Also by this author: Limerence 2, Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella. Part Two, Thicker Than Blood
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.
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I have a love/hate relationship with Claire C. Riley. I love her books. They are AMAZING. I have yet to read one that I didn’t like. The reason I hate her? Well, I read her books so fast, because they’re impossible to put down, and they always end before I’m ready to stop reading! Guess that’s the sign of an addictive read!
Odium II is a ‘book hangover’ waiting to happen. Since I finished reading it, I have not been able to muster up the interest to start another book. I simply can’t get Odium II out of my head! And my brain keeps buzzing with questions and my hopes for the Odium III storyline! This story will wrap you up like a burrito (nom-nom, burritos!), chew you up, and spit you out like you had too much hot sauce and didn’t take your acid reflux meds.
In Odium II, we continue to follow the story of Nina, Michael, and Emily, but mainly Nina, as they do their best to survive in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world. Nina definitely has a more emotional feel to her as a character than we have seen in her up to now. I’m not sure how I feel about this, seeing her so emotionally attached to things changes how I view her. At least, she is able to acknowledge these potentially problematic attachments on her own though. I’m very interested to see where the author is going with this new side of Nina. She hasn’t lost her snarkiness or sense of humor, and that’s one of the things I love about Riley’s characters.
There are a few new members of their little group- like Alek, who has taken the role of Emily’s boyfriend. We are reminded that even though the world as we know it has come to an end, time continues to go on, teenagers grow up, doc martins wear out, and people change and grow.
We briefly meet Dean and Anne. They are really young, but have an unusual take on things. I would like to see them again later in the series. What is going on in their town is quite different and could definitely lead to something interesting in the future.
The group encounters a new community of people and you really don’t want to miss out on reading about them. One of the new characters we are introduced to is named Nova. In my opinion, she’s one of the very best characters Claire Riley has ever written. She’s hilarious, and a bad ass. If there is ever a real zombie apocalypse, I hope I can remember to be more like her. I’ve got a mental image of her that I really wish I could share with you. Many times you hear readers talking about book boyfriends and such. Nova is totally my book girlfriend. I don’t want to hook up with her (though I’m sure it would be awesome), I just want to follow her around like a puppy and be her bitch!
In all seriousness, this book is amazing. It’s exactly what I expect from Claire Riley, and she has yet to disappoint me. This series has become one of my favorite series of all time. Not just favorite zombie series, but favorite series. Just the way she puts her words together on the paper is magic. The reader can see every scene as though it were happening in front of them. The characters are fun and easy to relate to, and each character is developed in a way that really speaks to you as a person. Obviously the bad guys aren’t fun, but you know what I mean. Her characters that were created in the first book and have managed to survive, have shown a growth within them that is important. It shows us that even when everything else seems to stop, we have to continue on. It’s human nature. You adapt, you change, that’s life.
I would recommend this book and series to pretty much everyone even if they don’t like Zombies, just because I want everyone to read it! 5 Bazillion well deserved stars in my opinion!!!
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