Review: Autumn: The City by David Moody

May 20, 2011 - 10:39 am 3 Comments

Autumn: The City

Author:  David Moody

Publisher:  Orion Books

Price:  £12.99 (Hardback)

Page count:  278pp

Reviewer:  Theresa Derwin

If you read my previous review of Autumn the re-release of Moody’s self published zombie novel, you will be aware that I heaped high praise on the first in the Autumn series.  “For just a short space of two days, the world that is Autumn ruled mine, the addiction that is David Moody flowing through my veins.” And, as I opened my copy of Autumn: The City, low and behold it happened again. I was consumed by the infection!

Less of a sequel, more an expansion of the Autumn universe, the second novel starts at the same juncture, briefly showing the mysterious outbreak that has shattered the world as we know it.  However, where the first novel centres on a small number of survivors and follows their harrowing life changing journey, The City develops the themes and plot Moody originally explored and hits us with visceral action from the start.  It also increases his ensemble cast, diversifying the group of rag tag survivors; following our reactions, our actions, our reliance on society and the traps of civilisation and our need to belong and be with others. In this book, we can more clearly see the scale of the disaster. In The City, Moody has captured the truth of humanity. In some ways it is reminiscent of the 1984 original mini series ‘V’, in its study of the human equation and the strength we possess in the face of adversity.

The novel primarily takes place with a number of the living taking refuge in the halls of a City University, with easy access to booze, fags and food. The Group is diverse and is split between those who think they are safe at the Uni and those who want to leave the infected city.  The Group is soon joined by soldier Cooper, who discovers he too is immune to the virulent strain of the initial outbreak.  With his help and military knowledge, comes hope. For fans of the first novel, two old characters also reappear. I shall say no more!

Not since The Death of Grass, has a post apocalyptic novel so graphically portrayed the gritty realism of life without modern conveniences and luxuries. Moody’s second Autumn novel is truly a cracking read and a book I am richer for having read. It also ends with a doozy of a cliff hanger that leaves me impatient to read Autumn: Purification, the third instalment in the Autumn trilogy. Mr Moody is destined to be part of the Canon of writers that is the future of British horror.      

If you want to know more about David Moody’s latest projects and the sequel Autumn: Purification, take a look at his website for free fiction and other offers which can be found at Last of the Living.

3 Responses to “Review: Autumn: The City by David Moody”

  1. Catie Says:

    Excellent review on David Moody’s Autumn: The City!! Each story written by him is better than the last!! Can’t wait for the next in the series and the next in the Hater series!!

  2. gayle Says:

    omg ive been hearing so much about these and the hater series that i cant wait to get a few spare bucks to pick them up

  3. Theresa Derwin Says:

    You absolutely must. It will be money well spent!

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