I’m beginning to wonder if a silent election was held to name me Zombie Book Reviewer at LibraryThing. Last week I received notification that I would be reviewing Autumn by David Moody. The third zombie book in a row I will have read and reviewed from this one site. Did I miss the memo? It may sound like I’m complaining, but really I’m not. I just found it to be a curious thing. 🙂
Here’s a bit about the book and author, who before now were unknown to me:
A bastard hybrid of War of the Worlds and Night of the Living Dead, Autumn chronicles the struggle of a small group of survivors forced to contend with a world torn apart by a deadly disease. After 99% of the population of the planet is killed in less than 24 hours, for the very few who have managed to stay alive, things are about to get much worse. Animated by “phase two” of some unknown contagion, the dead begin to rise. At first slow, blind, dumb and lumbering, quickly the bodies regain their most basic senses and abilities… sight, hearing, locomotion… As well as the instinct toward aggression and violence. Held back only by the restraints of their rapidly decomposing flesh, the dead seem to have only one single goal – to lumber forth and destroy the sole remaining attraction in the silent, lifeless world: those who have survived the plague, who now find themselves outnumbered 1,000,000 to 1…
Without ever using the ‘Z’ word, Autumn offers a new perspective on the traditional zombie story. There’s no flesh eating, no fast-moving corpses, no gore for gore’s sake. Combining the atmosphere and tone of George Romero’s classic living dead films with the attitude and awareness of 28 Days (and Weeks) later, this horrifying and suspenseful novel is filled with relentless cold, dark fear. (From Goodreads)
Okay, I’m ready!
David Moody is a British author who began down the self-publishing route. His book Autumn was an online phenomena, with over half a million downloads. It was only a matter of time before Thomas Dunne Books picked it up and the rest is history. I love the first paragraph from Moody’s Bio page:
David Moody has an unhealthy addiction to the end of the world. ‘People tend to just float along on the day-to-day and assume everything’s always going to stay the same,’ he says, ‘but that’s not the case. Sooner or later something’s going to happen to screw everything up. Whether it’s a plague epidemic, an asteroid hitting the planet, climate change or the meltdown of the global economy, something’s going to get us eventually!’ ~http://www.djmoody.co.uk/bio/
Sounds like a kindred spirit! I think about the end of the world and what might happen after entirely too much. I’m looking forward to reading Moody’s take on the end and life after.
Autumn is being released in the US later this month. It is the first in a series, followed by Autumn: The City, Autumn: Putrefaction, and Autumn: The Human Condition.