The novel begins in medias res with Charlie and Andy on the run from Shop agents in New York City. In 1981, Firestarter was nominated as Best Novel for the British Fantasy Award, Locus Poll Award, and Balrog Award.

People try to flee, and some do. Two of the test subjects, Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson fell in love, and later married. She uses her pyrokinesis to kill the employees and blow up their getaway vehicles. Rainbird then interrupts the meeting at a barn, planning to kill them both. She does so and although she damages the property, is able to get better control over it. A crucial distraction is provided by Cap, who is losing his mind from a side effect of being pushed. Rainbird, a Cherokee and a Vietnam veteran, is intrigued by Charlie's power and eventually becomes obsessed with her, determined to befriend her and eventually kill her. Andy and Charlene "Charlie" McGee are a father/daughter pair on the run from a government agency known as The Shop. One day Andy McGee comes home from work to finds his wife brutally murdered and he takes Charlie and runs. Mortally wounded, Andy then instructs Charlie to use her power to escape and to inform the public, to make sure the government cannot do anything like this ever again. Full Book Notes and Study Guides. Military men are called, but Charlie blows up their vehicles; when they fire at her she melts their bullets. Charlie and Andy flee and begin a life of running and hiding, using assumed identities. Firestarter is a science fiction-horror thriller novel by Stephen King, first published in September 1980. Rainbird then shoots Andy in the head. https://firestarter.fandom.com/wiki/Firestarter_(novel)?oldid=4041. Six months pass until a power failure provides a turning point for the two: Andy, sick with fear and self-pity, somehow regains the push - subconsciously pushing himself to overcome his addiction - and Rainbird, masquerading as a simple janitor, befriends Charlie and gains her trust. They both also developed telepathic abilities. Under Rainbird's guidance, Charlie begins to demonstrate her power, which has grown to fearsome levels.

The novel begins in medias res with Charlie and Andy on the run from Shop agents in New York City, the latest in a series of attempts by The Shop to capture Andy and Charlie following a disastrous raid on the McGee family in suburban Ohio.

Rainbird discovers Andy's plan, however, and decides to use it to his advantage. The book is dedicated to author Shirley Jackson: "In a Memory of Shirley Jackson, who never needed to raise her voice.". When she can burn your house down in minutes, it is more so. Rainbird discovers Andy's plan, however, and decides to use it to his advantage. They both also developed telepathic abilities. Andy could give a mental "push" to people and convince them to do something they did not want to do or that were seeing things that were not there. A grief-stricken and furious Charlie then sets the barn on fire. They want Charlie and they will do whatever they need to get her, because she is a valuable weapon that they will use until there is nothing left of her. The animals and the couple are injured and killed, which makes Charlie lose control. With the Manders farm operation disastrously botched, The Shop's director, Captain James "Cap" Hollister, calls in a Shop hitman named John Rainbird to capture the fugitives. Andy and Charlene "Charlie" McGee are a father/daughter pair on the run from a government agency known as The Shop. By the end, Charlie realizes what has gone on, enormous damage occurred to both their captors and the land has occurred and her father dies. Using a combination of the push, Charlie's power, and hitchhiking, the pair escapes through Albany, New York and is taken in by a farmer named Irv Manders near the fictional town of Hastings Glen, NY; however, they are tracked down by Shop agents, who attempt to kill Andy and take Charlie at the Manders farm. Firestarter Wiki is a FANDOM Books Community. He uses the push to incapacitate the Shop agents, leaving one blind and the other comatose. Military men are called, but Charlie blows up their vehicles and when they fire at her she melts their bullets. Charlie is given a second chance when she escapes the base, after burning almost everyone and everything, and chooses to share her story with the world through trusted media, which was her father's dying wish. Andy's and Vicky's powers were physiologically limited; in … Books are seen by some as a throwback to a previous world; conversely, gleaning the main ideas of a book via a quote or a quick summary is typical of the Information Age but is a habit disdained by some diehard readers. Charlie blows up the building, leaving the Longmont facility burning, with almost all its workers dead. The McGee's have tried to teach their daughter to control her gift, but controlling any child's temper tantrum is challenging. [1] In 1984, it was adapted into a film. In addition, he had a similar ability for some of the less complicated machines and without trying very hard, he often got back extra change from vending machines. By pretending to still be powerless and addicted, Andy manages to gain crucial information by pushing his psychiatrist. Firestarter, Stephen King Firestarter is a science fiction-horror thriller novel by Stephen King, first published in September 1980. With the Manders farm operation disastrously botched, the director of the Shop, Captain James Hollister, or "Cap", calls in a Shop hitman named John Rainbird to capture the fugitives. During his college years, Andy had participated in a Shop experiment dealing with "Lot 6", a drug hallucinogenic effects similar to LSD. We feel that we have the best of both worlds at BookQuoters; we read books cover-to-cover but offer you some of the highlights. In 1981, Firestarter was nominated as Best Novel for the British Fantasy Award, Locus Poll Award, and Balrog Award. He uses the push to incapacitate The Shop agents, leaving one blind and the other comatose.

At Andy's instruction, Charlie unleashes her power, incinerating the entire farm and fending off the agents, killing a few of them.

In July and August 1980, two excerpts from the novel were published in Omni.

People try to flee and some do. Using a combination of the push, Charlie's power, and hitchhiking, the pair escape through Albany, New York and are taken in by a farmer named Irv Manders near Hastings, New York; however, they are tracked down by Shop agents, who attempt to kill Andy and take Charlie at the Manders farm. An orderly, Rainbird, who is not actually an orderly but is trying to manipulate Charlie, convinces her that if it makes things easier or more comfortable for her, she should submit to the tests. Now that Charlie is eight, she doesn't start fires … The event is covered up by the government, and released to the papers as a terrorist firebomb attack. They stay in cheap motels, take cabs and buses and hope to stay one step ahead of everyone. Click on a plot link to find similar books. They had a child, who they named Charlie, who was born with multiple abilities, including Pyrokinesis, the ability to start fires with h… The drug gave his future wife, Victoria Tomlinson, minor telekinetic abilities and him a autohypnotic mind domination ability he refers to as "the push". Vickie's powers were also changing, but they were not terrifying and she had the ability to move small items with her mind. Firestarter is a science fiction novel by Stephen King, first published in September 1980.In July and August 1980, two excerpts from the novel were published by Omni.In 1981, Firestarter was nominated as Best Novel for the British Fantasy Award, Locus Poll Award, and Balrog Award.In 1984, it was adapted into a movie.. In July and August 1980, two excerpts from the novel were published by Omni. She exits the barn and people start going after her. A crucial distraction is provided by Cap, who is losing his mind from a side effect of being pushed. She decides on Rolling Stone magazine as an unbiased, honest media source with no ties to the government, and the book ends as she arrives to tell them her story.

The pair is separated and imprisoned at the Shop headquarters, located in the fictional D.C. suburb of Longmont, Virginia. After the suicide of his psychiatrist, Andy is able to meet and push Cap, using him to plan his and Charlie's escape from the facility, as well as finally communicating with Charlie. They both also developed telepathic abilities. Andy's and Vicky's powers were physiologically limited; in his case, overuse of the push gives him crippling migraine headaches and minute brain hemorrhages, but their daughter Charlie developed frightening pyrokinetic ability.

This time the operation is successful, and both Andy and Charlie are taken by the Shop. The Shop quickly reforms, under new leadership, and begins a manhunt for Charlie, who has returned to the Manders farm.

They move several times to avoid discovery before the Shop catches up to them in New York. Her father is being drugged and when he manages to quit the drugs, he realizes they think he lost his ability. "Blumhouse is Remaking Stephen King's 'Firestarter' #Overlook", "Blumhouse's 'Firestarter' Remake Heats Up with 'The Vigil' Director Keith Thomas", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Firestarter_(novel)&oldid=981472040, Fictional characters with fire or heat abilities, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 2 October 2020, at 14:33. They move several times to avoid discovery before The Shop catches up to them in New York. By pretending to still be powerless and addicted, Andy manages to gain crucial information by pushing his psychiatrist. A mortally wounded Andy then instructs Charlie to take revenge with her power and inform the public, to make sure the government cannot do anything like this ever again, and dies. Eventually, they make friends with an older couple who live on a farm and stay longer than they should, because The Shop finds them. They finished college, got married and began their careers. With nowhere else to turn, the pair flees to Vermont and take refuge in a cabin that had once belonged to Andy's grandfather. Andy pushes Rainbird into leaping from the upper level of the barn, breaking his leg. He then uses his push ability to track the trail of Charlie and The Shop agents, catching up to them at a rest stop on the Interstate. Rainbird then shoots Andy in the neck and fires another shot at Charlie, but she uses her power to melt the bullet in midair, and then sets Rainbird and Cap on fire. After some deliberation, she comes up with a plan and leaves the Manders', just ahead of Shop operatives, and heads to New York City.

Andy's plan succeeds, and he and Charlie are reunited in a barn for the first time in six months but Rainbird is already there, planning to kill them both. The medical study they participated in was not on a new medicine, but in fact was provided by a government group known as "The Shop". Charlie, however, defiantly refuses to cooperate with the Shop, and does not demonstrate her power for them. The event is covered up by the government and released to the media as a terrorist firebomb attack.

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