Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Positive by David Wellington

by:  David Wellington
published by:  Harper Voyager
publish date:  April 21, 2015

Years after a plague killed 99 percent of the population, turning them into infectious zombies, Finnegan and his family live in a barricaded New York City. But Finn's sheltered life fractures when his unsuspecting mother falls sick with the zombie disease—latent inside her since before her son's birth.

Finn, too, can be infected. If he remains healthy for the last two years of the potential incubation period, he'll be cleared. Until then, he must be moved to a special facility for positives, segregated to keep the healthy population safe.

Tattooed with a plus sign on his hand that marks him as a positive, Finn is exiled from the city. But when marauders kill the escort sent to transport him, Finn must learn how to survive alone in an eerie, disintegrated landscape. And though the zombies are everywhere, Finn discovers that the real danger is his fellow humans.

This book takes place about 20 or so years after a zombie apocalypse.  The human population is slowly starting to develop back into areas of civilization with governing bodies and rules.  Finn lives in one of these areas.  When it is determined he might possibly have the zombie virus, he is sent away to live in a special camp for Positives.  However, he never makes contact with his escort and has to set out to find the camp on his own.  He doesn't understand that he must travel through many states to get to where he is going, he was born after the plague and his concept of how huge the United States is distorted by lack of education.

When Finn sets out from New York City, he thinks he's going out on a short hike to Ohio.  It obviously take him a very long time.  He has to learn what life is like outside his protected life in New York City.  This is a long journey for him and it takes him a long time to get to the camp.  Once he gets to the camp it's nothing like he expected.

This was a pretty good book overall.  Even though I'm kind of burnt out of zombies and apocalypses, this book held my interest very well.  That is to say, it held my interest for about 3/4 of the book.  Then it just got way too long.  I don't mind a long book, but this one took forever to get through and I kind of skipped and skimmed my way through the last little bit just to see how it ended.  It could have done with some heavy editing to get it down some.  

I would recommend this book to the zombie lovers, the post-ap lovers.  It was well written and and a good addition to the genre.

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