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Odium 1.5: Origin Stories (The Dead Saga Book 2) by [Riley, Claire C]
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About the Author

Claire C. Riley is a USA Today and International bestselling author. She is also a bestselling British horror writer. Her 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 lives in the United Kingdom with her husband, three daughters, and one scruffy dog.

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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #314,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a fabulous follow up to book one, giving you a deeper insight into some of the characters you have met before.. Now on to book two
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This is a fabulous follow up to book one, giving you a deeper insight into some of the characters you have met before.. Now on to book two
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I've been looking forward to reading Odium Origins since I heard it was coming out (As Odium was my favourite book of 2013).

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!
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Wow. I just finished reading Odium: Origins. This book has me so emotional right now, I don't know if I'm coming or going. This is one of those books that you run out of pages before you are ready for the story to be over! I didn't even realize I was near the end until it was over!

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.
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After quickly devouring Claire C Riley’s first book in the Dead Saga series, I was ready for more and quickly purchased Odium Origins. This is a great book for tiding Odium fans over that little bit while waiting for the next full-length novel to come out, but also for giving readers a little insight into characters other than Nina, the main protagonist of Odium.

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!
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I've come across this book differently from other reviewers as i seem to be the only one who hasn't read Odium first. Having looked at the reviews first, i was a little unsure as to if this was the right place to start with Claire Riley's books. Now I've read it, I'm pretty sure it's a good place to start, as i am definitely going to be reading more of Claire's work.

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.
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