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)
As a die-hard fan of Stephen King, I was surprised to realise that I had missed reading one of his novels. When I saw Cell displayed at the library, I picked it up with no hesitation. The topic intrigued me: an apocalyptic story that commences with a scenario centred around a cell phone. I have enjoyed many of King’s stories and had no doubt I would not be disappointed with this one.
The story begins with the following lines:
“Civilization slipped into its second dark age on an unsurprising track of blood, but with a speed that could not have been foreseen by even the most pessimistic futurist. It was as if it had been waiting to go. On October 1, God was in His heaven, the stock market stood at 10, 140, and most of the planes were on time (except for those landing and taking off in Chicago, and that was to be expected). Two weeks later the skies belonged to the birds again and the stock market was a memory. By Halloween every major city from New York to Moscow stank to the empty heavens and the world as it had been was a memory.” (p.1, 2006, Scribner)
This apocalyptic story is told through the eyes and experiences of Clayton Riddell, a graphic artist who has just landed a book deal. His euphoria is broken when he sees in front of him the violence unleashed by a programme transmitted through a cell phone. Meeting up with others who are not cell phone users, Clay travels north in his desire to find his son.
As usual, Stephen King’s writing is gripping. His story drew me in and took me with Clay through all the obstacles he experienced. Unexpected surprises happened in a story that seems realistic – though of course what King describes has never happened. I finished the story quickly and did not regret checking this novel out of the library.
The story also made me thankful that I do not own a cell phone 🙂
Do you own a cell phone?
(This post was inspired by Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014