Article published on June 10, 2016.
Nobody knew where the virus came from.
FOX News said it had been set loose by ISIS, using spores that had been invented by the Russians in the 1980s.
MSNBC said sources indicated it might’ve been created by engineers at Halliburton and stolen by culty Christian types fixated on the Book of Revelation.
CNN reported both sides.
While every TV station debated the cause, the world burnt.
Pregnant school nurse, Harper Grayson, had seen lots of people burn on TV, but the first person she saw burn for real was in the playground behind the school.
With the epic scope of The Passage and the emotional impact of The Road, this is one woman’s story of survival at the end of the world.
**We have 3 copies of The Fireman to give away – scroll down for your chance to win!**
Author Joe Hill says:
The Fireman has a cheerfully anti-apocalyptic streak…humans are surprisingly determined to continue thinking, arguing, puzzling, loving, teaching and learning, even when there’s a building burning on every other street corner.
Our reviewer, Ian Simpson, says:
In the footsteps of the likes of Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), Joe Hill’s titular fireman is not what you would expect him to be. The novel orbits around The Fireman, but this is the story of Harper, as the world falls apart and she comes to terms with her pregnancy while living in a cult-like society. Can she live long enough to bring the baby to term? School nurse, Harper Grayson witnesses a man on fire, burning to death in the school grounds. This is the beginnings of the apocalypse. A virus, known as ‘scale – short for Dragonscale – is spreading around the world at an uncontrollable rate.
The Fireman is a big old book and, despite this, is far from an epic end-of-the-world story. It is much more intimate than that. The sign that this, that any, book is terrific, is that you want to keep reading, keep spending time with the characters, and I loved spending time with Harper, her determined optimism and her make-shift family as she battled the small tragedies and the biggest of nightmares. I wanted to find her safe at the end of the story. And the fireman? Watch him burn and watch him fly!
About the author
Joe Hill is the author of Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4R2 – New York Times bestsellers all – and the Eisner-Award winning comic book series, Locke & Key. Publisher’s Weekly has described as ‘a master of his craft’.
He will be visiting Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby on the last day of his UK tour, on 11 June – find out more on the Gollancz blog
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The Fireman by Joe Hill, published on 7 June, 2016 by Gollancz in hardback at £20.00
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