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I LOVED THIS BOOK! I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Reading Copy of it but I have already pre-ordered a hardcover for my library. I actually might order two - one to keep in pristine condition on my library shelf and another that I already plan on re-reading over and over. And that, in itself, is rare. I read so many books that hardly ever do I re-read one.
My favorite genre of books is horror and even more appealing to me is the sub-genre of post-apocalyptic/dystopian books. So I knew I was probably going to like this tale.
Plus I've read Joe Hill's other books (except for his graphic novels) and I enjoyed them.
But this is a post-apocalyptic book that I loved as much as ANY I've ever read. And Joe Hill has taken a giant leap forward with his writing prowess.
- I loved the characters. Harper, the nurse who models herself off of Mary Poppins, and John, the Fireman, are my favorites but author Hill brings the whole incredible cast of characters to life on these pages - from the innocent to the maniacal. The most important "character" is Draco incendia trychophyton, or Dragonscale - wildly imaginative and deadly.
- Most of the story takes place in New Hampshire and I could visualize the settings clearly.
- The storyline - I'm not going into any detail on the story. Everyone that reads or listens to this book should experience it firsthand with no spoilers. Set aside a weekend or longer if you need it and immerse yourself in this world that Joe Hill has created.
This book has made it into my top 10 books of all time. So, if you couldn't tell, again - I LOVED THIS BOOK. I can't think of anything I didn't love about it.
Thank you to William Morrow Books through Edelweiss for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
The tale is dark for much of the book, but throughout there is a golden thread of hope that keeps you going. It's actually quite uplifting at times, a lot of which is due to the main character's charm and appeal. Harper is wonderfully developed. She has good values and the caring demeanor of a true nurse, but she's also flawed in that she tends to let people walk over her - not seeing sometimes that she's being repressed. I also love that she can be delightfully bawdy at times. I enjoyed all of the characters in The Fireman - the good and the evil - including the eponymous character himself. The Fireman (John Rookwood) is delightfully complex as well - heroic, funny, a protector, but also too proud and not able to let go of the past. The flaws of the characters make them so much more real and relatable.
I highly recommend The Fireman. I was thrilled to learn that it's to be made into a movie - I will definitely make a point of seeing it. This is a book I will also reread from time to time - like visiting an old friend. If you haven't read Joe Hill's other books and short stories, do yourself a big favor and do so. You won't be disappointed.
Thank you, Joe Hill, for such a wonderful story. It's rife with the failings of humankind, but also full of heart and hope. You're a fierce talent, and I look forward to your next work.