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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  4,108 ratings  ·  399 reviews
In less than twenty-four hours a vicious and virulent disease destroys virtually all of the population. Billions are killed. Thousands die every second. There are no symptoms and no warnings. Within moments of infection each victim suffers a violent and agonizing death. Only a handful of survivors remain. By the end of the first day those survivors wish they were dead. The...more
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Published January 6th 2005 by INFECTED BOOKS (first published November 1st 2001)
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Ninety-nine percent of the population has died in less than twenty-four hours, most of them dropping dead wherever they happened to be when the sickness struck.

A group of survivors makes its way to a flimsy community center.

When some of the dead suddenly struggle to their feet and begin to wander about, three of the group decide they might be better off holing up in the less populated countryside. The others, forgetting what happened to the idiots who decided to wait for help in the dining roo...more
4 Stars

I am not sure why the reviews are so all over the place with this book. This is a top notch zombie thriller that is a slight variation on the standard post apocalyptic story. This is my second David Moody novel which I have read, Hater being the first.

Things that make this book stand out. One interesting aspect was, wholly shit Moody wasted no time wiping out the human population. From one minute to the next, schools, towns, cities, and then countries fell dead to an apparent virus. A sec...more
If this had been survival of the fittest in the beginning, the characters would have been the first to die, because some of the stuff they did was so stupid it was utterly jaw dropping. There's a moment in the book when they're hiding out and realise they're being steadily surrounded by zombies. Why? Because of a loud 'constantly thumping' generator, the house being lit up like Blackpool and smoke pouring out the chimney from a nice hearty fire. When they realise they might have to forgo these t...more
“Billions died in less than 24 hours.”

Most zombie stories begin the same way. Take a random, ordinary day; add a mysterious plague that kills a great percentage of the population; focus on a handful of survivors as they seek each other out and come to terms with the fact that their loved ones are now flesh-eating undead. I really don’t see the need for re-writing the classic Night of the Living Dead gig, unless there’s a new (or at least interesting) twist to it. Like 28 Days Later, where the ne...more
Jo Anne B
This was a really good zombie book. I liked how it took a different perspective on the zomibie topic by focusing on the characters so much and how they are dealing with the fact that the world they knew is gone and the new one is full of zombies. It had more of a real time feel to it than other zombie stories. Everything is happening slowly and you felt like you were right there with the charcters seeing it as it happened and feeling like they do, totally devastated wondering what in the world t...more
I would more fairly rate this book 3.5 stars.

Okay, so what we've got here is -- in some ways -- a fairly typical zombie apocalypse/survival story. Set in England, the story follows a group of people (soon winnowed down to the three main characters) who take refuge in a community center during what appears to be an outbreak of a highly deadly disease. Within just a day or two, however, the situation becomes much worse as the dead begin to rise.

Moody has an interesting take on this, as his zombies...more
Dec 13, 2008 Erin rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Zombie lovers
Shelves: fiction
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Carissa Anne
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Rhiannon Frater
First off, I would like to say David Moody is a very nice man who sent me copies of his first two books, which I greatly appreciated. He also started off self-publishing and landed a book deal, and I am very honored to have followed in his and J.L.Bourne's footsteps.

That being said, I had not had a chance to read his AUTUMN series since its original inception online. Back in the day I read the first chapter, but then swore off zombie stories until I finished my own zombie series, AS THE WORLD DI...more
If there is such a thing as “a nice little zombie story” then Moody’s Autumn is it. It sticks fairly close to Romero zombie canon right down to the survivors barricading themselves in a farmhouse. What I did enjoy tremendously was Moody’s slow build. Some have found it annoying and dull – I was actually grooving it. First everyone drops dead – shock, horror! Then a third of the corpses gets up and begins to walk again. WTF!!!??? Holy Moses on a crutch!

Then as if you aren’t PTSD’ing enough, the...more
I really wanted to like this... I really, really did. But after about a hundred pages, I just couldn't continue. The dialog was stilted, the actions of the survivors was *horribly* unrealistic, and there were little writing issues that I found incredibly jarring. I'm told that it does get better, but I'd long since stopped caring for any of the characters, and there's simply too many books on my plate to bother with this mediocre effort. For those looking for zombies, I'm sure you can find somet...more
Aug 17, 2013 Crullx rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY
I'm serious.

This book is so full of mistakes I don't even know where to begin, but I try...

First of all, this Moody guy doesn't know how to write a real conversation.
About 90% of all conversations in the book look like:
- What are we gonna do?
- I don't know.
- I'm afraid! What shall we do?
- I don't know.
- Are you okay?
- Yeah.

There are serious mistakes in story, which completely contradicts the story and the world where the story is set.
For example:
The survivors in the...more
I absolutely love this book. Even though there weren't a lot of excitement in the story but the characters are so real. I feel so connected to the characters. Especially Michael, Emma and Carl.

It is not the same Zombie I have always watched on tv. The time span for the undead people are so different. David Moody did an amazing job to make his zombie story to be different. I cannot wait to read book 2! I'll have to wait until I am done with the challenges then finish up the series. I am worry wh...more
If you had in view when you got this book or if you got it just because you heard that is a zombie story, then you should know that you’ll not find “brain eaters” or something like “Return of Living Dead”.

This book is about people. About living people who still have feelings, emotions, passions and dramas. Moody, like he accustomed us, (look at the “Hater”), steps abruptly into action, without too many descriptions and without wasting time. The explanation of the pandemic or apocalypse (as you p...more
Kate Lansky
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Autumn is the beginning to David Moody’s four book zombie series which follows the few remaining survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. As the book begins, the reader is quickly confronted with the harrowing situation of a world that is suddenly turned upside down. Like Romero’s classic work, the novel turns more towards the struggles of a few survivors who have to cope with the situation both mentally and physically. When the undead begin to show signs of aggression, the desperate predicament b...more
So I won this book from Goodreads Giveaways and I am really grateful to Goodreads for the chance to read it. While I am grateful, I also feel obligated to tell the truth.

To be frank I really couldn't get into Autumn, it was boring. Don't get me wrong, I love zombies in movies, but in books they just leaving me wanting more. There are a few exceptions, like World War Z and Breathers, but that is because they take an interesting viewpoint on the zombie issue. This book is no different from any ot...more
5 Stars

I love a good Zombie read, and this definitely was. Focusing more on the characters and not the mindless hordes trampling the countryside. We see emotions run high, and depressingly low; as the main characters try to deal with a tragedy that has no explanation. At the end you are left wondering, "what next?"

It is like watching an episode of "The Walking Dead." Slow character build-up, giving you just enough to keep you interested; but not enough to know what they are truly thinking, feel...more
It feels very Stephen King-y in that the characters are just regular people. Very dull. Not very curious. Average skills. Lower than average communication skills. And I would like to read a story about regular, non-sciencey people reacting to a horrifying event. Except that I have actually read that story several times done quite a bit better and I even possibly liked some of those characters rather than wanting to hit them in the face with shovels.

Apparently the book takes place in the only Am...more
Wow! Really good book. Read in less than 24 hours can't wait to read the 2nd book in this series!
S.K. Munt
Autumn bummed me out.

To be fair, these zombie apocalypse books tend to fall into the category of depressing or action packed and so yes, it makes sense that Autumn bummed me out. It had nothing to do with the characters within the story, who I didn't form any sort of attachment to, but the overall mood of the book was quietly desperate and left me feeling heavy.

David Moody writes beautifully. I'd heard beforehand that this book was terrifying and by the fifty percent mark I was scratching my hea...more
Cecilia Solis-sublette
A different kind of zombie, novel, I found this one to be quite suspenseful. In the beginning, the zombies are very lethargic, non-moving, unresponsive to stimulus altogether. As the novel progresses, the zombies become more alert, more purposeful in their movements, more aware. This makes for the suspense. Just when you get used to what the zombies are like, today, they change into something just a little bit worse the following. There is no specific zombie attack either, per se. What we witnes...more
Holden Attradies
Jun 03, 2012 Holden Attradies added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Holden by: Alexis Winning
Shelves: horror, fiction, zombie
First off it really blew me away how mixed the reviews of this book were. Most of the bad reviews seemed to come down to just a couple of things: the writing of the book was not near perfect and the main characters where not likable enough.

Personally, I found the writing to be great. Yes, it wasn't perfectly polished and came off feeling a bit like the authors first book, BUT I read it in almost one sitting. It was so good, so hard to put down, and a very relaxing read. As far as the characters...more
This was somewhat of a page-turner, but the writing was (to my mind) rather flat, and I do not see that Moody added any interesting new spins to the usual Zombie Menace tropes. Apart from the ever-increasing menace from the zombies, the plot did not seem to have anything to say, and the characters had inklings of individuality but were ultimately flat.

Also- and understand that I come from more of a science fiction perspective here- I do not think a virus can kill within seconds of infection; it...more
Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm
When I first read the premise for Autumn, I couldn't wait to read it. If there is one thing I love more than vampires and werewolves it's ZOMBIES! You can't help but let this book get into your head and under your skin. The very thought of something like this happening to you in real life is terrifying enough on it's own. The nagging question keeps running through your head "What would I do?"

David Moody knew how to deliver a solid, frightening story! His setting descriptions alone were enough to...more
Um... Depressed people are... depressed?
In the first three chapters of Autumn, everybody dies. No spoiler there, it's on the back of the book. Some people don't die, but they have to stand there and watch everyone else die.
Carl is somehow immune, but finds his wife and baby dead in their home. Naturally he covers them with a blanket and leaves, because when your family dies the best thing to do is go for a brisk walk.
Micheal is standing in a classroom adressing a ridiculously mean group of stu...more
Won this in the First Reads giveaway, read it in a matter of hours last night and I liked it. Oh, it's not without it's issues, but still an enjoyable read. My main complaint (a personal pet peeve) would be the obvious "to be continued when you buy book 2" ending. I really like my books to be self contained even if they are part of a series.

The main characters are a little underdeveloped; we only know one or two things about each of them from the beginning, and those one or two things serve as...more
Amanda Makepeace
David Moody is not the first author to write about non-zombies. They seem to be popping up more and more as writers search for an original spin to the classic horror monster. What makes Autumn original are its characters. As I read, two things kept drifting into my thoughts. One was The Earth Abides and two, Survivors, the UK television series about a flu pandemic the wipes out over 90% of the world’s population. What do these all have in common? Characters from all walks of life. Real character...more
"Billions died in less than twenty-four hours. William Price was one of the first."

William Price and his wife die in 4 minutes after becoming infected with an unknown virus. One minute after that the whole street is dead.
Carl Henshawe was on his way home from work when he realized something was horribly wrong. One moment he was listening to music on the radio and then total silence. Cars start running off the road right in front of him. He tries to call the police but no one answers. In fact he...more
There seems to be mixed feelings about this book, with typically strong feelings one way or the other. I can understand why.

The book itself was a real page-turner and I was able to finish it within the 24 hours I'd gotten it. I'm not a particularly fast reader, mind you, so that was a bit of a surprise for me. Something about the book demanded my attention and kept me fully engrossed in it. What aspect was it that kept me rapt? I'm really not sure.

It wasn't the characters. While I wasn't repelle...more
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David Moody was born in 1970 and grew up in Birmingham on a diet of trashy horror and pulp science fiction books and movies. He worked as a bank manager and as operations manager for a number of financial institutions before giving up the day job to write about the end of the world for a living. He has written a number of horror novels, including AUTUMN, which has been downloaded more than half a...more
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