AUTUMN: THE CITY by David Moody


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In the second book in Moody’s Autumn series, a few dozen city dwellers try to survive after a mysterious plague wipes out almost everyone, then turns a third of the dead into shuffling zombies.

The first book in the series followed three survivors who fled the city to hole up in a farmhouse for a short time before it was overrun by the zombie horde. Two of the three—Michael and Emma—escaped, and the second book finds them living out of the back of a camper in the countryside. Meanwhile, survivors in a larger city gravitate in ones and twos toward a university complex where 40 or so other living folks are scratching out a meager existence. They are able to venture into the city for food and supplies for a time, but eventually, as the zombies become more aggressive and the crowd of shuffling dead outside the university swells to massive proportions, they realize they must take desperate steps to survive. Luckily, hope arrives in the form of Cooper, a soldier who has so far spent the zombie apocalypse holed up in an underground bunker with a few hundred other soldiers, and who thinks he may be able to find his way back. The first book in the series suffered mainly from the fact that anyone who had ever been exposed to the genre—so, essentially anyone reading the book—knew fairly early on that at some point the world was going to be full of relentless zombies, yet the story took too long to get there, without going anywhere particularly interesting in the meantime. Thankfully, the second installment corrects this problem by going full zombie early on. Unfortunately, there is an awful lot of zombie stuff out there, and Moody doesn’t really bring anything new. The author's Hater (Dog Blood, 2010, etc.) series, told from the point of view of his bloodthirsty, relentless and belligerent, but intelligent and aware Haters, is much better.

The series staggers on, but without adding anything new or interesting to the zombie genre.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-57000-2
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Dunne/St. Martin’s Griffin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2010


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