- Series: Ex
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books (January 14, 2014)
- ISBN-10: 0804136610
- Source: Publisher
George Bailey is your average, everyday kind of guy. During the day, he works as a handyman at a local community college. His nights, however, are filled with magnificent dreams in which he’s a super hero, battling hordes of zombies. In his dreams, he sees other individuals with similar powers, including an armored robot and a woman with stealth ninja-like moves.
One day George is stopped by a young, pale girl in a wheelchair, Madelyn Sorenson. Madelyn tells George about the existence of another world, one in which he is one of the last remaining heroes. In this world, society has fallen victim to a zombie plague. George, and the other heroes, are its only salvation.
It isn’t until his two worlds start colliding that George finally believes what Madelyn has been telling him. The sudden realization that this life, the only life this George has known, is all a facade is startling, to say the least. With the help of Madelyn, George locates the other heroes in an effort to bring down the individual responsible for what has transpired.
Although Ex-Purgatory is the fourth book in the Ex series, it could definitely serve as a standalone. Cline once again manages to combine the very best qualities of zombie fiction and science fiction into a beautifully executed and highly transfixing novel. Fans of Marvel comic series and The Walking Dead are in for a treat! If this is your first taste of Clines’ Ex-series I guarantee it will not be your last. Highly, highly recommended.