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Autumn: The City (Autumn #2)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  2,307 ratings  ·  142 reviews
A bastard hybrid of War of the Worlds and Nightof the Living Dead,the Autumn series chronicles the struggle of a small group of survivorsforced to contend withaworld torn apart by a deadly disease.After 99% of the population of the planetiskilled in less than 24 hours, for the very few who have managed to stay alive, things are about to get muchworse.Animated by "phase two ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2005)
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I expect a lot from my zombie fiction – terror, suspense, action, snappy dialogue, characters I can care about – and if it’s a novel really firing on all cylinders, originality. In other words, authors don’t get a free pass to slack off just because they’ve gone the zombie route. It’s true that part of the genre’s enduring appeal comes from its familiar tropes – I read the books (and watch the movies) because the stuff I’m pretty certain will happen is all good, reliable fun. So while the overal ...more
Jo Anne B
3.5 stars

Moody continues the series with another fast enjoyable read. I found myself having to read this one right away after I finished the first because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Michael and Emma next. The problem was that in this book we didn't even hear about Michael and Emma until Part 2 which was 47% into the book. That really bothered me. Here you have the two characters that are the heart strings of the book and you leave them out of the picture for almost half the boo
I enjoyed the creep factor of "Autumn," the first book in the apocalyptic Autumn series so much that I had to locate the second book. It was more than worth my time, rummaging through the shelves at Katy Budget Books. I'm totally in love with the covers for this cool!

"Autumn: the City" tells the story of a group of survivors that witness the end of the world as we know it. But it doesn’t end there, how could it? The survivors watch in horror as the once dead bodies litter
Julie Kellner
This book started out good but was very drawn out
3.5 Stars

Like the first book in the series Autumn, this is a top notch zombie thriller that is a slight variation on the standard post apocalyptic story. Although this is the second book in the series, it plays out as an extension of the first more than it does as a standalone.

Things that make this book stand out. One interesting aspect was that 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 v
“Autumn: The City” is the second book of the four part post-apocalyptic zombie saga by David Moody. The book starts off from the same point in time as that of the first book “Autumn”, but from the perspective of some other survivors who are all based within a huge urban city. Like in the first novel, the events quickly take off, with the desperate situation throwing the few survivors left into a complete state of shock. The novel homes in on there emotional responses and the mental stress each a ...more
My wife brought this home from the library thinking it was something I'd like and as usual, she was spot on. This is a stronger book than the first in the series (AUTUMN), but the voice and approach are similar. It's a zombie novel set vaguely in the UK but the approach is rather original in that none of the characters express any awareness of zombies, what is going on with these creatures etc.--as though George Romero's movies (and their many spinoffs) had never set stage in popular culture. Th ...more
4 Stars

In this 2nd book of the series the zombies are slowly but surely evolving. They are more aware of their surroundings and they are getting increasingly violent.

We have little pockets of survivors all over; from Michael and Emma feeling hormonal in the motor home, to a larger group at the local university, a lone soldier left behind and two who came together in an office building.

I love the slow build-up of this story. It seems believable. In the first book; 3/4 of the world started cough
Carrie Slager
As some of you may recall, I reviewed the first book in the series, appropriately called Autumn for my first ever review over here at 20four12. I received Autumn: The City for Christmas, so I can finally review the second book after that huge cliffhanger ending. Unfortunately this time the focus isn’t on Emma and Michael. Yes, they do appear, but it’s toward the end and they play a very, very minor role. I wasn’t really expecting that at all, so my perception of The City is very likely skewed.

εïз Mariana εïз
Es la segunda parte de la trilogía de Septiembre Zombie. Me gusta realmente, y como el libro pasado el ambiente denso y silencioso que describe Moody te puede provocar pesadillas al imaginarte en una situación similar. En está ocasión hay muchos más personajes, algunos osados, otros demasiado invisibles para mí gusto y unos tan preocupado por el futuro que le roban gracia, también aparecen dos de los personajes del libro pasado y como el anterior: me encantan. De momento no he terminado de leer, ...more
Holden Attradies
I blew through the first book in just about one day and enjoyed it immensely. I have to say though, this volume was so much better that I think when I get to re-reading the series the first volume will seem almost like a failed, extra long prologue. The writing is better here, the pace is better, the characters are better and the story kept me on the edge of my seat WAY more than the first one.

I think one of the things that sets this series apart from almost all other zombie lit I've read is tha
Fangs for the Fantasy
Just as the story suggests, this time Moody takes his Autumn series into a major urban center. As in Autumn, the first book in the series, 99% of the worlds population is suddenly struck dead through what I assume to be an air born virus. The survivors must first deal with the grief of knowing that everyone they know is dead and gone. Most choose to seek comfort in the familiar by staying in their homes, or in their places of business. Eventually, they are driven out either by a desperation to a ...more
Scott Callaway
The thought of a zombie apocalypse for me is the scariest horror scenario that could ever happen. Autumn: The City brings out all the fear and dread that surrounds this unlikely happening and like a slow rise it consistently builds up the tension with every chapter. Bringing a fresh perspective to the the traditional zombie story, Autumn: The City delivers delightfully.

This is the second book in the Autumn series and although I have not read the first book, due to this being given to me by a fri
Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm
" You're all I've got left. Your the only thing I can rely on. My family and friends are gone. I don't have a home and I don't own anything other than what's in this van. You're the only thing I seem to be able to hold onto and I don't want to do anything to risk losing you"

In a matter of just a few minutes on a normal, autumn day, 99% of the population drops dead. Leaving only a few survivors behind. The cause is still unknown and that makes the scenario so much more frightening. 2 days later,
Katie Kenig
When I started this book, so quickly after finishing the first in the Autumn series, my first thoughts were "Oh, no - Where's Emma??? Where's Michael??!! I wasn't expecting to start over at the beginning of the disaster, just in another area of the country. "Meanwhile, back at the ranch..." is what I call that kind of book in a series, and it is one of the reasons I sometimes find myself turning up my nose at serial fiction (along with the repetitive, over-explanatory nature of sequels that cont ...more
May 27, 2011 Greg rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
Once again David Moody exceeds my expectations. "Autumn: The City" was great from beginning to end. This one moves at a much faster pace than than "Autumn". Had you not read the 1st book in the series you could still pick this one up and start without being lost. Moody created a scene in this book, that has stuck with me since. Donna, a new character to the "Autumn" series", is an office worker who has one of the "non-living" watch her, with it's glossy eyes. The description in the book was much ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Coushatta rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes zombies.
Loved it!! I read it way to fast. It was not scary but sometimes sad and I felt for the people. Nevertheless, I felt like they did a lot of dumb things. Getting out of the city was a great idea but how they went about it was very foolish. They should had made a distraction a way from their shelter before they went for the vehicles. Like, they should have set a few buildings on fire or made something explode. Anything to get the dead away.

I am sad about the lack of dead eating people. I mean that
Much better than the first book, in terms of plot and writing, although it still lacks any sort of real character or oomph. There's more action, more characters and goes further along the time line, so a lot more happens in a short amount of pages, ensuring it doesn't go at a snails pace like the first book. The characters are, thankfully, less irritating but still pretty stupid, some barely able to follow a conversation. They still have no set personality and jump from one opinion to the other ...more
I read the first Autumn book while on holiday last year at Centreparcs, a deserted woodland that was just about the perfect place to read it. I enjoyed it, perhaps not as much as I was hoping, but the way that David Moody told a bleak and eerie tale struck a chord with me and I knew that I would have to get around to the sequel when it came out. Well, out it came in January and here I am a few months down the line finally getting around to it! I may not have been in the same surrounding to read ...more
Autumn: The City is a sequel to Autumn, Moody’s original novel about infected/reanimated dead. The original is not required to read prior to this but might be helpful as towards the end of this novel, two characters from the first book make an appearance.

The premise is the same; an unknown biological virus wipes out 99% of the world’s population in minutes. Autumn: The City hints in the prologue that whatever caused the mass deaths might be a known viral/bio agent or someone knew it was going t
Erica Gilliam
I am a big zombie fan so this book had me hooked immediately. Autumn: the city is the second book of the series and I think it is just as good as the first book, Autumn. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I keep waiting for a more intimate connection between some of the characters and it really hasn't happened yet. It's actually rather interesting that there is no love connection thus far. It almost makes it more realistic. Most movies and books include the romance for the audience, but when ...more
David McDonald
Taking into account how much I enjoyed David Moody's Autumn, a post-apocalyptic tale of the walking dead in the UK, I was genuinely concerned about whether its sequel Autumn: The City, would measure up, especially in the knowledge that after this sequel, there are still a number of titles remaining in the Autumn series...

Although a sequel, Autumn: The City runs almost concurrently to the timeline of Autumn and introduces us to further characters within the universe that Moody has created as well
Apr 03, 2009 Schnaucl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of zombie fiction
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A budding Relationship , High Tensions and more Zombies.. The dead has begun to rise and walk the earth but now they are not just passing by they are evolving and beginning to attack not only the living but each other as well..will they continue to just attack or will it come down to flesh eating? Or will they just decay away to nothing? The book was good it kept you wanting to read more and more of it.. I liked the fact that there was more characters I guess the only thing I did not like was ho ...more
This was a great follow up to Autumn. I actually enjoyed this one more than the first. The action happened much quicker in this book. And the military got involved in this one so you always wonder how that will turn out. Will it be like 28 Day Later? Or will they actually do some good? I know they have a bigger role in the next installment.

This book has a lot of characters and is told from many of points-of-view. I think that is the weakest link in the book. I found it difficult to remember who
Autumn: The City is the second installment of the Autumn series and Moody shifts the focus to a new group of survivors. As with the first, the focus is more on the drama and struggle of the survivors trying to understand what has happened and deal with the aftermath. The set-up for the next installment is done well and he still manages to keep the storyline moving along, though it does drag somewhat in the middle.

Moody's take on the classic zombie storyline is original and well done. He avoids
Scott Clark
I really should have paid more attention to reviews. I liked the book ok for what it is, a simple quick read. But god damn, is everyone in the UK really such angry, whining, moody pricks? Hard to write a book where you have no one to really root for, but this is it. Every single living person in the first two books have been just plain unlikeable. Could three be any better?
Albert Yates
without ever using the word "zombie" David Moody is able to create an intricate story of survival and suspense as the hordes of dead gather atoms the locations of the survivors. when the military appears out of nowhere you're left wondering if they will have the answers that the crowd of survivors is looking for.

the story is full of interesting characters whom you will like immediately or despise, there is no middle ground I found. reintroducing the characters from the first novel was a nice way
Same exact story line as book 1 with different characters ..
Not going to even waste my time ..

I didn't overly love book 1 but was going to continue to see what happens with Michael & Emma..

2 chapters in and no mention of them ..

Let's see how book 3 is ...

So disappointed ..
A great companion piece. While Autumn showed the plight of survivors in the countryside, Autumn: The City (logically) paints a picture of urban survival with an interesting cross-section of characters - office workers, doctors, university staff and the like. There is also a great variety of personality and psychology. Survival vs despair vs surrender.

Like Autumn, you share the horrific realizations (which are original to much zombie fiction) with the characters and try to guess through predicame
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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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