Friday, 25 July 2014

A Review of Odium 2 by Claire C Riley

As the title suggests, Odium 2 is the follow up to Odium. Odium Origins is also available, which I'm yet to read.

The Odium series of books are about the zombie apocalypse. We start Odium well after the zombie outbreak with the main character, Nina, leaving the protection of the walled city she's living within. Sometimes taking your chances with the zombies is a better option than staying where you are.

The sequel follows on from the original, so Odium is essential reading before moving on to Odium 2.

Not only is the writing great in the Odium books, and the characters are well rounded and realised, but the thing that grabbed my attention more than anything was the settings the characters find themselves in.  I won't spoil the journey by listing them, but I found myself marvelling at the imaginative environments in which the characters ended up.

If you like well written zombie fiction, strong characters, and a strong female lead, then you can't go wrong with the Odium series. With intrigue from both the future and the past, I found myself hungry for more with every page turn.

My only complaint is that Odium 3 isn't ready yet!

A great series for anyone who loves zombie fiction. Tense, intriguing, funny, violent. What more could you want?

Keep up the great writing Claire.

For a full list of Claire's work, check her website out.

Friday, 11 July 2014

A Review of Critical Dawn by Darren Wearmouth and Colin Barnes

This review is written with the aim to avoid spoilers, so please forgive me if it's a little light on details. 

Critical Dawn is the story of an alien invasion on planet Earth. At the start, the book is narrated from the perspectives of two characters. Their situations seem impossibly far apart, and I found myself racing through the book to understand just how their lives would inevitably cross.

Playing cleverly with time, Wearmouth and Barnes manage to weave a compelling story of alien invasion that's truly horrific to imagine. Fast paced, brutal, and entirely compelling, Critical Dawn had me thinking about the story long after I'd put the book down. 

The characters are both well rounded and well realised. The individual personalities of each one shines through. 

For anyone looking for a strong Sci-fi tale, full of action and suspense, then look no further than Critical Dawn. 

Highly recommended. 

5 out of 5 stars. 

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