My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am not going to lie. I love Stephen King. Yeah, sure, there have been some disappointments, a couple periods of estrangement, but ever since I was forbidden to read his books, he’s been a constant on my nightstand.
I have had this on the wait list at the library since it came out last fall, and it was worth the wait.
I liked the way that even some of the worst characters had redeeming moments of humanity (not many, but they were there), which makes them that much more real – and that much more scary. It’s easier to dismiss someone as evil if they have no good characteristics, and much, much harder to realize that this isn’t just a horror story (although it is that), it’s a story of what could happen if your town was suddenly cut off from the rest of the world and all those laws of society that everyone follow were no longer in effect.
As always, there was great character & story development, and although it was a very long book, it was not because the author doesn’t know how to pare down the language! All (or at least almost all) of the words contributed to story progression, and since I didn’t accidentally kill anyone on the bus with a careless swing of the bag, I can forgive the physical weight of the book.
(I am never sure how specific to get in my reviews here – I really don’t want to have any spoilers…should I do more specifics, or keep it general like this?)