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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,890 ratings  ·  104 reviews
A bastard hybrid of War of the Worlds and Night of the Living Dead, the Autumn series chronicles the struggle survivors are forced to contend with in a world torn apart by a deadly disease. 99% of the population of the planet has been killed in less than 24 hours. Animated by "phase two" of some unknown contagion, the dead begin to rise. At first slow, blind, dumb and lumb ...more
Paperback, 329 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 1st 2004)
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Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
4.5 Stars

"The balance of our world has been changed forever. Mankind is being cleansed from the face of the planet. Purification has begun."

Book 3 of David Moody's Autumn series comes to a well put together ending in this book Autumn: Purification. This is the final book of the main storyline even though there are two additional books in the Autumn world. The best aspect to this series is the consistency from one book to the next. This is not your everyday meat grinder zombie story where the her
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my third time reading this book, and its still as compelling as the first time. For those of you that want a lot of zombie action, then this isn't the series for you. If you want a great story with some characters that you can sink your teeth into,then you'll enjoy this one. This book will make you feel for the living and the dead alike. Some of these stories are heartbreaking, and very few are uplifting. I'm looking forward to re-reading the next book. Yep, I'd recommend this book and a ...more
Jo Anne B
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

"The balance of our world has been changed forever. Mankind is being cleansed from the face of the planet. Purification has begun."

I read this book right after the second one and enjoyed this one a lot more. This time Michael and Emma were in it from the get go and the book was all about getting to the place that could give them all a future.

There are more characters introduced who have some handy skills and knowledge but we still have Michael, Emma, Cooper, Donna, Armitage, and Croft.
Alondra Miller
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Zombie-lovers
4 out of 5 zombie bites

This was a solid build-up of "creep." These zombies are changing and surely not for the better; and the humans aren't anything to sneeze at either.

Well-written story again from Mr Moody, and the zombies decided not to play second fiddle to our main characters. They have evolved...

...with the future so bleak, can our human survivors cope with these new changes? Is there any true escape, and if so; is it all physical? What happens now?

This story had me tense and on edge t
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Autumn: Purification” is the third book of David Moody’s four part post-apocalyptic zombie saga. Following on directly from where “Autumn: The City” left off, the reader should already be aware of all the main characters. Bursting with action from the start, the survivors are thrown once again into the dangerous rotting world of the undead, mixing horrific tension with the dark mental anguish that the survivors feel daily.
Influenced heavily but Romero’s zombie films, the book takes on many of t
Rebecca Snow
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read David Moody’s original book Autumn online for free a bunch of years back and gotten The City a few months back with a Border’s coupon, I knew I had to pre-order Purification when it popped up as a suggestion for me on Amazon back in March. Mr. Moody’s portrayal of survivors among a billion dead makes for an astounding read. There are always those people you want to shake, or hug, or just leave alone. While reading the books, I couldn’t find a single character I could shrug off and no ...more
Kelly Rice
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am a big fan of the Hater series by Moody and picked up the Autumn series thinking it would be just as good. I should, perhaps, reconsider how often I go around thinking. I managed to finished Autumn, Autumn: Disintegration and Autumn: Purification and am giving them all the same reviews here just so that I might save another bibliophile the same fate.

The Autumn series is slow, two-dimensional, filled with gawd-awful dialogue and generally a chore to read. The fact that I read the full three
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, zombies
Great book in the series. Very, very creepy - the silence, the darkness, the hatred of the undead. Moody's Autumn series has a very different feel from the typical zombie book - quite obviously, there's no munching on body parts. But it's the silent creep factor that gets to you - so much scarier than most things I've read in a long, long while.

Awesome series!
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, zombies
I didn't realize that this book was #3 to a series when I found it in a used book bargain bin--but I remember reading the first two books of this author's Hater series and liking them (not sure why I didn't finish off the series, will have to go back). This book featuring survivors going from underground military base to tiny island isn't really a standalone and suffers greatly. There's no real depth to any of the characters and when some of them inevitably get torn apart by zombies, you don't g ...more
Curtis Simoneau
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
In my opinion, the third book in the Autumn series is the weakest of the first 3 books. (I've only read the first 3 so far). But with that being said, it's still a fantastic read. My main issue with this book, is I feel like the pacing wasn't nearly as good as it was in the first two books (Autumn & The City). However, I think this book has some of the strongest character moments in the series so far, too. So I I have a love hate relationship with "Purification."

It gives my favorite character a
Geoff Battle
The characters in the first book ran and hid from zombies. They met a some more characters in the second book who were running and hiding, and together they ran and hid. Purification (mis-labelled the last in the trilogy) offers little in the way of conclusion either. In fact the content is still composed of running and hiding, rinse and repeat. There is little in the way of character development from the survivors, a clear division exists between runners and fodder. That all said, Purification ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Another good read. This is book 3 of 6 in the series. This book picks right up where #2 finished. Same situation and same characters continued on. This book has more gore and zombie interactions then the first two. You also get a better feel for many of the characters as we spend more time getting to know everyone. I did find that this book started to steer in a direction of something big and sinister happening but it didn't really develop as such. The zombies continue to change but I was waitin ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
The second book was rather boring and almost seemed like a copy of the first. But I decided to give the third a try and I’m glad I did. It was definitely a lot more exciting than the second book. The characters actually got out of their hiding places more and tried to do something, anything. Before it seemed like all they did was hide and argue. They still did that a little bit in this book but it wasn’t anything compared to the first two books. The “zombies” are getting more interesting as well ...more
Kay Smillie
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving this series and this has been the best yet. At last a possible cause is mentioned in the third novel although it may just be hearsay. The undead, or at least some of them, appear to be slowly adapting. Meanwhile our band of survivors are doing just that, surviving, despite the incredible numbers of zombies. This ends with some hope, albeit small, for the survivors this is focused on. Great writing.

Ray Smillie
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic
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Derek Bedrosian
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another solid addition to the series. The farther along we go the more the author takes into consideration and it's very entertaining to see the progression of the living and undead within this world. Looking forward to the next installment. ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating continuation of the aftermath of the plague. There's more action in this one than the prior two books and lots more suspense-it's a real page turner. Off to the next one! Can't wait to see what happens next. ...more
Bookaholic Chloe
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Again, finished this book in a day. The 3rd book of this series which I finished within a week.

Things are getting more intense as we started to see some characters' deaths (T_T).

I can't wait to lay my hands on the fourth book!
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series

I have thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy. I found it impossible to set down. The fact that the dead kept evolving was totally engaging. I found the action scenes to be well written and the main characters had substance.
A great read!
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
A decent conclusion, but unsure if I want to read the other two books.
Adam McAuley
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
More strong survival instincts to get out alive. This is another solid zombie novel. 8.4/10
Cari Miller
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Could do with less language.. story is interesting on its own, doesn't need the profanity ...more
Dana Easley
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. Each book leaves me wanting the next. I enjoy the twists. After reading several zombie series you can't help but to assume what's going to happen next. Great series! ...more
Isabella Whitfield
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This was 'okay'. Wish I looked at how many books were in this series before I started reading them. Or maybe that was more chill about not finishing things. ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Anything this fella writes is gold. Outstanding.
Kim McCool
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m really enjoying this series, anyone who’s a fan of the walking dead, will definitely like it.
David McDonald
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After having loved David Moody's Autumn and its sequel Autumn: The City, I was eager to get started on the third title in the series, Autumn: Purification.

Autumn: Purification opens with a brief recap leading to the events narrated herein and thereafter, picks up almost immediately from where Autumn: The City left off. This had me ever so slightly worried since it would have been incredibly easy for Moody to take the path of least resistance and created a clone of the plot from Romero's Day of t
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie fans, Horror Fans, Social Studies
Shelves: zombie-munchers
At first I didn't understand what David Moody was trying to say in Autumn. I watched the movie and it dawned on me that this story is dark, and tinged with human emotions. The Zombies are also unique, kind of like Romero but in each book they gain more intelligence as they rot away. I actually feel for the zombies now. I never know which character is going to bite the dust, and I am amazed that Michael and Emma have continued to survive. Michael has always had a negative point of view and now he ...more
Carolyn  Storer
The Autumn series by David Moody continues with Purification. It's a great instalment. This series is getting better and better and I'm really enjoying it. The tension, suspense and horror is still prevalent as the zombies continue to evolve into something even more terrifying.

The opening scene is fantastic. The underground army is plotting to go up into the world and push back the thousands of zombies that have accumulated above the underground bunker. The vents, which are keeping the soldiers
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Of all of them so far this is my favorite, maybe its because the suckie wimpy characters died, lol,,the rest that are left are better and becoming heroes,,
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A pioneer of independent publishing, 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 a ...more

Other books in the series

Autumn (7 books)
  • Autumn (Autumn, #1)
  • The City (Autumn, #2)
  • Disintegration (Autumn, #4)
  • Aftermath (Autumn, #5)
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