Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Fireman by Joe Hill

From Goodreads:
From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author ofNOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

From Me:
I can't believe I haven't posted this yet.  I found it in my drafts.  I did a read-a-long with friends in July. 
JULY--the month I had grandchildren for all 31 days!
That's probably why I didn't get a post written up.

I love read-a-longs!  I'm not great at the whole Twitter thing, but it's fun to hear what everyone else has to say and talk about the book as you are reading it.
I listened to the audio version of this book--Kate Mulgrew narrated and she did a great job.
So...what's not to like?  I think Joe Hill did a great job of describing a dystopian (that's not the right word, I know or perhaps it is) community, and what might happen if there were a situation of chaos after an epidemic or other disaster.
It kept me turning the pages--I wanted to find out what would happen!  I thought the characters were well developed too and I loved Hill's references to pop-culture music and books/authors.
I was a teeny-tiny bit disappointed in the ending.  I just wanted more, but still--4 stars!

I also highly recommend (4 stars as well)  State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.
Also a read-along, done in June, but July just saw me with not enough time to articulate myself on a blog post--all those grandchildren, remember?

I loved this book!  I had never read anything by Patchett before  (but am reading her newest, Commonwealth, right now-recommend too) so glad to be introduced to her in a Read-a-long --Thanks Care!

Since I didn't hold up my end of the bargain---check out these great blog posts from,

Care, Katie and Stacy.  
It was  an impromptu read but so much fun for me.  
I agree with everything they said!!
(and oh man, the ending!)

From Goodreads:
Award-winning "New York Times"-bestselling author Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, The Magician's Assistant) returns with a provocative novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest--a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.

In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, 
State of Wonder presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity.

As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, 
State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest's jeweled canopy,


bermudaonion said...

I've never done a read-a-long and I'm not sure why. I'm not sure The Fireman is for me.

Momo Nana said...

i do think it is so good im gonna read it this week.
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