Positive: A Novel

Positive: A Novel

by David Wellington

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In the bestselling vein of Guillermo Del Toro and Justin Cronin, the acclaimed author of Chimera and The Hydra Protocol delivers his spectacular breakout novel—an entertaining page-turning zombie epic that is sure to become a classic.

Anyone can be positive . . .

The tattooed plus sign on Finnegan's hand marks him as a Positive. At any time, the zombie virus could explode in his body, turning him from a rational human into a ravenous monster. His only chance of a normal life is to survive the last two years of the potential incubation period. If he reaches his twenty-first birthday without an incident, he'll be cleared.

Until then, Finn must go to a special facility for positives, segregated from society to keep the healthy population safe. But when the military caravan transporting him is attacked, Finn becomes separated. To make it to safety, he must embark on a perilous cross-country journey across an America transformed—a dark and dangerous land populated with heroes, villains, madmen, and hordes of zombies. And though the zombies are everywhere, Finn discovers that the real danger may be his fellow humans.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome meets World War Z and I Am Legend in this thrilling tale that has it all: a compelling story, great characters, and explosive action, making Positive the ultimate zombie novel of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062315380
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 25,529
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

David Wellington lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of the Monster Island trilogy of zombie novels; the Thirteen Bullets vampire series; the epic post-apocalyptic novel Positive; and the Jim Chapel missions, including the digital shorts “Minotaur” and “Myrmidon,” and the novels Chimera and The Hydra Protocol.

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Positive 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
If you're saying to yourself, "Oh, it's a zombie book, I don't like them because they're stupid and gory and I don't want to read about people getting eaten," just hang on a minute. Yes, this book has zombies and yes, they eat some people here and there, but are they the primary focus? Absolutely not. This book is so much more. Finn has lived his whole life behind a wall, only knowing safety and never having seen a zombie, but when it's discovered he may be infected, he's tossed out of the only home he's ever known and forced to learn how to survive. During this process, he learns his biggest threat may be other humans, not zombies. He picks up survival skills along the way from various characters - some who survive and some who don't. In writing fiction, a general guideline is that your MC must undergo a change of some kind from the beginning of the story to the end and honestly, Finn could be the poster child for that rule. Seeing his transformation from a teenager who probably wouldn't survive the night into what he became was part of what kept me so riveted. Besides Finn's character development, the story line was so engrossing I couldn't wait to see what happened next and I honestly didn't know how it would end. There were a few hokey lines toward the end and occasional repetitive phases, but I chose to overlook those and focus on what was happening instead. I highly recommend this to any horror/post-apocalyptic/zombie fans because it offers a new angle, but also to those of you who just enjoy a good story - because that's definitely what Positive is. Give it a try. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wellington's prose carries the reader througan engagng and fast read about people who are exiled as a result of being possible carriers of a zombie virus. The main character's trip to a sanctuary for those who might be positive to ride out the incubation period is interrupted. As a result he falls in with and afoul of bandits and later finds himself in a rebellion and in a town trying to rebuild. Good read and interesting angle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read about the resiliency and nature of the human spirit. Fast-paced and captivating, I highly recommend it.
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Amazing spin on the zombie apocalypse.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like this genre. Best zombie book ever. And I’ve read dozens. This should be made into a Tv series. The Walking Dead writes could learn from this.
Dawn_noel More than 1 year ago
Just finished the audio version of this book. I couldn't get through it fast enough. It's not a book about zombies, it's so much more. At times I was reminded of The Walking Dead, it's a definite must read. It's full of the human spirit and its quest for survival. You won't be disappointed.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually when you come across a zombie story, it takes place during the outbreak or maybe a few years into it. Positive is the story of the zombie apocalypse decades after it wrecked havoc on humanity. Finn has no clue what it was like out there in the world when the zombies started popping up. He doesn’t know what it’s like to fight off hordes of zombies, be terrified all the time, or watch people get attacked. He grew up in a city that’s well protected from zombies. They grow their own food, and lead a normal life. However, when his mom suddenly becomes a zombie, Finn’s life is forever changed. Since the zombie virus can remain dormant for up to 20 years, they have no way of knowing whether or not his mother came in contact with the virus before, during, or after her pregnancy with Finn. So, to be on the safe side, the authorities tattoo Finn’s hand, marking him a “positive” to let others know that he may be infected, and then ship him off to a positives only camp. However, when he goes to meet the government escort outside his safe little town, they’re dead, and Finn is left to navigate the hostile world alone, in the hopes of surviving long enough to find the camp. Finn comes across some very unpleasant things while on the road. He comes across road pirates, looters, military who treat him like the scum of the earth, and has some harsh realities thrown in his face. It took a while for Finn to grow up and stop being naive but I was proud of the progress he made by the end of the story. I’m not a huge zombie person and I wasn’t overly sure if I’d ever be in the mood for a novel where a kid walks through Zombie-land for hundreds of pages. However, it kind of has more to do with humanity and who he comes in contact with, than it did with the actual zombies. Don’t get me wrong, the zombies were still there, but I was always more afraid of the living than the undead.
lousquared More than 1 year ago
LOVE THIS BOOK! I'm waiting for the sequel.
Cherylkochbooks More than 1 year ago
As far as post-apocalyptic books go this is a good book. I found the world really believable. It takes place twenty years after most of the population has been decimated. So I could understand the rest of the human race's need to loot and fight each other. If you are living day by day just trying to survive and it is a dog eat world than you may have to kill just to survive as only the strongest and smartest survive. In this book it really is the humans that are the strongest presence and not the zombies. So if you are a zombie fan than you may be disappointed with the lack of zombies. Also, I found that this book could have been shortened at about 150 pages to even 200 pages and it would have been fine. It takes a while to build up the pacing of the story. However the ending does make up for some of the lack of action.
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Balvarez143 More than 1 year ago
This is not your average zombie book. It's really about the struggles that people have when there is a virus outbreak. It is really hard to describe because there are so many things happening. It is written in a way that flows so well that it is hard to put down. You get to really know the characters and want to keep reading to see what happens next. I read this book in a day and a half!