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The City

(Autumn #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,528 ratings  ·  182 reviews
A bastard hybrid of War of the Worlds and Night of the Living Dead, the Autumn series 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 ...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
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
It was while I was reading The City that I heard about George Romero’s passing. To be honest, it now feels like there is a massive hole in this genre that I have grown to love so much. Now, you may wonder what Romero has to do with The City or even the Autumn Series. Well, Romero set the standard, established the expectations and, whether consciously or subconsciously, Romero is the bar that all others will be judged by.

I am always on the lookout for a post-apocalyptic/zombie (if you can call th
Jo Anne B
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jodi Cleghorn
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Too slow to begin, too many characters with too little depth to give two shits about. While the action picks up in the final third, it was too tedious until that point.

While the Autumn series may have been ahead of the new wave of zombie novels ( like World War Z and Warm Bodies ) and probably suffers because of this ( newer books have better articulated stories and refreshing takes on the trope ) it can't excuse Moody's writing which is clinical to the point of sterile. The book suffers from t
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carolyn  Storer
The opening of Autmun: The City brings us back to the city where the story started in book one, hence the title. We meet new characters and see how characters from the previous book are doing, as well as the introduction of the army who have been held up in a bunker just outside the city.

New characters Jack, Donna and Cooper are all great, but it was also really good to get back to Emma and Michael who were my favourite characters in the first book, Autumn.

What I’ve found even more evident in th
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
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 apparen
Alondra Miller
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 zombie bites

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 wor
Nov 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
I picked up another Autumn book just to see if the last one was a fluke or they're all that awful.
Yep, definitely awful.
The phrase "bloody, germ-filled" is utilized to describe the *visual* aspect of the ichor emitted by the zombies.
A guy in a hazmat suit walks out into the cold and his visor fogs up, so he *wipes it off with his hand*.
People continuously react to the dangerous and unknown by consciously going out *at night* (while the power's out) to "avoid being detected".
Repeated mis-usage of
Julie Kellner
Oct 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out good but was very drawn out
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
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies, horror
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
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Geoff Battle
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
The City is a sequel to the first Autumn in the same fashion that Evil Dead II is a sequel to Evil Dead. It's a rehash, adding very little content, and not answering any questions left over from the first. What differs from the original entry is the rural setting has been replaced with that of a cityscape. In the last quarter of the book the story meets up with where the original Autumn ended (although you won't have needed to read it, since the events have all recompiled in this book). At the e ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
II love zombie/apocalypse books and found this one in the HPB clearance area. I had no idea that it was #2 in the series, so I read it. And since it starts right as the disease hits, I can only assume in the first one, you get more background to the characters. Anyway, I am IN! Just ordered the rest of the series because I really enjoyed this book. It was great because it really seems like what would happen if such an event occurred and only a few people randomly survived.
Rhiannon Frater
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really felt it was a massive step up for the series, not just because of the expanded cast of characters, but because the author's style really seemed to come together in a very dynamic way. There are descriptions in this book that will absolutely haunt your nightmares.

Loved it!
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another solid entry in Mr. Moody's Autumn series. I enjoyed this one. Those dead are really starting to get a little putrid now. I may have gagged a time or two! Now I'm on to book 3 in the series. Yep, I'd recommend this story and author. ...more
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long time fan of Mr. Moody especially the Hater Series of books but alas I wasn't a fan of Autumn so I was reluctant to continue with the series but I am happy to report that The City is a welcome return to form.
Moody returns to the start of the plague and tells the story of those trapped on a university campus in the city center and there attempts at survival in the opening few weeks of the madness that the world has become.
The City is a far superior book to Autumn and its character developmen
Bookaholic Chloe
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have to get my hands on this book in my local library after I've finished the first book, Autumn.

Needless to say, I enjoyed this second book very much.

The refreshing thing about this series so far is that there is no exaggerating gore or human politics. Yes, we are talking about zombie apocalypse but the author focused more on the underlying emotions in most of the characters. Alot of characters in here are realistically trying to come into terms with themselves instead of getting involve quickl
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
This book was a little repetitive. It was similar to the first in that sense. The first one was understandable. But the second was almost exactly the same. They start off by introducing new characters and explain where they were when the virus too hold. Then the characters constantly argue about whether they should stay in their current location or not. I accepted it in the first book thinking it was natural and kind of realistic. But the second book was also the same and kind of boring. I kept ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Man o man, was I disappointed. For one, the author decided to start the story practically over with new characters, okay thats fine and all but these characters have no personality. You are just reading a story about some boring people living in a dorm kind of place. Yeah towards the end it started to get exciting, just like the first one, but of course it ends right as something is going to happen. I don't even know if i'm going to try and read the next one since who knows if we are once again ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The second in the 6 part zombie series. I actually plan to read them in order, one after the other, as I got the set for Christmas. I liked the 2nd one better than than the first, would have given it 3.5 if possible. It's a zombie apocalypse story, with most of the world dead and many corpses returning to set out after the few remaining living. This book had a lot more characters throughout and also brought in a couple from the first book. A good read, entertaining and interesting. I am looking ...more
White Wolf
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
The second novel in David Moody's Autumn series sets the bar high. "The City" is way more action packed than the first book, while still maintaining it's calm bleakness. Like the first book, I found this book to be perfectly paced. I was never bored. "The City" introduces many new characters. Characters in this book are more well rounded than the first book, but most are forgettable. But the main characters are likeable enough to keep you invested in their stories. The last 80 or so pages of thi ...more
Kay Smillie
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Same as the opening novel it isn't original (pretty difficult to be original in the zombie genre) but still a satisfying read. This concentrates on a group holed up in a university building starting from day one of the virus which has pretty much wiped out humanity, only leaving a very small number. Part two sees a second group featured in the prologue to this novel and the remnants of those involved in Autumn. Bring on the next in the series.

Ray Smillie
Derek Bedrosian
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice continuation of the story. A zombie novel, to be sure, but a nice deviation from typical genre-defining aspects such as that in the Autumn series, the zombies aren't out to eat the survivors; just pummel them to death. At the end of this one, I'm left wondering where the survivors go from here. Luckily I'm now picking up the next installment. ...more
Natalie Laguna
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars, i liked this book for not being a typical Zombie book and not calling them zombies either. i like that it's not typically scary, it's suspenseful and while it can feel a little anti-climatic i still enjoyed the story. ...more
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I actually lost track of a couple of characters? But still interested in plot as a whole.
Adam McAuley
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was intense in all it's subtlety. 8.5/10 ...more
Shannon Walker
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best zombie books, but don't waste time on the movie. ...more
Cari Miller
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Would give it a better rating if there was less language.
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