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Odium: The Dead Saga | [Claire C. Riley]

Odium: The Dead Saga

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 has become as terrifying as roaming the zombie-ridden landscape beyond.
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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2013 Claire C. Riley (P)2014 Claire C. Riley

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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 01-22-15
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 01-22-15 Member Since 2011

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    "WOW….what a ride this was"

    WOW….what a ride this was, this story totally sucked me in and had me at the edge of my seat. Zombie books are hit and miss with me and fortunately this one was a hit. The writing was so realistic I found myself stopping to think what I would do if I survived the zombie apocalypse. I really could have done without some of the descriptions of the killing of the zombies…..listening to some of that while driving, ugh, you can’t just close your eyes and shudder at 65MPH (okay, more like 75/80MPH).

    Nina was a very interesting character I found myself liking her, then not liking her and liking her again. She was incredibly snarky and quite bitchy and in the end one of my favorite characters. Emily grew on me and it will be interesting to see what becomes of Mikey. The ending kinda snuck up on me and I was not prepared for it to end where it did…..not quite a cliff hanger, but close. As much as I want to start the second book, I enjoyed the narration enough that I am going to wait until that book is out in audio to start.

    The narration was very good, Jennifer Reilly is a “new to me” narrator (her voice does sound very familiar to me though….) the voice she gave Nina was a good one, and she did well with the other character voices, while she did not make major changes you could still tell which character was speaking.

    If you like Zombie stories, you should really pick up this book/audio and get sucked into this world.

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    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    jami hiawatha, ia, United States 07-18-14
    jami hiawatha, ia, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Zombies and gore and snark!"
    What made the experience of listening to Odium the most enjoyable?

    I really loved this book. It starts a while after the outbreak – not something you see very often. I enjoy the outbreak stories, but what happens after the dust settles and the zombies don’t die off?
    The main character Nina starts off living in walled off camp with a power hungry leader that cares more about himself than anyone else. When he exiles the young Emily, Nina goes with her gut and leaves with her. She is just a normal person. No special military training or superpowers – unless you count snark. They come across plenty of zombies and a few survivors along the way. Claire Riley does an excellent job with her characters. Some you love and some you love to hate. It's fast paced with lots of action.


    What other book might you compare Odium to and why?

    The 'oh my gosh - did she seriously just say that out loud' reactions reminded me of some of Talbot's speaking before you think situations.


    What does Jennifer Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was awesome as a narrator. She really brought the book to life. Great voice, nice pace, you can easily distinguish different characters - and Nina's inner monologue.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The main character is very stubborn and strong willed and extremely snarky. She is also hilarious. I was laughing right along with her. The zombies are also pretty cringe worthy.


    Any additional comments?

    Give this a listen. You won't be disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Arnold 12-03-14
    Ryan Arnold 12-03-14
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    "Devoured In A Matter of Days"
    If you could sum up Odium in three words, what would they be?

    Audible page turner


    What other book might you compare Odium to and why?

    Outside the genre, "Odium" compares to any book that moves quickly and takes the reader for a ride. Within the genre, "Patient Zero" by Jonathan Maberry.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm not familiar with Jennifer Reilly's other reads. This performance is a very fine "hello," though!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without giving too much away, there's a point where several of the characters race across what I can only describe as No Man's Land on the Western Front in WW1. Though certain death may await some, there's no choice but to brave what lies ahead.

    Jennifer Reilly describes each anxious heartbeat and adrenalin-laden step so vividly that your heart speeds up as you feel your adrenalin rising.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not one for zombie books or films. Odium, however, absolutely sucked me in. During parts where several characters were interacting, it was easy to follow along with who was saying what. Each character has a unique voice that keeps you from getting lost through the plot twists and turns.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    The Bookie Monster Cape Coral, FL, US 08-28-14
    The Bookie Monster Cape Coral, FL, US 08-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I love a great female lead"
    Would you listen to Odium again? Why?

    Yes. There are so many small subplots that I'm certain I'll catch some more a second time around.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Odium?

    "It's like an enigma wrapped in a conundrum wrapped in a big f***ing rose colored tinted question mark." I applaud Riley on some excellent one-liners. Several moments made me laugh out loud.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I definitely wanted to keep reading (listening) and found myself dragging out tasks to coincide with the completion of a chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed Odium. My only disappointment came when I realized the book ended and book two's audio wasn't yet available! Great job, Claire, 5 out of 5 monsters well-deserved from The Bookie Monster! Now hurry up and get the next installment up. This monster is hungry for more!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mommyknowsbest 09-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome Zombie- Apocolypse Book! Great Female lead"
    Would you listen to Odium again? Why?

    Yes, I would. I am a big horror fan and this was a good book. I like to go back and re-read or re-listen to enjoyable stories. Defintely worth it! I am even thinking about gifting out a copy to my sister, it was a fun, full of action, scary book! I also liked that Nina (the main character) was just an average woman who found herself surviving, sometimes by luck and chance and sometimes by relying on her own strengths.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Odium?

    *SPOILERS*I like when Nina stood up for the little girl in the start of the story, it really helped me to connect with her and made her likeable. I like when they are searcing old man Reily's garage and the shit hits the fan. I also liked when they cleared the hub building, I wish they would've stayed there a bit longer and defended themselves. I want to know why the zombies found them all uphill by the trailer in the woods? How or why did that happen? Did the forgotten lead them up there on purpose to flush them out, or was it just coincidence?


    What does Jennifer Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jennifer Reilly has a smooth, soothing, and expressive voice. I truly can envision each of the characters as she brings them to life with her talents! It is really nice listening to her, I really enjoyed the book thoroughly!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! But it is too long for that! I really couldn't wait to see what happened to Nina next.


    Any additional comments?

    WHERE IS THE SECOND ONE? The ending wasn't really an ending but more like a pause in the story. I hope there's another one coming because I want to FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nate is cool 09-04-14
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    Where does Odium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Odium was my first audio book and now I am hooked!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Zombies galore. I Absolutely loved the detail and hearing a zombie story from a females perspective. Nina's kick ass attitude is one to be reckoned with. This book definitely had me on the edge of my seat and wanting to hear more. I can't wait to read all future books to come on Nina, Mikey and crew!


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    melissa j. keaton 08-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not your average zombie story (in a good way!)"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This story takes place several years after the outbreak. This is something that interests me, very much. In this book, society has come together behind massive walls to protect them from the dead. Unfortunately, not everyone was permitted behind the walls AND not everyone behind the walls is benign. The power struggle has led to people in charge who take what they want and use fear and starvation to control the masses. Nina has had enough of being raped repeatedly and watching others go through the same. Nobody speaks up, fearing the safety of their families. She is ready to take her chances outside of the walls.


    What about Jennifer Reilly’s performance did you like?

    Jennifer Reilly did a great job with the voices. My favorite was Steve. My second favorite was probably Crunch. It made the story easy to follow because the characters were different enough to make an impression.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did want to listen in all one sitting. I did not, but I found myself staying in the tub a little longer than usual, mowing the grass a little longer than usual, taking longer with the dishes, taking the long way home... anything to prolong my listening experience.


    Any additional comments?

    I was excited when Odium became available for audiobook. I had been wanting to read it for some time, but I do not have the ability to focus since I have two small children. I was disappointed when the ending came. I thought my phone said I still had an hour of the book left. Apparently, it said I had one MINUTE left. *Disappointed WHEN the ending came, not disappointed wth the actual ending.* I am already ready for more. I will definitely read more by Claire C Riley. I like her style. I like her character development. I liked that it wasn't military-based, just normal people.Give this book a shot. If you like well-written, character-driven books, you'll like this one...especially if you like snark and zombies!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 09-02-14
    Julie 09-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Sassy Zombie Apocalypse Survivor"
    Where does Odium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle to upper. Nice pace of reading, good character voice changes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The funny parts


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The gas station argument over candy


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, but also wanted to slap the main character sometimes


    Any additional comments?

    I liked how Nina slowly matured over time in the book, but she still had the most random, pouty thoughts of a female.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Loves Zombies 11-22-14 Member Since 2014

    Love me some creepy, scarey, suspenseful, thrilling reading - when discovered I could hear some of my favorites read TO me...Audible had me!

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    "Embarrassing lead female character"

    The story was ok. It starts off a few years from when the dead have become the walking dead. The main character is a snarky female, who ends up on the wrong side of a safety barricade after standing up for a young woman/ girl who has been accused of stealing bread.

    Neena (main character) understandably has a chip on her sholder, an edge to her personality - a single female living/surviving in a zombie filled world - but to me, she was written just past snarky to unlikable. I really wanted to like her, and kept waiting for her edgy attitude to soften the more she spent time with the young girl and other survivors- but it didn't happen.

    The narrator had a nice enough voice to listen to, but it was very difficult to determine one character from the next, unless she gave them an accent.

    As much as I wanted and waited to be satisfied with this book, it just never happened for me. An ok story, with an unlikable lead, and so-so narrator - very disappointing.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "This Was Spot On... I Loved It!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For me I was a bit wary when I heard Odium The Audio Book was coming out, As Odium was one of my favourite book of all time. So I brought this with some trepidation but thought I'd give it a go, and I'm glad that I did as it was brilliant! It captured the characters as well as I had hoped for and played out as dramatically as when I first read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favourite part must be the way the essence of these characters were captured, which is a difficult thing to do, Especially when a person has read the book and has a connection to these characters. I had a set mind set with these characters, and each one was captured pretty much perfectly which sets the tone for this to be an enjoyable audio book


    What about Jennifer Reilly’s performance did you like?

    I thought Jennifer captured the snarkiness of the main character Nina brilliantly, and did just as well with the supporting cast! (Drunk Steve being a favourite)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The story flows easily here and doesn't drag any where and if I had 11 hours spare I'd listen to this in one sitting. A great story captured and delivered into a great audio book


    Any additional comments?

    Any fans of the Odium Saga will love this! Jennifer has captured these characters wonderfully and I hope the other books in this saga come out as audio books, as I for one will definitely be getting them. Good job on bringing The Odium world to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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