Review for Firestarter

Author: Stephen King
Published: 1980
by: Viking
Genre: Horror
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The Department of Scientific Intelligence (aka "The Shop") never anticipated that two participants in their research program would marry and have a child. Charlie McGee inherited pyrokinetic powers from her parents, who had been given a low-grade hallucinogen called "Lot Six" while at college. Now the government is trying to capture young Charlie and harness her powerful firestarting skills as a weapon.

The second King novel I have read. I loved it at once. Andy and Charlie stole my heart already at page one. Basically, this story is about a father and a daughter. How they care for each other, how they fight for each other, how they sacrifice for each other. Out of money and literally running for their lives after Vicky McGee - Charlie's mother and Andy's wife - was murdered by The Shop.
Also, it deals with the subject of having extreme power, which is accidentally in the hands of a little girl. But Charlie is a strong girl, who doesnīt get corrupted by her power completely. The love of her father - and mother - let her stay a human being. At the end, she is able to control her power, to use it purposeful. Oh yes, she destroys a lot of bad people. (Who deserve this!) But then, she stops. At the end, she is alone. Her dad and mom paid the price for a mistake, they had made as teenagers.
A year ago, I read the novel again, in English. It captured me again. Itīs amazing, how some stories never lose their magic. Thanks, Stephen.


Stephen King