Author:Stephen King & Owen King
It’s been a while since the last full-blown stand-alone novel from King – you have to go back as far as 2014’s Revival. In fact, even this new work is actually a joint effort with his son. I’m not sure how this current collaboration worked: did Stephen King, now seventy, come up with the ideas and leave his son, Owen, to do the heavy lifting, or did they, for instance, write alternate chapters? Whatever, this is a novel I expected to be reminiscent of The Stand, but which is actually much more redolent of Under The Dome, focusing as it does on events in one small town – and no-one captures parochial small time, small town America better than King does.
It’s always tricky to review this sort of book without giving away too many plot details. Suffice to say, women all around the world, on falling asleep, develop a silky cocoon around them, and don’t wake up again. Which begs the question, what would the world be like without women, a world in which some men return to their most primal instincts? For that matter, what would a man-less new world be like for the ‘hibernating’ women – and are they gone for good, or simply dreaming, waiting to be woken?
There seems to be one special woman who sleeps and wakes normally, who seems to be the key to the mystery, who seems to be in touch with both this world and others besides. Where did she come from, why is she here, is it coincidence her name is Eve? All will be revealed…
This is a very long, convoluted, book, with almost biblical allusions at times. It’s enjoyable, as most King novels are, although sometimes it’s a little difficult to keep track of all the numerous characters – there’s a lengthy list at the beginning of the book. Nevertheless, it keeps you turning the pages and the book didn’t seem as long as it actually is, at over seven hundred pages. Maybe a little bit of judicious pruning in certain sections here and there wouldn’t have gone amiss, but I would definitely recommend this to King fans, and to lovers of this type of fiction in general.
Length of Read:Epic
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Other King novels, horror, fantasy.
One thing you’ve learned
Don’t wake them up!