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The Human Condition

(Autumn #6)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  970 ratings  ·  45 reviews
David Moody presents the final book in the acclaimed AUTUMN series.

The human race is finished. Mankind is all but dead and only a handful of frightened individuals remain. These people have survived through chance, not skill, and they are a desperate bunch: cheating lovers, workshy civil servants, permanently drunk publicans, teenage rebels, obsessive accountants, failed
Paperback, 460 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Infected Books (first published January 6th 2005)
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LIsa Noell "Rocking the Chutzpah!"
These books. I had no idea what I was starting when I began this messed up journey. I truly hated the first book. But, I had bought a bundle at Hastings, so I read on! After book two, there was no getting rid of me! I'd have fought to keep reading.
So on, and the series progresses..This last book just tore my heart out. Tossed it on the pavement and said "what?"
Most heartfelt end ever. Thank you for that, Mr. Moody.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed. I loved the series but this book felt totally unnecessary. It had snippets of characters-some telling before you encountered them in various books in the series. It also had short chapters of characters that never were. Why? I don't know. It's a little odd after reading through the whole arc of the series to then go back to the beginning and get some info-which is really useless. The only story I found interesting was that of Dean, the little boy. Also, this book does ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stats for HUMOR!! So I get to know more about some characters backgrounds, and I really loved the demented ones! Not everyone is going to react healthy I should say but... too many people..just give up!! So I felt like I went from.. who was this character, ..(um ps Julia made it on the helo to the island), to laughing to being so sad.... I loved Amy's view! But still have unanswered questions about the"cure/virus" that made everyone suffocate. I get the self preservation..which weirdly the una ...more
Joseph Barnes
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The human race is finished. Mankind is all but dead and only a handful of frightened individuals remain. These people have survived through chance, not skill, and they are a desperate bunch: cheating lovers, workshy civil servants, permanently drunk publicans, teenage rebels, obsessive accountants, failed husbands, first-time cross-dressers, disrobed priests and more...

David has done it once again. This is an amazing addition to the Autumn Series. All questions are finally answered and we revis
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Autumn: The Human Condition is the forth book in David Moody’s post-apocalyptic zombie saga. The book is a companion book that explores various characters sub-plots during the time of the Autumn novels. The book evolved from the Autumn: Echoes series that has been available as a free download from David Moody’s website. The book draws reference to a lot from all three previous Autumn novels, mostly from the third instalment Autumn: Purification.

From the very start of this companion book, the moo
Jan 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OK this was the 4th book in my Ultimate Undead Collection: Zombie Apocalypse Best Sellers. The description lists this as the final book, number 6, of the Autumn series. First of all, I don't understand why the 6th book of a series would be included in a set of different Zombie books, but whatever. After reading this book and a few reviews, I'm thinking it's really more of a companion book than the 6th book of the series, but again whatever. It's really just a compilation of a lot of different ch ...more
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
great ending to a great series. the different and untold stories of people who survived, did not survive and began walking again is a really great take on the situation. giving insight to how different people of different backgrounds and age deal with the situation, i definitely loved that psychological feel about it. i wish the author went more in depth about the dead and how they came to cower and hide from the living instead of follow them.nevertheless, it was still an excellent book. one of ...more
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't exciting like the others so far in the Autumn series. Even though the ebook was 237 pages long, it was a slow read. I just don't care enough about these characters to want to know what they were doing the moment the apocalypse hit, especially the random people who aren't in any of the other books. ...more
David McDonald
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A little over a year ago, I read Autumn a bleak and powerful tale of the walking dead by British author David Moody. Now, having read the first novel and subsequent four follow-up books, I have just finished Autumn: The Human Condition which purports to be the final book in this epic series.

For those not familiar with the author or the series, David Moody took a massive gamble when he unleashed his zombie novel Autumn on the internet for FREE. The gamble paid off and more than half a million dow
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Including his Autumn trilogy, this (prequel) novel, the fourth in the telling of the aftermath of a pandemic which first wipes out more than 99% of the population of England and then inexplicably resuscitates 1/3rd of its dead, is inhabited by even more insufferable cowards, quislings, momma's boys and whiny, ineffectual women; all of them so hopelessly incapacitated by grief, fear and habitual stubbornness and stupidity that death is merely a waiting game. The stalwart, survivalist hero cum sup ...more
Geoff Battle
Jun 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There's no real reason to read The Human Condition. It's a disparate collection of short stories which seem to be chapters from the previous three books, modified somewhat, but rehashed none-the-less. So, with no new content, no singular plot, no continuity, there's little left to compel the reader. It's not a guide book either, since it offers very little new data. I'd struggle to find a reason to recommend this entry in the series, it's for Autumn fans only. ...more
"Autumn: The Human Condition" works as the final piece to Moody's awesome zombie series. Recounting the final moments of countless people before the virus struck, Moody shows us that the human condition is not necessarily always noble and bright. There are mean, stupid, nasty people out there, and Moody writes them well. ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Finished the last book of the Autumn series. I think this one was an add-on as the one before is described as the last of the series. This one is more of a set of short stories based on various characters, some of which we have met before, and various situations throughout the series. It gives more insight into the people and situation. I thought it was good and an entertaining read. It does start to get a little repetitive as you near the end as you read about of people's situations and actions ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice addition to the Autumn series giving an insight to the struggles of other survivors, a look back at the previously unmentioned exploits of survivors already featured, a sort of perspective from one of the undead and a finale from the island group. A most satisfactory way to end the series.

Ray Smillie
Ashley Massey
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the premise of this book. It went into the backstory of some of the main characters in the series, while also discussing characters and stories that were not in the series but added to the backstory. The only issue I had was editing/grammar errors that took away from the story.
Jan Ostler
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love David Moody!
Adam McAuley
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This collection of the stories of characters is exciting, but easily worse than the other Autumn novels. 8.0/10
Dana Easley
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best zombie series
Melissa Dally
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was my favorite book in this series, really a capstone for the whole.
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic
I loved the Autumn Series but I really struggled to get through this book. The only part I really liked was the ending, as it gave some important info.
Katie Kenig
This collection of short stories centered around the Autumn universe, created by David Moody, is sometimes billed as "Autumn 3.5" so I decided that's exactly where I'd read it as I plowed through the series, between three and four. Now I'm wondering if I shouldn't have waited until the series was finished.

This was less of a quick read than the other books in the series, partly because I found so many of the stories to be profoundly sad, and because a consistent action oriented plot wasn't at pla
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to read this as it made me so involved with the characters that I had to go re-read the original books they were mentioned in.

I love the way this puts meat on the bones of some of the characters we did not get to know in the original series, and reminded me how good an author Mr Moody is, as he draws you in to the situation and quickly makes you care about thse people.

As a writing exercise, It's a great example of how authors should create well rounded create characters quic
Albert Yates
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
the human condition was the conclusion of David Moody's Autumn about a pandemic that swept across the globe killing almost everyone, only for them to come back to life as dangerous and curious zombies.

this companion book does a good job about filling in the details of some of the characters in the book, survivors that were never discovered by the groups the book was following and even tries to offer an explanation as to how it all happened.

there were a few sections of the book I had trouble wit
Kayla Nicholls
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started the series in 2007.
I loved the whole series, and often reread the books! I had to special order them all, and have them shipped overseas!! lol
It grips you in from the beginning and gets your mind going. You want the characters to survive, even though you know they won't all make it. And for some, you want them to get what's coming to them, even though you know they won't. It really made me think about what I would do in the same circumstances!!

I kind of wish it would keep going, as I f
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be very well written with an amazing and interesting twist on the traditional zombie apocalypse. With all those different points of views and characters intertwining, it was well organized.

One thing that troubled me was nearing the end, when the solider finally emerges from the underground base to head topside. As the book mentioned, there must have been a battle that took place the wiped out many of the "zombies". But while he was walking through town he saw nothing and no
Andrew Berry
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: zombie-horror
With this novel I had come to expect soemthing great from this one given the fantastic storylines with the characters in the previous books.

Only a few of the characters were worth reading their stories while the rest were just boring. Breaking up the stories so you could start another characters story was just too confusing. By the time you get to another character you could have forgotten about what the first character was doing.
For me it was easier to follow these characters seperately so I co
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this companion book just as much as I loved the Autumn series. I highly recommend this book if you have read the Autumn series of 5 books first. Moody's brilliance shines yet, again. The book consist of a journey, viewed through many eyes from different characters, their take on everything when the world came to a screaming halt as well as the after shock and the survival/fighting to maintain what is left of humanity. Moody even taps into the "Zombie's" view. Its a horror/nightmare that ...more
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
in all honesty, I wasn't terribly excited with this book. being defined as the 6th book in the series, I was hoping for some bit of 'life on or after cormansey.' but instead this was a collection of stories of the lives of some of the prominent characters and even those that got a slight mention. it was all fine and dandy to read but I'd say u can live without reading this book.
but on a quick side note, I do like how this book showed u how close certain people were to others, if only they had t
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I found this to be a fresh take on the zombie apocalypse, specifically how the virus spread and was created - a very original and creative happening.

I really enjoyed the story, but I felt like the author had a lot of sentence fragments that impacted how the writing flowed. I think the book would have been much more enjoyable if there had been some additional editing, but other than that, I did quite enjoy it. I would probably read other books by this author, especially since they're relatively i
Kerry Amburgy-Dickson
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Each chapter is from the perspective of a different individual. Each handled the zombie outbreak in a different manner. The book goes from Day Zero (at the end of the book there is a chapter that shows you the cause of the outbreak)onward. A couple of chapters are even from the perspective of one of the zeds. This was a very good zombie novel. You don't need to have read any of the other books in the series to enjoy this book. This books seems to be a prequel to the other books. ...more
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David Moody first released Hater in 2006, and without an agent, succeeded in selling the film rights for the novel to Mark Johnson (producer, Breaking Bad) and Guillermo Del Toro (director, The Shape of Water, Pan's Labyrinth). Moody's seminal zombie novel Autumn was made into an (admittedly terrible) movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. He has an unhealthy fascination with the end ...more

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Autumn (8 books)
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  • The City (Autumn, #2)
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