E. SchwabThis Savage Song by Victoria SchwabOur Dark Duet by Victoria SchwabEverything Under the Moon by Jeff                    Joh...
Brian's Books
100 books — 2 voters
14 by Peter ClinesThe Fold by Peter ClinesEx-Heroes by Peter ClinesParadox Bound by Peter ClinesEx-Communication by Peter Clines
Peter Clines
14 books — 2 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.98  · 
Rating details
 ·  3,580 ratings  ·  219 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Ex-Isle (Ex-Heroes, #5)
Robin (Bridge Four)
Peter Clines is on my Underrated Authors List


His books tend to be a great blend of pop culture humor, suspense, action and just flat out weirdness at times. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again he really gives me a J.J. Abrams kind of vibe and I love it.

The Ex-Heroes series is a really cool Superheroes meets Zombies mash up and I totally love it. I’m not even a huge fan of superhero or zombie books but these totally speak to me. Probably because they remind me a little of the feelings I
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This had a lot more going on than the previous instalment in the Ex-Heroes series and as a result was even better. Clines stories usually have an issue with fading a bit towards the end, but this one stayed pretty strong all the way through.

The story was sort of split into three parts. Barry, St George, and Corpse Girl were on an a Star Trek style away mission( If Clines can use so many cool TV show references then so can I!) to make contact with a new colony of people that Barry spotted living
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2016/02/29/b...

This is probably my favorite book of the series so far! Ex-Isle, the fifth book in the Ex-Heroes series (which I like to describe to others as “Superheroes meets The Walking Dead”) brings things back on track. I’ve never felt more energized about these books than I do now.

The story takes us back to the Mount, a film studio in Hollywood that the survivors of zombocalypse has converted into a fortress to keep out the hordes
May 28, 2022 rated it liked it
This is the fifth and most recent book in Clines' Ex-Heroes series, a post-zombie apocalypse world in which superheroes try to save the surviving humans and help rebuild civilization. It's a fun story in places but was my least favorite of the series. The narrative shifts back and forth between two groups of heroes, and there's an occasional flashback to add some needed information. The plot relies on the smart people doing very dumb things in order to formulate the action. For example, one of t ...more
Rachel Noel
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in two days. For two days, I had no interest in any other hobby or book. I was tempted to call in sick so I could just read. That's how good this book is!

I've never hidden the fact that Clines' writing style always gets me feeling amped up. He is incredibly talented at combining action and gore with hope and geeky humor. He writes amazing build-up and battles. The best part is, he is also able to surprise me, all while giving me all the clues that I've needed to figure out what
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Not the best book in the Ex-Heroes series, but still an enjoyable one. Maybe I'm just not hero material, but there were a lot of decisions made by the characters here, that seemed like they were made only because the plot called for it. Sticking around the newly discovered settlement when the people living there are clearly less than friendly, all the stuff going on in the background at Eden, etc.

That said, once the necessary plot points came into play, there was a lot of zombie-crushing, bad gu
Peter Clines "Ex-Heroes" series has remained consistently entertaining popcorn genre fiction, full of in-jokes, pop culture references, and every superhero/zombie trope Clines can fit into the story.

Ex-Isle is the fifth book in this series about a handful of superheroes defending a small community of survivors in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. It's like The Walking Dead if it were a MCU movie. The heroes have built a fortified enclave in what used to be Hollywood, in previous books they i
C.T. Phipps
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Ex-Heroes novels by Peter Clines are one of the best high concept books which are presently out there. The concept is a simple X meets Y sort of setting. "What would happen if the zombie apocalypse happened in a world with superheroes?" I've also seen it described as "Land of the Dead meets The Avengers" and that's not a bad description. A bunch of low-powered heroes based loosely on popular archetypes are in the midst of the zombie apocalypse and do their best to save as many people as the ...more
Melissa Rochelle
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
After two mediocre entries into the series, Ex-Isle brings us back to the good stuff. My favorite of the series has been Ex-Patriots -- the heroes left the Mount, they went in search of others, zombie-fighting, Barry dropping geek knowledge -- all good times. A lot of the same happened here, except it was a divide and conquer situation.

Barry, George, and Madelyn flew across the ocean and met a group of survivors with some interesting ideas about what happened. Stealth stayed behind at the Mount
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
While St George, Zzzap, and Corpse Girl fly out to the middle of the Pacific to check out a big island made of boats lashed together; Danielle, Gibbs and Cesar take the Cerberus mach 2 skeleton out to Eden, to help protect the fledgling new base/garden to feed everyone.

Woah, St George, WTF? Bad decisions much? Oh, lets take Corpse girl along to a FIRST CONTACT meeting with a bunch of people hiding on boats from zombies. I mean FFS, you had to know things weren't gong to go well. I get you wante
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first started this series a couple years back, I didn't think I'd like it as much as I have. After all, Superheroes versus zombies (or ex-humans as they are called)? It sounds pretty silly...
Now I find myself anticipating each new installment. The characters are fully formed, and the writing is very "visual", zipping along at the speed of Zzzap flying through the sky. Really fun books to read!
J.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This is a fun series. I still feel like it hit its peak at book 3 and that book 3 would have made a great stopping point. But I like the feel of this universe and will probably continue listening to them as long as Clines keeps writing them.

The Eden story sort of fizzled, I think a lot more could have been done with it.

Narration was great.
I'm torn with this one. Half of it is really good and half of it is really bad. Like, two different drafts smushed together good/bad, and the dichotomy jumps out at you all the time.

It's superheroes v. zombies, and Clines is playing with the tropes of both of those genres (and the character of Zzzap borders on being aware he's in a genre book which, I'm begging you, Peter, do not go there), and playing the various tropes off one another has long been a strong suit of this series, but they feel u
Dec 20, 2021 rated it liked it
This is the 5th book of a series that transports the readers into a post apocalyptic world of superheroes and zombies. The first book is Ex Heroes and is much better… be sure to read it first.. In this installment there are two basic storylines. One involves Danielle, Ceasar and the body armor defending The Mount and the other has to do with Barry, George and Corpse girl, doing battle off at sea with a new nemesis, if it helps you can kind of think of him as an evil version of Aquaman. At times ...more
Gerin Moblo
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! The wrap up (so far, hopefully) to the series. I enjoyed the entire bunch and this was no weaker! The fight scenes felt more intense and easy to picture for me, and I ADORED the female character development and empowerment! Cline's writing was as strong and clear as ever. Can't wait to check out more of his writing! When I read his stuff I often find myself reacting out loud! Also really appreciated his acknowledgements section at the end about how he took a different approach to writ ...more
Feb 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
It was a good book even if it was clearly not my favorite. I liked the antagonist but some things in this novel didn't feel quite right. Peter Clines fought against his own method and I could feel it. Still it was a good nivel to read and I hope there will be new novels in this universe. ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
It starts out slow, but picks up towards the middle and I couldn't put it down near the end. ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it

Overall Rating = 3 & 1/2 stars

Full review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: Ex-Isle is the fifth book in Peter Clines’ exhilarating series, which has an interesting take on superheroes and zombies. So far I’ve been a big fan of the series and Peter has wowed me with each volume. So when this book was announced, I was very excited to see where he would take the story after the tumultuous event of Ex-Purgatory.

This book has two plot threads, the first one focuses on St. George, Zzzap
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A minor bump in the previously smooth freeway ... sadly, this was my least favorite in the series so far. I felt better when I read the author's note at the end, where he - rather explicitly - apologized for rushing this installment (c'mon, really - are publishers that short-sighted that they'd risk derailing a series over a deadline??? That makes no sense to me) and altering his basic approach to the story construction, which led to struggles throughout the writing process. So, fine, Clines ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although it’s a small thing, I’d like to point out the idiocy of taking along Madelyn when attempting to meet new people. She may not be an ex-, but she sure as hell looks like one.

Hearkening back to old times, I love that Clines still designates his chapters by “THEN” and “NOW” rather than expecting us to keep up with a complex timeline.

Understandably, the folks on the ships don’t greet our heroes with open arms. Every stranger is a possible enemy, and it doesn’t help that the good buys brough
Steve Tetreault
What it's about: The survivors of the Ex Virus have grown their stronghold, the Mount, to about 20,000, but a fire has destroyed their food stores. They've been preparing a new food location, but it's not ready, so the Unbreakables are sent to secure it. But there are simmering tensions that lead to a serious problem in this new area known as Eden.

At the same time, Zzzap has found a "floating island" - a group of ships lashed together - with a few thousand survivors floating in the Pacific. He,
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Book five in the zombie apocalypse/superheroes mashup series. St George, Zzzap, and Corpse Girl embark on an ill-fated diplomatic mission to Lemuria, a massive flotilla of survivors in the Pacific Ocean headed by a jealous, insecure were-shark. Elsewhere, Cerberus is tasked with getting an independent farm set up to feed the Mount and has to deal with a potential insurrection.

As always, Clines’s writing is merely tolerable. And I realize that it’s not easy to create challenges for invincible sup
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 soldier
Vinay Badri
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
Well it did seem inevitable. Given the extraordinarily high bar, that Clines has set for this series, we would get an installment that wouldnt reach that level.

To be very fair though, Ex-Isles does what the previous books does pretty well. Pack in tons of action, develop the world further and introduce another different villain but 5 books into the series, you want to see an overarching theme and some amount of character development for the lead character who is still pretty cool btw. The new v
Ex-Isle really feels like the weakest of the Ex-Heroes books and it gives the impression that Clines may be getting tired of the series. The story itself is mostly two parallel plotlines, one occurring in ""Eden" (a farming outpost set up by the living residents of Los Angeles) and the other in "Lemuria" (an artificial island built of scavenged ships - a trope that will be familiar to those who have read Stephenson's SNOW CRASH or Meiville's THE SCAR). The Eden storyline involves mostly minor ch ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Peter Clines keeps up amazing work with his "EX" series and Ex-Isle is no exception. Tightly written with an easy to read style, once started, you cannot stop until you finish. There is one caveat, you really need to read the first four to truly enjoy Ex-Isle and that is not a knock, but you will miss much if you do not have the background. Once again the book just wows and has not lost any of the freshness or fun of the series, which is truly an accomplishment. I cannot wait until the next book ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies, audible
Another great addition to the Ex-Heroes series, ‘Ex-Isle’ is full of zombies, superheroes and action. If you like that kind of thing you should jump right in, if you’re looking for deep meaning this probably isn’t the book for you. Well written with a great story which really adds to the overall tale I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just wished that the next books in the series would come out faster to keep the story fresh in my mind. Guess you can’t have both good and fast right?
Dale Donovan
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A welcome return to form for this series after its ill-conceived predecessor. The super-heroes are back to being the focus, and while I'm all for building out the world this book does, I do hope we get back to the Mount, L.A., and the plot threads that have been hanging there for at least two books now. And let's see more Stealth next time too, please!! ...more
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down!

I've loved all of the Ex-Heroes books so far, and this one is no different. From the flashback chapters reuniting us with old friends to the present-day storyline, the book moves at a steady pace that kept me engaged from start to finish. Bravo Mr. Clines!
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books-read
This whole series is just a ton of fun. It doesn't try and overthink anything, it just unleashes some superhero and zombie fun on the reader. ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
anyone know why the delay? 2 20 Dec 09, 2015 04:59AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • A Time to Die (Victor the Assassin, #6)
  • The Banneret - Blood of Kings Book 2
  • Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3)
  • The Traitor's Hand (Ciaphas Cain #3)
  • Infinite2 (Infinite, #10)
  • The Sandman: Act III
  • The Lady of Crows (Raven's Shadow, #0.5)
  • Travel by Bullet (The Dispatcher, #3)
  • Red Metal
  • Life Reset (New Era Online, #1)
  • A Change of Affection: A Gay Man's Incredible Story of Redemption
  • The Dark (Infinite, #7)
  • The Everything Box (Another Coop Heist, #1)
  • Shadows Linger (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #2)
  • Dark Imperium (Dark Imperium #1)
  • The White Rose (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #3)
  • Dead Acre
  • The Hero of the Valley (The Hero of the Valley #1)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
Peter Clines is the author of the genre-blending -14- and the Ex-Heroes series.

He grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine and--inspired by comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons--started writing at the age of eight with his first epic novel, Lizard Men From The Center of The Earth(unreleased).

He made his first writing sale at age seventeen to a local newspaper,

Other books in the series

Ex-Heroes (5 books)
  • Ex-Heroes (Ex-Heroes, #1)
  • Ex-Patriots (Ex-Heroes, #2)
  • Ex-Communication (Ex-Heroes, #3)
  • Ex-Purgatory (Ex-Heroes, #4)

Related Articles

  Kerine Wint (she/her) is a freelance writer, editor, and reviewer of speculative fiction for publications including FIYAH literary magazine,...
8 likes · 0 comments
“I can go physical,” Barry said. “You can go naked and vulnerable,” Freedom said. “Hey, some people like that.” 1 likes
“After almost three years behind the studio walls, some folks couldn't resist the idea of windows and trees and across-the-street neighbors. And with the depleted population, there were houses and luxury apartments for anyone who wanted them.

The Zombocalypse had really turned Los Angeles into a buyer's market.”
More quotes…