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Mad Max meets X-Men in this razor-sharp new dystopian novella by the Philip K Dick award nominated author of Velocity Weapon. It doesn't matter what you call her. Riley. Burner. She forgot her name long ago. But if you steal from the supply lines crossing the wasteland, her face is the last one you'll see. She is the force of nature that keeps the balance in the hot arid de Mad Max meets X-Men in this razor-sharp new dystopian novella by the Philip K Dick award nominated author of Velocity Weapon. It doesn't matter what you call her. Riley. Burner. She forgot her name long ago. But if you steal from the supply lines crossing the wasteland, her face is the last one you'll see. She is the force of nature that keeps the balance in the hot arid desert. Keep to yourself and she'll leave you well enough alone. But it's when you try to take more than you can chew that her employers notice and send her off to restore the balance. Then she gets the latest call. A supply truck knocked over too cleanly. Too precise. And the bodies scattering the wreckage weren't killed by her normal prey of scavengers. These bodies are already rotting hours after the attack. Cowering in the corner of the wreckage is a young girl. A girl that shouldn't be there. A girl with violently blue eyes. Just like hers.


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Mad Max meets X-Men in this razor-sharp new dystopian novella by the Philip K Dick award nominated author of Velocity Weapon. It doesn't matter what you call her. Riley. Burner. She forgot her name long ago. But if you steal from the supply lines crossing the wasteland, her face is the last one you'll see. She is the force of nature that keeps the balance in the hot arid de Mad Max meets X-Men in this razor-sharp new dystopian novella by the Philip K Dick award nominated author of Velocity Weapon. It doesn't matter what you call her. Riley. Burner. She forgot her name long ago. But if you steal from the supply lines crossing the wasteland, her face is the last one you'll see. She is the force of nature that keeps the balance in the hot arid desert. Keep to yourself and she'll leave you well enough alone. But it's when you try to take more than you can chew that her employers notice and send her off to restore the balance. Then she gets the latest call. A supply truck knocked over too cleanly. Too precise. And the bodies scattering the wreckage weren't killed by her normal prey of scavengers. These bodies are already rotting hours after the attack. Cowering in the corner of the wreckage is a young girl. A girl that shouldn't be there. A girl with violently blue eyes. Just like hers.

51 review for The First Omega

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chip

    Described as “Mad Max meets X-Men”, but nothing original and more like a cross between Ishiguro’s (itself not terribly original) “Never Let Me Go” and any of the horde of “faceless inhuman (and in-humane) corporate dystopia” science-fiction books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul Cochrun

    At just under 100 pages, The First Omega builds and builds with O’Keef’s wonderful phrases. I could highlight multiple passages on every page, which is exactly what I remember from my time with her novel Velocity Weapon. And the secondary characters where definitely a plus… Ma Ricketts, the gritty proprietor of the local diner and Ratta, the leader of the desert clan. All have a role to play in this immersive setting. But there is one character who isn’t fleshed out as much as I would have liked… At just under 100 pages, The First Omega builds and builds with O’Keef’s wonderful phrases. I could highlight multiple passages on every page, which is exactly what I remember from my time with her novel Velocity Weapon. And the secondary characters where definitely a plus… Ma Ricketts, the gritty proprietor of the local diner and Ratta, the leader of the desert clan. All have a role to play in this immersive setting. But there is one character who isn’t fleshed out as much as I would have liked… That is Riley’s opposite, the villain Alpha. The book is told in first person from Riley’s POV and most of the characterization of Alpha is explained or told through her eyes. I needed her on-page more… I wanted to see and experience her action and her power. There are only a couple short scenes with her in it, but she is much more pivotal to the plot than those few pages. Overall, The First Omega is good short story with a compelling speculative premise. It’s not perfect, but I was happy to read it through in one sitting. 3.5 out of 5 stars. For my full review: https://paulspicks.blog/2021/04/03/th... For all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I am not a huge fan of short stories, I feel they only have space for one idea. This book falls directly into that trap. On top of this the author decided to use chapters 18 Chapters in 78 pages. I like the world building which was done but that was the main element which comes out of this short story. I would not be surprised if this world is featured in a future novel as there is a lot of content to work with. This story falls into a bit too much reliance on tropes. All in all it was a quick r I am not a huge fan of short stories, I feel they only have space for one idea. This book falls directly into that trap. On top of this the author decided to use chapters 18 Chapters in 78 pages. I like the world building which was done but that was the main element which comes out of this short story. I would not be surprised if this world is featured in a future novel as there is a lot of content to work with. This story falls into a bit too much reliance on tropes. All in all it was a quick read. One editing mistake (besides the too many chapters). page 46 Ch.12 seem was used instead of seen. Counting that this book is digital only I am sure it will be fixed soon. OK onto something a little more different from my usual. Back to the world of Dust.

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