Title: Autumn: The City
Author: David Moody
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
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The sequel to Moody's Autumn doesn't fail to live up to the first one. This volume happens during the same time period as the first, but focuses on a group of people in the city. We don't get a mention of what city, but that doesn't really matter. All we need to know is it's a city somewhere in England. And that works just fine throughout the book. We're focused more on the survival of the characters than the setting. Once again, the zombies are more of an ever-present threat than the focus. This time they're even more present, constantly just outside the university buildings.
There was a wide range of characters unlike just the few we met in the first one. My favorite was definitely Cooper, the soldier tucked away in a bunker until after the event and then left in the outside world. He had the biggest learning curve of all the survivors, not being present during the event. We see the event fresh through his eyes. I loved his matter-of-fact approach to the threats and his clear thinking. He sounds like someone I could have gotten along with. I also enjoyed Donna, the no-nonsense office worker. Her strength grew as the book enfolded. She would definitely be an asset in case of a zombie apocalypse. We even remeet Emma and Michael from the first book. They made it out and away from the farmhouse, but they're definitely not out of danger.
Once again, we get a nonending. There's no "happily ever after," no epilogue, no grand event and that's why I love these books. It's like we're looking at one chapter of a greater saga. It leaves the ending open to the imagination or horror depending on your outlook.
An ad in the back of the book mentioned two other volumes in the series. I will have to do some research.