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Autumn 01 - Autumn by David Moody

Autumn 01 - Autumn (edition 2010)

by David Moody

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Title:Autumn 01 - Autumn
Authors:David Moody
Info:Thomas Dunne Books (2010), Paperback, 308 pages
Collections:Your library, 2012
Tags:Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian, Zombies

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Autumn by David Moody



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Autumn - David Moody *****

Although I have never really been a huge fan of the zombie/b movie type of book, I do like to dip into one now and again. The last I read was ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and thought it a really awful read. But when looking through a second hand book store I came across ‘Autumn’ and thought I would give it a try. Looking at the other reviews this seems to be very much a love it or hate it book with many ratings from the extremes of both sides. I suppose that it will depend what you are expecting to get from the read. If you approach it wanting some gritty drama or in depth plot then you will probably be disappointed, but if you are looking for some escapism into a cataclysmic world full of death and gore you will love it.

So what’s it about?
A deadly virus has struck the USA (maybe the world) that causes death within a few minutes. The unlucky individual has a very gory end that involves plenty of blood and pain. All across the country there are homes, work places and public areas where people are dropping like flies. Strangely though, there does seem to be the odd few that are immune to the disease. These survivors are spread far and wide and as they wander through the decimated landscape, start to gel together in groups. Whilst trying to decide what their next step should be an odd thing happens, some of the corpses begin to move; at first wandering aimlessly but with each passing day they seem to be getting more self aware and through the sheer numbers pose a threat. A decision needs to be made, do they stay holed up in a potential ‘safe’ house or should they make a break for open country where hopefully the undead will be less in number. But more importantly, what would you do?

Although described as a Zombie novel, this really does the book an injustice; it is as much about survival and the different ways in which people cope with a changing world (and undead walking around every corner). I can’t remember even seeing the word zombie except on the cover, so if you are fed up with the seemingly daft theme of ‘dead people trying to eat the living’ storyline, then Autumn offers something different.

I absolutely loved this book, the speech at times was a little wooden, but the writing was short, sharp and to the point. The atmosphere really does build and actually gets quite creepy at times. I cared what happened to the characters and found myself rooting for them, more than I usually do when reading a book, so much so that I went straight out and ordered the next books in the series. ( )
  Bridgey | Dec 15, 2016 |
Different view on the zombie genre which I found to be interesting. In this book the zombies are little more than infantile in behavior and only thru time do they start evolving. The plot was steady and kept my interest however it wasn't a 5 star for me. It felt a little slow paced but that's not a bad thing I think it was intentional to set up the series. Look forward to reading the next one.. ( )
  justablondemoment | Oct 18, 2016 |
It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed a zombie book so I was quite happy to curl up with Autumn by David Moody and get lost in a world of disease and walking dead. This book definitely had the right amount of creepy for me. At first 99 percent of the population drops dead within 24 hours and while a small amount of survivors huddle together in shock and grief, they come to the realization that things are definitely going to get worse as after a few days the corpses become reanimated. At first slow and witless, as time goes by, they appear to regain many of their basic instincts along with a hatred of the living. The bright side for the living is that the creatures are continuing to decompose and eventually they should disintegrate.

I enjoyed this dark story but I was a little disappointed with the ending as everything was left up in the air but I will be continuing on with the series in order to see how the author resolves this bleak dystopian tale. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Oct 1, 2015 |
I first read this book in Jan 2012 - loved it, bought and read the entire Autumn series. I have decided to re-read it (a very rare thing for me) and I am reminded why I love this series. It is very readable - not at all confusing - and really describes how people would react in the event of a zombie apocalypse (or so I think.)

I have read many zombie novels, but this one (and the subsequent volumes) are the best. I also enjoyed the "Hater" series by David Moody and he is one of my favorite horror authors. But I doubt that he will surpass the "Autumn" series. If you have not tried, it you should - you will not be disappointed. I off to volume 2: Autumn : the city. DonB ( )
  DonaldBuehler | May 21, 2015 |
Freaky, but a great book. I look forward to the others in the series. More psychological than just horror. Highly recommend. ( )
  autumnturner76 | Sep 23, 2014 |
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Prologue: Billions died in less than twenty-four hours.
Chapter One: Carl Henshawe was over three-quarters of the way home before he realized anything had happened.
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As a sudden, inexplicable disease kills nearly all of the people in and around the city of Nothwich, the very few survivors attempt to build a new life for them. But their troubles have only just begun.
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A bastard hybrid of War of the Worlds and Night of the Living DeadAutumn chronicles the struggle of a small group of survivors forced to contend with a world torn apart by a deadly disease. After 99% of the population of the planet is killed in less than 24 hours, for the very few who have managed to stay alive, things are about to get much worse.  Animated by "phase two" of some unknown contagion, the dead begin to rise. At first slow, blind, dumb and lumbering, quickly the bodies regain their most basic senses and abilities... sight, hearing, locomotion...  As well as the instinct toward aggression and violence.  Held back only by the restraints of their rapidly decomposing flesh, the dead seem to have only one single goal - to lumber forth and destroy the sole remaining attraction in the silent, lifeless world:  those who have survived the plague, who now find themselves outnumbered 1,000,000 to 1...

Without ever using the 'Z' word, Autumn offers a new perspective on the traditional zombie story. There's no flesh eating, no fast-moving corpses, no gore for gore's sake. Combining the atmosphere and tone of George Romero's classic living dead films with the attitude and awareness of 28 Days (and Weeks) later, this horrifying and suspenseful novel is filled with relentless cold, dark fear.

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A hybrid of War of the worlds and Night of the living dead, chronicles the struggle of a small group of survivors forced to contend with a world torn apart by a deadly disease.

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