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Positive: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

In the best-selling vein of Guillermo Del Toro and Justin Cronin, the acclaimed author of Chimera and The Hydra Protocol delivers his spectacular breakout novel - an entertaining pause-resisting 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 21st 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.

©2015 David Wellington (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Lesley Seattle, WA, United States 10-31-15
    Lesley Seattle, WA, United States 10-31-15 Member Since 2005

    From Austen to zombies!

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    "Twenty years on, everything's great. Or is it?"

    Twenty years after a zombie apocalypse, Finnegan lives with his family in Manhattan, a sprawling metropolis of 50,000. Everything's fine--if you don't mind constant gardening, fishing in the subway, and coping with paranoid members of the "First Generation" who lived through the worst of the catastrophe.

    Things aren't very interesting. That is, not until Finnegan gets the "Positive" tattoo on his left hand, marking him out as Infected. Suddenly, he's an outcast, to be sent to a camp in Ohio. The military are supposed to come get him and take him there--but they don't make it.

    So begins the adventure in this book that's less about the undead and more about survival, friendship, leadership, inspiration, and hope. That might sound like a lot for one book, especially a zombie saga, but David Wellington is talented enough to make it work. Positive reads more like Dickens: our hero explores the ravaged world, but also human behavior, and himself. While he's doing that, an incredible variety of secondary characters blooms and grows in the story.

    Overall it's a very different take on the situation than the survivor-vs.-undead story. Most books in this genre don't focus on what might happen decades in the future, and Positive's scenario seems pretty realistic (if you can call anything with zombies in it "realistic.")

    While the book shows great imagination, there are a few details that might annoy fans of undead chronicles--twenty year old canned food seems perfectly safe, for example, and at times I wondered if there was anything our hero couldn't do. Still, I found myself ignoring all that as I was swept away by the depth of the story and of the relationships between its many characters.

    Nick Podehl does a great job as always, with different voices for all those many characters. I always knew who was speaking, no matter how complicated things got.

    I've read a great deal of post-apocalyptic fiction, and I have to say this book, while clearly aimed at the "emerging adult" market, is one of the standouts. There's room for a sequel, and I hope that happens. Highly recommended for a fresh and chewy take on the apocalypse!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 11-20-15
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 11-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining camper through the apocalypse"

    A word of caution: this is more like an adventure than like a real novel. One thing happens after another as our hero tries to navigate his way to safety in a post-acolyptic world riddled by zombies. And yet, it is so well written that it turns out to be very entertaining. I can't wait for the next in the series as surely there have to be more coming.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 04-26-15
    Nancy 04-26-15

    Twains

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    "Not really a zombie book"

    More of a dystopian future. More people problems than zombie. Protagonist makes so many mistakes that it's almost difficult to like him. Great voice for narration. I noticed a couple similarities to the protagonist in Chimera which was disappointing. It was an ok book. I'd read a second installment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Rose Hill, KS, United States 04-25-15
    Nick Rose Hill, KS, United States 04-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Something a little Different in the zombie Genre!"

    This was a very interesting and compeling story. It is a bit different than other zombpoc novels but in a good way. There is alot more focus on relationships between characters than actual zombie battles. Although i do enjoy the classic kill em all zombie novels this one really seemed to work. I would compare it to stephen kings the stand which is one of my favourite books of all time. Overall i enjoyed this novel very much. And Nick Podehl does a very good job narrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    H. Woodward idaho 05-01-15
    H. Woodward idaho 05-01-15 Member Since 2014

    Leah

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    "Once upon a time, a bunch of stuff happened"

    I didn't find this book very entertaining. It didn't seem like the story live was week thought out. I was actually rooting for some of the characters to die so the book would end. I felt completely disconnected from the characters. Events would happen in the story abd were explained at tinge rather than building up to the events. No suspense. If someone needed food they would just suddenly find a store to loot. If they needed clothes they just would get it. It seemed very flat...

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 05-12-16
    Robert 05-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best post apocalyptic novels I've read"

    Loved this book, constantly kept me wanting to know what's next, heartbreaking and inspiring. In a word awesome

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    Robert 02-11-16
    Robert 02-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "good potential but thats all"

    reader males some characters sound like idiots with the voices he gives them. some strong characters were ruined for me by this. the story itself was ok. not completely thrilling but some language and suggestive situations make this book not suitable for kids

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Milani Erie, Co 11-24-15
    J. Milani Erie, Co 11-24-15 Member Since 2015

    A book lover who loves her beautiful family and animals.

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    "Good book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Positive to be better than the print version?

    Didn't get the print version.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There was a lot of the book that could have been left out or shortened. And it just seemed like the main character had the worse luck ever. So pretty predictable.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    He read it well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Bad Luck


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesomely written and brilliantly read!"

    A great story, masterfully written and brilliantly read! David Wellington gave me a hair raising adventure, filled with life, tragedy and hope!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Lester 09-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "David Wellington's magnum opus."

    Loved it! Can't wait for a sequel... David Wellington is a genius and has somehow retained the imagination that most of us lose as we age.

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  • luke
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    4/1/16
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    "Gripped"

    A real twist in a zombie book, really good story and well narrated. I couldn't stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. C. A. Sharpe
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    3/8/16
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    "Promising but..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book has pros and cons
    Pros: Some of the ideas are great and a decent performance
    Cons: The rise of the main character doesn't ring true and his character is not particularly well fleshed out.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Smith
    Gibraltar
    1/20/16
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    "I am positive that I enjoyed this book. 😊"

    I loved the whole idea of positives. It Is a interesting twist on the zombie story. It's set after the zombie outbreak, there are still some zombies around. The books main focus is on survival, not just from the zombies but what is left of mankind too.

    Finn wants to make a better world than what is currently around. Unfortunately he does not understand the word he is currently living in.

    A few chapters may upset some. To be honest In real life these scenarios would happen. So I kinda expected it.

    I enjoyed the narrator and the different voices that he came up with. It was easy to tell who was talking at any time. This did give away one or two surprises. I'd rather that happened, to keep up with consistency, than a different voice being used. Very well written and read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jodie
    11/25/15
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    "Fantastic! !"

    I get so bored of the usual versions of these stories. This one was fantastic. Would recommend to anyone! !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/10/15
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    "Great read"

    I've read a few apocalypse books this is definitely one of the better ones. Well performed and enjoyed the writing style. I liked the characters and there was certainly enough interest in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • robert
    9/1/15
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    "well read gripping story"

    a well read and griping story of life and sorrows after the zombie apocalypse a young man's jurney to change his way of life and the effects on everyone around him the good and the bad

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason Rosenblum
    Austin, TX, US
    5/17/15
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    "Overall an entertaining read but..."

    My biggest complaint is that the protagonist, particularly in the first two thirds of the book is in utter nitwit. The book picks up steam at the end, and has a somewhat ok finish but there are parts of it that are tedious and frankly really predictable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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