By Joe Hill
From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling writer of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel a few all over the world pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to lessen civilization to ashes and a band of inconceivable heroes who conflict to reserve it, led by way of one strong and enigmatic guy often called the Fireman.
The fireman is coming. remain cool.
No one is aware precisely while it all started or the place it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire around the kingdom, awesome towns one after the other: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The medical professionals name it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To every person else it’s Dragonscale, a hugely contagious, lethal spore that marks its hosts with attractive black and gold marks throughout their bodies—before inflicting them to burst into flames. thousands are contaminated; blazes erupt in every single place. there is not any antidote. nobody is safe.
Harper Grayson, a compassionate, committed nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, taken care of hundreds of thousands of contaminated sufferers earlier than her clinic burned to the floor. Now she’s found the telltale gold-flecked marks on her pores and skin. whilst the outbreak first all started, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they might take concerns into their very own arms in the event that they turned contaminated. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper desires to live—at least till the fetus she is sporting involves time period. on the health center, she witnessed contaminated moms provide delivery to fit infants and believes hers could be high quality too. . . if she will reside lengthy sufficient to convey the child.
Convinced that his do-gooding spouse has made him ailing, Jakob turns into unhinged, and finally abandons her as their placid New England neighborhood collapses in terror. The chaos supplies upward thrust to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those that they think hold the spore. yet Harper isn’t as by myself as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she in brief met on the health facility, a guy in a filthy yellow hearth fighter’s jacket, wearing a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss among madness and demise. often called The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of latest Hampshire, a madman bothered with Dragonscale who has realized to regulate the hearth inside himself, utilizing it as a defend to guard the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.
In the determined season to come back, because the global burns uncontrolled, Harper needs to study the Fireman’s secrets and techniques ahead of her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.