Title: The Fireman
Author: Joe Hill
Pages: 752 pages
Release Date: May 17th, 2016
Source: Hardback from Barnes & Noble
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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.
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Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab.
ten minutes after he met a girl. A living, breathing girl named Serena, who not only laughed at his jokes but actually kinda sorta seemed excited when she agreed to go out with him.
Jaxon's first date. Ever.
In rehab, he can't blast his way through galaxies to reach her. He can't slash through armies to kiss her sweet lips. Instead, he has just four days to earn one million points by learning real-life skills. And he'll do whatever it takes—lie, cheat, steal, even learn how to cross-stitch—in order to make it to his date.
If all else fails, Jaxon will have to bare his soul to the other teens in treatment, confront his mother's absence, and maybe admit that it's more than video games that stand in the way of a real connection.
Prepare to be cured.
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The book goes as follows: Video games seem to have taken the world by storm. Teenagers are now being committed to video game rehab, in hopes that they will learn reality is better than living in the virtual world. Jaxon is among those that are brought into rehab by their unforgiving parents. However, Jaxon doesn't have time for rehab. He's just been asked out on date, which doesn't happen often! So he has four days to get out of rehab and make it to see Serena. FOUR DAYS!!
The whole idea behind this book really intrigued me. My brother is a video game addict, to say the least, so it was easy for me to understand the quips and snarky remarks of the characters.
The characters were a lovely bunch. From a heroin addict to an awkward, Chewbacca-imitating group leader, I couldn't help but love each character's quirky personalities. My favorite character had to be the kid named Soup. He was shy and easily manipulated by Jaxon, but I admired his hospitality and welcoming personality.
This one just wasn't for me. It's not to say that I didn't enjoy it at some parts because I did! This book was insanely hilarious and it's not every day that I come across a story about a character realizing more about him/herself. I've been having a really rough time picking what to read ever since I finished A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. That book just ruined me, and I've been in a bad slump. I will be picking this back up in the future in hopes of finishing it and feeling satisfied!