Author: Joe Hill
Published: May 17, 2016
Published by: William Morrow
Length: 747 pages
The world as we know it is in turmoil an epidemic dubbed Draco Incedia Trychophyton is ending countless lives. It is highly contagious, the first signs of infection is a beautiful scale like pattern that people refer to as “Dragonscale”. Then after a short period of time the infected person will spontaneously combust. Many have died either by bursting into flames or being close to the infected when they ignite, and fires are burning out of control all over the world. Harper is a nurse who is helping to care for the infected when she herself contracts the disease. At about the same time she learns that she is pregnant. Now all she wants is to live long enough to give birth to her child and turn he or she over to someone to take care of the child once she is no longer around.
When I first read the plot to this book I had reservations I thought the disease of Dragonscale just sounded to far fetch to make any real sense. But I wanted to try it anyway I read Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 and really enjoyed it. I also thought it would be a road trip story like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Number one, the scientific explanation for the disease was well thought out it made it seem like a real possibility that something like this could exist. Number two, while I would say the last 10th of the story did have a road trip, the story was not as bleak as The Road. I did think it was funny that The Road was mentioned by one of the characters. Speaking of characters, the protagonist were very enjoyable. You have nurse Harper, her friend Rene, Nick a little deaf boy and his older sister Allie and of course the mysterious Fireman. I felt like all of them were well developed as were the villains. To me there is nothing scarier that an obsessed fanatic that thinks that they are doing Gods work. I also enjoy how Mr. Hill would end a lot of his chapters with a sentence that would alluded to the future much like his father does. Very enjoyable. Worth every minute.
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