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Autumn (Autumn #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  5,738 Ratings  ·  502 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
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published November 1st 2001)
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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
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 roo
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
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
Dec 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie lovers
Shelves: fiction
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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  ·  review of another edition
So creepy and atmospheric ! I need to stop reading zombies because yesterday I found myself buying extra tins :o
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: horror, dystopian
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Rhiannon Frater
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Aug 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
John Wiltshire
Nov 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 gramma and syntax!)
Oct 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kate Lansky
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May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who needs a zombie-fix.
“Surviving is one thing,” he said quietly, his voice suddenly calmer, “but you’ve got to have a reason to do it. There’s no point in living if you don’t have anything worth living for.”

The Beginning: Billions died in less than twenty-four hours.

99 % of the population dies suddenly of a mysterious disease, only to rise again after 24 hours. At first they just walk around, aiming towards light and sound, but as they days pass they turn more and more aggressive. We follow a small group of survivo
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Autumn is the beginning to David Moody’s four book zombie series which follows the few remaining survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. As the book begins, the reader is quickly confronted with the harrowing situation of a world that is suddenly turned upside down. Like Romero’s classic work, the novel turns more towards the struggles of a few survivors who have to cope with the situation both mentally and physically. When the undead begin to show signs of aggression, the desperate predicament b ...more
So I won this book from Goodreads Giveaways and I am really grateful to Goodreads for the chance to read it. While I am grateful, I also feel obligated to tell the truth.

To be frank I really couldn't get into Autumn, it was boring. Don't get me wrong, I love zombies in movies, but in books they just leaving me wanting more. There are a few exceptions, like World War Z and Breathers, but that is because they take an interesting viewpoint on the zombie issue. This book is no different from any ot
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
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
I'll admit that I have a soft spot for Moody in advance. I've read 5 of his other books (including the Hater series which is amazing) and I really enjoyed them. I will also admit that this was not my favorite of the ones I've read, but it still retained the fluid writing that kept me reading. And in fact, I read it in one sitting (3 hours). It wasn't the action packed zombie novel I'm used to, but it kept my attention. This has got to be the least bloody zombie book I have ever read. It's also a ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Really good book. Read in less than 24 hours can't wait to read the 2nd book in this series!
Jan 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The characters are wooden. The dialogue is wooden. I'm sure if you read this on an e-reader it would turn to wood.
Brian Malbon
Um... Depressed people are... depressed?
In the first three chapters of Autumn, everybody dies. No spoiler there, it's on the back of the book. Some people don't die, but they have to stand there and watch everyone else die.
Carl is somehow immune, but finds his wife and baby dead in their home. Naturally he covers them with a blanket and leaves, because when your family dies the best thing to do is go for a brisk walk.
Micheal is standing in a classroom adressing a ridiculously mean group of stu
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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
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Do you remember back in the early 1990's when authors would give away the first 3-5 chapters of a book to try to convince you to buy the rest? That is what David Moody is doing here, except he failed to properly edit the chapters down and is trying to pass it off as a novel.

What is worse, instead of trying to get money for just one book out of you, he's split up the remainder so you have to pay twice for one complete story. That's right, one novel, split in to three pieces with only the first pi
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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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