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Monday, August 13, 2012

Review - Autumn: The City (Autumn #2) by David Moody

A bastard hybrid of War of the Worlds and Night of the Living Dead, the Autumn series 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...

While the first Autumn novel focused on those who escaped the city, Autumn: The City focuses on those who didn't.

Without ever using the 'Z' word, the Autumn series 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.

Parerea mea:
 Cartea Autumn: The city, este volumul doi din seria distopică Autumn.
Autumn - prima carte din serie, după cum am văzut în multele recenzii pe care cititorii le-au făcut, este o carte de genul o iubeşti sau o urăşti. Mie mi s-a părut deosebită, scuze dar este părerea mea, tocmai pentru că am văzut în ea un altfel de poveste cu subiectul zombie. 

Dacă vroiați o carte „clasică” cu zombi, fiți liniştiți, iar dacă aveați vreo nelinişte, calmați-vă! The city, este ceea ce aşteptați. Veți găsi clasica fugă a oamenilor pentru supraviețuire, morți umblători activi (totuşi nu ca în filme), un oraş devastat, apar şi victimele umane şi marea evadare de la final. Iar despre toate criticile care au fost aduse scriitorului în primul volum cred că nu ar mai avea rost în cel de față. 

Îi regăsim pe Emma si Michael printre personajele care se înmulțesc şi se diversifică, apare şi armata, dar tot o să rămâneți fără explicații privind molima si cauza ei, dacă la asta vă aşteptați.

Este o carte plăcută (pentru o carte cu zombie), pe care v-o recomand.
Totuşi, Autumn este preferata mea (până acum). Ne revedem în Autumn: Purification.


My thoughts:
The book Autumn: The city, is the second volume in the dystopic Series Autumn.
The first book – Autumn, from what I’ve seen in the many reviews that readers had posted, is a love it or hate it kind of story. Personally I find it special, sorry but that is my opinion, exactly because I’ve seen another kind of walking dead story. 

So, don’t sweat, if you had a restlessness, stay calm! The city is what you have expected. You’ll find the classical humans run for survival, the dead walkers are more active (still not like in the movies), a city that is wasted, victims to be, and a great escape in the end. And about the criticisms that have been brought to the author for the first book, now they are pointless.

We find Emma and Michael again, among more diversified characters, even the army appears, but you don’t find an explanation for the bug, plague or whatever it was.

It’s a nice book, for a walking dead one, and I recommend it to all of you.
Still, Autumn is my favored (until now). See you with Autumn: Purification.

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