Waiting on Wednesday: The Fireman by Joe Hill

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  Every Wednesday we get to highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week: The Fireman by Joe Hill.  Due out May (17th) this one does sound amazing and two lovely covers to check out – which is your favourite:

‘No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Firemans secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.’

Add it to your wishlist!


13 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: The Fireman by Joe Hill”

  1. Anastasia

    I love Joe Hill’s books! Didn’t know it was being published!

  2. Barb(boxermommyreads)

    I somehow managed to get approved for an ARC of this just yesterday. I never expected it if truth be told. I love Joe Hill and his father’s works and can’t wait to dive into this one. Great choice.!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can’t wait either – I hope you enjoy it and look forward to your review.
      Lynn 😀

  3. S. C. Flynn

    Sounds good. Very nice covers, yes

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Fascinating. I’ve been partial to stories about pandemics since King’s “The Stand”, and this book seems to have taken the trope in a totally new direction.
    I’ll keep an eye out for it, thanks for sharing!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m really looking forward to it. TBH – I have two of his books that I’ve bought but my bought books always play second fiddle to the review ones – so I’m going to review this one – and then work my way backwards – that’s the plan anyway!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    YES!!! YESYESYES!!! 🙂 So excited for another Joe Hill book! (I don’t even need to read the blurb, tbh)

    • @lynnsbooks

      This sounds really good tbh so I’m looking forward to it.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I’m curious about this too! When I saw a review copy offered on Edelweiss, that itchy request finger just couldn’t help but pull the trigger.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know what you mean! And I keep trying to be so careful… not really working out for me though.

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