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Positive: A Novel (2015)

por David Wellington

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"Anyone can be positive. Acclaimed author David Wellington delivers his most ambitious, breakout novel yet a huge zombie novel in the bestselling vein of Guillermo Del Toro and Justin Cronin"--"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" --… (mais)
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It was a bit of a struggle in the middle, to get through it. Main character is naive, but, I guess, he is meant to be young-ish (21, but acts 16) due to the nature of the world he lives in. I can't decide if it was worth finishing, or not. So, I guess that makes it mediocre, at best. The plus sides include an approach where rape was seen as a bad thing (unlike a lot of books in this genre where rape is normalized/celebrated), and the characters didn't act in ways that regular people wouldn't have acted. The down sides were the main character's naivety and special ability to know exactly how to do the correct thing at the correct time even though there was no background that would have given him this ability. ( )
  crazybatcow | Mar 1, 2021 |
This is an okay novel, but nothing spectacular. It’s just a nice way to spend a couple nights listening to. It came out of the shoot Like gangbusters, but it really lost steam at the end.
Nick Podehl is the narrator for the audiobook and he was wonderful at his job.

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  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
In this zombie apocalypse, an infection is what makes zombies, and you could be carrying the virus for 20 years before it might suddenly activate. Those who might be carrying the virus but haven't turned are tattood with a big plus sign on their left hands for "positive" and sent to medical camps. This happens to the narrator, Finn, after his mother turns into a zombie. This is basically a page-turning road-trip adventure, with lots of bad guys like road pirates and death cultists, and a few zombies to add a constant element of danger and provide an explanation for why all these people are so awful to each other. It was quite epic, in that Finn has a hard time getting to the medical camp in the first place after falling in with some looters, then discovers the medical camp is a hellhole and has to lead an escape and find a new place where the positives can live. I disagree with one reviewer who found no "strong" female characters in this book; I think Kylie was a realistic, well-developed character who reacted understandably to a lifetime of abuse but nevertheless still took care of herself. And I don't think all villains should necessarily be men; it's nice to have a female bad guy every once in a while. For a zombie novel, this one held my attention and kept me engaged all the way through. ( )
  sturlington | Feb 21, 2019 |
This is a post-apocalyptic zombie story. However, zombies are more a background there, the real story is about people, their fears and hopes. So, if you wait for another zombie thrasher, pass on.
To some extent the novel follows some post-apocalyptic genre conventions, therefore some links can be made to such classics as [b:The Postman|889284|The Postman|David Brin|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348914032s/889284.jpg|924908] and [b:The Road|6288|The Road|Cormac McCarthy|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1439197219s/6288.jpg|3355573]. For me, it can be ‘in spirit’ linked to early Fallout games: the protagonist has to leave the safe place, where s/he was born and face dangerous and exciting outside world, which will change his/her life forever.
The book is a page turner. I enjoyed reading it even despite in retrospect I can see some ‘stitches’ that are made to keep the story together. A nice read.
“We’re brought up thinking the world is this horrible place, that everything is bad and getting worse. That just barely surviving is so much work it might not even be worth it. But you—you don’t live in this world.”
“No?” I asked, surprised. “Where do I live?”
“A better one,”

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  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
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. ( )
  Cherylk | Nov 22, 2015 |
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"Anyone can be positive. Acclaimed author David Wellington delivers his most ambitious, breakout novel yet a huge zombie novel in the bestselling vein of Guillermo Del Toro and Justin Cronin"--"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" --

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