David Moody’s AUTUMN: DAWN breathes new life into my favorite undead series. The book releases tomorrow (May 31).
In the grisly world of AUTUMN, a deadly germ strikes 99.9% of the population dead in their tracks. The dazed and shocked survivors struggle to make sense of it, some of them grouping together for comfort and survival and to try to keep hope alive. Then the dead rise from where they fell. Rotting and feral, they are attracted to the living, creating a new threat of total extinction.
I was totally impressed with Moody’s vision of an undead world back in the 2000s. He gave the undead a totally originally spin, not the least of which was by focusing heavily on character and realistically portraying the horrifying physical and emotional landscape of a world filled with zombies. His zombies are truly horrible, practically rotting off the page. His characters have a strained, stubborn agency, remarkable not for any heroic qualities but simply because they’re able to function and fight among so much horror and hopelessness.
Enter AUTUMN: DAWN, the start of a new trilogy to extend the series. This time, the setting is London, where there are plenty of survivors but the dead number in the millions. A community of people have gathered and find themselves under siege. A short distance away, another group has formed, though it might as well be on the Moon. And other survivors wait in the shadows. Can they unite and survive among an ocean of feral undead? Can they hold out and survive in London? Or will they strike out of the city to an alleged sanctuary up north?
The first book delivers everything you want in a Moody novel, and now I’m eagerly looking forward to the second.