The Fireman, Joe Hill

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*

The Fireman, Joe Hill
Author: Joe Hill
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 768
Format: DRC
ISBN-10: 0575130717
ISBN-13: 9780575130715
Publisher: eBook | Hardcover | Audiofile

4 stars

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.

The story is holding a lot of references to various films, songs, books, television shows and other media related things it made me sing all the song with burn lyrics. As it would be to obvious to start naming songs that the book missed I will just continue talking about the book.
We start with Harper, a twenty something in an apparently loving marriage. As soon as she discovers she is infected with Dragonscale things go downhill fast. I loved how she dealt with the situation. She is a fun character. Strong but not loosing sight on what is happening, what is real and what is panic. I am curious though what would she would have done if she had not been pregnant. Her husband Jakob is a creep. I would have liked a bit of his side of the story too though. Now he is just a bad guy with no shot at redemption.
The Fireman or John Rookwood is an interesting character. It is fun how everyone thinks he is a hero but when described by Harper she makes him average in both psychical appearance as behaviour. In action I see a big rough guy but the description make him sound like a small tiny guy. This did not really match in my head and made it difficult for me to connect to him.
Allie and Nick are the two youngsters. Easy to love though they both make a lot of mistakes. I really felt like hugging them most of the story. The add a lot of emotion in the story. Nobody likes the idea of young people or kids being threatened and Nick being deaf adds an extra protection level.
There are a lot of other characters with important roles in the story. I can be confused easily when to many people and names are introduced but they all have their own spot and as soon as their part is done they are gone from the story. This made that I was able to keep up with them.
I enjoyed the story. Despite the fact that there are a lot of stories about viruses killing of people and survivors trying to make a life it was not to predictable. At some point in the book the story got a bit slow but it picked up again later. The situation between Harper and the Fireman felled forced though.

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11 July, 2016 delete

I doesn't look bad, but viruses killig people is not my kind of book ;)