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Autumn: Purification by David Moody

Autumn: Purification (2004)

by David Moody

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Purification by David Moody is the third volume in his series about surviving in a world where 99 percent of the population has either died or become zombie-like creatures. When last we left this group they had found the safety of an underground military installation but at beginning of this volume the installation becomes over-run by the dead and the small group of survivors find themselves on the run again.

They are found by a couple flying a helicopter and are guided to an airport when more survivors are sheltering. The plan is to move to an island off the coast as soon as they can claim it from the dead. Of course, by the time that most have been moved to the island, the dead overtake the airport trapping the remaining people. A rescue mission must be devised in order to bring all the survivors to the island and relative safety.

I am enjoying this series and have come to care for many of the characters in their quest for survival. There are still a couple of books left in the series so I expect this group has not yet found the safe haven they are searching for. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Sep 2, 2017 |
Autumn: Purification - David Moody *****

The third instalment in the zombie series by David Moody is a direct continuation of the novel before. It opens with the survivors deep inside the bunker, but things are not going as planned. The sheer number of the undead gathering at the surface is starting to block off the vents responsible for the supply of fresh air, essential for them to live. A plan is hatched to leave the bunker and clear away some of the rotting remains.... what could go wrong?
No longer just living vs. zombie, there is also a deep mistrust growing amongst the inhabitants, the army cannot survive outside of their protection suits when on the surface and resentment becomes apparent. When circumstances take a turn for the worse it is left once again to survival of the fittest and some hard choices need to be made. Eventually a potential chance at safety is offered from an external group of survivors and they must all work together to ensure that they make the most of what could be a final attempt at staying alive.

I really enjoyed this latest chapter in the series (apparently it was going to be a trilogy), the way that Moody has developed the characters and the storyline is just brilliant. Too many of these sorts of books get stuck in a rut but he has avoided that pitfall by not just sticking with the same themes and also not being afraid to bump off the odd character that we know and love. Although the storyline can be second guessed there were still enough surprises that managed to sneak up on me.

As with the other novels, don’t expect it to be all that brilliantly written, the speech at times can be a little wooden and the author does get quite repetitive with his choice of adjectives. We all know that it is never going to win the Nobel Prize, but if you go into the book with an open mind, you will find a fast paced and engaging tale that drags you along with it and you will not be disappointed. I have to give this an easy 5 stars if only just for the enormous entertainment value. Can’t wait to start the next. ( )
  Bridgey | Mar 14, 2017 |
Number 3 in the Autumn series. Its a good series and this is a good installment. I'm enjoying following the survivors in their efforts to remain safe in the new, zombie infested world. ( )
  thejohnsmith | Nov 15, 2014 |
Part three of the Autumn series. Another frightening, nightmare inducer! The survivors from the first two books have come together and have escaped into an undergound military bunker in hopes of being safe from the walking dead. The reality of being trapped in an underground facility and not seeing the sun, breathing scrubbed air and not much room to live takes it toll. Eventually the dead clog the air intakes and force the military to leave their safe haven and try to clear the area. It goes wrong and the survivors are forced to run again.
I really enjoyed this story and was chomping at the bit waiting for the next installment! and Im still sleeping with the light on! ( )
  Steelyshan | Mar 13, 2012 |
Emma, Michael and a few others who survived the worldwide plague that spread like wildfire, barely make it inside an underground bunker before hoards of the recently re-animated could rip them to pieces. Now, they're trapped with a group of military personnel who can't comprehend what's waiting on the other side of the bunker doors. With supplies and tempers running short, and the air vents and other exits points steadily becoming blocked, the remaining soldiers decide -- disregarding the pleas of the survivors -- to fight the massing corpses. At first, the soldiers begin to make headway, but just as quickly, the tide turns. What once provided hope as an safe zone becomes a death trap, leaving the survivors with only one option if they want to live.

"Autumn: Purification" is the third book in author David Moody's "Autumn" series and provides a great continuation of the story of Emma and Michael and the other survivors. I like that Moody's "zombies" aren't traditional -- they aren't out to eat brains or to spread the infection. Instead, it's almost as if the re-animation has made them crazy and violent. Yet, as the weeks pass, the survivors begin to notice subtle changes in how the re-animated corpses respond to sound or to the presence of survivors. That quiet "becoming aware" makes these zombies even more dangerous -- a zombie learning how to think!

I also enjoyed following the survivors, seeing how they interact and how the fact they are still among the living has affected each of them. That little glimpse into the psychology of survival, how a life-altering affects the different ways people handle the aftermath. As the character Michael mentions at one point in the story, he doesn't know the names of everyone in the small group of survivors, only those that have taken an active part in doing something to help. The others who have shied away, determined to recede into their shells rather than face the changed world, become non-entities, almost as sad as the re-animated corpses.

The story is fast-paced and completely engrossing, and I found myself staying up much later than I should just to finish one more chapter. And being the third in the series, the story presents enough background information that it isn't necessary to have read the first two books -- but I highly recommend doing so. ( )
  ocgreg34 | Sep 10, 2011 |
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Forty-seven days ago, more than ninety-nine per cent of the population had died within an impossibly short period of time.
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This is the final part of the initial "Autumn" trilogy.  The survivors we met in "Autumn" and then in "Autumn: the City" go through some crises and make some crucial findings and decisions, before settling into something of a conclusion.

Some of their past will be revisited in "Autumn: the Human Condition", and their story continues with "Autumn: Aftermath".

While "Autumn: Disintegration" is set in the same universe and also continues in "Autumn: Aftermath", be warned that it is not a sequence of this trilogy.
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David Moody brings the AUTUMN trilogy to a stunning and brutal conclusion. The survivors from AUTUMN: THE CITY are imprisoned in an underground base, trapped between the door to the outside world and the sealed entrance to the airtight cocoon where hundreds of soldiers sit and wait. The crowd of bodies on the surface continues to grow in size, drawn there by the heat, light and noise occasionally produced by the people buried underground beneath their rotting feet. The sheer mass of shuffling figures and decaying flesh above them begins to cause problems for the military with vents and exhaust shafts becoming blocked and useless. Soldiers are sent above ground to begin clearing the bodies away. Encouraged by a relatively successful first strike which is met with little resistance from the corpses, the officers order their troops to the surface again, this time to destroy them all. Trapped in the middle of a long and bloody battle between the military and the dead, the survivors' safety is compromised and they are forced to flee the base. Exposed and vulnerable once again, the group run for their lives without aim or direction. All hope is gone, but in the rotting shadows of the past they find the key to what remains of their future...

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"A bastard hybrid of War of the Worlds and Night of the Living Dead, the Autumn series chronicles the struggle survivors are forced to contend with in a world torn apart by a deadly disease. 99% of the population of the planet has been killed in less than 24 hours. Animated by "phase two" of some unknown contagion, the dead begin to rise. At first slow, blind, dumb and lumbering, the bodies soon 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... In Autumn: Purification, the heroes from the original Autumn novel and Autumn: The City work together to survive in this horrifying new world. Without ever using the 'Z' word, the Autumn series 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 a George Romero film with the attitude and awareness of 28 Days Later, this horrifying and suspenseful novel is filled with relentless cold, dark fear"--… (more)

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