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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  6,544 ratings  ·  551 reviews
A bastard hybrid of War of the Worlds and Night of the Living Dead, Autumn chronicles the struggle of a small group of survivors forced to contend with a world torn apart by a deadly disease. After 99% of the population of the planet is killed in less than 24 hours, for the very few who have managed to stay alive, things are about to get much worse. Animated by "phase two" ...more
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Published October 26th 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published November 1st 2001)
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Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombie
what i really like about this book is the main reason most of the people hate...... to be very slow, it is not fast pace, but all around the claustrophobic feeling due to living among the Zombie....
i suppose it should be the reason why it has been written in such way.....
Good job David Moody!!!

( i am not native english sorry for my grammar and syntax!)
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
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
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
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
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ro
Victor *True Unagi Master*
11am Tues Sept

99% of the world’s population is dead


I didn’t realize that this was previously released for free online and made into a series and a movie. If this were published today, I would say that it was unoriginal and offered nothing new other than a glimpse into the lives of some survivors. Seeing that it’s more than ten years old, it was probably fresh back then. Let me walk this back a bit, the dead here are... different, so that's original.

Sometimes we read these stories and gloss
May 29, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2007
“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
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, and the series as a whole is in my top 3 of best zombie stories. Feed by Mira Grant, and Day by Day Armageddon by J.L.Bourne finish out the list. Book one of this series can be a little slow at times, but as you read on you realize that it's needed to show the progression of the dead themselves. This is a book with live people in it, and by book 2, and onwards the action, and terror picks up. But ultimately, this is a series about the dead, and if you stick around long enough t ...more
Dec 23, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jo Anne B
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So creepy and atmospheric ! I need to stop reading zombies because yesterday I found myself buying extra tins :o
Dec 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie lovers
Shelves: fiction
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Where has this book all my life? Why didn't I know that I needed to read a well written zombie apocalypse series to tell me just how much being an avid reader means to me?
I could go into all the "gory", yet deliciously written details of this book, but then I would just spoil it for you. Just read it and I promise it's worth the read. Listen at me, already recommending a series I haven't even finished yet. Yes, sounds just like me.
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
Carissa Anne
Dec 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, horror
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Rhiannon Frater
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alondra Miller
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 Zombie bites

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 trul
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This year has been the year of interesting ratings. Some guilty pleasures are getting 4 and 5 star ratings, because I got a lot of enjoyment out of them not necessarily about "quality". What constituents quality is subjective anyway.

It was a quick zombie read, and it was exactly what I needed. It's right smack-dab in the middle between low brow and high brow.

Zombies. <3
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-zombies
This was a little different to the norm, less blood and gore and more survival for those who've never seen TWD lol I liked it enough to read the next one at some point. ...more
Kate Lansky
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May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
Autumn delves into the darkness of the apocalypse. David Moody has a knack for looking at the end of the world through the eyes of the average person. There are no superheroes, just people like you and me trying to survive.

In Autumn, almost everyone dies in one fell swoop. The few survivors are terrified, they don’t know what to do or why it happened. The main focus is on a handful of survivors, Michael, Emma and Carl; what they do, how they react and handle the end of the world.

David Moody has
John Wiltshire
Nov 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: given-up-on
I was only the second chapter into this but gave up on it. Now, I don't need it pointed zombie novels are not likely to be great literature. I get that. But this was almost unreadable. Boring (and how anyone could make the end of the world boring defeats me), flat, odd. I mean, if you've suddenly discovered everyone dead, why would you hole up in an abandoned scout hut? I was pondering this last night, feeling guilty about abandoning this series so soon. If I discovered all my work colleagues an ...more
Wow! Really good book. Read in less than 24 hours can't wait to read the 2nd book in this series! ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very simple and straightforward Z-word book.

The characters I found bland and bordering on stupid. Their fascination with playing with dead bodies in the name of "understanding" was just weird. My LAST instinct when seeing a rotting body is to touch it. But maybe that is just me.

Plus the fact that they seem to have no inclination to plan ahead. I mean you can't sit barricaded in a house forever. No one considers making a garden or something? Weapons? No?

I don't think I'll be continuing with the
Kay Smillie
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having only discovered David Moody recently, reading and enjoying the Hater trilogy, time to see what Autumn is like. Yes, it is another zombie series but at least the dead didn't rise straight away and the dead died in a quick, horrific manner. The zombies in Autumn are the traditional stumbling types where it is sheer numbers that overwhelm. Not original however it was good enough to keep me hooked. Hooked enough to find out what happens next to the very few survivors.

Ray Smillie
Oct 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
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I am a huge fan of David Moody. He knocked my socks off back in September with his Hater series - in which normally rational people suddenly and violently turned against one another in an attempt to survive from an irrational fear of hate. (I am still impatiently awaiting the release of the final book for the trilogy!)

Flattered by the embarrassing amount of love I was gushing on him (or so I assume!) he offered to send me a copy of the first novel in his zombie series - Au
Amanda Makepeace
Sep 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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