Stephen King & Owen King
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In this spectacular New York Times bestselling father/son collaboration that “barrels along like a freight train” (Publishers Weekly), Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare. One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?
Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanted to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world. Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a woman’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.
Worst King title in the library.
I have read and enjoyed most of King’s books. I did something with this one I have never done: quit halfway through. I could not take any more preachy political man-hating. There is a reason Joe Hill has not depended on his father’s last name. His books are fantastic. I will not be reading any more with Owen King’s name on the cover.
So the Kings are political now?
Interesting story, typical King page-turner, but King just can’t resist the urge to insert politics into his story. Trump is awful, white cops are bad, and all men are angry. I miss the old King.
Familiar with a slightly softer edge
This tale has all of the tried and true hallmarks that we know and love from Mr. King; fabulous character development, multifaceted storylines that lazily twine together, and those handful of characters you love and hate. However, it felt as if a few of those vicious, deadly sharp edges you find in other King tales were a little less sharp. This was a fascinating idea that walked the line between story and fable and while the ending was a little more idyllic and a little less believable, I’m glad it was so. The political, economic and environmental snare we seem to be sinking in can feel overwhelmingly hopeless at times and it was nice to have a “happily ever after”.
Being a rock solid Stephen King fan since I was old enough to sneak “Cujo” and “It” off the restricted bookshelf in my parents bedroom, this was a great read with all the SK infrastructure I know and love and also a fabulous introduction to Owen. Nice to meet you, Owen. I’m sure we’ll meet again. And Steve, standing ovation as usual.