Reviews of Firestarter (1980)
Review by StefanY (2007-09-17)
When I read this one the first time in junior high, I distinctly remember not being able to finish it. After re-reading it, I have absolutely no idea why. King has put together a moving, engaging story with characters that you care about and some very well-written antagonists.
If you don't know already, the story is basically about a couple who participated in a research project in college where they were injected with drugs that produced some psychic powers, these drugs have had some residual effect on the participants and the couple have some mild psychic powers. These powers are then passed on to their daughter Charlie. The main plot line concerns Charlie and her father trying to escape from the government agents that are trying to capture her in order to study her.
The story moves along at a fairly brisk for the first third or so and then does slow down a bit. It's during these slower times though that we get to know the characters and get insides looks at the bad guys as well and see to what lengths they will go to get what they want. There are a couple of moments of tension and excitement in this section, but mostly King is setting things up for the last climactic section of the book.
I was very satisfied with the climax and ending of this novel and truly enjoyed the book. It may not be one of King's better works, but it is definitely an enjoyable read.
Review by nzilla (2004-08-26)
Firestarter is one of my favo(u)rites of Stephen King's work. As usual, the characters and setting are wonderfully complex and the plot is above average for King. This one is a good sci-fi-type story with some awesome scenes of destruction which were unfortunately left out of the movie (most likely due to budget and/or technological reasons). 8/10