Monday, September 2, 2013

Book Review: Fire-Starter by Stephen King

Blurb: First, a man and a woman are subjects of a top-secret government experiment designed to produce extraordinary psychic powers.

Then, they are married and have a child. A daughter.

Early on the daughter shows signs of a wild and horrifying force growing within her. Desperately, her parents try to train her to keep that force in check, to "act normal."

Now the government wants its brainchild back - for its own insane ends.

I give it 5 stars
My Review:

This has always been my favorite Stephen King novel. I guess I've read it at least three times, maybe more. This time, it had been many years since I read it so I went into it wondering if it would be as good as I remembered. It was.

The story centers around an eight year old girl named Charlie and her father, who are on the run from a government agency known as the Shop. Charlie can start fires with her mind, and ability that sometimes gets out of her control. Her father, Andy, has what is referred to as the push, the ability to mentally force people into doing or believing whatever he wants. But it has serious side effects for both Andy and the people he pushes. The Shop wants father and daughter for the potential as proof of the effects of Lot Six, an experimental drug which gave Andy his extraordinary powers. But when the Shop finally get what they want, it proves to be more than they can handle.


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