Autumn in the City of Angels

Autumn in the City of Angels

by Kirby Howell

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Overview

Autumn in the City of Angels by Kirby Howell

2014 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD FINALIST!

2014 KINDLE BOOK REVIEW AWARD SEMI-FINALIST!

2014 BEACH BOOK FESTIVAL HONORABLE MENTION!

What would you do if you lived through the apocalypse? The real fight to survive comes after everyone else is gone.

A plague of epic proportion sweeps the globe, leaving less than one percent of the world's population immune. Among the living is Autumn Winters, the teenage daughter of a famous actress. When Autumn's parents don't come home and the city is overtaken by a dangerous faction, she goes into hiding with a small group of underground survivors. They're led by a mysterious young man who harbors an unearthly secret, and with whom Autumn feels a deep connection.

Autumn in the City of Angels is the first novel in a series, followed by Autumn in the Dark Meadows and Autumn in the City of Lights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989036405
Publisher: Streetlights Publishing
Publication date: 04/14/2013
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 1,254,120
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kirby Howell is the pen name for Jessica "Kirby" Alexander and Dana "Howell" Melton, who have been writing together since 2000 when they met in their first screenwriting course at the University of Alabama. Both currently live in Los Angeles with their husbands and work in the entertainment industry.

The Autumn Series is their debut young adult series and will be followed by The Wayfarer Series.

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Autumn in the City of Angels 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
PrincessicaOfBooks More than 1 year ago
I usually don’t read apocalyptic but I really liked Autumn in the City of Angels! It didn’t take me that long to get into it. I was so into it that I found myself using my phone’s flashlight to read in the car or at night. I actually stayed up till one in the morning to finish it. This book is very fast-paced and has a lot of action. The imagery is so great that I can picture the situation as if I were Autumn. There is a part where Autumn momentarily joins The Front but manages to escape and I was genuinely scared for her! At some parts, I didn’t want to read on, in fear that Autumn would come across something unimaginable. Autumn in the City of Angels is written very well. I love how Autumn is never portrayed as weak; she is a strong, smart female who can pull her own weight. For the most part, she is able to control her emotions, which is very important for her current situation. Kirby Howell is able to create such a touching set of characters– Rissi is undeniably cute to Connie being the mother Autumn needed in these saddening times. Everyone managed to handle the situation so maturely. If I were in their position, I know I would be freaking out and probably be terrified by everything! Ben is such a good brother and I was really rooting for him (like a lot, a lot). Due to his intelligence, he is an incredibly important asset. The plot itself is incredible. Like I said in the beginning, I don’t usually read these kinds of books, but there was certainly something different about Autumn in the City of Angels. Maybe it was because it’s told by a teenager just a year or two older than me, it was relatable. I loved how she busied herself as I would– listening to her iPod and watching movies. There are many cliff hangers, and the whole book just catches and keeps your attention. However I did have a few problems with Autumn in the City of Angels. First off, sometimes I felt that Autumn was just too lucky (granted that she did lose her whole family). She just happened to live in the safest penthouse, just happened to have a bunch of food, just happened that her and Ben had a golf cart. I understand her parents were wealthy and high society, but I did want to see her struggle a little bit more when she was by herself. My next problem was predictability. I found myself already guessing the plot twist that was major for other readers. The next, final, and biggest problem for me was Grey and Autumn’s romance. It felt really.. sudden. They barely knew each other and they were already confessing their love. Also considering she lost all the people she loved in a matter of a few days, it seems that it was really easy for Autumn to love again. I don’t know, maybe if I went through the same things as Autumn, I would feel the same way. Overall, I really enjoyed Autumn in the City of Angels! I could nitpick a few things but I find myself loving this. I plan on reading the sequel, Autumn in the Dark Meadows. I recommend this to readers who like Dystopian. For these reasons, I am willing to give Autumn in the City of Angels 4.5 stars out of 5. I look forward to reading what else Kirby Howell has in store.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Charlotte Weaver for Readers' Favorite Heroism, courage and romance; just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Autumn in the City of Angels by Kirby Howell. Autumn has to face that everyone around her is falling victim to an apocalyptic plague, leaving less than one percent of the population immune. When her family fails to arrive home, Autumn realizes she is alone; her goal - learn how to survive. Survival becomes unforgiving when The Coalition takes over the city. Autumn goes into hiding with a small group of underground survivors. After a dangerous encounter with The Coalition, Autumn feels a deep connection towards the group leader. A rather dashing young man, he harbors an otherworldly secret. Can Autumn cope with this revelation? Survival always comes with sacrifice. Autumn's story is an outstanding read. This story captures your attention from its very first pages. You feel every aspect of sorrow, hope and love. I feel it shows a brilliant author, one that can captivate you from that very first page and make you feel true emotions. The characters are solid and developed extremely well; you're able to watch them grow throughout the book. Overall, I feel this is a perfectly constructed story with lovable characters. I adored every page of this book and its wonderfully courageous characters. I'm truly excited to be going onto Book #2. I recommend this book. I feel this story is suitable for all Y/A readers and over.
BrandiNyborg More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book figuring I would just read a few chapters. Before I knew I was at the end of the book, wanting desperately for it not to end. I like the premise of pandemics, because it really could happen. I liked the main character Autumn, even though she's quite clumsy. There's the right amount of action mixed with romance. The characters are believable and the descriptions are vivid. This is a must read if you enjoy dystopian thrillers! I will be reading the rest of this series!
Amber-Rose1 More than 1 year ago
Honestly I am having trouble getting over this book, this is the kind of story that keeps you thinking about it for weeks after you have read it, it was perfection. I can say I never thought I would enjoy a book about an apocalypse, but I was wrong. I enjoyed every bit of this book. The characters were very well thought-out, the story line was brilliant (adding in 'aliens'), I must say it made the story that much more interesting! The way things played out and although I am not one to enjoy massive time jumps in such short time, I found that it brought us towards whats important about the story and it went really well. The way the story was written you can tell Kirby has talent and a great imagination. I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2!
thebookishailurophile More than 1 year ago
Autumn is one of the remaining survivors from the Crimson Fever. As the story unfold she meets Karl and his group The Reconstruction Front, Grey the mysterious boy who saved her, Ben the living Google and his 7-year old sister Rissi, Lydia the girl who has a strange relationship with Grey, Todd the leader of The Underground, and Connie the mother figure whom she became close with. A page-turner read from the very beginning. It didn't fail to give me a bit of adrenaline rush of a book from the chasing scenes with the Reconstruction Front. I enjoyed this book with the interesting characters and the appealing plot. I thought it was all about the plague and how the survivors have a possibility of living a normal life, but I loved how the author put that twist and revelation about some of the characters. This is the first dystopian book with sci-fi in it that I read which made this book more interesting and kept me glued finishing this book in one day. I know this is the first book in the series but the ending was really unexpected! Such a cliffhanger! Another revelation! I can't wait to read the next book! I love this book but why it didn't get 5 stars is because I wish it has more details about those not immune. The symptoms were given but I was expecting more so readers would know how the victims went through until they succumbed to death from the deadly virus. It lacks details also of how the survivors dealt with the dead bodies. A dystopian read mixed with sci-fi, intertwined with action, and a bit of romance and mystery... Definitely a worth checking out read.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
When people suddenly start to get sick and die, everyone is told to go home and try to contain it. Its too late though because the status is raised to plague. Everyone who gets the plague dies, no exceptions! Luckily there are some immune people. Autumn is one of them. Her father liked to buy things in bulk so Autumn stays in her apartment for months. Its not till she hears a voice on the radio that says there are survivors and all are welcome that she ventures outside. Once there though she sees that this group isn't all it says and that they are dangerous. The first chance she gets she runs only to have them follow. Suddenly she is grabbed and dragged into a small space till the group pass. This person saved her and explained that the Front is ran by a madman who only wants power, there's another smaller group that will look after her. Who is this mysterious person and which group should she trust? Id never heard of this prior to being approached to review it but when I read the blurb I knew I had to read it. I love Post Apocalyptic books and am glad to say that I really enjoyed this. You are brought into the action pretty much straight away. The plague hits and everyone who gets it dies. From there this is pretty much action packed.  Autumn was a great MC. She is smart, strong, sure and an all round nice girl. She is left alone in her apartment but she manages fine by herself. She trusts her instincts in regards The Front and I really liked that about her. When she is running out of supplies she decides to search the rooms in the building. When she goes to the lobby to get the keys she finds a little girl huddled in the air vents. From that moment on her loneliness is gone because of Rissi and her brother Ben. I loved seeing their relationship grow.  Then we have the mysterious Grey. The boy who saved Autumn from The Front. He is strong, handsome but also weird. Autumn is drawn to him and watching their relationship grow was really sweet.  Autumn in the City has a lot going for it. Since its first in the series its setting the stage so to speak. Its a book that's really easy to read because the pacing is fast and the story believable. You could imagine a plague like that hitting and the total devastation it would bring with it. You can see that because so little people are left some bad people would try to manipulate them. Its a story of loss but also one of survival. It shows how the human race can become stronger than ever despite the odds.  So overall I really enjoyed this. Its fast paced, well written and action packed. Im so glad I got a chance to read it and Im looking forward to more. 
avalonpriestess More than 1 year ago
To begin, I am slightly tired of dystopian novels. It is a genre that is currently saturating the market.  That being said, this book reminded me why I loved dystopians.  I was drawn into the story from the very beginning.  To say I loved this story  would be an understatement.   The characters are multidimensional. The reader will have a personal interest in the lives of each character.  I wasn't overly thrilled with the alien component.  I found it a bit creepy as the alien was several hundred years older than our female protagonist. How is this story dystopian, well, a massive virus kills off most of Earth's population.  The few remaining citizens of Earth attempt to band together to survive.  As with any disaster, there are groups that attempt to take advantage of the situation and benefit from others need for food/lodging and medicine. This book will hold your attention from beginning to end.  I have purchased book two and plan to read it over the summer. Autumn is a character that commands respect. She is a strong young woman who WILL survive. No matter what.  Her instincts are sound, and she toughens up enough to become a strong leader to others. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves dystopian stories, strong characters or just a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you loved the Hunger Games or Twighlight then you'll really enjoy a book like this! It's a great summer read will keep you wanting more. It's a great read for kids or teenagers and they'll enjoy doing a book report on it. Adults will also enjoy the book. So get yourself a copy! There is also a Volume 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better buy the 2nd book...because you'll read through this first book of the trilogy fast! Great read by a fantastic new author duo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. The well developed plot has you wanting more. A wonderful YA read that adults will really enjoy too. I highly recommend their 2nd book in the series, Autumn In the Dark Meadows also.