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Odium 1.5: Origin Stories (The Dead Saga Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Origins tells the backstory of some of the characters from Odium before the apocalypse started and sheds new light on the individuals we got to know in Odium.This gave new perspective on certain individuals and changed the way I saw them from Odium.
The book made me feel many emotions while reading. From sympathy, anger, hope, and sadness with splashes of humour to boot.
Overall I have to say this has been a brilliant read and The Odium world/universe is one I love entering. From Life Ever After: Nina's story to Odium and now Odium Origins Claire has built a brutal apocalyptic world with strong characters and gripping story lines. If you haven't had the opportunity to read these books I recommend that you do!
In Odium: Origins, we are taken back in time to the beginning of the outbreak. In some cases just a few days, or earlier that day, and in the case of JD, months. We learn about Crunch, Steve, Doyle, and JD. Why they behave the way they do, how some of them met the other characters in Odium, and what they were like to some degree before the outbreak began.
I've got to say, JD's story was intense. We meet his family, learn why he was in prison, and how he meets josie. From the very beginning of his story, you want things to go well for him. His story had me in tears, and I'm not an emotional person. He experiences every parents worst nightmare. He is such a realistic character in my mind. He's sort of hard on the outside, but inside he is a very caring and good person.
I don't want to say much about Crunch's story because it will give things away, but we do get more of her story and it's pretty undertstandable why she's so mad. Steve's story is discussed as well and he is one of my favorite characters. He did pretty much what I would do in this situation, and even though I knew how things with him end up in the future, I was still afraid for him in the beginning.
One of the things I love about Claire C. Riley's writing is that her stories could happen anywhere. I know she lives in England, but her scenery is very American as well. I don't know much about England's landscape, but in my mind, it could be just like it is in this book.Read more ›
Written in the first person (the same as Odium), we take a peek inside the world of lesser-known characters, one by one, at the moment when the world fell to the undead. Most of the stories had already been briefly mentioned in the first Odium book, as part of a late night story-trade around a campfire. However, Odium Origins does more than merely recap on those details. It takes us into the head of the character and gives us a true insight into their fear, bravery and occasionally, cowardice.
In a way, it made me sad to read the origins stories of characters I knew would later be *coff* “departed” from the storyline. But such is the style of Claire C Riley’s writing – she pulls no punches and holds no romantic illusions towards her characters. She is a gritty, fast-paced writer, giving the Odium series a sort of stream-of-consciousness quality at times, without going off-track. The adventure always prevails.
Without saying it’s an ‘easy read’, which may come out sounding derogatory, I liked this book because it held my attention. All the books i’ve read so far have, so that’s a five star review from me. I have the concentration span of a deader!
This is basically a collection of short stories, each with different characters set before, during and after the coming of the Zombies, and is a snapshot into their lives, and how they cope with the Apocalypse. Each story is truly engaging, the character are realistic and well described. You can relate and feel for them, and even in a short time you care what happens to them next. The plots in each story are well thought through, and although i know from other reviews that they are a prequel to Odium, each story stands up on it's own, it can be considered complete within this book.
The writing is excellent, and contains a fantastic use of language in descriptions, dialogue and monologue. Claire isn't afraid to use swear words, but they are well placed and not excessive, and i would sure start swearing if a pack of Zombie's started shambling up my street.
I really enjoyed this, and am certainly going to read more of this series as soon as possible.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this book especially Steve and Jane , can't wait to tuck into the next one even though I'm still wandering about those chickens !Published 21 months ago by kim green
Loved Odium,couldn't wait to read this. A fantastic read and a real must for anyone who loves Zombies or independent authors.Published on 26 Jun. 2014 by Gordon Livingstone
It was a tough read since I read "Odium" first.
Origins gives you a little background on the characters and what was going on the day the "living dead" took... Read more
Odium Origins~ A Dead Saga Novella Part One by Claire C Riley is a prequel to her post apocalyptic zombie novel Odium, which by the way is amazing. Read morePublished on 27 May 2014 by Jessica S.
I absolutely loved Odium and was pleased to discover this novella whilst I'm waiting for Odium II to be released... This didn't disappoint. Read morePublished on 6 April 2014 by Boxie
Could not put this book down,almost had me in tears in parts.I love this series and all of Claire C Rileys work and can't wait for the next book.Published on 23 Feb. 2014 by milly
How do you see yourself when the zombie apocalypse happens? Are you the kid from the other side of the tracks who has nothing but an attitude to survive with? Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2014 by Shelly L. Cave
I read this book second after reading Odium first and it gave me such an insight in to some of the characters! Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2014 by l simpson
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