The Fireman

Hardcover

Published Aug. 19, 2016 by Gollancz, imusti.

ISBN:
978-0-575-13071-5
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4 stars (14 reviews)

3 editions

Review of 'Fireman' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Oh, Joe Hill. You’ve yet to write something that I didn’t eagerly devour. The Fireman is the story of a global pandemic known as Draco Incendia Trychophyton, or Dragonscale to the layperson. It’s a highly contagious disease, the method of transmission unknown, that first covers its host in surprisingly beautiful black and gold markings and later causes them to smoke and ultimately burst into flames. With people spontaneously combusting all over the world, society breaks down and thus emerges the true horror of The Fireman. Told from the perspective of a compassionate nurse named Harper Grayson who eventually meets the titular Fireman who has learned to control the fire within his flesh, the true horror here it isn’t the rampant, fatal disease, it’s how people react to it and to those affected by it, both on an individual basis and collectively. This wasn’t my favorite Joe Hill novel. Heart Shaped …

Review of 'Fireman' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Interesting concept, engaging writing, but WAY TOO LONG. I would've liked this book more if it had been condensed into 400 paages instead of 800. The idea was cool, and I enjoyed the characters. The time "at camp" could've been condensed. I did appreciate the ending he delivered.

Review of 'The Fireman' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

The Fireman is a long book but every page was worth it. It shows both the best of people and the worst of people, with some amazing characters that cannot fail to illicit an emotional response, be it positive or negative.

It’s not action packed; I mean people fight but they are not all conveniently trained in martial arts or have a natural talent for beating people up. They use makeshift weapons and not everyone is confident with a gun. And when people are injured, they stay hurt for days, or weeks. It just feels more authentic, like they’re normal people struggling to survive.

I liked that the protagonist was a pregnant women and her pregnancy isn’t a hindrance. There are some characters that see the unborn baby as more important than what Harper wants but these are always treated with disdain. When the child is called “precious cargo” you …

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