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Autumn: Aftermath (Autumn series) [Kindle Edition]

David Moody
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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It's been almost one hundred days since a killer disease wiped out 99% of the population. Three months since the dead reanimated. Survivors are few and far between now, and those who remain stick together to give themselves the best possible chance of continuing to stay alive. They are the last of the living.


A band of refugees has taken shelter in a medieval castle – a fortress that has stood strong for hundreds of years. Besieged by the dead, they only emerge when it’s absolutely necessary. As autumn turns to winter, however, the balance of power slowly begins to shift.


The unexpected appearance of survivors from another group changes everything. They bring choice, and an alternative way of life which is a far cry from the world everyone has been forced to leave behind. Society as we know it has crumbled beyond repair and things will never be the same again. Some people are ready to embrace this change, others can’t let go of the past. The choice is divisive.


Are we entering mankind's final days? In the aftermath of the disease, will the last survivors destroy each other, or will the dead destroy them all?




Editorial Reviews

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"As demonstrated throughout his previous novels, readers should crown Moody king of the zombie horror novel, and his final book in the Autumn series adds a much-deserved jewel to his crown. Certainly, this is action-packed, with corpses attacking on every other page, but the novel truly succeeds when Moody slows down the action and looks at human nature in the face of utter inhalation. Two years since the infection ravaged the entire world, wiping out 99 percent of the population, the new novel follows two groups of survivors, who fight hunger, fear, and, at times, boredom. The heartbreaking reality of their situation is magnified, however, when the first baby is conceived, leaving readers to wonder whether heartache or hope lives within the future of its small life."—Booklist

"Moody is as imaginative as Barker, as compulsory as King and as addictive as Palahniuk"—SCREAM Magazine

Praise for AUTUMN:

“The best survival horror since Richard Matheson’s I am Legend.” —Wayne Simmons, Author of FLU and DROP DEAD GORGEOUS

"If you only read one book this year, read AUTUMN." —Suspense Magazine (2010 Best Book List)

"By the end of the book, you will be waiting impatiently for the next installment." —Dread Central

About the Author

DAVID MOODY was born in 1970 and grew up on a diet of trashy horror and 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 was downloaded more than half a million times and spawned a series of sequels and a movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. Film rights to his novel HATER have been bought by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) and Mark Johnson (producer of the Chronicles of Narnia films). Moody lives outside Birmingham (UK) with his wife and a houseful of daughters and stepdaughters, which may explain his pre-occupation with Armageddon.


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  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312570023
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OQGZW2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking end to a wonderful series March 14, 2012
Format:Paperback
Bestselling horror author, David Moody, returns with the fifth and final Autumn novel. Written over a span of ten years, the Autumn story follows two disparate groups of survivors and their battles to survive a world overrun by the living dead. But while years may have passed for us readers, the survivors are only moving into winter now: this shift in seasons plays a pivotal role in Aftermath's story.

Aftermath begins from the perspective of the living dead, a young woman called Jessica Lindt, now wandering in the wastegrounds of post-apocalyptic Britain. And this too is quite significant, Aftermath not only being the most character-focused of the series when it comes to the survivors, but the dead also: there are significant changes within both the personality and behaviour of the book's `zombies' that have serious implications upon the survivors and their plans for long-term survival.

Most of the story centres around an old castle where a twenty strong group of survivors have taken up residence. The castle, no stranger to sieges in the past, is now surrounded by thousands of dead bodies, making supply runs something of a problem. Food and water is limited. Tension begins to mount.

Pressure is the main currency here. How it grows amongst the survivors, what it does to them, what it makes them do to each other. And herein lies a major strength of the book; Moody pulls no punches in his no-frills character study. As the siege continues, and cabin fever sets in, the survivors eventually turn on each other. This power struggle is the core of Aftermath's story. As in the very first modern zombie story, Romero's 1968 film, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, a dispute between key figures results in tragedy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect end to a fantastic series March 13, 2012
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Aftermath begins focusing on a group of survivors hiding out in a castle to keep the walking corpses at bay until they have decayed enough to pose no threat. When a chance encounter with the group from Cormansey divides the castle dwellers on the best course of action (staying or joining the island group) it turns into a fight for survival not only against the dead, but against the living as well. As excited as I was to get an Advanced Reading Copy of Aftermath, I was equally reluctant to begin the final chapter in this phenomenal saga. David Moody artfully crafted a post apocalyptic world that seems harsh and cruel, then created characters to inhabit it that are as real as you and I. They are brilliantly flawed in their humanity, making the reader love them or hate them (and in some cases both.)These characters make the world seem less harsh. Aftermath feels a great deal like holding a mirror to society at the present. It showcases the human spirit both negative and positive in a time of panic and survival. How kindness and a desire to help fellow man is only one reaction. Life and death situations can also cause a person to snap, showing their weaknesses and greed. With every page in Aftermath I was drawn deeper into the Autumn world. Mr. Moody has a way of writing that effortlessly brings you inside the book. As sad as I am that a wonderful series has come to its end, the end was perfect. Now we can look forward to the next great novel from this extremely talented writer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great finish to a fabulous zombie thriller March 13, 2012
Format:Paperback
One nanosecond ago everything was fine; a moment later 99% of the human race died; however over the next three months the dead failed to stay dead as they returned as the mindless undead with an innate instinct to kill the 1% of human survivors. Several of the 1% survivors reach the remote island of Cormansey; access exclusively by air ad boat, making this isolated rock zombie free for the fifty-one humans including a pregnant women. They helicopter to Chadwick to obtain needed supplies.

Another of the 1% made it to fortified Cheatham Castle. These twenty-one survivors go to Chadwick for supplies too. The two human groups collide as the castle dwellers believe the islanders are encroaching on their territory of Chadwick. The islanders invite the Chadwick crew to join them on the island as there is strength in numbers. Many want to go but their leaders refuse to give up their power. As tension mounts, the two small pockets of humans seem ready to war with each other instead of allying against the greater threat.

The final Autumn urban fantasy (see Autumn: Disintegration and Autumn: The City) is a great finish to a fabulous zombie thriller. The underlying premise is that those on power obsess with remaining in power at any cost even to their own group's survival. With a deep look at the human need to dominate or subordinate, readers will relish this entry as only the strong survive by using the weaker as fodder.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love April 8, 2014
By Medgey
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm a big Moody fan. Very creative and thoughtful writer. I love his unique spin on things!! He's not all about the flash!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! January 20, 2014
By AWick
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If you like survival stories and zombies, this is a good read! I really enjoy this series by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the series November 17, 2013
Format:Paperback
The best of the lot
The Autumn series offer a refreshing take on the zombie genre. This is a world with a fascinating zombie menace, genuinely unique and inventive. Likewise it's refreshingly free of spec ops heroes dishing out one-shot kills from silenced weapons described in forensic detail. In some ways the zombies evolve more than most of the characters but in a manner that stays true to the central idea and without the gore for gore's sake that characterises much of the genre. Best of all this book keeps a rewarding revelation for the conclusion of the series.

The world Moody creates is what kept me going in spite of the characters. They are quite simply tiresome and unlikeable and I cared not at all for most of them. The survivors of this apocalypse are ordinary people, most of them coping badly with the end of the world. While this is probably likely in the grim circumstances it makes for tedious reading. The constant squabbling, lack of initiative and stupidity makes for slow going and I found myself frequently skimming chapters to find the more interesting events.

The highlight of the series for me was the rebuilding of a society of sorts that develops in the last few books. This book features more of this than the others but I wish there had been more of it. When the characters take the initiative to make their world better and safer the story was all the more compelling.

Despite my criticisms this a remarkable and worthwhile addition to the genre even if you can safely skip some of the novels between the first and last.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent finish
It has to be hard to write a 5th book in a series. The majority of this book was very well written even though the end seemed a little rushed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by soupsamich
5.0 out of 5 stars Small spoiler alert...
Spoiler Alert...

This series was amazing. And I love the full circle the corpses made. Only thing I would have liked to see was Dog persevere and find them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Bookie Monster
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect conclusion to an epic series
This review sees the end of what can only be described as an utterly epic series of books, Autumn by David Moody. Autumn: Aftermath is the fifth and final entry in the series. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John Milton
5.0 out of 5 stars Need more!
I am sad that this series is over. I will now move on to the next series, I have really enjoyed these books, I just hope these books are as good as the ones I have just read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Audrey Southerland
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bitter End
David Moody's writing is definitely something different. That is shown very clearly in his apocalyptic AUTUMN series. These are not your typical zombie novels in the sense. Read more
Published 7 months ago by charlie morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Credible Re-animated Dead Behaviour Wise Zombie Series Wraps...
You need to have read the other novels in this series to appreciate and even fully understand the characters in Aftermath. Read more
Published 14 months ago by James N Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars The end of a long season
I greatly enjoyed this series. David's style of writing is fresh suspenseful, and never predictable. He creates a world that is easy to become lost in. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bluelemons1980
5.0 out of 5 stars Autumn aftermath
Awesome finale to a series.The group of survivors have come a long way to the life they choose to make with what is left of the world....
Published 17 months ago by Zombique
3.0 out of 5 stars Glimmers of Wyndham
Hats off to author Moody for the effort put into his five book series. Over the past ten years his books have charted the fate of survivors of a zombie apocalypse in Britain (with... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jeffrey Swystun
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
I've been following this series since mid 2000 and I've been hooked since. There was no way I was waiting until November until this was released in the UK, so I ordered it from the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. J. Rayner
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More About the Author

David Moody grew up on a diet of trashy horror and pulp science fiction. He worked as a bank manager 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 million times since publication in 2001 and spawned a series of sequels and a movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. Film rights to HATER were snapped up by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) and Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad). Moody lives with his wife and a houseful of daughters and stepdaughters, which may explain his pre-occupation with Armageddon. Find out more about TRUST, his latest novel, at www.trustdavidmoody.com and visit Moody at www.davidmoody.net.

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