A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the world. People call it 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. And there is no antidote, oops!
The main character, Harper, a school nurse, is working at a hospital as volunteer. She has treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. A few weeks after this, Harper finds out she is pregnant, and soon after that, she discovers the marks of the spore on her skin. Her husband, Jakob, wants to take matters into his own hands, but Harpe wants to live, at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term, and she gives birth. That is, if she can live long enough to deliver the child.
Eventually, Jakobs abandons her. At this point, he acts erratically, paranoid. On the street, chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads, armed men roaming the streets to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. When Harper is in serious danger, she meets the Fireman, and English man in a dirty yellow fire fighter's jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control it, and use it as a weapon. He rescues Harper and takes her to a refugees camp, where people has learnt a way to prevent from going up in flames.
The story was good, and I loved the characters, especially Harper. She is one of the sweetest main characters you'll ever find, very much like Mary Poppins, who she idolizes. But if you think she's weak, you're wrong. She will do whatever it takes to protect her baby. John, the Fireman, on the other hand, is a show off. We don't get to know him a lot, he doesn't even appear for most of the book, but I liked him too. Nick, a little deaf kid at camp, was my second favorite. He's so innocent, so cute, I wanted to hug him more than once.
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Eliminar comentariolibrosydragonesI gave the book 3.5 stars out of five, because there were hundreds of pages describing daily life at camp, and it was very boring at times. John only uses his powers a few times in the first 2/3 of the book, and we only get to know a little more about how he does it after 500 pages or so. And the end wasn't any shock or surprise to me, I was expecting something like that. Still, I enjoyed it very much, it's a good book, and if someone asks me, I'll recommend to read it, and to be patient at the slow-paced parts.
I really enjoyed being part of the #weonfirereadalong!