Book Review: Positive by David Wellington

Positive - David WellingtonPositive by David Wellington

About the Book

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.

Review of POSITIVE by David Wellington

It has been awhile since I’ve been so engrossed in a zombie book. Wellington does a tremendous job adding subtle twists to the genre while delivering increasing tension as the adventure unfolds. Not many zombie stories are about the post-post apocalypse, and I was fascinated at how this second generation of survivors survived. The concept of how the virus incubates was very clever and presented a new kind of unsuspecting horror.

I loved our main character, Finn, and the main female lead, Kylie. Very subtle character growth on both of their parts, but each scene showed change, and in the end I was moved because of the realistic and courageous way they learned to embrace life.

The short chapters were great for how easy they were to read before bed, often forcing me to read just one more, and one more. Each one, while short packed, is filled with purpose in a way that only gifted, experienced storytellers can.

I love that this book was long enough to give us an epic adventure from a walled off New York to the open wasteland of the Midwest. This is the kind of survival adventure I love. His description of zombie encounters was terrifying. I only wish there were more. The focus left zombies almost entirely midway through — maybe that was for the best, but I missed their role.

I think people who are tired of mediocre zombie fiction will love the freshness of this tale and seek out more David Wellington stories, ASAP.

I was sent a review copy as part of the HarperVoyager Super Readers program in return for an honest review. This has been the best book they’ve sent me!

About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a former Executive Producer for AISFP. His debut novel, Scavenger: Evolution, blends Dune with Alien in a thriller where sand divers uncover death and evolution within America's buried fortresses. Sign up to his author newsletter for updates on new releases.

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