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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.

Publisher: New York, New York : Harper Voyager, c2015
ISBN: 9780062315397
Branch Call Number: PB SCFI WEL
Characteristics: 559 pages ; 19 cm


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Feb 13, 2019

Hmm. I wanted to like this book. It came across my lists as I was searching for horror; I'm not the greatest fan of zombie lit but I thought I'd give it a try. It's not horror. It's a coming-of-age hero tale with the zombie apocalypse as a backdrop. The entire premise of tattooing the "infected" with a plus sign on their hand is interesting. The scariest moment happens within the first 30 pages. After that, it is an adventure novel with its own formulaic villains, scenarios, and plot arcs. It's predictable in so many points. Is it horrible? No. It just doesn't break any ground is fairly pulp-y in its formula and prose. I did find myself reading quickly to "finish" it as fast as possible; I didn't want to leave it behind but I couldn't wait to finish it.

Jul 17, 2017

Well... I wouldn't say it was a horrible story. Though as far as zombies stories goes, this one was pretty lame. A previous comment mentions the fact that you don't really see many zombie attacks in this story; It builds up the "world" but then you only really see human interactions throughout.

For me, there were so many things that just didn't make sense about the actual zombies, were they still alive humans but taken over by a fungus in the brain or were they actually dead? (and then being reanimated by said fungus in the brain) How can they kill them by just slicing their throat and if they were dead the how would you have blood spurting out of a zombie that has been animated for nearly two decades (dead flesh does rot)?

I think the author in this area failed his audience, don't get me wrong the writing is fairly good and the actual story itself is "meh" (this main character is unusually lucky throughout; more supernaturally than reanimated dead). He explains characters that 'could' be infected (the positives) with a brain fungus due to exposure but then how does this thing lie dormant for up to twenty years and then over a few days start eating away the brain enough where they change.

He also explains how 'thirsty' these mindless dead get as well, but then every safe place has water as a barrier/wall against them. I mean if they wanted to quench an unending thirst (like their hunger for flesh, not even being picky) wouldn't all of the zombies end up drowning in water trying to? Nothing but floating dead.

These are just little details that destroy any sort of cohesion in the over all story...

Aug 04, 2015

Not enough zombies. Mostly about a guy trying to survive against other humans. The romance was utterly bland. I don't know if it's because I was going into the book expecting gore and blood and the undead, but this book did not meet my expectations.

Apr 27, 2015

As a fan of the Walking Dead series. I was curious and ended up enjoying this book.


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