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.
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Devoured In A Matter of Days
Audible page turner
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.
I'm not familiar with Jennifer Reilly's other reads. This performance is a very fine "hello," though!
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.
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.
- Ryan Arnold
I love a great female lead
Yes. There are so many small subplots that I'm certain I'll catch some more a second time around.
"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.
I definitely wanted to keep reading (listening) and found myself dragging out tasks to coincide with the completion of a chapter.
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!
- The Bookie Monster