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The Fireman by Joe Hill is due to be published in June by Gollancz.
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
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.
desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must
learn the Fireman's secrets before her life—and that of her unborn
child—goes up in smoke.