- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Nov. 22 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312570015
- ISBN-13: 978-0312570019
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 299 g
- Customer Reviews: 32 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #583,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Autumn: Disintegration Paperback – Nov. 22 2011
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“David Moody is a master suspense builder.” ―James Melzer, author of Escape: The Zombie Chronicles
“Moody is an inarguably talented author . . . one of the best horror authors of the new decade.” ―Bloody-Disgusting.com
“As Moody's Autumn series continues, it's been about a month and a half since a virus wiped out most of humanity and turned the dead into zombies--although the author doesn't use either the word zombie or most of the familiar tropes. A small group of men and women are holed up in a block of flats, barricaded against the lumbering dead. But their uneasy safety doesn't last, and eventually they're forced out into the open, where, rather coincidentally, they meet up with another band of survivors who seem to have made themselves a much more secure stronghold, until clashing personalities inside the compound threaten to put them all at risk. This is a crisply written novel (although it's not as visceral as Moody's Hater series, which tackles the zombie theme from a more violent angle) with well-defined characters and a palpable sense of creeping terror: these undead might be sluggish and easy to kill, but they also seem to be a lot smarter than anyone realizes. The novel ends on a terrifying, tragic note, promising a suitably horrific finale for the series.” ―David Pitt, Booklist
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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Disintegration is set two months after the initial disaster and strange things are starting to happen to the bodies, no longer just stumbling along they seem to have developed a sort of low intelligence and almost a pack mentality. The survivors this time happen upon a large hotel where the surviving occupants have created a number of diversions to keep the dead distracted and away from their living space. However the two groups of survivors have managed to live by adopting very different strategies and cracks soon begin to emerge in the community with some wanting to leave for new supplies and happy to ‘kill’ the zombies, while the others want to maintain the silence and live sparsely.... can a compromise be reached or will their existence be placed under threat?
Although linked to the previous books, Disintegration could be read as a standalone novel but I think that to fully enjoy the storyline the background information needs to be read first. As with the books predecessors, if you go into the novel with an open mind, you will find a fast paced and engaging tale that drags you along with it and you will not be disappointed. Moody really does write with an energy that is infectious and the pages melt away.
Autumn: Disintegration is the fourth in the series and I've made no secret of the fact that I've loved these books so far.
The timeline for Disintegration appears to be roughly similar to that found in the previous entry in the series, Purification, with the undead continuing to rot but also to evolve in a progressively more alarming fashion. Moody does not repeat the events of the third novel in the Autumn series here but weveas them seamlessly into that of Disintegration, where he introduces the reader to a new set of characters who, in keeping with the author's particular style, are incredibly ordinary individuals thrust into an extraordinary situation and as such, exposes the more base instincts of the human condition. Moody's characters display fear, selfishness, stupidity and the overwhelming desire for self-preservation.
Although this is the penulitmate entry in the Autumn series, Disintegration, to my mind, is significantly different to its predecessors in that it will sate the gorehounds out there, since it ramps up the action considerably in comparison. Spiked baseball bats, Molotov cocktails and chainsaws are the order of the day in Disintegration; coupled with numerous explosions and Moody's increasingly putrified walking dead which leave the universe he has created covered in an unholy brew of decaying flesh, guts and excretia that gives the whole story a very dirty and realistic feel that is absent from many tomes dealing with similar subject matter. That is not to say that this entry lacks tension; with thousands of walking dead having near omnipresence, there's no questioning the stress and anxiety experienced by the main players in this novel.
Disintegration, for a novel that is the fourth in a series, is unusual in that it succeeds both as a sequel and a stand-alone title. Although knowledge of the first three books will greatly enhance your experience of the book at hand, I would suggest that the uninitiated reader will not feel that they have missed something by picking Disintegration straight away.
As Moody's walking dead continue to evolve as well as decay, his prose matches pace also, with some truly visceral descriptions of the cadaverous state of the recently risen. Nowehere can I recall such vivid narrative, describing not only the flesh falling from bodies but the maggots that infest them and something that is so often omitted from tales of the undead: the disease that they would most likely be carrying also.
Disintegration has been criticised for being formulaic, following the lines laid by the author himself in the previous three books of introducing new characters, disposing of some of them and marching the others forward to the next book. Additionally, it has been suggested that the fourth in the Autumn series does little to advance the overall story. I would submit that both of these attacks are without foundation since, as I have already stated, Disintegration can function as part of the series or as a stand-alone title perfectly well. Moreover, Moody has succeeded in not just driving forward the thread of the series but expanding his Autumn universe in admirable fashion.
You may dismiss this review as that of an avid fan and I admitted at the outset that I've loved Moody's work to date. However, you don't have to simply take my word for it since Guillermo del Toro snapping up the film rights to Moody's Hater, evidences further the strength of the author's prose. Having read Disintegration, I can't wait to get my hands on Autumn: Aftermath on its release next month...
I dare anyone to read this book, like many others by the same author and take a shot every time the words "Christ", "Bloody Hell" or "Powerful" are used. It's like reading a book by a young teenager.
Nothing new, same structure. Just different characters.