I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Odium #2
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Horror, zombies
Source: the author
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Fortune favors…the DEAD!
Some secrets are too horrific to ever be forgiven, and some people should never be trusted.
Tortured, starved, and on the run, Nina thinks she’s faced the worst that mankind has to offer, but she’s wrong. She may have survived this long, but she hasn’t come out of it unscathed, and there’s worse to come.
Nina’s trusty Doc Martens are showing signs of the zombie apocalypse, and she isn’t faring much better. With her snarky attitude guaranteed to get her in trouble, Nina needs to forgive the past, to live once more in the present, and learn that sometimes she needs to place her trust in other people.
Because when people are faced with the end of times, they’ll do anything to survive.
While this is technically the second book in a trilogy, this does not read like a middle book, folks! It has its own plot and characters and stands strongly on its own two putrefying feet. There is a ton of new information being introduced; it isn’t just about surviving anymore. Now it’s about maintaining some sort of real life, maybe even making some friends along the way. Careful making friends in the apocalypse… you never know when they’ll get eaten…
I have to say, I think this book was even stronger than the first. Since the main characters are already fully formed, I was completely at home with them, and ready to join them on the next leg of their journey. No more world building was needed and Claire jumped right into the action. The Forgotten take a bit of a back seat to the Deaders this time around, but they haven’t been written out. They are constantly lurking in the background, threatening to kill all of my favorite characters. I do have some new favorites, like Nova, the red headed firecracker who gets off on killing the undead. Dean and Anne are two teens with some weird ideas and some brilliant ones. Nina is sporting a new samurai blade, and Rachel is an explosives expert. Zombies go BOOM!
There is a new aspect to this story: Hilary and Deacon. They have their own chapters thrown in from time to time, giving a peek into a different side plot. At first I was wondering why they were there, what their purpose was. It wasn’t until almost the end of the story before I realized what was going on and went “Ohhhhhhh… shiiiiiit.” The story is taking a whole new turn, and I can’t wait to see where it goes!
I do need to give the standard warning. Yes, this book is violent. Yes, there is a shit-ton of gore, blood spatter, rotting corpses and indescribable scents and textures. Yes, there are 202 F-bombs. These are just some of the many reasons why I loved this book. Claire’s writing is creative and exciting, and if it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse by investing in a snow plow.
So, you know when an ebook says you have 10% left, and you think that’s plenty of time to wrap up all of the plot… and then you turn the page and it’s the end? Claire was super sneaky! I may have actually growled in desperation. GAH! CLIFFHANGER! Need Odium III NOW!!
Claire C Riley Bio
Odium. The Dead Saga is a top #100 dystopian selling book on Amazon.com for 2013, Indie book of the day winner December 2013 and Indie Author Land 50 best self-published books worth reading 2013/14
Limerence featured book in the Guardian newspaper for best Indie novel 2013
Claire C Riley’s 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 is the author of “Limerence,” “Odium. The Dead Saga,” “Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella Part One,” “Odium II The Dead Saga” “Odium Origins A Dead Saga Novella Part Two” and a proud contributor to the charity anthology “Let’s Scare Cancer to Death.”
Claire lives in the UK with her husband, three daughters and one scruffy dog.
Coming up in 2014 are several projects including, “Odium III The Dead Saga,” “Odium Origins A Dead Saga Novella Part Three,” “Nina’s Odium,” “Limerence II: Mia,” plus anthology contributions to several exciting projects including “Fading Hope,” “The Murderous Campbell’s,” and “State of Horror: Illinois.”
She can be stalked at any of the following.
Purchasing links for Odium The Dead Saga
Purchasing links for Odium Origins Part One.