I popped into the library to renew my library card and saw Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King displayed on the fiction shelf. I have so many books at home to read but that did not stop me from picking up this Stephen King novel. The title intrigued me, as did the blurb on the inside flap of the book cover.
This story is set in a future in which the women go to sleep and become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened or the gauze is disturbed, they become feral and violent. While the women sleep, they go to another place where harmony prevails and conflict is rare. One woman, however, is immune to the sleeping disease – Eve Black. Many come to believe that she is the key to the sleeping disease. Left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into two camps: some want to kill Eve while others want to save her.
The novel is an epic tale with the stories of the various characters interwoven in the tale with mastery. The Kings explore human nature at its worst, and at its best. While reading the novel, the reader cannot help but acknowledge the truth of their insight into human nature. The various responses to the disease are realistic and mirror what we see if we observe people responding to the obstacles they face in their lives (even though they may not be as extreme as what is described in the novel).
I love Stephen King’s stories of this ilk and this book is already on my list of books to purchase and enjoy again.
I gave this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5stars on Goodreads.
Do you enjoy reading Stephen King’s novels?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This novel was the 33rd in my 50 book pledge for 2018)