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It's better to die by the gun than die by the dead.Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise. Now, she lives behind the walls. The barricaded cities, erected by the government to protect the remnants of civilization, have become a brutal dictatorship- causing the inhabitants within to starve, steal and claw for survival. Life behind the walls hIt's better to die by the gun than die by the dead.Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise. Now, she lives behind the walls. The barricaded cities, erected by the government to protect the remnants of civilization, have become a brutal dictatorship- causing the inhabitants within to starve, steal and claw for survival. Life behind the walls has become as terrifying as roaming the zombie-ridden landscape beyond.Citizens trade what they can to gain food, water, and shelter. Nina has only one currency—her body and she is tired of submitting herself to the greedy hands of the self-proclaimed leaders. An opportunity to escape presents itself in the fate of a young girl named Emily-Rose. For the price of a stale piece of bread, she is set for banishment from the city, and most likely a horrific death at the hands of the deaders. Nina tells herself that it is sympathy and not self-preservation that makes her follow the young girl out of the walled metropolis, and into the overgrown world beyond. Unused to fighting the deaders, Nina tries to scrounge for her survival and against her better judgment, begins to care for Emily-Rose. However, when you have a bread-stealing liability providing your only back up, survival seems even tougher. Nina is forced to fight for their lives, and with every zombie slain, she becomes fiercer, faster – a grim reaper with her not-so-sharp butcher’s knife.Along the path to a safe-haven that might not exist, Nina and Emily-Rose meet Mikey who introduces them to a new life they could not imagine, a life above the ground. However, this new world brings new dangers, and darker shadows than she knew. Nina finds out that the deaders aren’t the only thing to fear beyond the wall. And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten....

Title : Odium
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ISBN : 18486757
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Number of Pages : 378 Pages
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Odium Reviews

  • Loyda
    2019-05-09 11:11

    4.5*** Suspenseful & Survival Stars“I dream of blood, death, friends, & family, everyone dies! Sooner or later everyone dies; the dead will rise and eat you alive"This book is not about happily ever after. It's a suspenseful thriller, full of action, sadness, angst, death, and emotions. There is a little bit of romance in between this entire depressing zombie apocalypse outbreak, which I really enjoyed a lot. The story begins inside "The Walls", a safe place where humans were able to stay protected from the zombie infestation during the apocalypse. Emily was a teenager living inside the walls. She was hungry and tries to steal food. The leader inside the walls Lee was a mean bastard and didn't care that the poor teenager was starved. Instead he chose to kick her outside the walls so she can fend for herself. Nina also lived inside the walls and witnesses the unfairness of this and stood up for Emily. That basically got her kicked out as well. However, she was glad to leave because life inside the walls was not a life either; it was more like a prison. They were starved, abused, and bitten and she was glad to get her freedom. Nina and Emily travel outside of the walls scared to death, to find shelter and food on their own. At first Nina was annoyed by this teenager and wasn't sure why in the hell she did what she did. She tried to stay away from people and not attached to them because all that cause was more sadness at the end. However, somehow they both became attached to each other through their journey to survive. Nina felt that she had to get strength to protect Emily. So she killed zombies throughout their way to safety. They had a plan but on a world where the dead lived and they fought for survival, there was no guarantee for the next day. I was so nervous for them I was practically chewing my nails the entire time.They’ve gotten lucky and met Mikey at one stop and he guided them to a safe place where we meet a group of survivors. It was tree houses where they were able to stay safe for a while but they knew they had to find more food and supplies. They decided to go on groups and search but no one was safe thought. They learned this quickly the hard way. When they thought they had a chance, one of their group members dies, then shit breaks loose and it seems like everyone starts to dies. It's hard not to swallow all these deaths. Some death hurt more than others but still it was madness. But Nina was a bad ass through all this and I loved her strong minded character. Even thought I was internally freaking out for her and Emily and everyone else.Mikey was a bad ass too I couldn’t help liking him a lot.Not only they were fighting to survive against the dead, the ugly zombies but also there was another group of survivors called “The Forgotten”. At least that’s what they called themselves (the outcast). The forgotten were a group of people who also where fighting to survive this apocalypse; however they were bad people, mean and evil. They wanted revenge against the people inside the walls because when all shit went bat crazy and they needed a safe place the people inside the walls did not let them in. It was hard to get inside even when they begged to at least take in their wives and kids the people inside the walls didn’t care and turned them away. Mikey liked Nina from the very first time he met her and he was messing around with a chick at the camp where he was staying at. He stopped that the minute he met Nina. Well, that didn’t go well for this chick. Her name was Crunch. Yeah, I know awesome name right?! Lol. She was such a bitch to Nina the whole time. Nina had no clue why until she found out that about their thing. Mikey and Nina fought a lot because well Nina was a stubborn bitch herself and Mikey wanted to protect her. In the midst of all I enjoyed their flirting, their chemistry, their fighting, it was nice to have this during this depressing times. Even though there was not a lot of a sex scene there was a lot of tension for sure. I was grinning like a fool most of the time because these two made me laugh with their weirdness.“Tell me you like me; admit that you have feelings for me” Mikey“Fine, I like you but that doesn’t mean we are boyfriend and girlfriend” NinaThey both finally got to hook up and of course after the calm comes the storm right?! Exactly, when they woke up from their own HAPPY LALALA land, shit got real. Zombies came from all over the place and not everyone made it alive. To top it off “The Forgotten” got a hold of them and now they have other big issues to deal with. I was so anxious and nervous it wasn’t even funny. Overall, I loved this book. I enjoyed every minute of it because it kept me wanting more, actually I am dying to read more I need to know what’s going to happen to Nina, Mikey and Emily. Seriously this author has a way to bring a dark book and make you enjoy it and the endings?! Don’t get me started, they always end up on cliffy I should have known better but I’m addicted and I will continue to read the next books on this series. "We have to kill Fallen and then we have to save everyone inside the wall."Book Series Order: Audio Kindly provided by Author Claire C. Riley, Thank you Claire

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-27 13:23

    "RUN! You fall, you die."Odium is the first book in the Dead Saga. With the original blend of sci-fi, horror, action, and a hint or romance, Claire C. Riley starts this series off with a bang. "This can't be right. She's just a child."Nina is living in hell. The world has been infested with deadly zombies. Although she should feel safe in the city behind the wall, instead she has witnessed and experienced horror, torture, and heartbreak. When the safety of a young girl named Emily is threatened Nina takes a stand. If Emily is to be thrown out of the city, Nina is going with her. "If I would have known..."As Nina and Emily venture out into the big bad world they fight for survival. The things that once were so important are frivolous compared to sustaining the fundamentals of life. As Nina and Emily encounter survivors along with their journey, Nina finds the spark of romance with a man named Mikey. Emily, Mikey, and Nina are constantly at the ready with death always looming. "There has to be certain things in this world-hope, innocence, love."Told in Nina's POV, Odium is hilarious, frightening, scary, action-packed, tender, and quite sexy. Nina is so strong. Her quick wit and sarcastic personality fuels the dialogue and drives the pacing the entire read. The characters are complex due to their circumstances and experiences in this apocalyptic world. The fear of death is so real that no one is safe. The description in the writing is so absolute that the senses come to life through each and every scene. I could smell the death in the air. I could hear the moans of the zombies approaching. I could taste the hunger and dehydration of the characters. I could feel the touch of Mikey holding Nina and offering her a semblance of peace in this mad crazy world. Simply put, I was glued to the pages and could not stop reading!Overall, I would recommend Odium to everyone that isn't afraid of an accelerated heartbeat! I have never laughed so hard and been so scared all within the same the breath. I am quite in love with Nina and I cannot wait to continue the journey of The Dead Saga.***The Dead Saga****COPY graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    2019-05-13 13:09

    4 1/2 riveting starsI love Nina and want to be just like her when I grow up and the zombie apocalypse happens!!But did it have to end that way?? Cant stop now....have to find out what happens with Mikey, Emily and Nina!

  • Becky Stephens
    2019-05-20 11:19

    Odium was a terrifying, exciting ride through a land of zombies. A land that is not rotten and black, as the self-proclaimed leaders behind the walls of the barricaded cities would have you believe, but alive and flourishing. Except for the dead that bring their rotten stench with them.One of the many things I loved about this novel was how Claire C. Riley used the sense of smell, which is usually overlooked in zombie novels, to bring another level to the dead she created in this world. I felt like I was in her world from the start. I clearly saw the rot and distinctly smelled the putrid decay. I desperately fought to stay alive.Odium’s characters were alive and credible. The characters’ decisions were believable, even if they weren’t always reasonable or practical. But that’s what made them genuine. And the humor injected between the nail-biting moments, was spot-on.Odium is not a run-of-the-mill zombie story. It is so much more, and Claire C. Riley is an amazing writer. I mean, who else would describe the moan of a hungry zombie to a throaty groan that would escape you during a sensual back massage? Kudos, Claire.So, if you like zombies, then make sure this one gets on your list.

  • Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
    2019-05-25 13:11

    Odium is a book that I had been looking forward to review for a couple months now. When I finally got my hands on a copy I started devouring it almost immediately. As far as Zombie stories go I liked Odium. The book had decent character development, the Zombies were ruthless in their pursuit of the living and I think the Author came up with some creative ways to keep the survivors safe. However, Odium is far from a perfect Zombie book and here's why:First off, my biggest issue with the story is Nina. She starts off actually quite likable when she steps in to save Emily-Rose from a fate worse than death. However, that quickly changes when the pair head out into the Undead wasteland. Her personality changes from strong willed survivor to whiny bitch in the blink of an eye. As the book progressed I realized I didn't like her very much at all. She didn't listen, she whined about everything, she was judgmental, rude and to top it off didn't care to learn anything to better her situation. Sure, she always cared for Emily-Rose and that at least was a redeeming characteristic but it wasn't enough to keep me from wishing she'd end up Zombie chow. Secondly, I didn't like how The Forgotten were portrayed. I get it they were the big bad of the story who shows up at the most convenient times to reek havoc on the characters lives. All stories need a villain and The Forgotten played the role nicely. I just personally wasn't convinced they were as bad as the other survivors kept saying. At least not compared to Lee whom Nina is constantly referencing as this evil tyrant who took pleasure in torturing the citizens behind the wall. Lastly, I was severely disappointed how under prepared everyone was handling life outside amongst the dead. Nina and Emily-Rose have at least somewhat of an excuse but Britta, Mikey, JD etc... have none such since they've been living out amongst the dead since it all began. You'd think they'd be hardened pros at planning escape routes and keeping bug out bags stored in various locations just on the off chance they were overrun. One good meal and they all drop their guard, keep the vehicles out of reach and forget to carry weapons with them as well. It was just so bloody convenient that they'd be run off with nothing. Once I could forgive but twice is just plain sloppy. Now despite all my misgivings mentioned above, Odium was still a good Zombie story. It was brilliant for the characters to convert a Wilderness Survival Course into a sanctuary from the Undead, I loved that! I also loved how Steve kept his chickens safe in the hatch of the RV it was a smart idea and a great way to transport them as well. Lastly, I liked that the Zombies were actually putrefying as a dead body should. Sure the Zombies were still scary but also it was nice to see that they weren't "Immortal". Just wait long enough and they'd eventually re-die off. Final ThoughtsWhile Odium is far from perfect, I still really enjoyed the book and am glad that I read it. Despite my lack of love for Nina I'm looking forward to seeing what the next book brings. Who knows maybe she'll have some growth between this book and the next even. I'd recommend checking this one out if your looking for a new Zombie book to read. With that being said, I'll be rating Odium by Claire C. Riley ★★★.Reviewed Originally @Blood, Sweat and Books *Copy reviewed provided by Author. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which way for providing them.

  • Donish Henry-Cole (BookItWithDon)
    2019-04-28 18:06

    I'm ready for whatever is thrown my way!

  • Toni
    2019-04-26 11:16

    Review also part of #zOctober2013 on My Book Addiction!The story begins with Nina in a walled off safe zone, a place she’s survived for quite some time, witnessing a teenager being kicked out for stealing a piece of moldy bread from the animals. Those are the conditions they have become accustomed to since the world fell apart. Control hungry jerks in charge that don’t give a rats ass about anyone in their care. It’s more like a prison. Nina is tired of being bullied and it takes watching Emily getting dragged toward the wall before she finally speaks up. Nina hasn’t cared about anyone for a long time. She shut her emotions off like Stefan from The Vampire Diaries after “the incident.” But now.. something about this particular day and this young girl have her fired up. After a slap across the face from the “leader” of the group, she makes a rash decision to head over the wall with Emily. Armed with nothing, including the first clue about how to survive, they drop down to the other side to find a world they haven’t even seen in years. One that mother nature and the undead now rule. How long could two girls without any survival skills possibly last out there?Odium takes us back to the realm of traditional zombies — which I love! I’m all for an insane zombie story now and then to shake things up a bit, but even in my video games I prefer the old school shambling zombies to the newer evolved superman zombies. With the slower corpses there is actually a chance of survival, which gives people hope and a reason to fight. While I do enjoy watching or reading about the occasional high speed zombie horde that strikes deeply rooted fear into me, there is no chance in hell anyone is making it out alive, no matter how it’s written. If I’m caught in the middle of an apocalypse with zombies that run faster than an olympic sprinter, I’m throwing in the towel right away. Go ahead and eat me at that point. I will be the first to admit that I’m not strong enough to take on Z-man and his super stamina.My favorite thing about this book is how realistic the characters are, especially Nina. She is the poster girl for how I imagine a person would feel and react during the zombie apocalypse. Her fear is palpable which pulled me right in. I actually felt as if I was Nina trudging through the woods, hopeless and lost, so close to giving up I could taste it. Her character arc is absolutely brilliant, and her surprising sense of humor kept me chuckling between all the spine-chilling moments.“Perhaps we can hide from it. If it doesn’t know that we’re here, then it might just keep on walking. I fall to my knees and slide myself under the car as quietly as I can, though every noise my body makes on the ground sounds like a fireworks display being set off. I can almost imagine the giant red arrow pointing at my location: ‘She is here; dinner is served’.– Claire C. Riley, OdiumOdium is a very well-balanced zombie tale with vivid imagery, amazing characters, and heart racing action. I highly recommend this book to all of my fellow zombie fanatics!

  • Eli Constant
    2019-05-11 18:19

    I feel privileged to have read a beta-version of ODIUM and experienced its evolution into an ARC and publication document. Claire C. Riley has taken zombies to their roots, to those tried-and-true, shambling entities solely focused on filling decaying bellies with fresh flesh.Claire C. Riley provides readers with depth and emotion not always seen in horror storylines; it's altogether fresh and unexpected. From the instant Nina climbs the wall to follow Emily into the unknown, she begins an internal transformation from a woman who has chosen not to care into a woman who must care, because she has realized that retaining her humanity means closeness with surviving humans- closeness, in particular, with the young girl she considers a daughter and the man she hopes might reawaken the deadness inside of her, the hole created by Ben's death.Below is one of my absolute favorite paragraphs from Claire C. Riley's ODIUM:"One particularly fat zombie, with barely a scrap of material to cover her overly large and rotting bosom, is staring up at me like I'm a prize T-bone. Her jaw is hanging loose from her face, swaying with her every move and leaving nothing to the imagination. Fantastic."Nina & Emily's journey is riddled with insights into human behavior, zombie fights and just the right pinch of dark humor & romance. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and highly recommend.

  • Scott Toney
    2019-05-13 17:16

    Realistic, Haunting and Drenched in blood. I'll start by saying that I am not naturally a zombie enthusiast, but that Odium had me clenched in its dead maw in chapter 1. I picked this book up as one of 2 October reads and I remember in those first few nights reading, going to bed looking around me for deaders and dreaming nightmares that had me filled with unrest in the morning. I woke up going "I'm done. I just can't take reading this before bed." but each night I couldn't resist picking Odium back up and craving more. So many nights I stayed up hours in the dark reading by Kindle light and last night, Halloween night, I stayed up until 3 a.m. to complete it, knowing I had to go to sleep but rapt in anticipation. Odium is a classic horror book unmatched in my opinion, so real that it eats at your mind and you can not turn away. Nina is the perfect main character for this novel, with her strong will and semi-bitch tendencies and I was also well enthralled by characters like Mikey and Crunch. If you like Zombies, pick this up now, and if you don't like or haven't read a good Zombie book, then pick this up now, because there is so much depth in this read that you are going to become a fan, or at least a huge fan of Riley and her works.3 side notes:1. I came to Odium after reading Claire C. Riley's short work in the FREE book {Fusion: A collection of short stories from Breakwater Harbor Books' authors} which is a precursor to Odium and which I highly recommend before or after reading Odium.2. My Zombie claim to fame is that I was once friends with George A. Romero's daughter and one time spent a good part of the day with her talking and watching her dad film an Indie Zombie flick. It was awesome. To meet the man who is truly the father of Zombies was surreal. Such a humble man... and so intense. Romero would be honored to see what his Zombies have become in Odium and I'm hoping to look him up and get him a copy of the book. Odium is definitely worthy.3. I can't wait for the Sequel to Odium!!! No, really, when does it come out? :)

  • Ivan Amberlake
    2019-05-01 14:27

    "Odium" is the sequel to "Life Ever After", a short story where we get to know Nina, and also where the zombie apocalypse starts. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed LEA and really looked forward to reading "Odium".In "Odium" Nina and other survivors live behind the walls that protect them from deaders, but life there is far from happy. She decides to leave together with Emily, a girl who’s been banished from the place. The two of them are supposed to survive in a world feasting with zombies. As it turns out, zombies are not the only thing that may put Nina and Emily in danger. I’m really impressed with Claire C. Riley’s narrative flow. The book is easy to read, it’s enjoyable, and it’s a must-read for zombie-lovers.***I would like to thank the author for providing me with a review copy.***

  • San
    2019-04-24 16:34

    So I've been waiting for this book for a while now. After reading Ms Riley's debut book Limerence (which was a fantastic read, that you should totally check out.) I couldn't wait to get into Odium. A book about the Zombie Apocalypse and Survival. I had high hopes for this book as I love brains...ooops I mean Zombies and it didn't disappoint.The main character in Odium is Nina a strong willed, Feisty, Stubborn and Snarky woman. Who has took it upon herself to look after a young girl called Emily after they are ejected from the safety of "The Wall" a compound of sorts that keeps The Deaders (Zombies) at bay.I found the questions brought up in the book about survival were great. It made me question what I would do In the same situations and in others it made me want to scream and shout as to what some characters were doing and why.The writing drags you into an unforgiving world. It builds relationships and friendships and breaks them down and shows the harsh reality of survival. Even with theses situations Claire has managed to add wit and romance into a bleak world. I laughed quite a few times during the journey.If you love zombies then you'll love this. This is classic old school zombies. None of your fast crap. These are slow menacing hoards ready to devour your flesh given the opportunity.So if you haven't worked it out already, I really loved this book! It's one I'll read again (that's not something I do often) I highly recommend this to you and urge you to check out all of Claire's books (you can thank me later =P) One of the best books I've read in a while that has joined my favourites list.PS I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE SEQUAL

  • Amy Queau
    2019-05-24 16:11

    I was kindly provided an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.Odium is the continuance of Life Ever After: Nina’s Story, a novella found in Fusion (a collection of short stories from genres including: science fiction, horror, crime, and romance). After reading about Nina’s zombie adventures in Life Ever After, I was very eager to begin Odium. And I can tell you that I was not disappointed. (DISCLAIMER: You do not need to read Life Ever After to enjoy Odium, but I guarantee you that you’ll want to read Nina’s back-story.) One of the very best things about Miss Riley’s work is her sense of humor. Written in first person, present tense from Nina’s POV, we get to experience how Nina begins as a bit of a shallow individual, consumed with time and money but morphs into a survivor. I really connected with Nina and found myself experiencing an apocalyptic event along side her. Along with her wit, this author has yet again taken me on another eye-opening, profound, funny, sarcastic, and creative joyride! There were so many pages in this book that I was angry at my own eyes for not being able to read fast enough! I didn’t know how well I’d like this book and went in with a very critical eye. But I found absolutely nothing (not a single character, scene or ZOMBIE) that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. Even the characters I was supposed to hate, I loved. 5 Big FAT stars for this book! I’m so happy I’ve found Miss Riley’s work.

  • Maribel Zamora
    2019-05-02 15:07

    I need me some Doc Martens.WOW! This was my first zombie read and I'm sooo happy that it was. I was soo consumed by the all the "doom and gloom" in "Odium" that when I wasn't reading, I would be looking at my surroundings-where to go-how many people are around-wheres the closest weapon I find (yeah I went into detail). More than likely I would be with my younger sister and of course do WHATEVER I HAD TO DO TO PROTECT HER. That's what I found so compelling about our heroin "Nina" she had gone through so much to survive the "deaders"(zombies) and to survive behind the "wall"(if you will-a safe haven for the remaining survivors). She was just "existing" behind the wall.But something happened and it sparked something in her. She took the opportunity to do something more than just exist she took a stand. It wasn't her brightest idea but she couldn't just say nothing. And that's where we met " Emily-Rose". Nina had this over powering urge to protect her and that's where the story really getting going but I'll leave you to find out who lives or dies...

  • Nicole Storey
    2019-05-01 19:26

    I really dislike it when I read a book and want to kill the character I'm supposed to be pulling for. I mean, why did Nina risk her life for Emily only to treat her like dirt for most of the book? Yes, I know she had issues with "trust" but, in my opinion, the author took that way too far. By the end, I just wanted HER out of the picture. I couldn't find any reason for keeping her around. She whined, she judged, she pushed everyone away, and she was a "B."The antagonists, The Forgotten, were portrayed as savages but were they really so bad as the ones in charge of the sanctuary Nina left behind? If you ask me, they had a right to be angry with how they and their families were treated. This entire book was upside down as far as the characters. I don't plan to read any others in this series but from the first, I really couldn't care less if any of them but Emily survives.

  • ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)
    2019-05-10 19:22

    Humanity’s dead began to rise..... Nina’s life was irrevocably changed one day, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: gruesome, wandering monsters with an insatiable hunger for the living. NinaAn opportunity to escape presents itself in the fate of a young girl named Emily-Rose. For the price of a stale piece of bread, she is set for banishment from the city, and most likely a horrific death at the hands of the deaders.EmilyAlong the path to a safe-haven that might not exist, Nina and Emily-Rose meet Mikey who introduces them to a new life they could not imagine, a life above the ground. MikeyHowever, this new world brings new dangers, and darker shadows than she knew.Nina finds out that the deaders aren’t the only thing to fear beyond the wall.

  • Liz at Fictional Candy
    2019-05-23 16:30

    Yay zombies! Ok, well, no, that would suck (not!) and we would all be in trouble (not me...ok, maybe me). But either way, I love reading about them! I've heard awesome things about Odium, and I couldn't wait to read it. But first - I had to look up what Odium freaking meant!! Odium: general or widespread hatred or disgust directed toward someone as a result of their actions. Oooh, Ok - I get it! Especially after reading this book!Ok, so I'm not going to rehash the blurb, it's all really self explanatory. I'll hold while you go back and read it . So, Nina. Yeah. She took a minute to grow on me, for real!! I wrote this in my notes: She's such a bitch!! However, bitch or not, she did a rad thing by leaving the "safety" of the walls. There were a few times where I felt she was a bit flip-floppy, but we are all lying to ourselves if we think we never do that, ya know? So Nina ended up feeling pretty real to me. She wasn't some badass Michonne with big ass sword. Her character really grew through the book, and I always appreciate that. Emily-Rose, Mikey, Duncan, JD, Crunch and a few others... Characters come and go. I had some I liked (Mikey!), and some I hated (hello, Crunch, you're on that list!) The thing with Odium is that these characters all have a past, and it's affecting their present. They didn't just forget what happened in their old lives and move on. Nope, it has importance. Whether they were a druggie, a business owner, a criminal... It's kind of like a Breakfast Club of the zombie apocalypse. They all end up having bits of everyone in their personality. And that's how it has to be to survive. Adapt and change!Odium has something new. The Forgotten. Talk about BAD news!! They are society's outcasts. Let's just say that 1) you don't want to be a part of it, and 2) you don't want to see anyone who is. It's an interesting take on the apocalypse, especially once you learn more about life behind the walls, and life of the Forgotten. The theme of history shaping the present shows itself again. Deader number one is close enough now, and I swing for it in a panic. My first one misses and I swing back wildly, cutting it through the stomach. Its insides spill onto the blacktop with a sound somewhat akin to vomit hitting the ground, but it comes for me regardless of its loss of intestines and capacity to hold any of my fine meaty face within it. Something else I liked? People are pretty clueless! Sure, they learn as they go. But when people suggest a bite won't turn you, I had to scratch my head a bit and wonder where this author was going with it. As it turns out, she's pretty damn smart and used their ignorance for some awesome action, drama, and gore. Odium definitely hits all my marks for what I look for at the end. I cheered, I laughed with some snarky characters, I saw some very original ideas, I got grossed out, scared, and happy. Claire C Riley writes a pretty striking story, and hell, I'm still excited about it! If you are into zombies (you better be), then check out Odium! I'm definitely moving forward with this series!

  • Mike
    2019-04-30 16:14

    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!

  • Halima Rahman
    2019-05-25 12:11

    Missed a lot of sleep reading this book, it was one of those books that I kept saying just one more page and 2 hours later I would put it down. This is a great novel, an exciting story, an emotional roller coaster with fear, tragedy, horror and romance. Nina is so real & all the characters are relatable and had naturally you start feeling hate or love for them. The way the story is written it makes you feel like you are living the apocalypse with them and through out I felt like I was also fighting for my own survival with Nina & friends. My journey with them felt exciting and somewhat tiresome, with Claire painting a picture of a marvelously bleak dystopian future where the world belongs to the 'deaders' and the 'evils' of society. My mind was left wondering what if the world came to end, what would I do, what of my loved ones? I'm looking forward to the next instalment of Odium and for now will enjoy reading about Nina & the beginning of the end in Claire's short story in Fusion. five stars for an epic story :-)

  • Rhonda
    2019-05-13 15:07

    Definitely one of my favorites in the zombie genre. The book is well-written and well-edited. The characters are fully developed - the good, the not so great, and the bad in all. Both strengths and weaknesses are explored and add to the depth of each character. The best part is that this isn't your typical zombie story with those who have been planning for years what to do in the event of a z-event or have kick-butt survival skills. The main character, Nina, is just an average female who manages to survive against the odds. I really enjoyed this one and can't wait for the next in the series.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-19 16:17

    I started reading and was not sure if I liked this book so decided to put it down for a few weeks and see if it was just the wrong time to read it. I am so glad that I did! When I started again, I thought this book was great. At first I wasn't sure about Nina but as I read more, I saw her for the honest, bitchy, lonely, and scared character that made her human, and I liked that in her. Looking forward to the next book.

  • Melanie Marsh
    2019-05-10 17:15

    edit: I wrote this review a couple years ago. It all still applies now that I've re-read it. Let me start by saying that I don’t read many zombie books. When I say “zombie books” I am referring to books that the main focus is about the zombie apocalypse and that sort of thing. I’ve read books where zombies make an appearance, and I have occasionally read a full on zombie book. There are only 3 or 4 so that come to mind when I think of a zombie book that I actually enjoyed and could really get into. This is one of them. To me, they usually feel repetitive and depressing. In my mind, there are only so many ways a zombie apocalypse can go. Now before you crucify me, read on. Odium is not a book like the rest of them. Of course it is the same when it comes to the undead trying to eat the living and what is left of humanity is trying to find a way to survive. That is the very basic root of all zombie books and without those 2 elements, you can’t have a zombie book. Essentially the story in Odium is about Nina and Emily Rose trying to make their way in the new world full of zombies and what few other survivors they can find who don’t just try to kill them on the spot. Emily Rose is a picture of purity and innocence. Nina is the woman who decided to stand up for her when she is being evicted from the so called “protection” of the walled city that shelters them from the zombies roaming the earth. Nina is who I think I would be like if I were to live this story. She is snarky, and hides behind sarcasm to protect her heart. She knows enough to get by and can protect herself in a pinch. She wants to help, but doesn’t want to become attached to anyone ever again. She’s pretty funny really. The story is told from her point of view. We are introduced to several other characters that, for the most part, are the people I would want to meet if I end up in this situation. Of course there are jerks, but life would be too easy if all the jerks conveniently got eaten by zombies. You would think they’d taste better or something and be more appealing to the zombies, but whatever. Just remember that sometimes, there are worse things out there than the zombies. Claire Riley is a jerk. Just kidding, she’s actually pretty awesome. I say she’s a jerk because she got me so emotionally invested in her characters that I wanted to defend them myself. I wanted things to work out for some of them, and others I would love to have seen thrown to the zombies after being mildly tortured. She almost made me cry! She did such an amazing job of writing these characters that I really felt like I could feel what they were feeling and understand why they were doing the things they did. She lets us see through their eyes and feel their pain. She shows us how they have learned to adapt and appreciate the little things. She teaches us that maybe we as a people should really slow down and think about what we have and how lucky we are to have those things and the people we care about. She makes you think about how you would react and feel if you were in that situation. One paragraph will be the dark evil that is life at that time, and the next will show the light of life that still grows. Not all authors can make you feel so much in so few pages. Jerk.Her zombie story itself is a little bit different. I don’t want to tell you how, because that will ruin it, but know that this isn’t your usual, oh I’m bitten, I’m going to turn kind of story. Nor is it, oh, I’ll just die before I turn kind of thing either. It was a nice change. Not drastic, but different enough to give it that unique spin that sets it apart from other zombie books.Aside from loving her characterization, and liking the uniqueness of the zombie virus, something else I liked was one of the ideas for shelter. I’m not telling you what it was, but you will know it when you read it.At the beginning of the book, Claire also gives you a quick idea of where she got her ideas for the characters. I thought that was a nice touch in giving the reader a little bit more into her head and why she did what.My ONLY complaint about this book was the ending. It was not, in any way a bad ending. I just didn’t like the placement of the actual end. The story didn’t peter out or anything like that. It just felt somewhat abrupt. I wanted MORE MORE MORE! After I thought about this for most of today, I realized that had she not ended it where she did, she would have had to end it either a little bit earlier, or after the next conflict, and that won’t work because that will take away from the next book in the series. Which I will, without a doubt, 1000% read as soon as humanly possible. If I could stick a straw in Claire’s head right now and suck it out of her brain, I would. But I’m pretty sure if I did that she would be a little bit disappointed in my behavior. I recommend this book to EVERYONE. Whether you like zombie books or not. This book is worth every second that you spend reading it and then some. I cannot wait for the next one! If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would.

  • Jade C. Jamison
    2019-05-16 14:09

    The story of how I discovered Claire C. Riley and her book Odium (The Dead Saga #1) is stranger than fiction. I had just finished writing my book Savage, and the time I’d spent working on it had taken longer than planned, so by the time I sent it out to beta readers, it was also an ARC in the hands of bloggers—and my blog tour for that book had been a little more ambitious than usual, because Savage wasn’t the usual thing I’d written. Anyway, the same day the ARCs went out, one of my beta readers told me to stop the presses! I panicked. OMG. What?!?! Well…it just so happened that Riley’s zombie book had a main character named Nina…and, guess what? So did Savage. Had I found out just one day sooner (yes, literally twenty-four hours before), I would have changed the protagonist’s name to something else—anything else—out of respect for Riley and her previously published work. It was too late, and I was afraid that she or her readers might think I was trying to ride her coattails or confuse readers, when it was just that I'd had no idea. I wrote a blog post just to clear the air and let it be known that that was not my intent at all, that it was a crazy coincidence. Anyway, mutual readers contacted her and she reached out to me. I discovered that Ms. Riley is a wonderful, warm human being, and—after chatting about our books—she and I agreed that probably the only things in common between our two books are 1) zombies and 2) a bad ass main character by the name of Nina. I am glad to have met her (albeit virtually).Anyway…that meeting felt like fate, so I bought Odium that day. Due to my schedule (and outrageous TBR), I just now finished reading the book and wanted to give my two cents’ worth, so here goes.The story was great. It kept going places I didn’t expect, and that’s good. I don’t mind when I suspect I know where a story is going, but I really don’t care for predictable stories. Odium was not like that at all. Every time I got comfortable, Riley pulled the rug out from under me. She didn’t allow me to ever get too settled in. This book ends in a cliffhanger. I don’t like cliffhangers, but I accept them and I don’t hate her for it. :)The characters…where do I begin? Well, like The Walking Dead, none of Riley’s characters (save, perhaps, the ones who make it to the end of this book) seem safe from harm. I don’t have a problem with that, because it’s realistic. When I first bought Odium, I saw in some reviews that lots of readers complained about Nina’s coldness, but I felt that Nina was quite believable. After all she’s been through, it took her some time to thaw and trust. Throughout the course of the book, she’s learning to love and feel and let others in again. I liked her character. There were a couple of times I wanted to slap her upside the head…but that’s no different from real life. I also really liked Mikey. Riley’s descriptions are good too, especially of the zombies. Yuck. Yes, I could practically see and smell them…and to think that black is—er, used to be my favorite color…One of the things I personally need most from a book is realism—believability. Do I think zombies will ever walk the earth? Hell, no, but that’s part of why fiction is so amazing. We, as readers, simply have to suspend our disbelief of, perhaps, one element and then let the author take us on a journey, and Riley is a hell of a storyteller. Odium has a strong storyline that, once you’re pulled in, will keep you reading until you reach the end. And, despite my one issue, the fact that I’m dubious about multiple vehicles being able to drive with old gas, I was able to push that doubt aside and still be able to enjoy the story.I will definitely read the remainder of the books in the series, and I highly recommend them. I even recommend this book for my romance reader friends, because there is a strong romantic storyline that made my heart swell.The only reason why I didn’t give this book five stars is because of multiple punctuation issues—that’s the curse of being an English teacher. The story itself earned five stars but I am too easily distracted by punctuation because, in my head, I am always editing, always grading, and it will sometimes pull me out of the story, but I know not everyone has issues with that. Again, I highly recommend this book. Good stuff. Now on to book two…

  • Jess
    2019-05-02 12:33

    Odium is a tight little zombie apocalypse novel about a woman named Nina. The story starts off with our protagonist in what I would consider a town enclave, but all is not rosy on this side of the fence. Right at the beginning we’re privy to Nina’s thoughts and we learn that life behind the relatively safety of the walls is secure… against deaders. Unfortunately, undead humans trying to rip brains out of your skull aren't the biggest worry for Nina, but the shit stains that rule the town are.Nina leaves the enclave with a young teenager in tow, and the story follows them as they meet another band of survivors, discover a group called the Forgotten (assholes as well), and deal with the lies and deceit that are part of the human condition.This story is obviously set up to be part of a series, the ending leaving off with many questions unanswered. Besides the current plot still left open, we're left to wonder how the Zombie Apocalypse started, exactly what happened between Nina and her husband Ben, and everyone elves stories to boot. Not a bad thing per se, but with a novel this short I think it would have benefited from having more to it.My biggest issue with the writing was that many of Nina's decisions seemed quickly reached, without due thought put into them. The POV is told from her view, so we get a running commentary on most everything with Nina's voice. I honestly really liked this about the story, Nina has a wicked sense of humor, and is pretty down to earth, even while caving in some zed head.What bothered me were situations like at the very beginning. When Emily is about to be booted out the town, Nina decides to go with her. We get a quick glimpse why from her thoughts (and it's more thoroughly explained later) but I felt it was too rushed. Perhaps more back drop should have been written out, just a few pages of right before the incident, showing up the squalor and unhappy citizens or something.Also, she caught feelings for Mickey pretty fast. I don't mean "omigawdIloveyoulet'shavebabies" thankfully, but they go from shotgun in the face to trusting in two blinks and a shake. Sure, there were zombies at the door, but from choosing the lesser of two evils you don't start trusting immediately.There was one error I saw, on page 41 Nina and Emily are in a house and this happens:"It’s dark in here, and my hand roots around the walls until I find a switch and flip it."And then on page 162: "The weirdest thing of all about the town? The lights: traffic lights, street lights, store lights. I haven’t seen a light bulb on for years."From what I gleaned from the novel the Zombie Apocalypse started a few years ago (2-4 maybe?). So what's that first house doing with electricity anyways? I looked again, but I didn't see mention of any generators or anything.All in all, I found this to be a 3.5 star read (rounding up!). While Nina making decisions in a manner that seemed flippant and not well thought out bothered me, I was still intrigued. Why do maggots and bugs avoid zombie flesh but bacteria is obviously having no trouble? The zombies are all pretty much rotting away, is there an end in sight? How on earth did this happen anyways? Will Nina save the townsfolk from the Forgotten, end up saving humans from themselves?Looking forward to the next one.edit: Hey, book #200 on GR!

  • Lindsay
    2019-05-04 14:16

    The book opens after the end of the world. Zombies have taken over and life as we know it is gone. Nina is living behind the walls of a protected city, but not for long. She’s tired of living under her oppressors and, as she watches them evict a young girl from the city, she decides that she has had enough of hand-to-mouth survival, being ruled by bullies. She steps up and follows the girl, Emily, beyond the walls into the unknown beyond.I love that the story starts well after the beginning of the end. Finding food, transportation and supplies is not so easy as walking into the local Walmart. Looting and pillaging has long since passed, and now finding even a single can of food is lucky. Nina has been sheltered from the chaos outside for so long that she isn’t prepared to survive, and I appreciated that she struggles in every aspect. I was a little sad that I didn’t hear the whole story about what life was like within the walled city, but I’m hoping that I might get another glimpse with Odium: Origins.Claire’s writing is fully infused with personality! Nina has so much sass, you won’t know what hit you! One thing: her sass comes with a language warning. We’re talking a grand total of 152 F-bombs, and 129 Shits. I promise they’re all in appropriate context (I mean, who wouldn’t swear a little when being chased by an undead horde?! Am I right?), but if you don’t think you can handle it, then this might not be the book for you. The book is also full of colorful analogies. I can’t get enough of them!I had a mother who was a drunk and a father who brought more trouble to our front door than old ladies to a bake sale…They head straight for us with long, hungry growls, as if mamma didn’t give them their last meal before bedtime.It lets out a throaty groan, like I’ve just given it a sensual back massage and not tried to lop its head off like I was She-Ra.She continues doing the same thing along the full length of the wound until Britta’s skin is sewed up like a prize pig at a slaughterhouse.And did I mention GORE!?!? There is so much brackish blood and violence, and it fulfills that deep-seated primordial darkness that lives inside all of us. I have already dug into the sequel, and I know I will be harassing Claire constantly for the third installment. Write faster! This book won’t be for everyone, but for zombie lovers it won’t fail to impress.A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sue
    2019-05-17 14:22

    "Life offers such little pleasures these days...How often did we use to take things like this for granted?...well, it makes you realize what a wasteful life we truly led." ~Nina~ I couldn't have said it any better than the brave Nina, as she sips coffee for the first time in forever and appreciates the beauty of the simplest things in life.I am not a fan of horror novels or zombie books (in fact I have only read one other zombie book ever) but I do love The Walking Dead so I was game to give this book a try after reading some recommendations.WOW...a most delightful and thought provoking treat. This was a super cool, but more romantic version of that series, with a few surprises and twists. When Nina first sets out beyond the walls to be a protector for Emily as she is cast from the city (but more importantly to gain her own freedom) she is fearful but determined to get them to safety and find a better life for them. Along the way they meet, hook-up with various others who will come and go and end up in an unexpected place much worse than the city they ran from. This is a cleverly written story of survival and good people can turn bad and bad people become unwitting saints in a primitive fight to just stay alive for one more day (or die trying).Claire C. Riley vividly paints a futuristic world filled with despair but also gives glimpses of get one horrible scene of smashing deaders to pieces to another of people sharing stories while drinking to lessen the two people trying to wipe away the horrors for just a few minutes, by having a passionate sexual encounter. Live every day like it is your last...because it could be. Don't take what you have for granted, because it could all disappear in the blink of an eye...or bite of a zombie. LOVED this book and am ready for the next because it's not over at all...ends with a promise of more to come.*****5***** Brilliant sexy and dark dystopian stars =)

  • Babette
    2019-05-21 12:30

    Odium by Claire C Reilly is an extremely well written story. As I write that I am a bit amazed that I feel this much about a book I was completely prepared to dislike. You see I am not big on books about zombies so was not really expecting much from this one. But a friend asked me to read and review this book written by a friend of hers. You know those friend of a friend situations, I know you do. Your asked to do something you don't really want to do but you do simply because of who asked you. So there I was reading a book about zombies even though as a rule I don't care for zombie stories. And low and behold it is really good. I mean really really good. The story is so well written that even I an anti zombie book reader cannot find fault with it. It has an excellent storyline, superb story telling. I could not even find fault with the grammar! And this by a relatively unknown author! I was stunned. The dialog is well written and believable. If there were going to be a zombie apocalypse this is how it would be in my mind. On top of that I found each character to be believable. As if they were someone I used to know or live next door to or dated. It was so realistic that I sometimes had to quit reading because it was too creepy! One night my husband worked extra late, I was reading as is normal and actually got so scared I ended up sleeping with the light on. I know, I know it is ridiculous for a 50 year old women to sleep with the light on due to a scary story. But there I was too afraid to turn out the light! If you like scary, gory zombie apocalypse stories this is a fabulous one. Probably one of the best written books I have read in the last year. Claire C Reilly's Odium get today. It will only get more expensive.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-20 18:27

    I would recommend Odium to a mature audience.Odium by Claire C Riley is a post-apocalyptic tale of survival, where you don’t know what to fear most, the living or the dead. I think if a zombie apocalypse was to break out, Odium is a pretty accurate description as to how the world would be. Claire C Riley is a very talented author, she has moved up into my top 3 favorite authors, you should defiantly look her up on social networking sites, as well as buy and read Odium. Her characters and their actions are totally believable. Some of the characters you will love and others you may not love so much. That was the case for me any how, but those characters that I didn’t love so much are essential to the story, Odium wouldn’t be the same with out them. Those characters are what made it so believable for me; I think there would be a lot of people out for them self’s that you would have to protect yourself from. The main Character Nina kind of frustrated me in the beginning; I didn’t think I was going to like her at first, but as the story went on she really grew on me. Mickey is a character I liked instantly. He and Nina have a complicated relationship that I was rooting for the whole time. Few different times I thrown for a big loop, with things I didn’t see coming and I am pretty good at putting two and two together. I love a book that gets me to talk out loud when I am reading it & that happened a few different times. Odium was kind of an emotional roller coaster for me. Clair is very good at descriptive writing, she uses all 5 senses and every emotion you can think of. I can honestly say Odium is my favorite book of 2013. Don’t forget to add Odium to your TBR on Goodreads (If you use it) Happy Reading

  • Amy
    2019-05-10 19:08

    This book had the trifecta of happiness for me; apocalypse, zombie, and a POV by a female!!Nina lives in a walled in city, where she is protected from the deaders, but not the leaders behind the wall. In order to eat/survive you must have trade something for your food. It’s not all glamorous and Hollywood behind the wall, in fact the people are probably worse off. When Emily Rose is banished from the wall-city Nina goes with her. She doesn’t hesitate, anything has to be better then this dump! Off they go, happy Emily and unhappy Nina. To try their fate with the deaders.They don’t make it far before they are greeted by the deaders, who just want to take a bite and welcome them. Nina and Emily run into Mikey and his group who live in the trees. Thankfully it was Mikey who found them and not The Forgotten, the people who didn’t make it behind the wall in time or the undesirables. Wow, who wouldn’t have a chip on their shoulder if that is how people look at you? As the story goes, you see that Mikey protects Nina and Emily. People die, people survive. The Forgotten have come to find Mikey, they want him, but why? Who did he wrong? What did he do that The Forgotten want him? I really liked this book. I liked how Nina took care of Emily, almost like a big sister. I liked that Nina was willing to take the chance and try to make it on her own, rather than live behind those walls any more. I did get tired of her putting up a fight with Mikey all the time. He just wanted to help her, protect her and care for her. But she was used to being used, not cared for. So it does make sense that she fought everything he did for her.

  • Victor
    2019-05-21 16:35

    This was one of the Zombie Apocalypse novels more out of the usual than I've ever read. The "heroine" lacks self confidence, doubts herself, self deprecates herself and have no survival skills. But we see her slowly change. The book follows Nina as she start her travel thru the world outside the walled city when she steps up to help Emily-Rose when she is going to be kicked out of the city and decide to leave the walled city with her. We see Nina change from an insecure, self deprecating woman that have been abused for quite some time inside the walled city to a woman with the purpose of looking for a secure place for Emily to live. During the travel Nina have to find how to survive and how strong the will to survive is when you have someone you want to keep safe.At some points the story becomes a bit cliche-ish and the self deprecating internal monologues of Nina turn too depressive or too dumb-bimbo-trying-to-think, but in the end is an average book, it isn't the ultimate zombie apocalypse book and skipping it wont hurt you.

  • Julie Rainey
    2019-05-16 12:27

    Odium is a gripping tale of a post-apocalyptic world in which zombies roam free and humans are forced to live behind the protection of walls, until Nina decides to take a stand.It is a very enjoyable read and I was able to quickly finish the book in one day. Every time I would try to tear myself away, I just had to know what happened next. Claire does a wonderful job of incorporating the drama of human life and realism into the story. The relationships between Nina and Emily and Nina and Mickey are the most intriguing. At one point I was screaming at Nina to stop pushing people away. It's definitely a unique storyline that goes with the whole zombie idea. I like how Claire didn't go with some of the overdone aspects of a zombie. For example, the characters aren't inherently born with the knowledge of how a zombie is even created. And she didn't shy away from the violence of how life might be after society breaks down. Humans are evil too, like the Forgotten.Like I said, I enjoyed the read thoroughly and I can't wait for the next installment.