This novel is easily the best book Joe Hill has ever done. I read it in two sittings and couldn’t wait to see how it was resolved.
The Fireman is set in the present time when an infectious spore is contaminating the world’s population. In the first stage of contamination your skin is covered in a tattoo that looks like dragon scales. As it progresses, you are burned up from the inside out.
Cities all over the world are on fire and basic services like hospitals and power plants no longer operate. It seems as though everyone is on their own. Then a lone fireman figures out how to live with the dragon scales and how to use the condition to help others survive, as people who are not infected take drastic action to stay well.
The novel has some of the usual cliches, but it is a great read. It is reminiscent of the work of Hill’s father, Stephen King.
P.S. This book did an excellent job of making Mary Poppins creepy and that will stick with me for a long time!