- Hardcover: 428 pages
- Publisher: Viking Press; 1st edition (September 29, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670315419
- ISBN-13: 978-0932096050
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 408 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Firestarter Hardcover – September 29, 1980
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Excellent condition with only a slight wrinkle on jacket. Beautiful cover art. This may be a First Edition, but is worth the purchase in any case. --Seller
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After this and other books he went on to become the Steven King we all know and love.
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Great story, fast-paced. I’d call it Horror-Science Fiction.
Story & Fav Plot Points:
The story begins in the middle, actually, which I thought was an imaginative way of introducing the story and grabbing interest.
Andy and his daughter are on the run. They both have abilities (he, through a psych experiment “gone horribly wrong,” and she through genetics). Andy can make people do what he wants by ‘pushing’ his intention. But he gets major migraines that can cause brain hemorrhaging if he does that too often. His wife, who could close refrigerator doors by thinking about them (now THAT’s convenient!) was killed by “The Shop” (one of those clandestine organizations run by one megalomaniac, who has a money pipeline from Congress – no fiction there), the instigators of the experiment that gave Andy and his wife special abilities The Shop wants for their own nefarious ends.
The daughter has the ability to start fires. Except rather than headaches she gets a rush of pleasure from it!
The story really picks up when they are both captured, after much loss of life and property, to an idyllic ranch where the bad guy lives. But he later rues that day, as King tells us in gory detail about the demise of “The Shop.”
Great story, how we could chemically induce someone to increase their latent psychic ability and how the government plans to use that for global power. The usual plot (since it’s close to the truth) but imaginatively done.
This Story had a very strong start. I flew through the first 150 pages because I didn't want to stop..but then it became a slow crawl all the way until the very end. Thats what made it an "okay" experience. Amazing concept, but could have had a lot more epic, suspensful moments.
I felt the ending was just underwhelming. The climax was short-lived unfortunately. There weren't many memorable moments altogether.
(I noticed reviewers mentioning "Horror" there was very little to no Horror elements)
I liked the book but probably won't remember it in a few months and I wouldn't really recommend it.
Stephen King often creates interesting characters and Firestarter is no exception. Charlie is quite a remarkable little girl and I liked her quite a bit by the end of the story. Her part is small in the beginning but she starts coming into her own about half way through and just gets better and better from there. Andy is a genuinely good guy, he obviously loves Charlie and desperately wants to protect her. As his history is revealed, it also becomes obvious that he has consistently used his powers to the benefit of others, while most of us would probably be very tempted to use them more selfishly. The villains are no less interesting, and John Rainbird is especially chilling. I don't want to give away any major plot developments but the relationship between he and Charlie is riveting.
Firestarter is a pleasure to read. At just over 400 pages, it's taut and the story moves along at a good pace. It's almost impossible not to root for Charlie and Andy even as it gets harder and harder to see how they can end up with a happy ending. I found it more and more of a page-turner as the story progressed. As with most of King's early work, Firestarter takes a simple, but strong, idea and spins it into a great novel. I recommend it to anyone looking for a suspenseful story with good characters, whether they are established Stephen King fans or first time readers.
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