From the Publisher
“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
“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
It's been 26 days since an infection wiped out most of the human race, then reanimated the dead. Pockets of survivors remain, banding together for strength and safety. A group has taken shelter in a medieval castle and only emerges when it's absolutely necessary. As autumn fades to winter, the balance of power changes, and the survivors begin to turn on one another. In the aftermath of the disease, will the last people destroy one another, or will the dead destroy them all? VERDICT This fifth and final chapter is a fine and fitting conclusion to horror maestro Moody's "Autumn" series. While packed with enough undead action to please even the most ravenous zombiephile, the novel truly succeeds when Moody slows down the pace and focuses on his characters' humanity. The true horror isn't the living dead, it's the darkness inside the living. The questions Moody poses will resonate long after the book is finished. Highly recommended.
Now that the re-animated dead are an ever decreasing threat, survivors must decide what to do next in the fifth and final book in Moody's (Autumn, 2010, etc.) Autumn series. It's been 26 days since a contagion wiped out the vast majority of the human race and turned some of the dead into zombies. Pockets of survivors remain, however, emerging from secure hiding places long enough to scavenge supplies. Life is dangerous, as the zombies act aggressively toward the living, and zombie hordes converge wherever they perceive signs of life. But the zombies are steadily decaying, and before long they will be too weak to pose much of a threat. One group of survivors, shut securely in a castle, is just biding its time, waiting for the last of the dead to rot away before emerging to eke out a meager existence amongst the ruins. Their leader, Jackson, pushes them to plan for a post-zombie future that is very difficult for them to imagine, until a member of the group who was separated during a looting run returns with survivors from an island just off the coast. The islanders have cleared away all of the dead, and are working on setting up a self-sufficient society. The castle dwellers quickly split into two factions: one who thinks they should retreat to the safety of the island, and another hesitant to leave without an easy escape route. When the dispute leads to violence, the survivors must choose sides, and in doing so choose a vision for the human race's future. While the earlier books in the series were more focused on adrenaline-pumping escapes from the undead, Moody always took time for character development, and it pays off here. His world is well rendered and well thought-out, and by taking the long view, Moody gets to try something new: asking what happens after the reanimated corpses are gone, when humans must decide whether, after all they've seen and experienced, merely surviving is enough. A fine study of the human race's chances in a post-post-apocalyptic world.