My Rating 5★★★★★ Survival Stars
Title: Odium 0.5
Author: Claire C. Riley
Genre: Dystopia/Horror/Zombie Apocalyptic
Type: Book 0.5 of The Dead Saga Series
POV: First Person – Female
Expected Publication: December 5th, 2015
“The Dead had risen. The dead walked. The undead were out there, eating my friends…The images would always be there now, burned into my mind like history written into books.”
I have been following Nina’s story since the beginning so when I found out Claire was writing what happened before the apocalypse I knew I had to read it. Little did I know how much it was going to hurt…Ok I’m lying I knew it was going to hurt. I knew somehow Nina’s past wasn’t all happy and flowers so getting to know what exactly happened to her to make her the way she is now made so much sense. It doesn’t mean it didn’t hurt because it did but I can completely understand her reason behind shutting everyone down and not letting people in. Odium 0.5 is where everything started; the story of Nina before the zombie apocalypse hit and what happened behind “those walls”. I didn’t know what I was expecting behind those walls but it sure was depressing as hell. This book was dark, sometimes disturbing and uncomfortable to read; however I couldn’t put it down and devour it in one setting.
Nina was living a normal life like everyone else. A regular job; a husband she loved but somehow they’re marriage was falling apart. Routines and regular life she didn’t appreciate until the apocalypse hit. Nina loved her husband Ben but after so many years of marriage they somehow got sidetrack on material things and stuff that really didn’t mattered; she was sure that they had gotten to a point where their marriage was bound to be done. However; they found themselves appreciating what they had and realizing how much they still loved each other and that stupid fights were just that stupid. The need to survive an ugly apocalypse made her realized how much she wanted to live and make her life better and stop complaining about expensive shoes and material things that no longer mattered if you didn’t have the love of your life with you.
“It takes the end of the world for us to stop fucking arguing, eh?” he said sadly, leaning forward and pressing his forehead to mine.”
Nina and Ben left their home after realizing no one was sending help and they were basically on their own. Ben’s goal was to get to his parents to a safe place; however they never made it far. Ben helped Nina stay strong; he believed in her and gave her the strength to keep going he told her to never give up and fight even if it meant leaving him behind. He made her promise that no matter what she will fight and she will survive.
“He smiled and then turned and kissed me with so much force that I nearly fell over from it.”
They found “Deaders” aka zombies on their way to safety and at one stop there was too many; only one was able to escape. Sadly; Nina lost her love, her husband and she promised she will do anything to stay alive. It was much easier said and done because when she finally reached a safe wall aka a building for survivors her world changed. She was too ashamed to try to go to Ben’s parents after what she had just witnessed so she stayed at this so called “safe wall”. At first they were getting help from the government. However as a year went by and food and government helped stopped the rules inside the walls completely changed. Everyone was starving and with nowhere to run to and no one to get help.
“There wasn’t anywhere safe anymore, and it made me wonder if there was really any point in trying to escape this madness.”
So many horrible things happened behind those “walls”; I can’t really begin to explain how much I hurt for Nina. Why she detached herself from the world after what she had to do to survive. Every time she tried to save or help someone got hurt she was utterly dead inside and she knew that the only way to survive was to shut her feelings and emotions off. That ending gutted me so much, I felt hopeless. However; thank goodness I’ve read the other books in the series and I am continuing book three because I just love Nina so much more now. This series is phenomenal a story of survival and strength when there is no hope and you feel lost.
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★★★BR with my partner in crime LIZ ★★★
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire C. Riley is a USA Today Bestselling author and #1 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 UK with her husband, three daughters, and one scruffy dog. She is a lover of epic romances, eater of cake and hater of sprouts!
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