So much awesomesauce slathered all over this book.
Meet Charlie McGee, a little girl who can set shit on fire. That’s what you see on the surface of this book. Inside, you discover that the government is behind a series of tests trying to bring out psychic abilities, and by happenstance Charlie is born to two if these test subjects.
I’d also like to take a second to point out that this is the first of King’s books to feature a girl as the main child character, and that there is no insinuation of abuse here. Aside from the weird circumstances of Charlie’s abilities, she grows up with a loving and wholesome family life. This book breaks a string of abused little boys with alcoholic fathers, and I find this is where King starts to really explore some new relationships.
Also, the way Charlie is written is so convincing. It’s fucking hard writing child characters, and not only does he make her realistic, he also jumps into her POV and it feels natural. It feels like you’re seeing through the eyes of an eight year old. It’s really amazing. Especially given that she’s dealing with a murderous power and being captured by the government. Somehow it’s all so realistic. But that’s a King tale for you.
All in all, a fantastic read. This is one of my favourites from my childhood. Also Drew Barrymore is just the cutest!!
For the Dark Tower fans: Could the Shop have been an offshoot centre for training Breakers? Could Charlie and Andy McGee have been really awesome Breakers, and ended up sitting next to Ted someday? Questions that us DT nerds must ask.
Fear Factor: Was I able to read this book alone at night? Yes. Was it suspenseful enough that I was on the edge of my seat? Definitely.
“The world, although well-lighted with fluorescents and incandescent bulbs and neon, is still full of odd dark corners and unsettling nooks and crannies.” -Firestarter, Stephen King