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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Aug. 16 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312569990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312569990
  • ASIN: 0312569998
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Tara on Feb. 11 2013
Format: Paperback
The first two books were better but this one wasn't bad. I do like the writers character portayals. There are some moments that definitely grabbed my attention an held on to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Subdued climax to a subdued zombie series Aug. 28 2006
By S. Keel - Published on
Format: Paperback
It would not be correct to say The Autumn series is a Romero-fan's ultimate zombie series, but its not fair to say its "the thinking man's" zombie series either.

If you worked your way through Autumn and its sequel, The City, you pretty much know what you're getting. Some occassional grisle and gore but mostly a lot of complaining and "didnt-we-already-go-over-this" dialogue. Still, I know I was at least invested enough to see how things turn out. The sadist in me wanted more of the survivors to get mauled by the hordes but the Lost fan in me was interested to see how the ending would develop from here.

Most of the most annoying characters have been weeded out by now, so you know that you won't get too many "what's the point" speakers from here on in, but you still get your gaggle of quitters and whiners, which would be fine, if it weren't every other conversation.

The scenes at the airport are certainly intense and make for the most thrilling in the series since the farmhouse stand-off on the first book.

The Autumn series did just-enough blood/guts/gore to keep me invested, the characters were interesting at time, annoying at others, and Moody's reliance on describing the state of decay on the zombies became less powerful the more and more he did it. By then, he needed to raise the bar and emotional resonance by sacrificing a few more brave souls in a gruesome demise.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A very classy end to a very fine trilogy Jan. 18 2008
By T-Rexx - Published on
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Autumn, Purification, basically marks the end of a trilogy of zombie-focused books.

The story evolves around the same group of survivors that was featured in the previous, `Autumn, the City' book. The action starts exactly where it stopped there. The survivors are sheltered in an underground, army-occupied bunker. They take the decision to venture out of it after the shelter gets overwhelmed by a mass of zombies and all hope to stay safely in is lost. What follows is their quest for survival in a devastated, highly perilous world.

Without lifting the curtain off of the story plot, please remember that David Moody is a talented English writer who has decided to take his time to tell a very realistic tale of survival without any kind of biased opinion. Zombies are never called zombies, they are depicted as beings that used to be normal and that now suffer from their decaying condition. They don't hurt for pleasure, or without reason. The military is shown as a group of very different characters. They are not described as a stereotypical, 2-bit group of dumb-minded, orders-obeying robots. Some of the survivors are selfish and meet their end without judgment, while it becomes clear that their attitude is actually dictated by their incapability to feed their hope any longer. Some others are brave and courageous, but also subject to doubt. Boredom is shown as an implacable enemy. The fragility of hope in people's heart is demonstrated over and over. Only a handful of people get to see some kind of light in the gloom of their everyday life.

Moody seems to be willing to get away from any kind of judgment on the zombies' conditions, hence it becomes difficult to really feel disdain towards them. Rather, their evolving attitude becomes logical and, from them, less of a threat, more `acceptable'.

Overall, action is continuous and logical. The whole book is a real pleasure to read. It concludes with class and smoothness a fine trilogy of books that really deserves any reader's attention.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Moody continues to impress with another instalment in the Autumn series Dec 22 2012
By John Milton - Published on
Format: Paperback
After having loved David Moody's Autumn and its sequel Autumn: The City, I was eager to get started on the third title in the series, Autumn: Purification.

Autumn: Purification opens with a brief recap leading to the events narrated herein and thereafter, picks up almost immediately from where Autumn: The City left off. This had me ever so slightly worried since it would have been incredibly easy for Moody to take the path of least resistance and created a clone of the plot from Romero's Day of the Dead from this point. Thankfully, this is far from the case with Purification.

Moody continues to develop not only his characters and the undead in this third instalment of the Autumn series but the universe which they occupy also. The tone of the book, as with its predecessors, is suitably bleak and the focus is very much on the plight of the characters, the daily trials they suffer, how they cope with their own emotions and despair; and how much they have changed despite less than six weeks having passed since the cataclysmic event which wiped out the majority of the planet's population and the dead started to rise. At the same time, Moody pays attention to the degradation of the physical states of the walking dead, but Purification, as with the previous instalments in the Autumn series, sees the shambling corpses continue to evolve in a fashion that I can only imagine that other authors wish they had thought of first...

Although there is plenty of action, death and decaying flesh in this book and it is undoubtedly at home in the horror genre, it will leave those looking for an adrenaline-fuelled mindless zombie tale unsatisifed. I would submit to you that this is no bad thing. Autumn: Purification continues to flesh out Moody's Autumn universe admirably and although this book only runs to 260 or so pages and could be read as a stand alone title, I would suggest to any potential reader to do as I have done and read the series from the start since it has greatly enhanced my enjoyment of each of the books by taking them in sequence.
There's no need to take my word for it either, award-winning author Jonathan Maberry said of Autumn that: "This is smart fiction, written with style and insight. Not for the gore-hounds who can't think past a pile of entrails, but the rest of the readers in the world."

Taking into account my love of post-apocalyptica and how many books concering the sub-genre that I read, I can honestly say that Autumn has, to date, seriously impressed me and consistently hits the mark where so many other books fail and simply rely on gore and decay. In short, my advice to genre fans is simple. Get involved with the Autumn series as soon as possible. You won't regret it.
Liked Every Book in this Series May 14 2012
By Felicia A. Sullivan - Published on
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I have read the entire Autumn series, and loved every book. It is not your typical fanfic type of zombie story, and the buildup is slow (not in a bad way), but as you go through the books and read the points of view of the different characters, it all tells an horrific but compelling story.
Third in the Autumn series March 14 2012
By misplaced cajun - Published on
Format: Paperback
The survivors from AUTUMN and AUTUMN: THE CITY have finally come together and are holed up in a military bunker. Unfortunately, the soldiers in said bunker have been cut off from the virus and are not immune, making things complicated for the groups. As the dead swarm above, the survivors come to the conclusion that they must soon move on. Their opportunity comes when the soldiers begin a mass attack on the horde outside.

Third in the series of five presents new challenges to the growing group. The interaction with the military was brief. Not sure if this element will return (though they're kind of doomed anyway). The end of PURIFICATION was great, though, and I look forward to what comes next for these poor survivors!

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