Friday, 30 September 2016
The Fireman by Joe Hill
Author Joe Hill follows the lives of Harper, her husband Jakob and a man known as the Fireman. The three follow diverse paths during the course of this epidemic. I feel that each of these people are essential to the story even if I don't like one of them from the very first time we met. They represent the very different ways in which people respond to tragedy.
This is a well constructed story. I particularly like that a huge back story on the characters is not needed. We learn about the dragonscale and how it affects people in the present and then move forward. It doesn't matter what they did earlier in their lives, only what they do after the plague starts. I find the descriptions of the flames compelling. I can imagine them as a living being and not just a result of combustion.
This is a long book and it took me a while to read, though I didn't feel it was too long and that things could have been left out. I would have preferred a few events not to happen, but then again, I am an optimist and like my stories being happy.
Cover image courtesy HarperCollins Canada.