Title: Sleeping Beauties
Authors: Stephen King and Owen King
Release Date: September 26, 2017
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“That was one way in which the sexes had never been equal; they were not equally dangerous.”
“The Black Angel came up from the roots and down from the branches. Her fingers are death and her hair is full of cobwebs and dream is her kingdom.”
Let me preface this by saying I am a HUGE Stephen King fan and I have yet to find a book of his that I wouldn’t recommend.
Sleeping Beauties started off slow for me, like most Stephen King books do. It wasn’t until about halfway through that I really began getting drawn into it. However, the detailed character and plot building at the beginning of the story was worth it, in my opinion, to set the stage for yet another excellent book from Sai King! In fact, I feel like this book was even a little less “wordy” than some of his other ones, which may be due to the collaboration with his son, Owen King; although I honestly couldn’t tell you who wrote which part as their collaboration was seamless.
The premise of the book is pretty simple – as women (and girls of all ages) fall asleep, a cocoon forms around them and they don’t wake back up, leaving the men to fend for themselves in a world without women. What I love about Stephen King’s writing is the realism he weaves into it and this book was no exception. Even though it is obviously a supernatural/sci-fi based story, the way it is written makes you feel like something like this could actually happen in real life. I also like that the story forces you to think about some of the more prominent flaws in our society and the gender roles we assume, without pushing a political agenda. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it a 4.5/5 score.