The Fireman; Joe Hill
William Morrow - 2016
Set in the not too distant future, The Fireman, is a 700+ novel that has already been optioned for a movie.
The premise of the story involves a new plague -- origin unknown -- which has been striking US cities beginning in the Northeast. Referred to as "dragon scale" it's a highly contagious and deadly spore that attacks the body and leaves black and gold tattoo like marks on the skin. No cure has been found and its victims eventually combust.
Harper Grayson is a nurse who has treated slews of victims before the place where she had worked burned to the ground. Now she too has been infected and is pregnant, however, she seems convinced her baby will be born healthy. Harper's husband has also developed the dragon scale and has become completely irrational and unhinged.
As the plague and mass hysteria spreads causing victims and cities to burn, quarantine and cremation crews do what they can to contain the plague even if it means burning the victims alive before they self-combust. And, just who is "the Fireman" who tries to save Harper after her husband goes off the deep end?
Joe Hill has created an at times heart pumping story with well developed characters that had me quickly turning the pages. The set up was great, mostly fast paced but, there were a few twists that I did see coming. In addition to the eBook, I borrowed the audio version from the library so this one was never too far from my side. The audio is read by Kate Mulgrew who did a great job.
(eGalley and library audio)