I like Stephen King. I enjoy his books, even though most make me stay up late at night, either to finish reading them because I can’t put them down, or because I’m scared to turn out the lights! I like his horror tales. I like being scared and made to think about things that I would rather not have rolling through my head at 2:00am!
This book was excellent…at least until I got to the end. The book is long, with over 950 pages! The first three quarters were outstanding and had me turning the pages as fast as I could to see what was going to happen. But as I kept turning, I realized I was approaching the last part of the book and there was still so much excitement and action going on. How was King going to wrap up this book with less than 200 pages, when he’d taken over 750 to build it up? Well…quickly…that’s how. The ending comes, and goes, and left me wanting more. I had invested time and effort into this book and the ending was so upsetting to me.
It wrapped everything up. Everything. There was no questions left unanswered, yet I felt like it ripped me off. I would have rather had him use another 200 pages to give me (in my own humble opinion!) the ending that I deserved. I didn’t want a nice little package. I didn’t what the ending that I got. I wanted a real, explained, and “likely-to-actually-happen” ending. I didn’t want what I was given though, that’s for sure!
The book is set in a small town in Maine. One beautiful day, as the people are going among their everyday lives, something happens. All of a sudden, there is a clear force field that is surrounding the town. The town is trapped, with no way to cross the field. The outside world is stuck outside, and the town’s people must rely on one another, for however long this is going to last.
Immediately, those who think they should be in charge, take charge. They start rationing out various goods and looting houses that are unoccupied. They store up the goods for themselves, and worry only about one another. And this change happens rather quickly. It’s nice to think that it would take longer than a week or a month for people to turn on each other, but the attitude of entitlement and the ability to manipulate is demonstrated early on in this book as you begin to see that all are not working for the same team, and some will kill to get what they think they deserve.
So…after these rants, did I like this book? Actually, the answer is yes. I did like the story. I liked the idea of what was going on and how King was able to make you feel like you were trapped in the town too. While I didn’t like the ending, the story was well worth the effort and time that is put into reading the book. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to re-write the ending, even if it’s only in your mind.
This book is available in normal format at these public libraries:
It is also available in Large Print at Homewood, Park Forest, and Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Libraries. It is available in CD format at both Flossmoor and Homewood Public Libraries. Chicago Heights Public Library has a copy in Spanish. It can be ordered through Interlibrary Loan in Polish language and Playaway format from any of the participating SWAN libraries.