Stephen King is one of the most renown authors in the world of Fiction, known by readers and non-readers world wide for his incredible. Sleeping Beauties, a book written by Stephen and his son, Owen, called for an interesting call to the fans and to the fresh readers of King. Could he and his son weave a seamless story for King’s already huge fanbase? Our would they dissapoint?
Sleeping Beauties begins when a strange woman, later known by the name of Evie Black, walks out of the forest, killing two drug dealers in her wake. Soon, the woman population around the world start going to sleep only to be wrapped in a shrouded cocoon, not waking up, and if disturbed can become deadly. But, when Evie goes to sleep, she is perfectly normal. What will the men do with this mystery woman? And how will they react in this world without women?
I received this book as a Christmas present, and I knew, going into it, that there was going to be a strong, political message that the Kings were going to try and get across. I mean, a world without woman? How would the men get along?
But, that was fine with me. I thought it would be an interesting subject matter. My main concern at the time was: Could the Kings come together and write a story without me knowing that one King was writing over the others? Would this political message get in the way of the story? I guess we would find out.
- While I do consider myself a pretty heavy reader, this is only the second Stephen King (and first Owen King) book that I’ve read, and as stated above, I was weary of this “co-author” thing. The good about this, besides the first 50 pages maybe, I wasn’t able to detect any transition of writing style, making for that “seamless” feeling story.
- The story is an interesting one, but the thing that really drives this are the characters. And, while the amount of characters is a little hard to keep up with some times, I felt that they all had a pretty powerful, distinct voice, which strengthened the overall conflict.
- When the action scenes did occur, they were pretty damn cool.
- This book is 700 pages exactly, which is definitely not a “light” book. The entire thing is a heavy based story with a heavy based conflict. That being said, I felt the entire book was about 200 pages too long. If the characters spent more time trying to find a solution rather than trying to prevent the inevitable, it would have made for a lot stronger story.
- Without the political message, is there really a story worth telling?
- Evie Black
The Kings manage to weave together a complex story with the question: Could society function without women? And while I think that’s a very interesting question to bring up, as a critical reader, I have to ask, is there a story without that political stand point?
I am sadly going to have to say “no”.
We are presented with this character, who may or may not be a protagonist, named Evie Black who is possibly responsible for all of this mess, and by the end, it’s almost as if the entire world forgets about her. The book fails to answer the question that readers have been waiting 700 pages to find out: WHO THE HELL IS SHE?
Also, when I read something (and I knew this going into it, so bare with me), I don’t want to be shoved with a political message. And while it was subtle enough that a person who never watches the news could not register the message, I couldn’t help but feel the Kings put this out as a “hey…we’re men who are feminists…we just thought you should know that…” leaving the reader just wanting to toss the book across the room at some points.
Wrapping it up in a sentence, though, without the political message you are left with the giant question of “Who cares?”
Overall Story: 2/5
FINAL RATING: 3.5