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Odium takes place sometime after the deaders (zombies) overran the world, and the majority of the world’s population is living in walled off cities to keep them safe from the walking dead. Too bad the world behind the walls was just another version of f***ed up,and just as dangerous and deadly as the one outside.
“Fear is the biggest weapon now.”
The wall was meant to keep the dead out and the living in, but to what end? Without any control over their existence, were these people really living? Well, Nina didn’t think so. She was burning with a deep resentment, for the people who suppressed and took advantage of those they were supposed to protect, and for the people who didn’t stand up to them.
“The other people behind the walls, what they had to do to survive was just as bad as what I had to go through, but I hate them just the same. I hate them for never helping me, I hate them for watching me suffer, and I hate them for having someone to protect. A family.”
Fed up, and pissed off, Nina finally refused to tolerate her life anymore. She escaped the walled city with a young exile, Emily, and entered the wild world beyond.
“I don’t feel any remorse that I’m out here instead of behind its safety. For the first time in a long time I feel free again, like I’m back in charge of my life – however short-lived that may be.”
Nina and Emily were unequipped to handle a world full of deaders, but with a little luck, and a serendipitous meeting with a man with a shotgun, they are able to fend off the deaders and find safety within a group who’ve found an ingenious way to survive in this zombie world. There was little time for them to settle in though, because as I quickly learned, in this world the characters never got any relief. They were never are able to relax because they were forever on guard and fighting for survival. Like with any good horror flick, I was holding my breath the entire time I was reading, because I was bracing for the next shocking scene, the next devastating blow. And it always came. With Odium, I was constantly being assaulted with death and destruction, terror and tension. I didn’t know who was going to live and who was going to die. I didn’t know who could and couldn’t be trusted (the deaders weren’t the only baddies in this story!).
I loved the rapid pace of this book. There was never a dull moment. Although, that didn’t mean that I read it quickly. I had to take breaks because my weak stomach couldn’t handle the gore. The scenes were descriptive enough to make me cringe, but not enough to turn me off, so if you aren’t a regular reader of horror, you shouldn’t shy away from this book. If I can handle it, then you can too.
Alongside the action, I also loved the characters in Odium. They were well developed and I got a good sense of who they each were. Nina, the protagonist, was a harda**, who I sometimes wanted to choke, but I understood her motivations, and I became invested in her story. Her bitchiness and attitude was a shield, and I got that she was just protecting herself from the pain that was so prevalent in this world where nothing is guaranteed.
“In this world you get attached to things very quickly…you lose them, or they die. I swore I wouldn’t let myself get attached to anything or anyone again…”
I loved her interactions with Mikey. He quickly took on the role of her protector, and she fought him tooth and nail, refusing to accept his friendship or any hint of something more.
“We’re not your problem, Mikey. I can manage on my own, and I can protect Emily too. I don’t need you.”
“I know you don’t. You’re as tough as old boots, Nina. But I want to.”
I thought Odium was a great balance of horror, humor, romance, and suspense. As a reader who wasn’t exposed to this type of story before, I thought that Claire C. Riley did a great job mixing all the elements together, and creating a story that was multifaceted. The world she created was intense and exciting. I was enthralled throughout the whole story, and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series to see what happens next.
“What do you do when hell comes upon the world? Run and hide or stand and fight?”
I love NINA! this main character is not like your normal female character is a zombie novel. She is just a normal person, trying to make it in a screwed up world, trying to figure out how to live normally. Nina is not your helpless character. She is a bad ass chick that does what she can for the people she cares about, and I love that about her. It's a refreshing change.
Claire c Riley makes it to where you can relate to all of the characters in this book, because they are so "Normal" I also love that in the midst of it all, she some how finds a place for love in this broken down world.
I would reccomend this book to anybody who loves a good Zombie series, and somebody who enjoys lots of twists and turns. Claire C Riley has quickly moved up to one of my favorite authors!
WOW! Okay, from the beginning I was riveted and couldn't put it down and I'm so happy I read it.
Nina is the heroine that you WANT to read about. She was strong, determined and angry as hell. Her motives for leaving the "safe" confines of the wall to venture out with the young Emily and taking her chances among the Deaders may have been selfish (not my words) but she changed. She, like all women, has those moments of questioning what she's gotten herself into, mentally chastising herself and doubting her abilities, but she pushes through.
When she meets up with another group of survivors - a motley crew if there ever was one - she is naturally on guard and doing her best to protect Emily. She starts to feel again, something she has learned to not do, while behind the wall, and her feels are for Emily. Nina is pseudo-mom, big-sister and hero to this young girl who has no one and she will do anything to make sure that she survives "this" whatever it is. The members of the group all have a specialty they bring to the collective and Nina turns into a badass, kickass woman who does what she needs to in order to survive.
Riley does an amazing job of painting the picture of a seemingly desolate world - void of humans yet it's still flourishing with life. Quite the interesting image. I felt as if I was with these people, fighting along side them (although I would have been dead from the word "go.") The smells, the deaders, the wall, Emily, Nina, Mikey, Crunch, and the rest as so vivid in my head. Wait, did I mention Mikey? Because I really want more Mikey!
So it goes without saying I'm about to dive into the other Odium stories because I am BEYOND loving this!!!
Yay for branching out!
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