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The City (Autumn #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,084 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
Everything that means anything to you is taken away in seconds. No warning. No explanation. Nothing. AUTUMN: THE CITY is the first sequel to the acclaimed horror novel AUTUMN (now available as a free download from A virulent disease rips across the face of the planet, killing billions of people in less than twenty-four hours. A small group of surviv ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Gollancz (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
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
Jodi Cleghorn
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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: horror, zombies
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
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!
Lisa Cleveland
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.
Geoff Battle
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
Derek Bedrosian
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
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
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En la misma linea que el primero, con un poco mas de acción. Ves como los personajes van deteriorándose, sobretodo mentalmente y sin dejar el miedo en ningún momento. Hay algunas situaciones muy agobiantes la verdad. Lo que si me ha faltado es mas muertes o ataques por parte de los zombies en los que acaben con algunos supervivientes, me refiero a mas sangre. Pero por lo demás un libro genial.
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Scott Callaway
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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,
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-bought
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.

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
Erica Gilliam
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alyce Hunt
When I finished 'Autumn', the first book in David Moody's series of the same name, I was excited to continue onwards. I loved Michael and Emma, the survivors that we were following, and I was looking forward to seeing what happened to them over the course of the series.
This meant I was a little bit dismayed when I started 'Autumn: The City' and discovered that we were following a whole host of new characters. Starting in much the same way as the first book, we join our new characters on the day
Well this is my second reading because I stopped on book 4 and forgot what happened lol. So this book is about survivors in the "city" duh.. but Michael and Emma are included towards the end as they all (new characters Inc.) move to new underground destination. Cooper, a new character from the military, was left behind on a scout mission in the city and without him, all the survivors would be screwed..but from what really.. !? The dead who have returned..aren't zombies (yet?) but their behavior ...more
Holden Attradies
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, zombie
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
Coushatta LaRue
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
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
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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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