Novel by Stephen and Owen King
The book's blurb asked: What would the world do if all women vanished? If they went to sleep, but woke up on the better side of life, would that matter to the men left behind? But what if the woman asleep is awakened from that better state- and what would happen to the man who awakened her? That's the premise of Sleeping Beauties, a novel written by the king of horror, Stephen King with one of his sons, Owen King.
Now you all know me- I LOVE Stephen King! Even his biggest, most dullest tales have kept me enthralled in some way, shape or fashion. This book had me on the fence. It began with a tardiness that actually caused me to retrieve a refund for the audiobook, I don't know why, but I went back a few days later; I guess I'd been pondering the concept of a world without men. Or according to the book, a world without women. I wanted to know what had happened, so I grabbed the actual book. Do you know that thing cost $33!!? Yes, I bought it. (Sale at V-Stock: BTGO)
Okay, so the story was actually pretty good. King and King work well together. The story carried the feel of Stephen, but offered a newness for me from Owen. The only other King I'd ever read was Joe Hill (pen name of Joseph King) from my previous review for NOS4A2; remember that? Well, I loved it- boy's got skills! So when I read Sleeping Beauties, I was looking for thrills and kicks! I got them, but they came in a manner that I had to push through.
The story is about men and women apart. It was about discovery and independence. It was also about how to stay blitzed, in order to prevent going to sleep! Sleeping Beauties is one of the craziest rides I've ever taken. It was creative and beautiful, but it was filthy, chauvinistic and piggish. For a reasons, of course, but dang! I guess it was necessary; is prison really as bad as tv says it is? I'm talking about daily life and such... Anyway, the story focuses on many characters, protagonists and antagonists (as with most King tales), and there's a strong message hidden between the lines.
I was impressed with the destination, but the journey had twists and turns that either hooked me or left me waiting. Either way, I own the book and may one day return to it. Maybe; you know I rarely reread a book, and yet I'm constantly purchasing them! Ha- Don't Judge Me!
Anyway, Sleeping Beauties is worth the read. IF you can get past a ton of the quirkiness of characters, the awful lingo (not the grammar- don't get it twisted), the harsh personalities of some and then the drugs (quite necessary), you will enjoy this book! I'm off to the next read.
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