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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.

30 review for The First Omega

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt McAbee

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion. 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 I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion. 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. When I got the chance to read this, I jumped on it after having read Velocity Weapon and enjoying that one as I did. In The First Omega you get the wonderful prose of Megan E. O’Keefe, but in a gritty dystopian story instead of a space opera. The setting for this book is in the wastelands along the rail lines for Pac At’s transport cars, Riley is a Pac At operative tasked with recovering and good that have been stolen by the pirates along the line. She is so efficient at that the pirates are scared to death of her, but still do hit the cars causing the cycle to continue. Then she recovers another operative from a car that was hit and finally learns everything that she has never been told. Though this is a short book it is a lot of fun to read. Riley the main character is an operative that is just doing what she must do to complete her missions. I liked the way this character was done, you get to see a lot in to her motivations and feelings towards what she must do and how she changes as she learns more of the truth of what is going on. The world building is wonderful set in a Mad Max style wasteland where people are scraping by the best way they can. There is also the unexplained city at the end of the line where the goods are being transported to and from that made it seem like there is just certain areas that have been made wastelands and that there are still some thriving areas. I really enjoyed this novela and look forward to more stories from this talented author

  2. 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.

  3. 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/

  4. 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Khanh Linh

    3.5/5

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vinay Badri

    A 2.5 starrer. It was fine, it was ok, it just didnt have enough to tilt the scales for me

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dan Mahoney

  8. 5 out of 5

    johncarroll

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jon Adams

  10. 5 out of 5

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    Patrick O'Connor

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mr R S Middleton

  13. 5 out of 5

    Todd Robinson

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    Alan Shaw

  16. 5 out of 5

    TEELOCK Mithilesh

  17. 5 out of 5

    MR P

  18. 4 out of 5

    Martin

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    Daniel Smith

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bobbys

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amit Singh

  22. 5 out of 5

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    Rebecca Wilcox

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leffingwell

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sirvinya

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Goodrum

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matt

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    Jonathan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Videri

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul Rooney

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