- Series: Autumn series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (October 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780312569983
- ISBN-13: 978-0312569983
- ASIN: 031256998X
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Autumn (Autumn series) Paperback – October 26, 2010
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Originally self-published and offered as a free download, Moody’s sluggish apocalyptic survival story follows three characters as they deal with the aftereffects of a virus that kills most of the population, then turns them into zombies. When the dead first rise, they are harmless and unresponsive, but eventually they regain their most basic senses and turn violent. Most survivors, having become accustomed to the undead being rather benign, are unprepared for this change and perish quickly (though regrettably off-page), but Michael, Carl, and Emma, barricaded in an isolated farmhouse, remain secure—for a little while. While the staged progression of the virus makes for an interesting premise, the execution is lacking, with excruciatingly slow pacing, repetitive dialogue, and characters as dull and aimless as the dead. While the story picks up around the 200-page mark, concluding with an exciting escape scene that leaves two of the characters’ fates undecided, zombie fans may want to give this first in the Autumn series a pass and read Moody’s superior Hater (2009) instead. --Krista Hutley
“With AUTUMN, David Moody paints a picture of a marvelously bleak dystopian future where the world belongs to the hungry dead. It's the creepy start to a compelling series.” ―Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Patient Zero and Zombie CSU
“Zombie fans rejoice! One of the original zombie novels is back from the grave to remind us all why the walking dead are so scary, and what it means to have a front-row seat for the end of the world. Autumn is genuinely creepy, an atmospheric study of what happens when the dead come back--and what we have to do just to survive.” ―David Wellington, Author of Monster Island, Monster Nation, 99 Coffins
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The book is different from other “zombie” books, the zombies are not your typical chase and eat your brains kind of zombie. In the beginning they are just basically reanimated walking corpses with no goal and hunger.
While they don’t post a huge threat, in that they eat you, the book is still pretty creepy. With 99% of humanity wiped out, the world becomes rather freaky and creepy and has enough problems without the zombies.
Add those to the mix, it makes it much harder.
While the book starts out a little slow it does pick up, kept me engaged in the story and the characters.
The characters where okay, not the best but okay. I know they this is a rather sad place for them but I thought they could have been a little more positive about some things. Hardly ever did they see a good site to things.
At this rate I have no idea how they going to survive with their attitude. The dialog was a little on the low site at times as well.
Overall, I thought it was interesting and I will read the second one since I have it, maybe the second will be a bit better and it be interesting to see how they continue their path.
I rate it at 3★
Unfortunately, at least for me, this book takes a very, very, very long time to get rolling. The very cool twist with the zombies I mention above is not used as well as it could have been, in fact its somewhat tragic that the book didn't explore this situation further. Soon the situation changes and the standard human-attacking zombie is back in the fold. This is a cool idea that I hadn't encountered before and frankly, I wished the author had spent more time here....it could have *really* made the pacing of this book unique (rather than the standard Humans-Run-From-Attacking-Zombies).
Also, endless reminders of the shattered psyche of the characters really starts to get in the way after a certain point, particularly when nothing much is happening. When things do get rolling, the story immediately begins to mirror...well.....isolated Farmhouse? 'nuff said. So we are treading on a bit of conquered ground to a certain extent. This, by itself isn't an issue...but because the book takes quite a bit of time to get our characters to said farmhouse, it seems to all wrap up fairly quickly...as though the Author only wanted to include enough "meat" in this book to sell the sequel.
One last thing, because we are always reminded of the horror the characters are experiencing, the author seems that gives them carte blanche to behave like jerks, all the time. This gets old since, halfway through the book, I was hoping they'd all get wiped out, and a new more "deserving" bunch of humanity would appear :) No such luck.
So, I hated it? No, absolutely not. In fact, I'm buying the next book in the series, because I want to see more of the world the writer has created. Issues with the read? Yes....but not terrible ones. I'd rather have a slow book with some well-traversed zombie situations than a shallow cliche ridden action fest. But in the end 3 stars....I enjoyed it, but with some reservations. I am, however, looking forward to reading more...something I can't say about all the books I read.