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Odium (Dead Saga Book 1) by [Riley, Claire C]
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About the Author

Claire C. Riley is a USA Today and International bestselling author. She is also a bestselling British horror writer and an Amazon top 100 bestseller. Her work is best described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. She fuses multi-genre elements to develop storylines that pay homage to cult classics while still feeling fresh and cutting edge. She writes characters that are realistic, and kills them without mercy. Claire lives in the United Kingdom with her husband, three daughters, and one scruffy dog.

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  • File Size: 1084 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FLUTJ74
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Now that I have your attention...let's talk about Claire C. Riley's book, Odium. First things first, I don't do spoilers, so if you have not finished yet, or if you are just considering whether or not to take the need to be cautious.

I believe that reviews should focus on a few key elements: story, characters, and editing. The Indie scene is a wasteland of poorly edited books that can absolutely frustrate a reader. Let's tackle that first...

Odium reads clean. Nothing is perfect. Trust me. I have read titles from the "Big Six" with a hiccup here and there. So, Odium gets an 'A' for being a clean read.

Next, and really the item that tips the scales: story. Odium will suck you into a very real world. Claire does an amazing job of creating very real people and making you love or hate them accordingly. I know it is early, but this book has set the bar high for my "favorite reads of 2014" list.

Where Claire really shines is in her descriptive ability. She paints a world that you can see, hear, and smell. Her ability to describe is an example that teachers could use in a writing class. She does not go overboard, but finds the "sweet spot" of description. And trust me, it is just as easy to go overboard as it is to be to vague. Claire C. Riley is a name you need to add to your list. She may very well be the best writer you have never heard of...but need to.

I am sure that I could have been given a copy of this book as a reviewer, but I chose to buy it myself to support a fellow indie. It is worth ten times the price as this is a full-length book and not some hundred page, double-spaced pamphlet that far too many people are trying to pass off as novels these days.
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Odium is my very first Claire Riley book and will not be my last! She obviously has no problems killing off characters, burning bridges, and symbolically letting the empire win the ground war for Endor! (It’ll make sense after you read the book.)

This story was hilarious and horrifyingly descriptive, engaging as many senses as possible without employing a scratch-and-sniff cover and a free bucket of congealed ooze. Zombies are disgusting, messy, gross, and on their better days they tend to offend the olfactory organs in ways no one should ever know about. But you will, with every ooze, squish, and splash of gore!

There are more f-bombs than an invading army would use, a sarcastic and guarded main character that drags us along through a broken world infested by deaders(zombies, walkers, etc etc). The story has great pacing that gives you just enough time to catch your breath before something stinky hits the fan. There was a spot near the end where I saw the twist coming a mile away and I thought we were going to hit one of my pet peeve clichés but at the last second it veered away! *whew* There are a few things that have me still pondering over the book, but I’m hopeful between the prequel novella and the sequel due to release any day now (or already depending on when you read this) I will get answers!

So all in all, this is a great, sarcastic & gory zombie romp of a read that if you’re even a remote fan of the genre, I think you’ll enjoy!
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The sample of this story promised a good plot. The full version was less than I hoped. Unfortunately I had to stop reading as the author seems very fond of people who roll their eyes. So much, in fact, that this was used over 30 times throughout. "She rolled her eyes, I rolled my eyes, He rolled his eyes". It was so bad, that I could not finish; my brain crashed every time I read an interaction that contained that statement. When a phrase is so often repeated that it takes the reader out of the story, it is time for the author to find other ways to suggest that a character is annoyed, disgusted, etc.
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review updated May 2014*

Before you read this book, remember to take a look at 'Life after after: Nina's story', the prequel. It is available in the anthology Fusion by Breakwaterharbor books. Well worth a read!

Nina survived the zombie outbreak to find sanctuary within the walls of a man made 'city', but life there became a nightmare. Now Nina is facing up to the freedom and danger outside those walls with the zombies and the danger from other survivors.

I liked the idea of the sanctuary being built by survivors to keep zombies out so they can live in safety but we get hints at the start that life behind those walls was far from safe. Nina and Emily are now having to take their chances away from this place and try to survive with the zombies. Neither of them are smart or super-skilled, they make bad decisions, they get into trouble, they get lucky. It is realistic and it is how you would imagine a normal person trying to survive when being sent out into a world of zombies with few or no survival skills. I liked the action scenes at the house, the garage and in the forest which all showed a bit of imagination but also felt as if could actually happen. Nina's new home, for example, was a great idea(don't want to spoil it!) and I had hoped to see a bit more of it and adventures in the hub. The zombie scenes were well written, there was plenty action and tension and a bit of zombie gore, and the story moved along at a good pace for me. This book had a lot of great and fresh new ideas in it which had me excited when I picked it up.

The problem was that I didn't like Nina much in this book.
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