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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: 15.6 x 2.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Moody is the author of Hater, Dog Blood, Autumn and Autumn: The City. He grew up in Birmingham, England, on a diet of horror movies and post-apocalyptic fiction. He started his career working at a bank, but then decided to write the kind of fiction he loved. His first novel, Straight to You, had what Moody calls “microscopic sales,” and so when he wrote Autumn, he decided to publish it online. The book became a sensation and has been downloaded by half a million readers. He started his own publishing company, Infected Books. He lives in Britain with his wife and a houseful of daughters, which may explain his preoccupation with Armageddon.

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Emma Mitchell looked at her watch. Two o’clock. Was that two in the afternoon or morning? She thought morning, but she wasn’t sure. In the permanent darkness of the base it was impossible to tell the difference between day and night anymore. There were always people sleeping, and always people awake. There were always people gathered in groups and huddles talking in secret whispers about nothing of any importance, and there were always people crying, moaning, and arguing. There were always soldiers moving through the decontamination chambers or coming out into the hangar to check, double-check, and triple-check their stockpiled equipment.
Two in the morning or two in the afternoon, Emma couldn’t sleep. She lay in bed next to Michael Collins and stared into his face. They’d made love a while back, and she felt ridiculously guilty. It had been the fourth time they’d had sex in the three weeks they’d been underground, and each time he’d fallen asleep as soon as they were finished and she’d been left alone feeling like this. When she’d asked him, he’d said that being with her made him feel complete, that their intimacy made him feel like he used to before the rest of the world had died. Although Emma felt that way too, sex reminded her of everything she’d lost and made her wonder what would happen if she lost Michael. She didn’t know whether she slept with him because she loved him, or if it was because they just happened to be there for each other. One thing of which she was certain was that there was no room in her world for romance and other long-forgotten feelings anymore. He had no trouble, but she couldn’t imagine ever being relaxed or aroused enough to have another orgasm. There was no longer any seduction or foreplay. All she wanted was to feel Michael inside her. He was the only positive thing remaining in her world. Everything was cold apart from his touch.
In the final days before finding this bunker, Emma had grown to hate the cramped motor home that she and Michael shared. Now she never wanted to leave it. It was a small, private space where the two of them could shut themselves away from everyone else and she appreciated it. The others had no choice but to spend all day, every day together, and Emma didn’t know how they coped. She needed this space to be able to cut herself off from what was happening elsewhere. Yesterday she’d overheard two soldiers talking about the air getting thinner on the lower levels of the base, that the sheer weight of the bodies aboveground was beginning to cause problems and block vents and exhaust shafts. She’d spoken to Cooper about it and he hadn’t seemed surprised. The thought of what it must be like aboveground now made her want to lock the motor home doors and never open them again.
Emma heard a noise outside. She sat up and wiped the nearest window clear of condensation, the heat from her and Michael’s bodies contrasting with the cold air in the vast hangar. Supplies were being delivered. Two suited soldiers emerged from the decontamination chambers to begrudgingly deliver rations to the civilian survivors. Emma was surprised they were given anything at all. She often tried to imagine what life must be like for the soldiers. Were they just going through the motions, waiting to die? How long would the contagion outside last? Was the air clear now, or would it stay contaminated for another month, year, or decade? How would they know? Would any of the soldiers ever be brave or stupid enough to risk going aboveground and breathing in? Donna Yorke had suggested that was why the military had been so acommodating toward them. She said she could see a time when they might want to use the immune survivors to either try and find a cure or, once the bodies had rotted down to nothing, just to scour the surface for food, water, and supplies.
Emma put on Michael’s thick winter coat and stood up and moved to another window. It was hard to make out what was happening outside—the hangar lights were almost always turned down to their lowest setting to conserve power, only getting any brighter when the military was heading outside, and that hadn’t happened for more than two weeks. Two days after the civilians had first arrived, the army had opened the doors and made a futile attempt to clear the mess they’d made getting in. They’d been beaten back by the number of bodies outside. The first few hundred had been obliterated with flamethrowers but there were thousands more behind. Distracted thinking about the carnage that day, she watched Cooper checking over one of the vehicles he and the others had arrived here in. It was obvious from his manner, attitude, and priorities that he was military—or was he now ex-military? Regimented and confident, she’d often seen him exercising or demonstrating to small groups of people how to use the military equipment which surrounded them. She knew it was important to keep themselves and their vehicles in good order. She was under no illusions. Today, tomorrow, or in six months’ time, they’d have to leave the bunker eventually.
“Something wrong?”
Emma turned around and saw that Michael was sitting up in bed. His dark eyes looked tired and confused.
“Nothing. Couldn’t sleep, that’s all.”
He yawned and beckoned her over. She climbed back into bed and he grabbed hold of her tightly as if they’d been apart for years.
“How you doing?” he asked quietly, his face close to hers.
“I’m okay.”
“Anything happening out there?”
“Not really, just a delivery of supplies, that’s all. Does anything ever happen around here?”
“Give it time,” he mumbled sadly, kissing the side of her face. “Give it time.”

Copyright © 2011 by David Moody

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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.
The Conclusion to the Second Book in a Five Novels (So Far) Series Feb. 9 2012
By James N Simpson - Published on
Format: Paperback
Unlike the first sequel, you do need to have read the prior novel to enjoy this one and even understand to a decent level what is going on. The second novel in the series Autumn: The City, had a cliff hanger to be continued ending, which is where Autumn Purification starts. Although it isn't necessary to do so, it's probably not a bad idea to read the original book one Autumn, before both of them as well, simply as the main two characters in this one, were in that one so you'll know who survives and so on if you later go back and read it. Autumn Purification does leave room for more sequels (and there's two more at the time of this review), but the central following these characters story does wrap up, it's not a to be continued ending, so if you are interested in what happens to the characters from Autumn but are hesitant thinking the same thing will happen, rest assured if you chose to do so you could end your reading the series here, (or take a rest from it, read other books or whatever before reading book four).

As I said Autumn Purification follows the characters from where they ended up in the prior novel (I won't give away where), of course it wouldn't be much of a novel if they lived happily ever after there so of course after a little while they are back in those vehicles and on the run again, with a couple of extra characters, desperate to find somewhere to stop where they can escape the tens of thousands of putrid smelling rotting corpses that like flies, just seem to want to hassle them. One on one a corpse is just a bother, but on mass their numbers seem to present some sort of danger (although to be honest I still don't really see it). But the point is the survivors seem to think there's one and are terrified and act accordingly. Internal tension is just as much if not a bigger threat than the walking corpses. When all hope seems lost this group will encounter a couple of other survivors with an idea that injects a massive amount of hope to a possible peaceful zombie free existence. But is it too good to be true?

I did find that the consistency of some of these characters has changed a fair bit from the initial and previous novel, especially Emma who seems to have gotten younger, either that or the affects of travelling alone with someone in highly stressful circumstances, when there's not a lot of other prospects around can create lustful feelings no matter if that person is old enough to be your grandmother. More likely Moody has made her younger since the first novel became a movie (which I haven't seen so I don't know how old she is but I assume she would be younger than the book) or just to allow the changes in the plot of the series to work. Also Cooper's actions at one point seem completely out of character, especially when you consider there was a safe way at hand to transport the people who needed to get to where they needed to survive, and when you consider they used to be his colleagues before the world changed. I would have liked to have also seen more of the story told through these characters eyes, especially in those scenes and in the place they were at the start of the story. Although maybe Moody will put us in their minds in one of the next sequels, as going back in time with parallel stories to the first novel occurred with the first sequel. But still Purification would have been more satisfying read if ther points of view were in here.
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.
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!