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Purification (Autumn #3)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  2,447 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
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 lumb ...more
Paperback, 329 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 1st 2004)
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Feb 26, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
4.5 Stars

"The balance of our world has been changed forever. Mankind is being cleansed from the face of the planet. Purification has begun."

Book 3 of David Moody's Autumn series comes to a well put together ending in this book Autumn: Purification. This is the final book of the main storyline even though there are two additional books in the Autumn world. The best aspect to this series is the consistency from one book to the next. This is not your everyday meat grinder zombie story where the her
Jo Anne B
Mar 11, 2012 Jo Anne B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

"The balance of our world has been changed forever. Mankind is being cleansed from the face of the planet. Purification has begun."

I read this book right after the second one and enjoyed this one a lot more. This time Michael and Emma were in it from the get go and the book was all about getting to the place that could give them all a future.

There are more characters introduced who have some handy skills and knowledge but we still have Michael, Emma, Cooper, Donna, Armitage, and Croft.
Dec 11, 2013 Alondra rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Zombie-lovers
Shelves: books-i-own
4 out of 5 zombie bites

This was a solid build-up of "creep." These zombies are changing and surely not for the better; and the humans aren't anything to sneeze at either.

Well-written story again from Mr Moody, and the zombies decided not to play second fiddle to our main characters. They have evolved...

...with the future so bleak, can our human survivors cope with these new changes? Is there any true escape, and if so; is it all physical? What happens now?

This story had me tense and on edge t
Apr 13, 2009 Dreadlocksmile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Autumn: Purification” is the third book of David Moody’s four part post-apocalyptic zombie saga. Following on directly from where “Autumn: The City” left off, the reader should already be aware of all the main characters. Bursting with action from the start, the survivors are thrown once again into the dangerous rotting world of the undead, mixing horrific tension with the dark mental anguish that the survivors feel daily.
Influenced heavily but Romero’s zombie films, the book takes on many of t
Rebecca Snow
Aug 26, 2011 Rebecca Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read David Moody’s original book Autumn online for free a bunch of years back and gotten The City a few months back with a Border’s coupon, I knew I had to pre-order Purification when it popped up as a suggestion for me on Amazon back in March. Mr. Moody’s portrayal of survivors among a billion dead makes for an astounding read. There are always those people you want to shake, or hug, or just leave alone. While reading the books, I couldn’t find a single character I could shrug off and no ...more
Dec 27, 2012 EinsteinShrugged rated it it was ok
I am a big fan of the Hater series by Moody and picked up the Autumn series thinking it would be just as good. I should, perhaps, reconsider how often I go around thinking. I managed to finished Autumn, Autumn: Disintegration and Autumn: Purification and am giving them all the same reviews here just so that I might save another bibliophile the same fate.

The Autumn series is slow, two-dimensional, filled with gawd-awful dialogue and generally a chore to read. The fact that I read the full three
Jul 10, 2011 Netanella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, zombies
Great book in the series. Very, very creepy - the silence, the darkness, the hatred of the undead. Moody's Autumn series has a very different feel from the typical zombie book - quite obviously, there's no munching on body parts. But it's the silent creep factor that gets to you - so much scarier than most things I've read in a long, long while.

Awesome series!
Geoff Battle
The characters in the first book ran and hid from zombies. They met a some more characters in the second book who were running and hiding, and together they ran and hid. Purification (mis-labelled the last in the trilogy) offers little in the way of conclusion either. In fact the content is still composed of running and hiding, rinse and repeat. There is little in the way of character development from the survivors, a clear division exists between runners and fodder. That all said, Purification ...more
David McDonald
Sep 17, 2013 David McDonald rated it it was amazing
After having loved David Moody's Autumn and its sequel Autumn: The City, I was eager to get started on the third title in the series, Autumn: Purification.

Autumn: Purification opens with a brief recap leading to the events narrated herein and thereafter, picks up almost immediately from where Autumn: The City left off. This had me ever so slightly worried since it would have been incredibly easy for Moody to take the path of least resistance and created a clone of the plot from Romero's Day of t
Jan 30, 2015 Mkittysamom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie fans, Horror Fans, Social Studies
At first I didn't understand what David Moody was trying to say in Autumn. I watched the movie and it dawned on me that this story is dark, and tinged with human emotions. The Zombies are also unique, kind of like Romero but in each book they gain more intelligence as they rot away. I actually feel for the zombies now. I never know which character is going to bite the dust, and I am amazed that Michael and Emma have continued to survive. Michael has always had a negative point of view and now he ...more
Carolyn  Storer
The Autumn series by David Moody continues with Purification. It's a great instalment. This series is getting better and better and I'm really enjoying it. The tension, suspense and horror is still prevalent as the zombies continue to evolve into something even more terrifying.

The opening scene is fantastic. The underground army is plotting to go up into the world and push back the thousands of zombies that have accumulated above the underground bunker. The vents, which are keeping the soldiers
Feb 25, 2017 Lise rated it it was amazing
Of all of them so far this is my favorite, maybe its because the suckie wimpy characters died, lol,,the rest that are left are better and becoming heroes,,
Holden Attradies
Aug 27, 2012 Holden Attradies rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, zombie
So far I have enjoyed every book in this series better than the previous one. Although the beginning of the zombie infections are usually my favorite aspect of a story, I have to admit this is by far my favorite book in the series so far even though the beginnings of the infection are now long gone.

Due to the ending of the last book and I think partially from the cover art I was expecting most of this book to take place in and around the military base the characters ended up at in the last one,
Alyce Hunt
Apr 19, 2016 Alyce Hunt rated it really liked it
'Now, several days since any of the soldiers had been above ground, almost one hundred thousand bodies had gathered around the bunker, every last one of them fighting to get nearer to its impassable entrance.'

I only finished the second book in David Moody's Autumn series yesterday, and I was so excited by the ending that I just had to dive straight into this one which - as you can tell by this review - I've already managed to finish.
When we left our survivors they'd just managed to gain entry in
Apr 24, 2012 Michele rated it it was amazing
The Autumn series took a huge leap with Purification. First we were able to see how the disease hit the countryside and then the city - allowing us to see that there really wasn't a way to outsmart the apocalypse (because we always think we know a better way). Moody makes sure we can see the full scope by dividing the experiencwe out in the first two books. Then comes Purification to not only allow us to move forward with the group and debate if there can be a future but also allows a glimpse at ...more
Henry Wien
Dec 03, 2012 Henry Wien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry Wien
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Autumn Purification, by David Moody, is the 3rd book in the 6-part spine chilling Horror/Action Autumn series. The book offers a great Synopsis, “One day in September a virulent plague spread throughout the world, killing billions. Even now, the full horror of the plague is just beginning for the dead are not just dead…
One small group of survivors is imprisoned in an underground base, trapped between the door to the outside world and the sealed entrance to
Katie Kenig
Jun 15, 2012 Katie Kenig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, apocolyptic
Third in Moody's series of zombie novels that never mention "the z word".

Because rotting corpses... well, rot... things are getting slightly different for the survivors. The creatures that have been tormenting them are changing. They are less on the attack and more on the move for self-preservation. Will this be better or worse for the survivors? Since the survivors are perceived as a threat to the survival of zombies, you do the math.

Our intrepid band, holed up in the underground military bunk
Luis Dantas
Dec 31, 2012 Luis Dantas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Genre fans who enjoy focus on the characters as opposed to action and sci-fi
Better than the previous two books, "Purification" spends less time establishing or reminding us of the absurd and danger of the situation and therefore has more space for both action and character development.

It provides answers, as well, albeit hardly any definitive ones. I happen to like it better that way; it would be pretty absurd for a zombie apocalypse scenario to give us solid, unquestionable answers about What Truly Happened. All the same, Purification comes quite close, as far as would
Alex Bergonzini
Finalizo esta trilogía, la verdad no entiendo porque a durado tanto. La verdad este que el segundo libro intento estirar la saga volviendo a comenzar con nuevos personajes y este tercero, aunque continúa con las desventuras de los personajes,estos carecen de carisma y de personalidad, la aventura se centra en una huida tras otra y aunque los refugios pueden dar mas juego, apenas roza la superficie. Los muertos son puro peso, los personajes dicen temer a los muertos pero solo en cantidad, un mied ...more
Jun 28, 2013 Mitsu rated it it was ok
Shelves: revisited-2017
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Oct 22, 2011 Becky rated it liked it
The survivors from AUTUMN and AUTUMN: THE CITY have finally come together and are holed up in a military bunker. Unfortunately, the soldiers in said bunker have been cut off from the virus and are not immune, making things complicated for the groups. As the dead swarm above, the survivors come to the conclusion that they must soon move on. Their opportunity comes when the soldiers begin a mass attack on the horde outside.

Third in the series of five presents new challenges to the growing group.
Mar 25, 2012 Florence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great "zombie" read. David Moody has the ability to describe the most terrifying scenes ever. With each of his Autumn books I had been terrifyed to go outside because the undead could be walking. It was a well written terrifyingly good book. Not only did he describe the dead decaying flesh amazingly but he also describe the desolate of the people living in that world. Very realistic for a zombie book.

This one is the fastest paced Autumn book through out the whole story. Which is amazing.

Joseph Barnes
Jun 18, 2012 Joseph Barnes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here we go...Book 3... This is where I get a little confused. There are several books in the series and this one seemed to wrap everything up. Don't get me wrong. It's a great book and a great ending; however you find out at the beginning of book 4 that there were some complications with the publishers and the author had actually written some other books with different characters but the same major plot. I don't thank the other books should have been added to the set but what the heck. I'm off t ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Metagion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a cool book, and I recommend it...Lots of zombies (of course) but it takes the perspective of not only the survivors but also the military as they deal with the Undead threat and the conditions that they endure in survival...I really like the fact that it draws you in and makes you feel the desperation of the folks (military AND civilian alike) and the conditions they face. The ONLY drawback to these series is it's set in England; if you're not familiar with English phrases and places yo
Apr 21, 2012 BookJunkie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GREAT series still.. I enjoyed this book just as much as the others.. I am looking forward to what happens with the group.. I hope there is more in store for Michael and Emma.. I am also looking forward to hearing more about Cooper.. I would have to say they are my favorites.. There were parts in there I was like what.. nail biting and yes even at times sitting there talking to myself about things they could do or should have done.. lol.. although you tell anyone I will deny it.. Looking forward ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
I think this series has gotten a little better with each book. I LOVE the cover art for this one.

When I started the first book, it reminded me a little bit of The Stand which set the bar SERIOUSLY high (sorry, Mr. Moody). When a mysterious virus wipes out 99% of the earth's population in a single morning the survivors are left trying to find some way to go on. The difference here? After a couple of days these dead bodies get back up.

Very creepy stuff, I can't wait to see how this series wraps u
Lisa Cleveland
Oct 12, 2014 Lisa Cleveland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my third time reading this book, and its still as compelling as the first time. For those of you that want a lot of zombie action, then this isn't the series for you. If you want a great story with some characters that you can sink your teeth into,then you'll enjoy this one. This book will make you feel for the living and the dead alike. Some of these stories are heartbreaking, and very few are uplifting. I'm looking forward to re-reading the next book. Yep, I'd recommend this book and a ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Marie rated it it was amazing
Well, David Moody does it again and has surpassed his previous work w/ gut wrenching, seat of your pants, emotional rollercoster realism that even Stephen King would be impressed. I really appreciate his ability to capture every nuance of the human experience. This one really made me sit back and say "Hell, what would I have done in their situation"? I just thank god that the dead don't actually come back in such a fashion or we would certainly be proverbially screwed... to put it mildly!! Good ...more
Apr 28, 2016 Ikey rated it really liked it
This book continued exactly where "Autumn: The City" left off. I was afraid at first that the cast of survivors would be stuck in that underground bunker for the whole book. Thankfully, Moody has grown as a writer. The first "Autumn" I thought was awful - slow, repeated dialogue, etc. But this was really good. There was plenty of action, gore and suspense. I liked the irony of the soldier's dilemma outside of the bunker. The character development could have been expanded, but it was enough to ke ...more
Kike Sandman
Nov 03, 2014 Kike Sandman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A la tercera lo consiguió!!!
"Zona Zombie" es el desenlace de la trilogía de Moody y para mi el mejor de los tres. Los antecesores "Septiembre Zombie" y "Ciudad Zombie" me aburrieron de forma desmesurada así que decidí leer este con muchos prejuicios, mas que nada para acabar algo que tenia empezado. Aquí parece que David echa el resto y cierra muy bien la historia, con mas violencia que sus dos antecesoras.
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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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Autumn (6 books)
  • Autumn (Autumn, #1)
  • The City (Autumn, #2)
  • Disintegration (Autumn, #4)
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